Domain Name News – Mar. 4, 2007

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Finding On Registrant ID Requirements – In his blog, Michael Geist has pointed out a finding by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in which the Assistant Commissioner comments that it is appropriate for a domain registrar to require personal identification in order to change the administrative email address for a domain registration.

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Domain Name News – Feb. 25, 2007

ICANN Puts Registrar On Notice – ICANN has posted a Feb. 21 letter to registrar Registerfly.com giving formal notice of several breaches in Registerfly’s accredition agreement with ICANN. The letter provides information on the breaches, and additional comments have been posted to the ICANN Ombudsman’s blog. ICANN may give notice of termination of the registrar’s accreditation if the breaches are not cured within 15 working days.

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21 Essential Web Tools

If you’re keen on the Internet and want to get up-to-speed on what tools and sites are worthwhile for small business people, be sure to check out the March issue of PROFIT Magazine.  In a 13 page section titled The Fabulous NEW Internet [Web 2.0], Editor Ian Portsmouth rallies his tech writers to handpick 21 Essential Web Tools. The majority of the tools and sites they recommend are on our radar as well, so we’ll be profiling them in more detail in the coming months. Here are a couple of my favorites snippets:

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The One Million .CA Domain Mark

Back in October, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) celebrated it’s 750,000th .CA registration marking a 50% rise in the number of .CA registrations in under two years.

 

“The phenomenal growth of dot-ca registrations is the result of increased awareness of the value of dot-ca and the trust Canadians place in it,” says Bernard Turcotte, President and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Registration Authority. “Dot-ca still offers the best opportunity to get the domain name you want when compared with the larger dot-com registry.” “Dot-ca is reserved for Canadians and defines an organization or individual who meets Canadian presence requirements,” explains Mr. Turcotte.

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Domain Name News – Feb. 18, 2007

ICANN Publishes Revision to Proposed .XXX Agreement – ICANN has posted for public comment a revised appendix to the proposed .xxx registry agreement. Acccording to the preliminary report of the recent ICANN Board meeting, “a majority of the Board has serious concerns about whether the proposed .XXX domain has the support of a clearly-defined sponsored community as per the criteria for sponsored TLDs”.

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Maximizing your Customer Experience

As a Corporate Services Account Manager, I like to pride myself on ensuring that each and every customer I interact with has a positive customer experience and gets the most out of the products and services that Webnames.ca offers. In order to help me help you, I’ve come up with 10 things you should expect from a corporate account representative – regardless of the provider you choose!

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Microsites SEO start with a creative domain

We’ve noticed a trend lately here at Webnames.ca. While our corporate and small business customers continue to do their best to protect their brands online by registering the applicable domains, they also seem to have a creative side. More and more businesses are thinking outside the traditional brand protection box and looking for unusual domains and these tend to turn into marketing microsites.

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Go Mobile! with dotMobi

Since .mobi domain names were opened to the public in September 2006, more than 375,000 names have been registered. Thousands of innovative .mobi sites are already live and dotMobi has already itself as a major force in the industry. This morning, the folks behind the dotMobi registry announced the next phase of their plan to make the Internet mobile, starting with Go Mobile!

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Domain Name News – Feb. 4, 2007

.COM and .NET Registry Price Increases Expected This Year – VeriSign expects to increase the annual registry fees for .com and .net domain names this year, according to CEO Stratton Sclavos. Presently the annual registry or wholesale price for a .com name is USD $6.00, and the price could rise 7% to $6.42. The registry price for a .net name could increase 10% from $4.25 to $4.67. Each registrar will determine whether or not to pass on price increases to registrants and resellers. VeriSign must give six months’ notice before increasing prices. (Note: By my reading of the .net agreement, the registry price consists of two components, a $3.50 service fee and a $0.75 ICANN fee, and it appears that the 10% maximum increase may apply only to the service fee. This results in an increase from $4.25 to as much as $4.60.)

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Domain Name Hijacking explained

Over at CircleID last week, Brett Lewis of Lewis & Hand, LLP defined Domain Name Hijacking while educating domain name owners about how it can be avoided.

Domain Name Hijacking is the terminology commonly used to describe the wrongful taking of a domain name from its rightful owner, by deception or fraud. A couple of the most common methods of domain hijacking are impersonating the registrant in communications with a registrar or registering a lapsed registrant email address (Hotmail and Yahoo addresses are often targeted) to reset a password and authorize a transfer of registrar or registrant.

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