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Another Year, Another WIPO Announcement of Record Cybersquatting Claims But Disputed Domain Names Plummet - 19 March, 2019, 11:19 pm

Another year has passed since the last WIPO news release of claims of a record year of cybersquatting cases. Which is true in a way, but, as WIPO adds more...

Domain-based Digital Identity ID4me And DENIC ID Launching at CloudFest 2019 - 19 March, 2019, 10:22 pm

Several domain name registries are looking to grow their markets and find new uses for domain names amid what is for many a market that hasn’t grown significantly in many...

DomainTools Webinar: DNS Mapping for Better Context on Threats - 17 March, 2019, 4:39 pm

According to the FBI, U.S. businesses alone suffer from nearly $343k in damages every hour from phishing – and this number has been rising year over year for the last...

Defunct AlpNames Had History As A Home For Phishing - 17 March, 2019, 1:58 am

The now defunct AlpNames, who had its Registrar Accreditation Agreement terminated by ICANN this week after the discounted registrar appears to have disappeared, has a history of being a home...

Domain Growth Slows To Lowest Ever Recorded: CENTR - 16 March, 2019, 12:38 am

There are around 348 million domain names under management around the world and in the year to the end of January 2019, growth slowed to its lowest ever year-on-year rate...

ICANN Approves Auction of O.COM, But Verisign Will Only Get Registry Fee - 15 March, 2019, 11:18 pm

The ICANN Board approved Verisign’s request to release the o.com domain name via an auction at ICANN 64 held in Kobe, Japan, last week, but on the condition that the...

AlpNames Is No More As ICANN Terminates Registrar Days After Going Offline - 15 March, 2019, 4:24 pm

Gibraltar-based domain name registrar and webhoster AlpNames appears to be no more. ICANN announced Thursday they were terminating “the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with registrar Alpnames Limited (IANA #1857), effective...

Neustar Wins Awards For Marketing .CO To Australians - 13 March, 2019, 10:33 pm

Neustar has won 2 awards for a marketing campaign they ran in Australia to promote .co at the Summit International Awards – a ‘Platinum’ prize in Marketing Effectiveness and an...

Farsight Security Debuts Investigative Reporter Grants Programme With Free DNS Database Access - 13 March, 2019, 10:02 pm

Farsight Security announced a new grant programme last week that provides free access to their DNSDB, which they describe as the world’s largest passive DNS database, for investigative reporters. Farsight...

Chaos.com Leads Duo Of Six Figure Sales To Top Weekly Chart - 13 March, 2019, 9:52 pm

Chaos.com sold for a whopping $350,000 to become the biggest sale for the week ending 17 February. The sale, brokered by HQBrokerage, is currently the second biggest sale for the...

Worlds, Apex Top .COM, .NET Trending Keywords for February - 13 March, 2019, 9:35 pm

There are probably now over 157 million .com and .net domain names registered around the world and registrations can reflect global and/or American trends, events and/or news. So Verisign release...

.ASIA Now Licensed for Registration and Hosting Within China - 12 March, 2019, 9:54 pm

.ASIA domain names are now licensed for sale in China, the Hong Kong-based DotAsia Organisation announced in February. Following receiving accreditation from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT),...

MMX Sees Their New gTLD Registrations Up More Than A Third in 12 Months - 12 March, 2019, 9:32 pm

Minds + Machines (MMX) have started 2019 on a high with the release of a company update last week for the year to the end of 2018. During the 12...

InternetNZ’s Jordan Carter Talks Privacy: GDPR, DomainTools Court Case, .NZ Individual Registrants… And More - 10 March, 2019, 4:27 pm

Privacy is a big thing, both in the .nz space and in the wider domain name world and has brought about both highlights and lowlights according to InternetNZ’s Chief Executive...

Openprovider Founder/CEO Talks Best Thing About New gTLDs, Company Challenges, Why GDPR Is Good, But Execution Terrible And More - 8 March, 2019, 10:38 pm

Growth and GDPR implementation along with the high costs of domain transfers among gTLDs due to ICANN policies were among the lowlights of 2018 for Openprovider’s Founder and CEO Arno...

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