Confused by new gTLDs? Allow this Nominet infographic to make your brain explode
There are over 1,000 new gTLDs out there right now, and figuring out what’s going on in the marketplace can be difficult. So what better way to reduce confusion than to plot the 250 most populous TLDs into an infographic that vaguely resembles the iconic London Underground route map? There must be thousands of better […] ... - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 6:20
Registries rebel against ICANN’s Whois upgrade decree
Registry operators are challenging an ICANN decision to force them to launch a new Whois-style service, saying it will cost them too much money. The Registries Stakeholder Group has filed a Request for Reconsideration — a low-level appeal — of a decision asking them to launch RDAP services to complement their existing Who... - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 5:46
NamesCon confirms three more shows after being acquired
NamesCon says it has booked the venue for three more years of domain name conferences, following its acquisition this week. The conference organizers said today that it has been acquired by 13-year-old German events outfit WorldHostingDays, which usually focuses on the hosting market, for an undisclosed sum. NamesCon said in a press ... - Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:21
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Afilias set to get .hotel despite hacking claims
Afilias is back on the path to becoming the registry for .hotel, after ICANN decided claims of hacking by a former employee of the applicant did not warrant a rejection. The ICANN board of directors decided last week that HOTEL Top-Level Domain Sarl, which was recently taken over by Afilias, did not gain any benefit […] Relate... - Friday, August 19, 2016 - 5:42
“Dave” becomes first .blog blogger
Blogging pioneer Dave Winer has become the first person to start blogging at a .blog domain name. His new site,, went live yesterday as a beneficiary of registry Knock Knock Whois There’s pioneer program. The site is one of two pioneer .blog domains — the other being — highlighted by KKWT yeste... - Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:38
Registrar CEO faces terrorism charges
The CEO of Turkey’s largest registrar is facing terrorism charges in the wake of last month’s coup attempt in the country, according to reports. Abdullah Büyük of Istanbul-based FBS was deported from Bulgaria last Wednesday, according to local reports, having overstayed his visa. Büyük went to Bulgaria last year and Turke... - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:56
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Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal
Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among thos... - Monday, August 15, 2016 - 7:48
ICANN lawyers slam “fire him” story “blogger”
ICANN lawyers have launched an extraordinary attack on a “blogger” who recently wrote an article headlined “ICANN’s general counsel should lose his job over this”. Early Friday, ICANN’s board of directors issued its response to the recent Independent Review Process case in which new gTLD applicant ... - Monday, August 15, 2016 - 4:36
Next new gTLD round could start sooner than expected
The ICANN board of directors is wondering whether the next new gTLD application round should kick off sooner than expected. Chair Steve Crocker reached out to the Generic Names Supporting Organization this week to ask whether the next round could start before all GNSO policy work has been completed. Or, he asked, are there any [̷... - Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 10:14
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Centuries-old companies both fail community gTLD test
Two companies called Merck have separately failed ICANN Community Priority Evaluations, meaning the new gTLD .merck could be the first dot-brand to head to ICANN auction. Merck KGaA applied for .merck for the Merck Group, a German chemicals company founded — staggeringly — in 1668, the same year Newton built the worldR... - Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 4:4
Afilias buys three gTLDs from Starting Dot
Registry upstart StartingDot has sold its small portfolio of new gTLDs to Afilias. .archi, .bio and .ski are the three components of the package. While the size of the deal was not disclosed, retail prices and zone file volumes suggest the portfolio probably brings in about $2 million a year in revenue. The biggest seller […] ... - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 3:39
Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit
Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Do... - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 2:54
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IRP panel crucifies ICANN for lack of transparency
ICANN has lost another Independent Review Process decision, with the panel stating some potentially alarming opinions about how much power ICANN staff has over its board and “independent” third-party contractors. This time, the successful IRP complainant was Dot Registry LLC, the Kansas company that applied for the gTLDs ... - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 6:59
L’Oreal shows cards on former “closed generic” gTLDs
Want to register a .beauty or .makeup domain name? L’Oreal will get to decide unilaterally whether “you’re worth it”. The cosmetics maker has released the registration policies for its first former “closed generic” gTLD, .makeup, and they’re among the most restrictive in the industry. Free sp... - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 4:40
Verisign confirms it did fund $135 million .web bid
Verisign has just confirmed that it was behind the winning bid in last week’s .web gTLD auction. Nu Dot Co won the auction after 23 rounds over two days of bidding, but Verisign was thought to be the real beneficiary. The company has now released the following statement confirming the relationship: The Company entered into [... - Monday, August 1, 2016 - 6:36
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Ombudsman trashes ICANN’s rejection of .gay “community”
ICANN’s outgoing Ombudsman fired a parting shot at his former employer last week with a scathing analysis of its rejection of .gay as a community gTLD. ICANN should reject the decisions of two independent Economist Intelligence Unit panels, which found that Dotgay LLC’s application for .gay did not meet the strict definit... - Monday, August 1, 2016 - 5:50
Verisign likely $135 million winner of .web gTLD
Verisign has emerged as the likely winner of the .web gTLD auction, which closed on Thursday with a staggering $135 million winning bid. The shell company Nu Dot Co LLC was the prevailing applicant in the auction, which ran for 23 rounds over two days. Just hours after the auction closed, Domain Name Wire scooped […] Related p... - Monday, August 1, 2016 - 4:51
Verisign announces .net price increase
Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agr... - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 16:19
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.web could already be a record-breaker as auction enters day two
It seems likely that .web has already smashed through the $41.5 million record sale price for a new gTLD at ICANN auction. The auction, which kicked off properly at 1300 UTC yesterday, seems to have ended its first day of bidding at around 2300 UTC last night without a winner. That suggests, based on the […] Related posts: Sec... - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:23
M+M billings quadruple on China .vip surge
Minds + Machines this morning said that its billings increased to $8.05 million in the first half of 2016. That’s a 300% increase on the comparable year-ago period, the company said in a preliminary statement to the markets. It added that its domains under management grew from 217,200 at the end of June 2015 to […] Relat... - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:32

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