It may be August, but we’re still here, tracking the top stories about Domain News for this week, August 1-7, 2013.

UDRPs gain an effectiveness point with the latest from ICANN:

ICANN to crack down on UDRP “cyberflight”
By Kevin Murphy, August 2, 2013

ICANN has moved closer to cracking down on cybersquatters who try to flip their domains when they discover they’ve been hit with a UDRP complaint.


Security and stability are concerns in the consideration of dotless domains and name collision on the new TLDs:

ICANN Publishes Dotless Domain Name Security and Stability Study Report & Recommends More Studies
By Michael Berkens, August 5, 2013

Dotless Domains are a big topic of conversation ever since Google announced it wanted to operate the new gTLD .search as a “Dotless Domain”.  The bottom line of the report is that technically Dotless domains are possible, but there are some issues which require additional study.


Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions – ICANN
AG-IP News
August 7, 2013

ICANN commissioned and released on August 5, 2013 the results of a study that considers the likelihood and impact of name space collisions between applied-for new gTLD strings and non-delegated TLDs.  Two of the strings, .home and .corp, were classified “high-risk”, and a further 20% of all applied-for TLDs were classified “uncalculated risk”, requiring another three to six months of study.



And finally, because we just can’t get enough of the .Amazon saga (as in our latest podcast)…

If .amazon is killed, will Amazon bail on the new TLD program?
By Andrew Allemann, August 2, 2013 is one of the biggest applicants in ICANN’s top level domain program. It applied for 76 top level domains including 11 internationalized domain names. Many of the applications are brand related including .audible, .kindle, and the at-risk .amazon. Others are generic terms such as .wow, .game, and .mail.

An interesting aspect of Amazon’s applications is that it doesn’t plan to offer any second level domain registrations to the public.  That’s not just domains under .amazon and .kindle. It also includes the generic domains. So if Amazon is awarded .kids, no one other than Amazon and its affiliates could register domains such as,, etc.