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ICANN: Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data Begins Work - 16 December, 2018, 11:02 pm

The Technical Study Group on Access to Non-Public Registration Data (TSG-RD) began its work this week. The group is made up of 10 invited members with expertise in the Registration...

.LAW and .ABOGADO Eligibility Simplified From 2019 - 14 December, 2018, 11:12 pm

Eligibility for .law and .abogado new gTLDs will be simplified from 7 January 2019, the registry Minds + Machines (MMX) has announced, in a bid to boost registrations. In an...

Repurposed ccTLDs Showing Higher Levels of Phishing: APWG - 14 December, 2018, 10:55 pm

Some of the TLDs with the highest levels of domain names used for phishing are in “repurposed” ccTLDs – those where management rights have been granted to third parties who...

.DK Introducing Domain Name Transfer Fee - 13 December, 2018, 11:02 pm

DK Hostmaster is to introduce a fee for transferring .dk domain names for the first time as of 1 January 2019. The fee will be DKK50 (€6.70/US$7.60). DK Hostmaster, Denmark’s...

SWITCH Divests Itself of switchplus To Belgian Webhoster - 13 December, 2018, 10:35 pm

SWITCH, the registry for Switzerland’s ccTLD .ch and Liechtenstein’s .li, has sold its registrar business switchplus to the Belgian webhoster Combell Group. Since the early stages of the Swiss internet,...

Escrow.com Steps Up Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Program With Former HSBC VP’s Appointment - 13 December, 2018, 2:15 pm

Escrow.com has appointed former HSBC Vice President, Senior Manager Regional Regulatory Compliance Officer – West Coast, Fereba Ashufta, to lead its Anti Money Laundering Compliance Program. Ashufta joins Escrow.com as...

DNS Inventor Says .LUXE ‘First Genuine Piece Of DNS Related Innovation In Last Decade’ - 12 December, 2018, 11:16 pm

When new gTLDs were being discussed there were some that viewed them as an opportunity for new business ideas, and new ways of doing business. One was Adrian Kinderis, then...

Verisign’s November Trending Keywords for .COM and .NET - 12 December, 2018, 10:36 pm

The number of .com and .net domain names registered around the world is a combined 151.7 million – 137.6 million for .com and 14.1 million for .net. And Verisign, the...

Elon Musk Reveals He Paid $11 Million For Tesla.com - 11 December, 2018, 9:54 pm

Elon Musk revealed Sunday he paid $11 million for tesla.com in 2016, making it the second largest publicly revealed price paid for a domain name. Musk revealed the purchase price...

Europeans Anywhere Able To Register .EU Domains From 2019 - 9 December, 2018, 11:41 pm

Citizens of the European Union no matter where they reside in the world will be able to register .eu domain names in 2019, according to new rules announced on 5...

As Global Domain Name Registrations Slowly Rise, .NET Slides and New gTLDs Growing: Verisign - 7 December, 2018, 8:11 pm

Globally domain name registrations grew to approximately 342.4 million at the end of the third quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 2.6 million, or 0.8%, compared to the second...

PIR Announces Jonathon Nevett As New CEO - 6 December, 2018, 2:27 pm

Public Interest Registry has announced Jonathon Nevett will commence as their new CEO on 17 December, replacing Brian Cute who resigned in May. Nevett, a Donuts co-founder, himself recently stepped...

PIR Calls For Board Nominations - 4 December, 2018, 3:58 pm

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), who operates a number of gTLDs including .org, ngo and .ong and associated internationalised domain names, has begun accepting nominations for their Board of Directors....

NameJet Now Wholly Owned By Web.com - 4 December, 2018, 3:28 pm

The Web.com Group has announced it has acquired from Tucows all remaining interest in the domain name aftermarket platform, NameJet. With this transaction, Web.com now owns two of the top...

DENIC Wins Domains Award At eco://award 2018 With Data Escrow Service - 3 December, 2018, 10:49 pm

DENIC, the .de ccTLD manager, has won the Domains category at the 17th annual eco://award held in Cologne’s Wolkenburg on 28 November. DENIC won for their Data Escrow Service –...

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