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All Websites on .ZA ccTLD Need to Link to SA Coronavirus Website

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The ccTLD domain extension for South Africa is .ZA, and it looks like many businesses uses the .CO.ZA extension for their websites. It looks like the South African government is now requiring all websites that use the .ZA ccTLD extension to provide a link to the country’s Covid-19 coronavirus website on their homepage. The South African government’s COVID-19 website can be found by visiting SACoronavirus.co.za.

You can see this requirement was publicized on the official Twitter page of The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa:

LiveChat CMO Comments on LiveChat.com Acquisition

LiveChat is an online customer service software provider offering live chat support that can be utilized by its clients on their websites. The company was founded in 2002, and it has been using the less than ideal LiveChatInc.com domain name for its website. Earlier this week, LiveChat sent an email to customers announcing that it migrated its website to the brand match LiveChat.com domain name. LiveChat CEO Mariusz Cieply also announced the news via Twitter:

GoDaddy: No Coronavirus Domain Names on Its Aftermarket

Yesterday afternoon, James Bladel, GoDaddy VP of Public Policy, published an article discussing what GoDaddy is doing to combat coronavirus-related fraud and abuse. The article comes in the wake of a letter that was sent to GoDaddy by the office of New York State’s Attorney General Letitia James concerning domain names being used for fraudulent schemes and scams. GoDaddy already publicly replied to the NYAG via Twitter.

Here’s what GoDaddy has been reportedly doing to combat fraud related to domain names registered or hosted at GoDaddy:

Prudential Files UDRP Against PRU.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the valuable 3 letter PRU.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is case #D2020-0714. The UDRP was filed by The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

PRU.com was registered over 22 years ago in 1997. The domain name is currently registered under privacy proxy at GoDaddy, so the registrant is not publicly known at this time. When I visited PRU.com this morning, I saw that the domain name resolves to a default GoDaddy landing page. The domain name appears to have been for sale via Sedo at some point in the last several years. I do not see any public sales history for this domain name on NameBio.

Dan.com Prohibits Coronavirus Domain Names

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According to research from DomainTools, reported this morning by Domain Incite, “[M]ore than 68,000 coronavirus-related domain names have been registered so far in 2020.” I would imagine this is a mix of speculative registrations, corporate registrations (like Target buying coronavirus testing domain names), and people registering domain names to build informational websites. Quite a few domain names that were bought speculatively have been listed for sale via Dan.com and other marketplaces.

Dan.com is one of the largest independent domain name marketplaces with an inventory of more than 5 million domain names currently listed for sale. In a pair of tweets this morning, Dan.com announced that the platform will no longer allow sellers to sell coronavirus related domain names:

Be Mindful of Minimum Bid at NameJet

There have been a number of changes at NameJet due to the integration with SnapNames. Most noticeable for me is the backorder deadline time change. I can now place my back orders one hour later than I could before the integration. One issue that has tripped me up more than once is the minimum bid difference on some domain names. Instead of the standard $69 bid, I need to place a $79 bid in order to backorder the domain name.

The $10 difference is not generally a problem, especially considering it is now rare for me to win an auction for the minimum bid. The issue is that when I click the “Place My Bids Now” button, only the $69 backorders are placed unless I manually change the minimum bids for the auctions that require a $79 bid.

Here’s what happens when I do not update the bid to meet the minimum before placing my backorder:

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All Websites on .ZA ccTLD Need to Link to SA Coronavirus Website

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The ccTLD domain extension for South Africa is .ZA, and it looks like many businesses uses the .CO.ZA extension for their websites. It looks...

LiveChat CMO Comments on LiveChat.com Acquisition

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LiveChat is an online customer service software provider offering live chat support that can be utilized by its clients on their websites. The company...

GoDaddy: No Coronavirus Domain Names on Its Aftermarket

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Yesterday afternoon, James Bladel, GoDaddy VP of Public Policy, published an article discussing what GoDaddy is doing to combat coronavirus-related fraud and abuse. The...

Prudential Files UDRP Against PRU.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the valuable 3 letter PRU.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),...

Dan.com Prohibits Coronavirus Domain Names

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According to research from DomainTools, reported this morning by Domain Incite, "ore than 68,000 coronavirus-related domain names have been registered so far in 2020."...