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Mozilla Thunderbird integrates Hover and Gandi as domain registration providers

June 7th, 2012 Comments off

Mozilla, a global non-profit organization dedicated to making the web better, has announced the new release of Mozilla Thunderbird version 13. The new version of the popular e-mail client aims to simplify and personalize the e-mail experience. In the official update on it’s blog, Mozilla revealed a strategic domain registration partnership with European based Gandi.net and North American based Hover.com (a Tucows company).

Mozilla has made it possible to sign up instantly for your very own custom new email address under your new domain name directly from within the Thunderbird program. Along with your personalized email address, Thunderbird will be automatically setup and configure everything so that you are ready to send and receive messages within no time under @yourveryowndomain.com. This streamlined process is sure to be a big hit with users that aren’t that tech savvy or know how to register domain names.

Gandi.net and Hover.com Domains

Thomas Stocking, COO of Gandi USA said: “More than any possible commercial potential, what really makes us happy is the vote of confidence in Gandi that Mozilla cast. It’s great to be working with such a dedicated, efficient team who share many of our core values. Our teams have worked on the integration of this offer in Thunderbird in recent weeks, and we have streamlined the process of account creation to make the transaction as smooth as possible.”

About Hover

Hover.com is a Tucows Inc company. According to the company’s website; in a sea of uncertainty, complexity and pushy sales pitches, Hover offers domain and email owners a breath of fresh air. Hover makes it easy to buy, manage and use domain names and email addresses. With smart, usable tools, step-by-step tutorials and a warm, knowledgeable staff, we are the first choice for customers who want to get neat stuff done on the Internet without the hassles that have become commonplace in the industry.

Tucows, the parent company of Hover, offers a few other domain related services/products.  OpenSRS is the wholesale unit of Tucows, exclusively focused on the needs of domain name resellers. YummyNames is the company’s premium domain names marketplace which helps startups, retailers, publishers, marketers and entrepreneurs get the perfect domain name

About Gandi

Gandi.net was one of the first domain name registrars approved by ICANN for .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, .INFO, .NAME, .BE, .FR, .EU domains in France according to their website. The company now offers over 100 extensions to choose from (gTLD’s and ccTLD’s) and continues to add to this list on a regular basis.

Gandi SAS was founded in 1999 by three individuals who were highly regarded in the French internet world. In 2005 the company was acquired by an experienced European management team within the same field, in order to create an alternative and independent line of internet services based around domain names. Gandi has offices in Paris (France), Baltimore (USA) and Vancouver (Canada). The company manages more than one million domains from close to 200 countries.

In the official announcement, Mozilla also revealed that they are currently working with additional domain registration suppliers (registrars / partners) to cover more geographic areas of the world, and to provide more options in future.

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Secret Service Takes Down Hosted Form Service JotForm.com For a Day

February 17th, 2012 Comments off

As reported by Wired, it appears that domain seizures are no longer the domain of the ICE alone. It appears that registrar Go Daddy took down the hosted webform service JoftForm.com by changing the domain name’s nameservers. Even though an update to a blog post about the suspension on the site’s blog mentioned that the site is back online, DNN has not been able to access it under it’s old domain name at the time of this post.

  • The Domain was suspended on February 15th, 2012
  • JotForm asked their users to switch their form integrations from JotForm.com to Jotform.net
  • The company operating JetForm (Interlogy Internet Technologies) switched their other domains from Go Daddy to Namecheap and Hover.
  • The nameservers were switched back at Feb 16th 5pm EST
  • 2 million user generated forms by hundreds of thousand of users were affected by the take down
  • Interlogy Internet Technologies has yet to receive an explanation for the shutdown of the site

Last year the ICE seized mooo.com, which runs a free DNS service, and shut down 84,000 subdomains for two days while they were targeting a single site within the network.

[via Wired]

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