The Republican Party began selling new web domains
ending in .gop today at www.join.gop
. Public interest has definitely been sparked, but perhaps not for the reasons Republicans have hoped. [more inside]
As triggered by a post on reddit
explaining GoDaddy's support over the controversial SOPA
bill, web techies everywhere have started their "internet walk of shame"
, finally finding the final reason to ditch the popular domain registrar.
Others have tried to start a boycott
over use of services.
It's not the first time they've shaken up issues
ICANN accreditation yanked, RegisterFly rebrands and tries again.
Though partner Robert O'Niell claims otherwise,
it looks like former CEO Kevin Medina
is still in the picture.
Without accreditation and their former registrar partner, eNom, Reg
, uh I mean RegFly
has partnered with leading wholesale registrar Tucows
to start selling domain names again. RegisterFlies.com comes out of retirement
has its wicked way with Cory Doctorow
. Any more horror stories involving them, or is he just unlucky?
There's a lot of news coverage this morning about Afghanistan going live with their official country domain ".af" - the first two advertised sites are here (?)
(via the BBC). There's a less publicized, and much better site here
via google. I guess you know you've made it as a civilization these days when the glass is lit
. I remember how excited I was when the ADSL synchronized and my pop up adventure began. . .
I hope this isn't our farewell present to this country, though.
"VeriSign got in trouble, VeriSign got in trouble!"
ICANN serves VeriSign with a formal notice of breach of its accreditation agreement for its mishandling of WHOIS data under its control (.com addresses). VeriSign has 15 days to smarten up or it could lose the .com registry. (via Boing Boing
Princeton admissions officers broke into Yale's admissions system
using prospective students' birth dates and Social Security numbers. They "viewed Yale admissions decisions" of 11 students; Princeton's dean of admissions says "[i]t was really an innocent way for us to check out the security." The FBI is "assessing the information to see if there is a federal violation."
The hoopla gets deeper.
Upon learning that "Sarah Hubert" was a non-person, registrar AITDomains
simply canceled the registration to hoopla.com, releasing it into the wild, where it was picked up by someone from Taiwan. They gave no notice to Leslie or anyone else that I can tell, so that she had no opportunity to grab the name back for herself.
MacSlash is the latest victim of domain hijacking.
Depending on how the DNS fairies have propagated themselves, you may be able to read MacSlash's own thread on the situation
, or you may be taken to a generic Dotster
page. I got Dotster at work yesterday but I'm still getting MacSlash at home. Not yet clear how this will turn out.
Judge orders VeriSign to stop ad campaign
A U.S. court on Tuesday ordered Internet naming giant VeriSign Inc. to immediately cease a direct-mail campaign that used what a rival called deceptive advertising to poach its customers.
A development in an earlier posted story
Verisign sued for false advertising.
Domain registrar VeriSign has been mailing out thousands of "domain name expiration" notices that imply that domain-name owners could lose control of their name if they don't return the form (as noted previously on MeFi
), and BulkRegister
has filed suit in federal court. No lawsuits on that that other matter
yet, but is the fall of Verisign impending?
Hoopla.com Stolen, Net Sol says, "Oops! Not Our Problem!"
Leslie Harpold's Hoopla.com was stolen from her through a series of dodgy faxes (or something...) and now, Network Solutions is throwing up their hands and telling her they can't do anything. If this doesn't beg for Metafilter community action, I don't know what does.
While you might want to think so
none of the stories on this site are jokes. Ever since Network Solutions
was assimilated by Verisign
("Trust is the foundation of every human relationship"), their tactics to obtain (or retain) your business have gotten sneakier. Be warned, non-Verisign domain registrants, you may get an invoice from Verisign that looks like this
. Ethical? Hardly. Try as I might, I can't find anyone trying to stop Verisign from these practices. I'm beginning to think Verisign is really run by these folks
By the way, this is my first post. Please be gentle
New.net lauched today,
with their attempt to create their own TLD registrar that seems like a bastardization of DNS. Most people will need to download a plugin
, is there any chance this could be successful? Is ICANN doing anything to stop them or will they just die on their own?
.ca for us normal folk
Many of the old, tight-assed restrictions on the .ca domain are being lifted this fall. The change might be annoying to some existing .ca owners, but a blessing for us regular Joe canadians that wanted to be .ca'ed, instead of .com'ed. Internic.ca
is taking prebookings now.
interNIC lost my business!!!
To take the heat (and any possible lawsuits) off of them, they have now changed thier policy to revoke anyone's domain name at their discretion.
Phil Sbarbaro, NSI's legal counsel, offered a parallel to summarize prevailing law: "You don't own a domain name any more than you own your phone number."
I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely finding another registrar to transfer my domain names to...ASAP!