ZDNet: The for-profit takeover of the non-profit ‘.org’ top-level domain. “At first glance, the proposed deal makes little sense. The Internet Society is trying to sell the non-profit Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for the ‘.org’ top-level domain (TLD), to the new private-equity firm Ethos Capital for $1.135 billion. There are about 10.5 million .org domains, and most — but not all — are non-profits. Where’s the money? “
This update is especially for Carl Friedberg, and I’m using his full name because he left a public comment about how much the new Google .dev domains cost when they launched in late February. It’s much better now, Carl! From BetaNews: Now you can buy a .dev domain for a sensible price. “Google recently launched the new top-level domain, .dev. When the TLD was introduced, pricing was a little out of the reach of most people — there are few who would be willing to part with $11,000. Now, however, pricing has dropped dramatically. “
A new technique hopes to detect malicious Web sites as early as when the domains are registered. “Malicious websites promoting scams, distributing malware and collecting phished credentials pervade the web. As quickly as we block or blacklist them, criminals set up new domain names to support their activities. Now a research team including Princeton University computer science professor Nick Feamster and recently graduated Ph.D. student Shuang Hao has developed a technique to make it more difficult to register new domains for nefarious purposes.
Google has open-sourced its domain registry platform. “Nomulus is the platform it uses to manage all the registration data for domains that fall under its TLDs (think blog.google). Among other things, this platform handles all of the requests to buy, renew and transfer domains. While you may be buying a domain name from GoDaddy, for example, you’re really just using GoDaddy as an intermediary between you and the TLD’s owner.”