11 January 2013

Now More than 246 million domain names

.com -- 105 million names--

Verisign Report -- ". . . More than five million domain names were added to the Internet in the third quarter
of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names as of Sept. 30, 2012, to more than 246 million worldwide across all Top-Level Domains, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by VeriSign, Inc. . . .The increase of 5.7 million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 2.4 percent over the second quarter of 2012, and marks the seventh straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth. Worldwide registrations have grown by 26.4 million, or 12 percent, since the third quarter of 2011. The .com and .net Top-Level Domains (TLDs) experienced aggregate growth in the third quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 119.9 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 1 percent increase in the base over the second quarter of 2012 and a 7.1 percent increase over the third quarter of 2011. As of Sept. 30, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equaled 105 million names, while .net equaled 14.9 million names. New .com and .net registrations totaled 7.8 million during the third quarter of 2012. This is a 1.1 percent year-over-year decrease in new registrations. The .com/.net renewal rate for the third quarter of 2012 was 72.5 percent, slightly down from 72.9 percent for the second quarter of 2012. . . "

HSC.com domain name stolen - Domain Name Wire: "Hughes filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name on December 27. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, which is the jurisdiction for the .com registry Verisign. According to the suit, the company has not been able to communicate with the person who stole the domain name. It also says that Chinese domain registrar eName, where the domain name was transferred to, has refused to return the domain name to its Go Daddy account."

League of Legends developer working on secret '... | GameZone: " . . . According to Fusible, domain name Project425.com was privately registered through the registrar Melbourne IT sometime in the mid-2000s; however, it wasn't until November 2008 that it was uncovered via the Whois record that Riot Games President Mark Merrill was the domain name's owner. Every year Merrill continued to renew the domain name, but this past week it was transferred to the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor and, instead of being renewed on an annual basis, was renewed through March 2015. A copy of the Whois record clearly shows Riot Games as the owner. . . ."

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