[DNS] domain name news - 11 June

[DNS] domain name news - 11 June

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2007 00:14:29 -0700 (PDT)
Check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for the most recent edition of the domain news, including an RSS feed - already online! Headlines from today's edition of the news include:

China aims to top U.S. in cyberspace: U.S. general | Large-scale DOS attack menace continues to grow | Fancy buying Scotland for ?2m? | us: YouTube - uTube showdown stays alive in federal court | Another Cyber Attack Hits Europe | California Man Gets 6-Year Sentence For Phishing | Yellow legal fight erupts in NZ | .nz offers IPv6 connectivity

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates.

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Google wins right over domain name 'gmail.co.in'

Sale of domain names a hot business in India

IP address depletion looms, ARIN warns

ARIN Provides Latest Word on Need to Move to IPv6: Will Anyone Heed the Warning? (Does anyone care?)

Sedo, and the Boobtube.com problem

Boobtube.com Shenanigan: Domain Name Exchanges Open to Market Manipulation?

Could the US repel a cyberattack?

Netcraft June 2007 Web Server Survey

Civil Society Participation in ITU
On 15 June, the first meeting of an ITU's Council Working Group established by the Antalya Plenipotentiary Conference to study civil society participation in ITU will be held, under the chairmanship on Argentina. In preparation for this meeting, ITU held a consultation meeting with civil society representatives on May 18.

Google wins right over domain name 'gmail.co.in'
Internet search engine giant Google Inc has won ownership of domain name 'gmail.co.in' as an arbitrator appointed by National Internet Exchange of India has directed a Chinese national to transfer the portal address in its favour.

Sale of domain names a hot business in India
Cyber squatters may have made their life a tad difficult, but enterprising individuals have managed to make an honest living selling domain names ? with auction portal eBay India alone recording one sale every eight hours.

IP address depletion looms, ARIN warns
The IPv6 movement got a boost in May when the American Registry for Internet Numbers announced it would actively encourage migration to IPv6. ARIN distributes blocks of IP addresses to service providers and enterprises based in North America.

ARIN Provides Latest Word on Need to Move to IPv6: Will Anyone Heed the Warning? (Does anyone care?)
NetworkWorld is running an article that talks about the announcement from ARIN (the American Registry for Internet Numbers) of the ARIN Board resolution calling upon ARIN to no longer be "neutral" in the IPv4 vs IPv6 space and instead work to actively encourage migration to IPv6... Until now, ARIN and the other RIRs have generally been fairly neutral in the IPv4 versus IPv6 debate and have not shown a preference in allocation, but this announcement from ARIN shows the first signs of change.

Sedo, and the Boobtube.com problem
Sedo sold a popular URL, Boobtube.com, for $41,688 last week, but then turned around and canceled the sale because the seller didn?t really own it. This auction had lasted more than two weeks, and was frenetic. The cancellation raises prickly questions about the nascent domain name exchanges, which are handling several hundred million dollars of trades. Are they trustworthy? Are they open to market manipulation?

Boobtube.com Shenanigan: Domain Name Exchanges Open to Market Manipulation?
VentureBeat is running a story by Mark Coker, going over the recent boobtube.com auction and its eventual cancellation due to misrepresentation of ownership. Mark writes: "Sedo, the world?s largest domain name auctioneer, sold a popular URL, Boobtube.com, for $41,688 last week, but then turned around and canceled the sale because the seller didn?t really own it." The author, who was also one of the boobtube.com auction bidders, questions the maturity and trustworthiness of the domain name exchanges, which are currently handling several hundred million dollars of trades.

Could the US repel a cyberattack?

The nation's defense relies on a small group that operates on a tiny budget and with little clout, experts say.

Evidence is mounting that cyberwarfare tactics are part of the
21st-century arsenals of powers like Russia and China, yet the United
States has not made Internet defenses a major priority. A two-week
cyberattack on Estonia ? which overloaded government websites, knocked
a bank's overseas customers offline, and caused Internet service to
slow to a crawl ? has brought the issue to the fore for US defense
officials. While the tiny Baltic nation reacted well, experts say, the
US may be at greater risk for mass disruptions of banking,
telecommunications, and government services. The reasons: a lack of
coordination, funding, and centralized authority.



Netcraft June 2007 Web Server Survey
In the June 2007 survey we received responses from 122,000,635 sites, an increase of 3.97 million sites from the May survey. This month we have expanded our graph of server software publishers to include Google, primarily due to Blogger's move from Apache to GFE.

Online censorship on Nigerian domains?
It was brought to my attention by Sokari Ekine of Blacklooks that one our bloggers, Emmanuel Oluwatosin?s website www.yemma.com.ng has been offline for two weeks. Emmanuel has a firm belief in Nigeria and the promotion of Nigerian cyberspace. For that reason he has suffered for two weeks.

br/us: Foreign Operator of Obscene Web Sites Pleads Guilty to Obscenity Charges
Danilo Simoes Croce, 43, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, an officer of Lex Multimedia, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to an obscenity-related charge in U.S. District Court in Orlando, the Justice Department announced today. Croce pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell to one count of conspiracy to use the mail for delivery of obscene material. As part of Croce?s guilty plea, he agreed to pay a fine of $2,000 and forfeit $98,000 in cash. Croce will also forfeit to the government all equipment and materials connected with his business operations in Florida, all copies of certain obscene films in the company?s possession, and all Internet domain names used by Lex Multimedia, which also conducted business under the names Lexus Multimedia, MFX, and Dragon Films.

ca: B.C.'s masters of their domain
To those not in their tight circle or familiar with the hidden underpinnings of the online world, British Columbia's domainers are the anonymous nouveau riche. They have none of the star power of their real-world brethren, the Donald Trumps and fellow billionaire property developers whose dealings the world follows with tabloid interest.

ICANN Response to One World Trust Review of ICANN's Accountability and Transparency ? Structures and Practices and Update on Management Operating Principles Development Consultation
ICANN have released a document that outlines their response to each of the recommendations in the One World Trust report. The bulk of the recommendations are accepted and are in the process of being implemented; some others have been referred to the Nominating Committee and Board reviews which will take place this year, or to the GNSO Improvements Working Group, for further consideration.

ICANN Opens Comment Period on NeuStar Amendment to Implement Approved Registry Service
ICANN is opening a comment period on the proposed amendment to implement the new registry service proposed by NeuStar to offer Bulk Transfer After Partial Portfolio Acquisition (BTAPPA) to consenting registrars in the circumstance where one ICANN-accredited registrar purchases, by means of a stock or asset purchase, merger or similar transaction, a portion but not all, of another ICANN-accredited registrar?s domain name portfolio in the .BIZ top-level domain. NeuStar requested approval of the registry service at the request of two ICANN accredited registrars.

ICANN Extension of Comment Period on Telnic Proposal
On 11 May 2007, ICANN opened a public comment period on a proposal from Telnic Ltd. to amend the terms in the .TEL Registry Agreement concerning the public display of Whois information. In accordance with requests, ICANN is extending the public comment period through 28 June 2007.

Time for multilingual net domains
Internet law professor Michael Geist argues that delays to multilingual domain names are holding back internet diversity.

VeriSign Releases Q1 Domain Brief
VeriSign announced on Wednesday it has released the VeriSign Domain Name Industry Brief for the first quarter of 2007, which highlights key industry data for worldwide domain name activity.

Rare domain names Autoclassifieds.com and PrinterCartridge.com to be auctioned by Moniker.com (news release)
Moniker.com has been chosen to sell Autoclassifieds.com and Printercartridge.com on June 21st, 2007 at TRAFFICS show NYC

Kevin Ham, Cameroon, and the Domain Name Industry
If you?re interested in web hosting or buying and selling domain names, you probably read the recent CNN Money article on Kevin Ham. This man has built an empire around generic domain names. While the article itself was excellent, many in the domain industry believe it has given the field a black eye from which it might not recover for a year or more.

za: Domain name policy welcomed (sub req'd)

za: Cybersquatters beware (sub req'd)
New process formalised for domain name disputes

You May Be Thinking ".COM" - But This Could Be More ?.FUN?? (news release)
With over 70 million mostly forgettable ?.COMs? already registered, there's very little left to interest individuals or businesses. A complete lack of choice has led to speculation on some interesting alternatives. Brand New Top Level Domain Names have recently been released and they're now available free, to anyone who wants them, from a company called dotWORLDS.

us: ICE Operation Predator arrests of child exploiters top 10,000 (news release)
Just four years after the Department of Homeland Security launched Operation Predator, an initiative aimed at those who sexually exploit children, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today that its arrests had topped 10,000.

uk: Internet romance can be a peril, says judge
Romance over the internet that leads to marriage is posing a new headache for the courts when relationships go sour, a senior judge said yesterday. Lord Justice Thorpe was ruling in favour of a mother who wants to take her two young daughters back home to Texas after a ?brief and stormy? marriage to a British man she met online.

Vietnamese fishermen "salvage" Internet lines (Reuters)
Fishermen who were allowed to take unused war-era undersea copper cables have gone too far, "salvaging" fibre-optic lines providing some of Vietnam's Internet and other international communications.

Russia monitors Internet to dampen ethnic violence (Reuters)
Russian authorities for the first time blocked nationalists from using a popular Internet blog to organise anti-migrant demonstrations, one of the leaders of a nationalist group told Reuters on Wednesday.

Google's the worst, says privacy group (AP)
Google's privacy practices are the worst among the internet's top destinations, according to a watchdog group seeking to intensify the recent focus on how the online search leader handles personal information about its users. In a report released Saturday, London-based Privacy International assigned Google its lowest possible grade. The category is reserved for companies with "comprehensive consumer surveillance and entrenched hostility to privacy".

Google - Now you see it, now you don't
The party has been spoiled for some armchair tourists using Google's Street View - the all-seeing search giant has begun removing "objectionable" images at the request of users.

Digital signatures get Web standards nod
A standards group has completed work on digital signature technology designed to ensure data authenticity between interacting Web servers.

Cyber warming: PCs produce same CO2 emissions as airlines
British Ministers act to counter health risk from dumped computers and Wi-Fi technology.
British Ministers will this week embark on a campaign to curb "cyber-warming" from computers and information technology equipment that now does as much damage to the climate as aircraft emissions. Meanwhile, the Health Protection Agency is to start measuring levels of radiation from Wi-Fi systems in response to mounting concerns. The two initiatives will mark the biggest official attempt to address some of the environmental consequences of the extraordinarily rapid spread of IT into almost every aspect of daily life. Up to eight million new computers are sold in Britain every year, along with 1.8 million Wi-Fi terminals in the past 18 months. ... New research shows that computers generate an estimated 35 million tons of the gas each year - the equivalent of one million typical flights to and from the UK. And Gartner, the international information technology research company, estimates that globally the IT industry accounts for around 2 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions -
 much the same as aviation.

itu: Meeting of High-Level Experts on Competitive Platforms for the Delivery of Digital Content
The International Telecommunication Union and the European Broadcasting Union will jointly organize a Meeting of High-Level Experts on ?Competitive Platforms for the Delivery of Digital Content? to identify global trends and to address the new technological and policy challenges in the digital content delivery environment.

Wireless energy promise powers up
A clean-cut vision of a future freed from the rat's nest of cables needed to power today's electronic gadgets has come one step closer to reality. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully tested an experimental system to deliver power to devices without the need for wires.

If the net is killing newspapers, why are they doing so well?
Fed up with newspaper woe? Bored to distraction by dirges about digital demise? Then - like a dose of salts - try some quite exceptionally cheery statistics for a change: global newspaper sales up 2.3 per cent last year (and 9.48 per cent in the past five years), ad revenues up 3.7 per cent and 15.7 per cent over the same two spans. If this is doom and gloom, give me another helping... But hang on (you say): circulation figures like these, as diligently collated by the World Association of Newspapers, always look on the bright side because China (up 15.5 per cent since 2002) and India (up 53.6 per cent) skew everything. The depression in Europe and America is palpable. Except that it's not. In fact, European paid-for daily titles sold 0.74 per cent more copies last year than the year before.

Video: Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web
Inventor of the world wide web argues why the Semantic Web is better than APIs for data access

nz: Porn-again Christians turn to net-support software
New Zealand churches are targeting internet pornography with new software that allows porn addicts to electronically monitor and support each other.

Over Half of U.S. Households Using Broadband Service
A new consumer research conducted by Leichtman Research Group finds that 53% of all US households now subscribe to a broadband high-speed Internet service at home. Broadband services now account for about 72% of total home Internet subscriptions as compared to 60% last year. his report has also noted that income still plays a major role in broadband adoption... Leichtman Research Group forecasts that the total number of broadband subscribers will increase by over 40 million over the next five years.

Hello Kitty dons new pink laptop to woo working women (AP)
Japan's cutest cat in glittering crystal decorates NEC Corp.'s new pink laptop in the Japanese electronics maker's latest effort to woo working women.

Bowie wins web award
David Bowie ? and a website that explains why Canada has less gravity ? have triumphed at the internet's equivalent of the Oscars

YouTube's Chen: Better Content Needed (AP)
YouTube co-founder Steve Chen said on Saturday consumers in many parts of the world will have access to the popular video-sharing Web site on their mobile phones by next year.

us: TorrentSpy ordered to start tracking visitors
A court decision reached last month but under seal until Friday in the Central District of California in Los Angeles orders TorrentSpy to create logs detailing users' activities on the site. The ruling could force Web sites to track visitors if the sites become defendants in a lawsuit. The judge, Jacqueline Chooljian, however, granted a stay of the order on Friday to allow TorrentSpy to file an appeal.

us: Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.
A company the government once tried to break up has been repeatedly defended by the Bush administration against charges of anticompetitive conduct.

Taking storage to the next dimension
Computing: After years of development, holographic data-storage systems are finally ready to go on sale

Home truths about telecoms
Technology and society: Anthropologists investigate the use of communications technology and reach some surprising conclusions
Such is the social significance of mobile phones that when it comes to evaluating their use and planning new products and services, mobile operators and handset-makers cannot rely on the technology-driven, engineering mindset that has traditionally dominated the telecoms industry. Most famously, industry leaders expected people to embrace videotelephony, which flopped, but failed to anticipate the success of text-messaging. So they are turning to social scientists, and in particular to anthropologists, the better to understand how telephones are used.

Telstra ultimatum on fibre
TELSTRA chief Sol Trujillo has given the Government a month to decide who will build Australia's high-speed broadband network.

VoIP market evolves in 2007
And while it seems that every year is billed as VoIP's, Infonetics is quick to point out that IP PBX sales are increasing rapidly as TDM sales enjoy a small increase that will lead to an inevitable plummet.

Vodafone says VoIP is 'expensive' and 'unsafe'
Vodafone is telling customers that VoIP services are insecure - even as Sky News is reporting that VoIP calls threaten our war on terror because such calls can't be intercepted.

VoIP War Rages On
After a solid week of speculation, the fate of Avaya is now somewhat clear. The world was aware that the company was in play, and the world, as it is wont to do, could not help but speculate about what might happen to the company that began as Ma Bell and lived as a part of Lucent Technologies before being cast off on its own to fend for itself.


Sources include Quicklinks <http://qlinks.net/> and BNA Internet Law News <http://www.bna.com/ilaw/>.


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