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.SHOP Releasing 11,000 New Domains on 8 May - 22 April, 2018, 10:37 pm

Over 11,000 new .shop domain names will become available for registration on 8 May, or possibly 18 May as the announcement gives both dates, including over 300 three and four...

Questions Raised Over auDA CEO’s Academic Qualifications - 22 April, 2018, 7:15 pm

A request for information to verify the academic qualifications of auDA CEO Cameron Boardman was been made to the Australian Department of Communications and Arts Sunday. The request has been...

auDA In More Turmoil: Members Threatened With Court Action Over SGM and Another Director Resigns - 20 April, 2018, 10:26 pm

The turmoil at auDA continues. This week the Australian government released a scathing review into the .au policy and regulatory body with a number of recommendations that, unless they’re all...

Exclusive: Former auDA CEO Opens Up On What’s Gone Wrong at auDA - 19 April, 2018, 11:02 pm

Ever since the auDA Board gave the then CEO Chris Disspain his marching orders in March 2016 after 16 years at the helm, the Australian ccTLD manager has been in...

CoCCA Software Update Allows Registry Partners to be GDPR-Compliant - 18 April, 2018, 10:20 pm

CoCCA will be updating its backend registry software to enable its registry partners to be GDPR-compliant in time for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into...

More Domain Names Hosting Child Sexual Abuse Than Ever Before - 18 April, 2018, 7:48 pm

More online child sexual abuse imagery is being found online than ever before, and more domain names than ever before are being used to host images and videos of children...

Super $1.2m Sale of Super.com - 18 April, 2018, 7:34 pm

The $1.2 million sale of super.com rocketed it to the top of year-to-date domain name sales. In a week where Name Jet and RightOfTheDot released sales that have now closed...

auDA Battling to Save Itself After Scathing Government Review Says “No Longer Fit-For-Purpose” - 18 April, 2018, 12:37 pm

auDA has been put on notice that it needs to reform or its gone following an Australian government review into its operations. The report has found “urgent reforms are necessary”....

Was auDA Hacked? Or Have They Deliberately Leaked A Confidential Report to Discredit Agitators - 17 April, 2018, 1:36 pm

Either auDA has been hacked or there has been a deliberate leaking of a confidential report by the senior echelons at the .au policy and regulatory body. If it’s the...

ICANN Receives Data Protection/Privacy Guidance from Article 29 Working Party - 13 April, 2018, 3:01 pm

ICANN today announced that it has received a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (WP29) [PDF, 400 KB] that provides guidance on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation...

Donuts Announce Largest Ever New gTLD Domain Name Sale With $500K+ Sale of Vacation.rentals - 12 April, 2018, 9:55 pm

Donuts yesterday announced what is believed to be the largest ever sale of a new gTLD domain name with the sale of the “platinum” vacation.rentals for $500,300. The sale was...

EURid Annual Report Shows Modest Growth in Registrations and Renewals, Strong DNSSEC Growth - 12 April, 2018, 9:33 pm

Total registrations of .eu and .ею domain names grew by a modest 52,085 to 3,815,055 from 3,762,970 in 2017 according to EURid’s 2017 annual report released this week, while the...

ICANN’s Report on the Draft FY19 Budget Operating Plan Now Due 24 April - 12 April, 2018, 9:08 pm

ICANN announced that the organization’s response to the public comments received in the Draft FY19 Operating Plan and Budget has been moved from 12 April to 24 April. This will...

ICANN: Accountability Indicators Feedback – January to March - 12 April, 2018, 9:06 pm

We launched the Accountability Indicators seven months ago demonstrating ICANN Organization’s continuing commitment to improve accountability and transparency. It is a dynamic and   by exploring various dimensions of our...

auDA Using Bullying and Fear to Silence Critics - 12 April, 2018, 3:24 pm

In an inflammatory email Tuesday night, auDA Chair Chris Leptos sent out an email boasting of his achievements while including a threat to all former Board members that they may...

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