Make Tech Easier: The Stories Behind .unicorn, .ninja, and Other Bizarre Domain Extensions. “The human race doesn’t have flying cars, general AI, or moon bases yet, but at least we can make some questionable choices about our websites’ domain name extensions.”
Krebs on Security: That Domain You Forgot to Renew? Yeah, it’s Now Stealing Credit Cards. “If you own a domain name that gets decent traffic and you fail to pay its annual renewal fee, chances are this mistake will be costly for you and for others. Lately, neglected domains have been getting scooped up by crooks who use them to set up fake e-commerce sites that steal credit card details from unwary shoppers.”
The Register: Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign . “The planet’s 138 million dot-com addresses are going to get significantly more expensive to renew over the next decade thanks to a contract signed between dot-com operator Verisign and the US government. New dot-com domains are also set to cost more.”
Krebs on Security: Bad .Men at .Work. Please Don’t .Click. “Web site names ending in new top-level domains (TLDs) like .men, .work and .click are some of the riskiest and spammy-est on the Internet, according to experts who track such concentrations of badness online. Not that there still aren’t a whole mess of nasty .com, .net and .biz domains out there, but relative to their size (i.e. overall number of domains) these newer TLDs are far dicier to visit than most online destinations.”
The Register: Whois? Whowas. So what’s next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?. “DNS overseer ICANN has tried to put a brave face on it but even for an organization with a self-importance that often leads it down a path to delusion, being told that your most important contract is effectively unenforceable has to sting. This week, a German court in Bonn informed the organization, which oversees the naming and numbering functions of the global internet, that one of its most critical services is so outdated that its contractors have every right to ignore it.” A pretty deep dive.
ITNews: ICANN files suit to protect WHOIS database. “Domain overseer ICANN is mounting a legal test case against a German registrar as a last-ditch attempt to protect the WHOIS master database, which identifies who owns what internet domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has filed suit against EPAG – part of the Tucows Group.”
Google Blog: Introducing .app, a more secure home for apps on the web. “Even if you spend your days working in the world of mobile apps, you can still benefit from a home on the web. With a memorable .app domain name, it’s easy for people to find and learn more about your app. You can use your new domain as a landing page to share trustworthy download links, keep users up to date, and deep link to in-app content.”