Verisign are planning changes, to take place on February 9th. The changes should not affect most people, except people that rely on data directly from the root servers.
The SOA record for .com & .net will be changing format, so instead of being in the YYMMDD plus a 2 digit number which is updated when the zone is changed (usually they need to change when multiple updates are made on the same YYMMDD value, so clients know the zone has been updated more than once that day.
These changes will allow for more updates per day, so that new domains can appear more quickly, for example. The new serial format will be based on how many seconds it has been since 00:00:00 GMT on Jan. 1, 1970.
Verisign states that this should not cause any problems at all for most people.
Even so, we'll have to wait and see as I'm sure people that reply on the current format and don't know about the changes, will have problems.
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