The dominant internet naming registrar, Network Solutions, has fallen behind in new registrations for the first time. Figures issued by internet naming authority ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, for the final quarter of 2000 show that two new registrars beat Network Solutions into third place.
According to the ICANN figures, Tucows was the leading registrar of dot-com, dot-org and dot-net names for the quarter, with Register.com in second place.
Network Solutions parent company Versign disputed the ICANN figures, however. "The ICANN data has too many issues associated with it for it to be considered accurate," said vice president Bob Korzeniewski.
Proxim goes legal in wireless dispute
Wireless networking vendor Proxim has launched legal action against rival networkers, including Cisco and 3Com, claiming they infringed its wireless patents. Also being sued in the US lawsuit, which was filed yesterday, are chipmaker Intersil, networking equipment makers Symbol Technologies and Standard Microsystems, and ISP Wayport.
Proxim said it would issues more suits against other wireless vendors that used the 802.11B and 80211.DS standards. Executives from the companies being sued have yet to comment on the lawsuits.
Judges rule for AOL in child porn case
AOL has welcomed a US court ruling that it cannot be held responsible for child pornography exchanged in its chatrooms. The Florida State Supreme Court yesterday said that the ISP had immunity from prosecution under the US Communications Decency Act.
AOL had been defending itself against a lawsuit from a Florida woman who claimed that her 11-year-old son appeared in a videotape that was sold on AOL.
Despite the verdict in favour of AOL, some of the judges involved expressed concern over giving ISPs immunity. Justice Fred R. Lewis said the ruling by the court "provided a foundation for far-ranging forms of illegal content".
Top breeders log on
Dog lovers concerned about the postponement of Crufts can log on to a web version, the Cyber Show 2001, this weekend. The online dog show takes place at www.pedigreedogs.co.uk and features more than 500 dogs, judged by former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves.
Organiser Lynn Parker said the Crufts postponement was the impetus behind the cyber show. "We thought there would be a lot of sad people," she said. "I have been really surprised at how Cyber Show has taken off."
The Crufts showpiece has been moved to May after concerns over foot and mouth disease.
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