Norway bans the Dutch from using dormant .bv
The Norwegian government has intervened to prevent a deal that would have allowed the sale of .bv domain names in the Netherlands. Norwegian ccTLD registry Norid and Dutch counterpart SIDN said a deal to start using the dormant ccTLD fell apart after the government exercised its right of veto under Norway’s domain regulations. ... - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:4
Judge hands DotConnectAfrica another bizarre win
A California judge just handed ICANN another upset in the interminable legal battle waged against it by unsuccessful .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica. Gary Klausner yesterday admitted he made a mistake when he earlier slapped ICANN with a preliminary injunction preventing .africa being delegated to DCA rival ZA Central Registry, bu... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:16
Google offers reseller widget, signs first partners
Google’s registrar, Google Domains, has started offering a widget to make it easier to become a reseller. The Google Domains widget has already been deployed by five web site builders — Big Cartel, Duda, Selz, Square and Webflow — the company said. These companies have evidently embedded the software — a chunk... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:3
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Neustar to split into two
Neustar is to split into two companies and its domain name business is set for a rebranding. The company said yesterday that it is breaking into an Order Management & Numbering Services company which will be called Neustar, and an Information Services company, which contains the domain business and will get a new name. “Th... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 8:20
One in seven new gTLD domain names are actually just numbers
Roughly one out of every seven new gTLD domain names active today is numbers-only before the dot, according to DI research. It might be surprising to some that the DNS, designed to turn immemorable numbers into memorable names, is actually being used to register millions of numeric domains. Using the almost 1,000 new gTLD zone [̷... - Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 6:40
DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight
Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, terminated Com Laude’s accreditation last week due to its belief that the brand protection registrar had leaked a “confidential” document to Domain Incite. Vox Pop CEO John Berard tonight denied that the company he works for was carrying out a “grudge” against Com Laude, ... - Monday, June 20, 2016 - 18:44
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.sucks terminates Com Laude as “gag order” row escalates
Vox Populi, the .sucks gTLD registry, has terminated the accreditation of brand protection registrar Com Laude as part of an ongoing dispute between the two companies. Com Laude won’t be able to sell defensive .sucks registrations to its clients any more, at least not on its own accreditation, in other words. The London-based r... - Friday, June 17, 2016 - 8:21
Verisign loses .art contract to CentralNic
CentralNic has been awarded the back-end contract for the forthcoming .art gTLD, usurping Verisign from the role. UK Creative Ideas, which bought .art at a private auction for an undisclosed sum a year ago, appointed the company its “exclusive registry service provider”, CentralNic said. UKCI’s original .art applica... - Friday, June 17, 2016 - 6:0
Contract breach cited as TLD Registry switches from Afilias to Chinese government back-end
The break between TLD Registry and former back-end provider Afilias may be even less amicable than first thought. I’m hearing that TLDR served Afilias with a “Notice of Material Breach” of contract earlier this year, threatening to move its two gTLDs to a rival owned by the Chinese government. There may even be pend... - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:23
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Afilias loses back-end deals on two Chinese gTLDs
TLD Registry, the Finnish/Irish registry that runs two Chinese-script gTLDs, has ditched Afilias in favor of a Chinese back-end provider. Afilias said tonight that as of Friday it will no longer be the back-end for .在线 (.xn--3ds443g, “Chinese online”) and .中文网 (.xn--fiq228c5hs, “Chinese website”). The company ... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 19:8
Judge throws out DotConnectAfrica’s case against ZACR
South African registry ZACR did not engage in a fraudulent conspiracy with ICANN to get its .africa gTLD application approved, a court ruled yesterday. The California judge in the case of DotConnectAfrica vs ICANN and ZACR threw out all of DCA’s claims against ZACR, approving ZACR’s motion to dismiss. The judge said DCA h... - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 15:2
At least one in 10 new gTLDs are shrinking
While the universe of new gTLDs is growing at a rapid clip, DI research shows that at least one in 10 individual new gTLDs are shrinking. Using zone file data, I’ve also established that almost a third of new gTLDs were smaller June 1 than they were 90 days earlier, and that more than one […] Related posts: Donuts to hik... - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 11:31
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.shop pricing sunrise renewals at $1,000
If you’ve spent over $40 million on a gTLD, you need to make your money back somehow, right? It’s emerged that GMO Registry, which paid ICANN a record $41.5 million for .shop back in January, plans to charge $1,000 renewal fees, wholesale, on domains registered during its upcoming sunrise period. Trademark owners will see... - Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:54
NTIA gives nod to IANA transition
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has formally thrown its weight behind the community-led proposal that would remove the US government, itself in effect, from DNS root oversight. Assistant secretary Larry Strickling held a press conference this afternoon to confirm the hardly surprising development, bu... - Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:39
Cruz-Duffy bill would put brakes on IANA transition
America’s continuing unique oversight role in the DNS root management system, fuck yeah! That’s basically the takeaway from a new bit of proposed US legislation, put forward by Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Sean Duffy in both houses of Congress yesterday. The two Republican Congressmen have proposed the inappropriately named Pro... - Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:40
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China conference leads to 49% .vip spike
The Global Domain Industry Conference, held in China over the weekend, has led to a huge boost in .vip domain sales. Registry Minds + Machines told the markets this morning that the recently launched gTLD hit 404,892 as of 1600 UTC yesterday, up 49% from Friday. CEO Toby Hall confirmed to DI that China is […] Related posts: .x... - Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 4:57
ICANN slaps first deadbeat dot-brand with breach notice
The world’s third-largest mobile phone company, worth some $14 billion a year, is the first new gTLD registry operator to refuse to pay ICANN fees. That’s according to ICANN’s compliance department, which last night slapped Bharti Airtel with the new gTLD program’s first public contract breach notices. The not... - Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 4:39
.xyz tops 5 million domains as penny deals continue became the first new gTLD operator to top five million domains in a single TLD last night, when .xyz added almost 1.5 million names. According to our parse of today’s zone file, .xyz has 5,096,589 names, up 1,451,763 on yesterday’s 3,644,826. On Monday, the number was just under 2.8 million. The massive spike came... - Friday, June 3, 2016 - 15:23
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Amazingly, .blockbuster will soon be a gTLD
Video rental chain Blockbuster may have gone the way of the the 8-track, the VCR, and the Nokia cell phone, but it will soon have a gTLD of its own. The .blockbuster gTLD application completed its pre-delegation testing with ICANN this week and is now with IANA/Verisign, ready to go live on the internet in […] Related posts: .... - Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:22
Donuts’ new price 50% price hike explained
Donuts’ new pricing model for 10 of its new gTLDs, announced yesterday, has caused some confusion for registrants and will make life more complex for registrars. The company said yesterday that from October it plans to raise its wholesale fee by 50% for new registrations in .camera, .camp, .cleaning, .dog, .glass, .kitchen, .pl... - Friday, June 3, 2016 - 2:24

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