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12|31|2012 08:13 pm EDT

.ORG increases prices to Registrars by 10%

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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As reported by InternetNews.me, PIR, the registry operating the .ORG gTLD has announce a price increase of 10% effective July 1st, 2013. The new price to registrars will be $8.25, an effective increase of $0.55 per domain name year. This makes .ORG more expensive that .COM ($7.85) as of mid next year.

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07|24|2012 04:32 pm EDT

Metal.com sold for $140,000 USD – Sedo Sales Report until July 23rd, 2012

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Please find the weekly sales list attached. This past week, 834 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling over $1.5 million.

43% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlight public sales include:

  • Top .com: metal.com at 140,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: sugar.co at 30,000 USD
  • Top “other” TLD: car-games.net at 17,000 USD

See the full list of reported sales after the jump.

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02|03|2010 05:01 pm EDT

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the .COM gTLD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Versign's .COM Anniversary SiteVerisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the .COM gTLD with a Policy Forum and Gala and has also set up a website with a timeline of the development of .COM. The first domain name, symbolics.com, was registered on March 15th, 1985 and is today owned by domain investor Aron Meystedt.

In order to celebrate the anniversary the main sponsor and registry operator Verisign, will be hosting  a Policy Forum in Washington DC on March 16th and will end with gala in San Francisco on May 26th. The company will also announce the creation of four $75,000 research grants that will be awarded to those who show the most promise to shape the next 25 years of .com.

“In the past 25 years, the Internet has altered history and transformed lives around the globe. It has forever changed our relationships with the world around us by providing unprecedented access to people, places and information. The .com celebration is about honoring the innovators who have gotten us to where we are today and recognizing those who will help shape the next 25 years,” said Mark McLaughlin, CEO, VeriSign. “Billions of times each day, VeriSign connects web sites and users, while helping to ensure the Internet revolution continues to unfold at its characteristically fast pace. We’re proud of the role that VeriSign plays in enabling the .com infrastructure and in the role that our registrars play in providing the crucial platform and access to .com every day.”

Read the full press release after the jump.
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06|04|2008 01:28 pm EDT

McAfee Identifies The “Mal-web” In Domain Names

by Adam Strong in Categories: ccTLDs

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Anti-virus software maker McAfee released their second “Mapping the Mal Web” (PDF) report today. The McAfee report attempts to map and identify the specific domain names where malicious websites reside. This is the second year for the report. In the 2007 report, the .tk extension was reported to have the highest number of malicious websites with over . This year Hong Kong domain name extension .hk takes away the title with 19.2% , followed closely by China’s .cn with 11.8%.  Within the generic domain name extensions (gTLDs) .info ranked in with 11.7% of all sites ending in .info posing a security threat. The second rank in gTLDs went to .net with 6%. The report claims that a little under 5% of .com domain names were found to be risky. McAfee also identified the domains with the least amount of risk reside in the .gov, .jp and .au extensions.
The newest report specifically points to .hk and .cn domain names as having a substantially higher percentage of malicious websites. In the 2007 report, McAfee had not pointed to those extensions as having such high percentages.

Shane Keats, research analyst for McAfee and lead author of the report, said the increase in dangerous sites registered under the “.hk” and “.cn” domains over last year’s report was caused in part by better data collection on McAfee’s part on those domains and by apparent security lapses in some registrar companies’ processes for registering addresses.

The 2007 report claimed the .tk extension to have one of the highest percentages (10.1%). After the McAfee report was released, Dot TK, operators of the registry for Tokelau, implemented changes geared toward the reduction of these malicious sites. The .tk extension dropped considerably to #28 this year. Dot TK faced a 10% decline in registrations and a backlash from adveritsers running ads on .tk landing pages. The domain business reportedly accounts for a “double digit” percentage of the GDP of Tokelau. One could assume that the reduction in domain registrations that .tk felt will now be seen at the .hk, .cn and .info domain registries. This news should come as a wake up call to these operators.

The high percentage of malicious sites found on the .info extension may also be read as another “nail in the coffin” for the gTLD. The McAfee report follows on the heels of the news earlier last week that Google was dropping .info domains from search listings. All of this bad news can’t be sitting well for the .info registry or anyone heavily invested in .info domain names.