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French Torrent Giant Vaults Through Domains To Prevent ISP Blocking

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What do you do when your domain is at the risk of ISP blocking? You go domain (s)hopping! Well, at least that’s what this French torrent giant is doing, with its newest stop being .si, the ccTLD for Slovenia. Just seven months into the year and Ygg Torrent has already changed three domain extensions, all of them being ccTLDs. The site fully runs in French and stands for a prime example of a site...

Is The UK Government Colonizing The .IO Extension

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The .io is a popular domain extension for many SaaS (software as a service) companies. In the world of computers, I/O stands for Input/Output, a common term used when discussing computing processes. Such is the popularity of .io that Google’s ad targeting treats it as a gTLD. However, the origins of this extension don’t lie in the tech world, but in Britain’s colonial history. The Chagos...

GoGoCasino.com To Go International

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LeoVegas AB, the Swedish iGaming operator announced that it would make a version of its virtual casino platform GoGoCasino.com available to players in its neighbouring country, Finland. The casino was launched in the domestic locale in March last year. The step marks the casino brand’s entry into the international realm, Finland being the first in series. The company attributes the casino...

Sucker Punch Renews Infamous Domain, Launches Ghost Of Tsushima

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Sucker Punch recently renewed inFAMOUSTheGame.com. For those whose minds have not been whirring with wild imaginations with that statement, let me tell you: inFAMOUS is a series of action-adventure video games which Sony published on its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 gaming consoles. The game was quite famous (obviously for all the good reasons), with even a DC Comic Series after it. Now this...

Ex-Porn Star’s Fans Petition To Have Her Domains Returned

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Mia Khalifa had a brief stint in the porn industry: 3 months with 11 videos. Despite retiring from industry almost 6 years ago, she is still one of Pornhub’s most popular stars. She comes second only to Lana Rhodes in Pornhub’s search rankings. She came into focus when a video featuring her in a hijab went viral, angering Muslims and inciting the wrath of the ISIS which gave death threats to the...

Why The ZACR Believes .ZA Domain Prices Must Increase

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South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the non-profit organization which handles the 2LDs under the country’s ccTLD, is pushing for a price restructuring for its co.za, web.za, org.za and net.za domains. It wants to increase the wholesale registration and renewal price by R10. The present annual domain fee of R45 has remained unchanged since 2014, and the ZACR desires it increased to R55. It...

US Government To Use HTTPS To Secure Its .gov Websites

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Beginning September 1, 2020, new .gov websites will only be accessible via HTTPS as they will be automatically preloaded, as announced by the U.S Government’s DotGov Program. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) oversees the DotGov Program which handles the .gov TLD. For this purpose, it’s collaborating with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). “We believe the...

Would You Buy Make-up Products From Coca Cola?

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There are two types of people: Pepsi one or Coca Cola one. Just in case you belong to the latter, I have a question that might sound a little strange. But here it goes, would you buy and use make-up products from Coca Cola? The soft drink company in an odd collaboration, to say the least, with beauty brand Morphe has launched a range of beauty products. The line of products has been named the...

Warner Bros. Registers New Domains, Hints At Upcoming Games

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DC fans, the much-speculated games on Batman and Suicide Squad might be out sooner than expected! MarkMonitor Inc Inc, Warner Bros Inc’s often used domain broker recently registered two domains for each of them – GothamKnightsGame.com and SuicideSquadGame.com. Another one, SuicideSquadKillTheJusticeLeague.com was also registered, possibly the name for the Suicide Squad game. Fans are...

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...

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