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ICANN: German Regional Court to Revisit Ruling in Injunction Proceedings on Request to Preserve WHOIS data - 22 June, 2018, 10:27 pm

ICANN was informed Thursday that the Regional Court in Bonn, Germany, has decided to revisit its ruling in the injunction proceedings that ICANN initiated against EPAG, a Germany-based, ICANN-accredited registrar...

Donuts Makes It Easier To .TRAVEL - 22 June, 2018, 8:38 pm

Donuts have relaunched the .travel TLD with a simplification of the registration process making it much easier for registrars to offer the domain for sale, and easier for individuals and...

Private Equity Firm Siris Capital Buys Web.com - 22 June, 2018, 4:03 pm

One of the largest domain name registrars, as well as a provider of a full range of internet services and online marketing solutions for small and medium‐sized businesses, Web.com, has...

ICANN Publishes Updated gTLD Marketplace Health Index - 22 June, 2018, 3:59 pm

ICANN this week published an update to the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta), which presents statistics and trends related to gTLDs. The Health Index [PDF, 2.86 MB] is available for...

ICANN: Initial Report on the Protections for Certain Red Cross Names in all gTLDs – Policy Amendment Process - 22 June, 2018, 3:49 pm

Brief Overview Purpose: Obtain community input on proposed recommendations for amending prior consensus recommendations with respect to the reservation protection of ICRC (the International Committee of the Red Cross), IFRC...

ICANN: SSAC2 Review: Assessment Report Published for Community Input - 22 June, 2018, 3:47 pm

Analysis Group, the independent examiner performing the second review of ICANN‘s Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC), has published its assessment report. Read the report [PDF, 761 KB]. Your comments...

ICANN Announces Calls-to-Action for Community Participation in ICANN Reviews - 20 June, 2018, 4:39 pm

ICANN has several calls-to-action for community participation in ICANN reviews below. Share your Public Comment on the Short-Term and Long-term Options to Adjust the Timing of Reviews. Please click here...

auDA Stacks Membership With Almost 1,000 New Members and No Accountability - 18 June, 2018, 9:20 pm

It’s taken 2 people 5 Board meetings, a period that could be anything from 5 to 8 months, from submitting their application to join auDA to acceptance, sources have told...

Donuts Announces Acquisition of .FAN - 18 June, 2018, 8:57 pm

Donuts Inc today announced it has re-acquired the .fan new gTLD, making it the 241st TLD in Donuts’ portfolio, with general availability expected in mid-September. “We are excited to add...

.MY Suffers Temporary Outage Due To “Broken Chain of Trust” - 18 June, 2018, 8:55 pm

The Malaysian ccTLD suffered an outage on 15 June that led to losing the “availability of access to MYNIC’s domain services” and all .my websites being offline for hours. Explaining...

BQDN Releases Recent Sales and Takes Out Top 5 Sales on Weekly Chart Including 3 6-Figure - 18 June, 2018, 8:07 pm

BQDN released results of some recent sales and dominated the top of the Domain Name Journal’s top reported sales for the week ending 27 May taking out the top 5...

ICANN: New WHOIS ARS Report (Phase 2 Cycle 6) Now Available - 18 June, 2018, 1:06 am

ICANN published the WHOIS Accuracy Reporting System (ARS) Phase 2 Cycle 6 Report. The data analyzed in this report is from January 2018. This is a follow-up to previous ARS...

New gTLDs Plummet, .NET Slides, While .COM and ccTLDs Continue To Grow: Verisign DNIB - 15 June, 2018, 11:44 pm

The growth in domain names was once upon a time not so many years ago on a sharp upward trajectory. But over the last couple of years that growth has...

Domain Name Renewal Scam sees 2 Australian Companies Fined $1.95M - 15 June, 2018, 10:29 pm

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered 2 companies to pay a combined fine of A$1.95 million (US$1.46m) for trying to lure Australian businesses into a fraudulent domain name renewal...

Violent Attempt to Physically Steal a Domain Name Ends With 20 Year Prison Sentence - 15 June, 2018, 9:42 pm

An attempt to forcibly steal a domain name has led to an Iowa man being sentenced to 20 years in prison. According to news reports, 43 year old Sherman Hopkins...

Australia’s Instra Group to be acquired by UK company for AUD$33 million - 9 December, 2015, 9:48 am

MELBOURNE – 9 December 2015 – Leading domain name retailer Instra Group announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by UK-based CentralNic Plc. Instra Group supplies companies in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide with domain names and other services to protect their brands online. CentralNic, one of the fastest growing companies on the … Continue reading Australia’s Instra Group to be acquired by UK company for AUD$33 million

.nz is coming September 30th - 23 September, 2014, 10:08 am

The new top-level country code for New Zealand is being released on September 30th. Following the success of both .UK and .ID, we expect this domain to be hugely popular amongst registrants around the world. For those who already own a second-level domain such as .net.nz or .co.nz, your existing domain will put you in … Continue reading .nz is coming September 30th

Happy holidays, from Instra - 20 December, 2013, 11:02 am

Thank you all for helping to make 2013 such a great year. We are really looking forward to 2014 and the exciting launch of the new gTLDs! Over the holiday period some of our hard-working customer support team will be taking some well-earned holidays. Our staff will still be here to help you, however please … Continue reading Happy holidays, from Instra

New gTLDs…what is happening? - 27 November, 2013, 11:08 am

You may have heard that over the next year or so, a whole raft of new top-level domains (TLD’s), such as .Shop, .London, and .Bike, are being released. But what does this all mean? Is it really as big of a deal as some people are making out? And what does it mean specifically for … Continue reading New gTLDs…what is happening?

Instra and the Professional Web (.PW accreditation) - 18 June, 2013, 10:16 am

As a matter of constant practice, Instra is announcing yet another accreditation. “The Professional Web” is the aim for the .PW extension, and the concept is catching on very quickly. As you are undoubtedly accustomed to, Instra is staying on top of the global domain marketplace and growth in the name space has shown to … Continue reading Instra and the Professional Web (.PW accreditation)

MEGA Limited appoints new CEO - 7 February, 2013, 9:16 pm

Today, interim CEO of MEGA Tony Lentino announced the appointment of former CEO of InternetNZ, Vikram Kumar as the new CEO of MEGA. Mr Lentino will maintain a seat as a Director with MEGA.

Australian Domain Registrar Powers Mega.co.nz - 18 January, 2013, 6:13 pm

As Mega prepares to launch their new cloud storage service on January 19, 2013, Instra Corporation – a global domain name registrar – is primed to provide expert product, billing and technical support services to mega.co.nz users in anticipation of dramatic new global demand for the Mega service.

Instra Corporation Announces .CO Accreditation - 13 April, 2012, 11:32 am

Offers a memorable, available and global option for its customers to find their ideal digital personality Instra just keeps getting better and better. Today Instra has announced it is one of the accredited registrar partners for the .CO extension. As one of the world’s top domain name providers, this is just another way to extend … Continue reading Instra Corporation Announces .CO Accreditation

FREE .Brand Package by Instra for Top Level Domains - 6 December, 2011, 7:21 pm

Instra Corporation, a global domain brand protection company, has launched its gTLD flagship website, http://www.newtlds.com. In a bid to attract the premium top level domain market, Instra CEO Tony Lentino is unveiling targeted TLD promotions in an aggressive new marketing campaign. “Our initiative is to offer free or reduced-cost Instra application processes for those companies … Continue reading FREE .Brand Package by Instra for Top Level Domains

.XXX Sunrise period commences September 7 2011 - 5 September, 2011, 11:31 am

The registry will be accepting live Sunrise applications starting September 7 2011. Applicants that hold an existing adult domain name or trademark should apply to register their brand during the sunrise period to ensure that they have the best possible chance of securing their name in the .XXX name space. Trademark holders that want to … Continue reading .XXX Sunrise period commences September 7 2011