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US Department of Commerce asks ICANN for DNS transition plan

03/15, 2:20pm

NTIA starts process to end DNS management, American monitoring in 2015

The United States government has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to begin drafting a proposal to transition the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) responsibility of domain name system (DNS) administration away from the United States. Stepping away from governance of ICANN would mark the final phase of DNS privatization that had been set in motion in 1998, allowing ICANN to operate independently.

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Apple secures rights to several .guru domains

01/30, 12:57pm

Company presumably trying to avoid confusion with Geniuses

Apple has secured the rights to several ".guru" domains, registration checks show. Recently ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) opened up a number of new top-level domains. Apple appears to have already acquired "apple.guru," "iphone.guru," "ipad.guru," and "mac.guru." A few other domains -- "appletv.guru," "macbook.guru," and "ipod.guru" -- are blocked from registration, most likely per request from Apple.

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ICANN bans use of dotless domain name registrations by companies

08/17, 8:41pm

Resolution prevents Google from using 'search' as a URL

Google has been prevented from potentially using the URL http://search in the future, thanks to a new ruling by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). A resolution from the organization prohibits the use of "dotless domain names" for web addresses, something that could considerably affect the future plans of generic top level domain (gTLD) applicants.

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ICANN mandating personal info verification before domain registration

06/29, 6:39pm

New rules established at behest of law enforcement, governments

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors today approved a new Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). The new instruction change will hold domain name registrars more accountable for "whois" data, and mandates verification of phone numbers, email, and some personal information before a domain may be registered.

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Microsoft, Nokia, others lobby ICANN over Google gTLDs

03/19, 1:40pm

FairSearch group complains about .search, .fly, .map

Google has come under fire from an anti-Google lobbying body over a number of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) it has applied for. The FairSearch group, made up of companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Nokia, Expedia and others, has filed objections with ICANN against Google's requests to control .search, .fly, .map as closed registries.

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ICANN produces gTLD application list, ordered by raffle

12/19, 2:54pm

Amazon second in priority, Apple in position 948

ICANN has released a list of applications for generic top-level domains (gTLDs), along with their position in a raffle. The randomly-drawn list sets the order for ICANN to evaluate and process the applications for domain suffixes, with the first gTLD to be issued expected to be the word "catholic" in Chinese, as requested by the Catholic Church.

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Governments file 250 objections to generic TLD applications

11/25, 5:47pm

Failed registrations face 20-percent loss of application fee

Objections have been made to a number of generic top-level domain (gTLD) applications. The ICANN Government Advisory Committee, consisting of 50 countries, has posted an initial list of 250 objections where member countries claim there to be an issue with the gTLDs being registered. Rejected applications will receive 80-percent of their $185,000 application fee.

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Saudi Arabia files gTLD objections against .virgin, .baby

08/14, 8:09am

ICANN receives registration complaints on moral, health grounds

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has raised objections to certain gTLD applications. The Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission has filed complaints with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) over some top-level domain proposals on various taste, decency and health-related grounds in the last few days, according to The Register.

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ICANN reveals 1,930 generic top-level domain submissions

06/13, 12:14pm

Google applies for 101 gTLDs, Amazon 76

ICANN has revealed the full list of new generic top-level domain (gTLD) submissions. Some 1,930 requests have been made, with some major parties aiming for multiple suffixes, while others are notably absent. In many instances the Internet-based land-grab involves companies trying to secure brand names and trademarks, though others are competing for generic terms, or some not-so-serious names.

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Google applies for .google, .lol generic top-level domains

06/01, 1:09pm

Blog post by Vint Cerf gives reasons for gTLD applications

Google has applied for various domain name suffixes, including .google, .docs, .youtube, and .lol. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) process has seen nearly 2000 applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including companies seeking to secure their own trademarks as well as potentially valuable domain endings that could be in high demand in some markets.

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Google tussles over GooglePlay.com web domain rights

03/09, 9:15pm

Google too late on GooglePlay web address

Google is suffering minor embarrassment in the wake of launching Google Play as it's belatedly trying to obtain the GooglePlay.com domain. A dispute filing with the National Arbitration Forum is arguing that the site, an ad parking page held by an unnamed Japanese person, should belong to Google itself. The search engine had filed for a trademark just the day before the Play launch and will likely use it to contest the ownership.

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