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South Africa Registers Steep Growth In Domains Amidst Covid’19

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South Africa’s flagship .co.za TLD has crossed the 1.25 million mark in domain registrations. ZA Central Registry (ZACR) which handles the .za domain, attributed this milestone to the rise in domain registrations by SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises). The COVID-19 lockdown made people turn to online services and business owners quickly took the cue. “It speaks volumes that CO.ZA...

BabyNames.com Posts A Tribute To The Black Community; Website Crashes

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Ever since the tragic death of George Floyd the whole world has been in a state of shock. The enraged people are coming on to the streets to show their protest against racial discrimination and police brutality, not only in the USA but around the whole world. Different companies are also showing their solidarity with the Black community. Joining the bandwagon has come the popular name suggestion...

Snake Bites Honda, Affects Operations

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The ‘EKANS/SNAKE’ virus, designed to attack industrial control systems network, has hit Honda, causing some of its global operations to come to a standstill. The company confirmed that it was facing technical difficulties in a tweet. Its abilities to access its computer servers, use e-mail and make use of its internal systems were affected. Brett Callow, a threat analyst at security firm...

Japanese Cryptocurrency Firm Hijacked For The Second Time

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Coincheck is a cryptocurrency wallet and exchange service. On May 31, it was subject to attack by hackers when they got hold of its domain registrar account and then changed the DNS settings. The company’s domain registrar, Onamae.com also confirmed the incident. Japanese security researcher Masafumi Negishi said that the hackers modified the primary DNS entry for Coincheck’s domain. The hackers...

This ccTLD is scared of Adolf Hitler

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How much damage can a person dead for more than 70 years ago do today? Well, the answer is ‘monumental’ if that person is Adolf Hitler.  South Sudan, the world’s youngest country which got its independence less than 10 years ago is probably going to suffer because of the Führer. The country has just launched its ccTLD registrations a couple of days ago… and there is a...

Historical Name PCWeek.com Sells For $3350 At GoDaddy

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Ziff-Davis LLC launched PCWeek.com on February 28, 1984 in San Francisco. Personal computers were the hype then, and the weekly publication covered the use of computers as business tools with the introduction of the early PCs produced by Apple, IBM, Compaq and many other manufacturers. It chronicled the personal computing revolution since early on, which continues to this day with the newest...

Startup domain expires after $30 Million Fundraise

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Plum District was a hyper-local daily deals site created ‘by Moms, for Moms’. It was founded in 2009 by Megan Gardner with an aim of making every mom a ‘momtrepreneur’. It raised a whopping $30 million in funding, with about $10 million in its Series A funding, and the remaining $20 million in December 2011. Off to a great start, it became a leading e-commerce destination with a community of moms...

Panel decides RDNH while the registrant didn’t even respond

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How often have you heard a UDRP panel deciding against the complainant even when the respondent didn’t even appear. Now on top of that add that not only the respondent won, but the panel also decided that the complainant was Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). This is what happened with the domain AdviceGroup.com. Advice Group S.P.A. an Italian company filed a UDRP over the domain name...

Nominet suspends 29,000 .uk domains

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Nominet, the .uk domain registry has suspended 28,937 domains this year. The takedowns happened because of the company’s vision to clear the UK’s cyberspace. The registry took the action after 5 out of the 10 companies it collaborates with, sent requests on takedowns. Out of the 28,937 takedowns, 28,606 came from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) which deals with...

US Supreme Court agrees to hear Dot-Com Trademark Issue

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The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that whether a generic name along with a generic TLD is applicable for a trademark protection. The Supreme Court took the matter under its purview after there were differences between Trademark institutions and lower courts regarding whether Booking.com is a trademark or not. It all began in 2012, when Booking.com applied to get stylized versions...

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