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Domain Name News Archive - October 2000

  • Domain Name Space About To Burst Open
    Whether it's .web, .biz, .per, .info, .site, or some other bold, new suffix -- change is coming to the Internet real estate scene.
    .... full story

  • EBay Opens French Site, Takes Domain Poacher to Court
    EBay has launched a French site under the label because the domain had been taken by I-bazaar, a French competitor. EBay is now in the French courts litigating the issue.
    .... full story

  • .ca domain craze
    The world of .ca domain names is changing. ".ca" is the ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) for Canada. Since 1988, the .ca registry has been maintained by the University of British Columbia. On November 1, 2000, the registry is being transferred to a new, non-profit organization the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
    .... full story


  • Four ICANN Directors Called "Boardsquatters"
    The pattern of controversy was perpetuated last Friday when A. Michael Froomkin, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, labeled four of ICANN's directors "boardsquatters."
    .... full story

  • The Changing of ICANN's Guard
    The domain-name overseer announces that five directors – including Esther Dyson – will step down after its November meeting.
    .... full story

  • ICANN to consider .tel among new domain names
    TelNIC, a new organisation set up to manage an application to ICANN for a new generic top-level domain name, has proposed and sponsored the idea of .tel being used for all internet addresses for phone calls made via the internet.
    .... full story


  • Original ICANN board members won't quit as promised
    Four of ICANN's founding "interim" board members who were due to resign when their terms expired have been granted another extended period in office, the organization announced today.
    .... full story


  • Dirt in the domain name game
    The global land rush for control of new Internet domains that will compete in dot-com space is beginning to take on the familiar stink of the Olympic games site selection scandal. A small cabal of insiders appear to be gaming the selection process that will soon determine who will win the right to control new domains such as .xxx, .kids or .web.
    .... full story

  • Entertainers win ruling over domain names
    Singer Michael Feinstein and actress Bridget Moynahan should have control of Internet addresses using their names, a United Nations panel ruled Thursday.
    .... full story

  • Hits Domain Aftermarket. Reserve Price: $ 1M
    Global Telecom Domains is pleased to announce that the premier 3G Internet address "" is now available in the domain aftermarket through an exclusive agreement between 3G internet Ltd., (Europes first wireless Internet incubator), and Global Telecom Domains Inc.
    .... full story

  • Streamlining Domain Squabbles
    A group of volunteers and educators is trying to bring order to the court of domain name resolution
    .... full story

  • .ca domain deadline causing chaos
    If you have a .ca Web site and you haven't re-registered it with the new agency in charge, do not panic -- you still have a few days before the deadline. But do not wait until the last minute, registrars warn.
    .... full story

  • Make a name for yourself on the net
    As new countries get their internet domains, it opens up a whole new world for astute dealers in company titles.
    .... full story


  • Domain names boost VeriSign
    VeriSign, the US internet services company, shot past Wall Street estimates on Wednesday with results built on strong demand for "dotcom" addresses and its online security software.
    .... full story

  • Chinese Domain Name Registration Ranks 11th in the World
    Among Asian countries, China has leaped to the 11th placing in the world in this connection. Beijing has also become one of the 10 cities which have the most registered domain names in the world.
    .... full story


  • Network Solutions to offer multi-lingual domain name registrations
    Leading domain name registrar, Network Solutions (NSI), is set to expand its domain name registration service by offering Chinese, Japanese and Korean character sets
    .... full story

  • Planning a mega-merger? Don't forget to register the internet domain name
    When Chevron and Texaco put the final touches to their $43bn merger last week, they apparently forgot one small detail: registering their new internet domain name.
    .... full story

  • ICANN to Decide on New Domains
    19 individuals in Marina Del Ray, California are contemplating a decision which could reshape the Internet as we know it.
    .... full story


  • Web flies past the 30 million domain name mark
    There was a rather exceptional Internet landmark passed a couple of weeks ago and nobody noticed it. It was actually fairly breathtaking though. On October the fourth the Internet surpassed the 30 million registered domain names mark – and boy was that a leap from a few years ago
    .... full story


  • ICANN Will Decide Last Word on the Web Addresses
    From Berne and Geneva to Brussels and Washington, international organizations await judgement from a new Internet heavyweight based near the roller bladers and tattoo artists of Venice Beach, Calif.
    .... full story


  • Canadians, Queen Elizabeth Set For Domain-Name Rush
    The organization that has been handed the responsibility of tending Canada's Internet domain space has announced final rules for those hoping to plant their own ".ca" addresses. And, while it's not clear whether Queen Elizabeth knows or cares, the British monarch has the honor of being the only individual listed by name as having a right to snap up new Canadian Internet addresses.
    .... full story


  • Domain name controversy brews
    USERS ALL AROUND the Internet are crying foul, saying someone is spying on their domain name searches and then buying up the names they wanted.
    .... full story
    Editor's Note: condemns this unethical practice


  • CNN, Maya Online Clash Over Domain
    Shanghai-based content Web site Maya Online said it is not giving up the domain name of its news Web site, despite a recent claim filed against it by American network news giant CNN.
    .... full story

  • Voteauction to Lose Domain Name
    Illinois became the latest state to be excluded from, a Web site that accepts bids for presidential votes, and the auction's days appear numbered, because its domain name registrar is pulling the plug on the URL.
    .... full story

  • Falls Prey to Domain Hijacker
    An attacker hijacked from its owner, Adobe Systems Inc. Tuesday, disrupting the big software firm's Web server and e-mail service for most of Wednesday.
    .... full story

  • Irish Firm Seeks .Africa Domain, If ICANN Gives OK
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is processing applications by a wide variety of companies and organizations for the right to operate new domain names as an alternative to the ubiquitous dot-com.
    Among the proposals were several for .biz, .kids and .tel, but only one company asked for the rights to .africa.
    .... full story

  • 'Typosquatters' Cash In On Misspelled Domain Names
    Simple typing errors are turning into big bucks -- and major legal disputes -- for some companies that are trying to capitalize on misspelled domain names.
    .... full story

  • Battle for .Africa domain heats up
    An Irish domain name registrar has applied for the rights to run the .Africa top-level domain name (TLD).
    .... full story

  • Is NSI hoarding domain names?
    Suit claims it is planning to make a fortune selling expired domain names during an auction, instead of sending them back to the public pool.
    .... full story


  • TLDs, ".web", ICANN, Afilias and IODesign
    A large and nasty battle has broken out over ownership for the new ".web" top-level domain name, to be awarded at some random time in the future (hopefully this year). Aside from the ever-present arguments over the Internet (capitalism vs individual freedom), however, things have grown a little more serious with allegations of corruption and heavy conflicts of interest.
    .... full story

  • Domain names: now it gets 'personal'
    AN Internet company selling '' domain names is fast gaining international recognition for Northern Ireland's 'personal number plate,' according to its managing director.
    .... full story


  • ICANN steps over mark - again
    Domain name registrar has threatened to sue ICANN with regard to the new top level domains unless it apologies for damaging behaviour and makes a public statement of its official policies.
    .... full story

  • Madonna wins right to evict cybersquatter from her web domain
    US pop diva Madonna has won the right to evict a "cybersquatter" who used the domain as a pornography website, according to a ruling Monday by the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
    .... full story

  • Slicing Up the Domain Name Pie
    When new Top Level Domain registries open their doors for business sometime in 2001, not everyone will have the same shot at registering domain names.
    .... full story

  • Catchy domain names lose their luster
    Pat Patten vividly remembers negotiating for the domain name in October 1999, before the launch of his online jewelry site. Although he and his partners had purchased as a backup, he really wanted "jewelry."
    .... full story


  • ICANN newbies vow to shake things up
    If Karl Auerbach has his way, one of the first things the Internet's oversight board will do when he joins it in November will be to remove Mike Roberts from his position as president and chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
    .... full story

  • An outsider looks in on ICANN
    A German hacker lands a seat on the ICANN board and promises to tear it down -- from the bottom up.
    .... full story


  • Domain Dilemma
    Some worry mediators may go too far when settling domain name fight
    .... full story


  • Domain Names Hoarded, Suit Says
    An Alabama businessman has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Network Solutions Inc. of hoarding Internet domain names that had legally expired, a charge that one investment bank linked to a drop in the stock price of its parent company, VeriSign Inc.
    .... full story

  • JPNIC Publishes Policy on General-Use '.jp' Domain Names
    The Japan Network Information Center on Oct. 10 finalized its policy on introducing a new domain name in Japan.
    .... full story


  • Canada torches all .ca domain names - owners must reapply
    Canada has come with a novel way of dealing with URL disputes. From 1 November it has decided to tear up all its country's domain names and start again. We thought someone was having a laugh when they informed us the new non-profit organisation set up to deal with .ca domains, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, had decided to make everyone reapply for their URLs.
    .... full story

  • ICANN gets makeover in historic online vote
    Reformers won a series of historic votes to elect new directors to the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
    .... full story

  • Internet brothers turn down £250,000 for top website domain name
    Four years ago, Internet entrepreneurs Paul and Steve Walsh spent £25 on the domain name They could have realised a net return of £250,000 on their investment if they'd sold to a High Street retailer interested in buying the name six weeks ago.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Elects Iconoclasts
    The election of new officers for the Internet's governing body this week was not merely a trial run of an oft-buggy online voting system.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Critic Wins Seat In Global Board Election
    Karl Auerbach, a Cisco Systems engineer and long time critic of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has won a coveted seat on ICANN's powerful board of directors.
    .... full story

  • Hacker voted on to Icann board
    A member of a notorious German hacking group has been voted on to the board of the management body of the internet, with plans to improve the security of the net.
    .... full story

  • ICANN Holds Public Election
    The first public election to select five members to the international board that administers the Internet domain-name system demonstrated distinct similarities to the issues that plague many national political elections: disputes over the campaign process and low voter turnout.
    .... full story

  • Two Outspoken Critics Elected to ICANN Board
    Europe and North America elect candidates with outsider views to the board of the domain-name group
    .... full story


  • Domain transfer chaos seen
    A systems administrator for a Vancouver Internet service provider sees disaster lurking as the deadline for transferring .ca registration moves closer to Nov. 1.
    .... full story


  • Canadians Contemplate Domain-Dispute Rules
    If someone were to register the Canadian Internet address, should the American actress with the similar-sounding name be able to claim it, as she did so famously with That's the kind of question Canadians are being asked to think about as the organization newly charged with operating the country's domain-name registry grapples with a policy for mediating disputes over addresses.
    .... full story

  • Speednames calls for reform to internet domain name system
    Leading digital domain name registrar, Speednames, today launched a paper responding to ICANN's proposals to reform the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). In 'Connecting to the Internet', Speednames calls for new global top level domains (TLDs) to be introduced to address the needs of business and personal identity on the Internet.
    .... full story

  • Amazon tribe challenges U.S. cybersquatter
    Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, a chief of a primitive Amazon tribe that inhabits virgin rain forest around the Brazil-Venezuela border, has been losing sleep lately. News that a Florida woman -- lured by the prospect of a Hollywood movie on the tribe -- had nabbed the Yanomami name for the World Wide Web address and was auctioning it for $25,000 left Kopenawa stewing.
    .... full story


  • Professor Hardesty's Analysis Of The US Tax Treatment Of Domain Name Value,
    The US taxation of transactions involving domain name sales or purchases is the subject of a long and detailed article by Professor David Hardesty, CPA, MBA, author of 'Electronic Commerce: Taxation and Planning'.
    .... full story

  • The little domain name that could
    I think ICANN, I think ICANN, I think ICANN.
    .... full story

  • BBC wins back valuable domain name
    The BBC has won back the rights to the domain name, following an international ruling.
    .... full story


  • New Top Level Domain Applications List
    Application materials seeking to operate or sponsor the new TLDs were submitted to ICANN
    .... full story

  • Directories and domains clash
    Novell this week proposed a new Internet domain that would make it easier for companies engaged in e-commerce to integrate corporate directories.
    .... full story


  • INTERNET COMES OF AGE WITH 30 MILLIONTH DOMAIN NAME - new top level domains set to double number of registrations by 2002
    The number of domain names registered on the Internet has passed the 30 million mark for the first time. The total number of registrations on October 4, 2000 was 30,272,862..
    .... full story

  • JPNIC to Delay Registration of New Domain Names to Protect Trademark Holders' Rights
    Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC) will postpone the acceptance of applications for registering general-use .jp Internet domain names, which was initially scheduled to start on Nov. 20.
    .... full story

  • Domain additions to dot Web landscape
    For people sick and tired of dot-com mania, relief may soon be at hand. By this time next year, we could be talking about the latest high-flying dot-biz company, or the lousy performance of that new dot-travel company.
    .... full story


  • ICANN pursuing slowest-possible expansion of Net domain names
    Let's see, 47 times $50,000 equals $2.35 million -- that should keep ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, in business for a while longer.
    .... full story

  • Battle starts for control of new domains
    The battle is underway between internet service providers across the world to win the rights to manage one of several domain names being introduced to rival .com
    .... full story

  • Debating the Internet's Domain
    As Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan criticized the homogeneity of Tuesday's presidential debate at the University of Massachusetts, another election-related event nearby offered no such exclusionary terms. In fact, Monday night's ICANN Candidate Forums at Harvard Law School left room for a number of voices.
    .... full story

  • Will Domain Names Go .pro?
    Everyone from Nokia and Novell to the World Health Organization are lining up for the rights to establish and manage the “next .com.” While setting up new top-level domain names certainly seems like fun, it must be done in a manner that ensures the Internet will grow more like a stately tree than like kudzu.
    .... full story

  • EU sees '.eu' domain names in use by early 2001
    The ".eu" domain name, as an alternative for European business to ".com" or ".org", should be operational early in 2001, European Commission officials said today.
    .... full story

  • Firm to Offer Asian Domain Names
    Network Solutions Inc. will begin offering Web addresses later this month in three Asian languages for the first time in Internet history, a move mostly aimed at helping companies reach millions of potential new customers globally.
    .... full story

  • NETNAMES Unites with World's Leading Internet Domain Name Registrars
    NetNames, the UK’s leading domain name registrar is bidding as part of an international consortium to operate an unrestricted generic top level domain name registry.
    .... full story


  • ICANN Group Warns Against New Internet Domain Scams
    A top Internet governance group has advised consumers against purchasing addresses in nonexistent Internet domains--warning that no "new" domains have yet been chosen, and no companies have been authorized to "pre-register" domain names.
    .... full story

  • .kids proposed as new Top Level Domain name by Palm Springs-based Blueberry Hill Communications
    Blueberry Hill Communications, Inc. ( is one of the participants which has submitted an application to ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, to be named a registry operator for a new Top Level Domain (TLD) name. Their submitted TLD name, .kids, is part of a movement to help promote a healthy, safe, secure cyberspace environment for kids.
    .... full story

  • Registrar Consortium to Detail Plans For Domain Names
    A consortium of about 20 domain-name registrars on Tuesday will make public a proposal to expand on the pools of domain names beyond the currently used ".com" ".net" and ".org" extensions, has learned.
    .... full story

  • Group One Registry Applies for `Dot-one,' Seeks to Offer Numerical Internet Domain Names
    Soon ".one" may be the number on the individual's doorway to the Internet universe.
    .... full story


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