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GoDaddy crash hits thousands of small business sites

One of the world's largest web hosts and internet domain registrars was down for several hours on Monday, affecting thousands of small businesses. A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated with the Anonymous hacker group said it was behind the outage, but that couldn't be confirmed. Another Twitter account, known to be associated with Anonymous, suggested the first one was just taking advantage of an outage it had nothing to do with.

12/09/2012  |  Full story...

Top brands battle for new domain names - Amazon and Google fight over ‘.cloud’ and ‘.music’

The full list of submissions for new internet address endings, allowing firms to create their own '.brand' on the web, has been published. Requests to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the global organisation co-ordinating the expansion, include .porn, .ninja, and .ferrari.

14/06/2012  |  Full story...

Infographic: Who will apply for a ‘dot brand’ domain?

Nearly half (44%) of large companies intend to submit a ‘dot Brand’ application, but few are aware of the limited application period, according to a new survey. The study, from registry services provider Afilias, found that 82 percent of major brands are aware of the opportunity to apply for a dotBrand TLD.

23/03/2012  |  Full story...

ICANN now accepting .wales and .cymru domain names

The Welsh government has said will not object to a bid for the right to use the '.wales' and '.cymru' domain names. The move will give people and buisnesses in wales the chance to use Wales and Cymru in their internet address names.

27/02/2012  |  Full story...

100 firms sign up to '.brand' domain scheme

100 organisations have registered to get involved in ICANN’s plan to expand net domains beyond the likes of .com and .edu. The expansion concerns generic top-level domains, or GTLDs. ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) spent years putting the new programme together so the internet could have web and email addresses ending in .paris, .canon, .hotel, and many others.

16/02/2012  |  Full story...

Brands urged to register for new ‘.anything’ domains

Businesses, charities, communities and other legal entities are being urged to act fast to avoid missing out on the internet domain name legislation, which comes into effect today (Thurs 12th Jan 2012). From, 12th January, ICANN, the body that regulates internet naming conventions, will open its doors to applications to operate almost any characters after the ‘dot’, replacing conventional domain extensions such as .com, .org or .net with almost anything from .dog, .london, .gaga and .football to .housesales or even .missiontomars.

12/01/2012  |  Full story...

ICANN to go ahead with .brand domains despite concerns

Internet body ICANN is to continue with plans to expand the number of possible website addresses despite criticism from industry and concerns from some law enforcement groups. ICANN’s goal is to allow more innovation in website addresses and to open the space to the non-Latin alphabets. It has pledged a quick take-down for trademark violators under the new system. The body decides who gets to manage .com, .net and other domains to the right of the period in a URL.

06/01/2012  |  Full story... domain goes up for sale ahead of festive season

The domain ‘’ will be listed exclusively for sale at online domain specialist Sedo, ahead of the festive period. Sedo will also be selling a number of other seasonal domain names representing some of the top ranking keyword related searches in Google at this time of year. For example, Sedo is also hosting auctions for, and

13/12/2011  |  Full story...

Just 10 days for brands to register or block .XXX domains

The final date is approaching for trademark holders to apply for ‘adult content’ .XXX domains, ahead of the ‘landrush’ period. ICM Registry, the company behind the .XXX top-level domain (TLD), is advising brands and IP holders that they have ten days remaining of the .XXX Sunrise Period, the unique window available to trademark holders inside and outside of the adult industry to apply to register or exempt themselves from .XXX, ending on 28th October 2011.


18/10/2011  |  Full story...

.XXX domains go on sale: Just what the internet needs

Ever get the feeling the lunatics were policing the asylm? As the naming authorities get set to inflict .XXX domain name conventions on us all, here’s a reminder of the fall-out of the release of the ‘dot-anything-you-want’ approach to website naming. It’s all vaguely remeniscent of the 1995 cybersquatters goldrush that made millions for trademark lawyers and opportunists. Our advice? Have the internal discussion about what’s worth protecting, but don’t get swept up in the hype of trying to buy ‘www.YourBrand.Anything’. And if you have views on this, then share them. Are we being harsh, or just anticipating what every brand manager will be feeling in a month or two as they get spammed by the cybersquatters?


08/09/2011  |  Full story...

New adult web domain .XXX extends brand registration period due to high demand

ICM Registry, the company behind the upcoming .XXX web domain, is extending its Sunrise period due to the volume of prelaunch interest in the domain, after “900,000 expressions of interest”. The new sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) going live later this year, has been created to clearly signpost adult entertainment on the Internet and to meet the needs of the adult entertainment industry.


19/07/2011  |  Full story...

News of the World closure: Has Murdoch bought domain?

Shock news that the News of the World is to close on Sunday after the phone hacking scandal has sparked rumours of a swift online and print replacement, as a mystery buyer snaps up the domain name for ''. The registration of the online domain name occurred on Tuesday, two days before News of the World's collapse was announced. However, the buyer of the domain remains unknown. It was registered two days ago by a web design company called Mediaspring.


08/07/2011  |  Full story...

ICANN gives greenlight for ‘.brand’ domain names

ICANN’s board of directors has voted Monday to allow virtually unlimited new domain names based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system's biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago.

Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition next year for new updates to ".com" and ".net" with website suffixes using nearly any word in any language, including in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided at a meeting in Singapore.


21/06/2011  |  Full story...

Short .uk domains open for applications

The Landrush phase for the 2,640 remaining .uk short domains will begin on 23rd May 2011, it has been announced. Short .uk domains are classed as those with single numbers, single letters and two letters. Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for running the .uk Internet infrastructure, opened the registered rights application process for previously reserved, short .uk domain names on 1st December last year.


20/04/2011  |  Full story...

65% of UK advertising now includes a website address

The majority of all UK print and television advertising now includes a web address, with British consumers preferring to be be directed to .uk addresses than .com, according to new research.The study, from domain name organisation Nominet UK, reveals the increasing use of website addresses in UK advertising. The research is included in Nominet’s annual Domain name industry report for the first time.


05/11/2010  |  Full story...

Yahoo! buys Me.Me domain to boost Twitter rival

Yahoo! has acquired the Me.Me domain name to enhance the brand of its social networking site,, which allows users to connect and share their common interests. Online domain marketplace Sedo, brokered the sale of Me.Me to Yahoo!. Sedo secured the domain name from the .Me Registry on Yahoo!’s behalf. The domain will be used for the company’s upcoming Yahoo Meme microblogging service, which was launched a while ago as a rival to Twitter.

22/04/2010  |  Full story...

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