Amazon staffing up for new gTLD launches
Amazon is one of the biggest portfolio applicants for new gTLDs, but to date we haven’t heard much from the e-commerce giant about how it intends to use its new assets. That could change soon, however. The company is currently looking to bulk up its registry services staff, according to two job ads posted to […] Related ... - 17 hr 7 min ago
.CLUB sells $200,000 domain for $10.99
.CLUB Domains has honored the $10.99 registration of, a premium domain it had hoped to sell for a record-busting $200,000. The registry this week said it would allow registrant Bruce Marler to keep hold of the domain he bought at the base registration fee, even though it was due to be sold as a […] Related posts: V... - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 18:10
Dot Vegas sells $2m of premiums
New gTLD registry operator Dot Vegas says it has sold over $2 million worth of “premium” .vegas domain names to date. The registry, which went to general availability in September, has also registered 1,000 additional premiums to itself in an effort to drum up more sales. The list is available at the registry’s web ... - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 16:13
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Two legit registrars held to account for lack of abuse tracking
ICANN Compliance’s campaign against registrars that fail to respond to abuse reports continued last week, with two registrars hit with breach notices. The registrars in question are and Astutium, neither of which one would instinctively bundle in to the “rogue registrar” category. Both companies have been ... - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:39
New ccTLDs may have to block name collisions
ICANN is thinking about expanding its controversial policy on name collisions from new gTLDs to new ccTLDs. The country code Names Supporting Organization has been put on notice (pdf) that ICANN’s board of directors plans to pass a resolution on the matter shortly. The resolution would call on the ccNSO to “undertake a st... - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:58
Pop-ups boost most-popular new gTLD domains, and it’s not just .xyz any more
The .xyz and .country gTLDs are currently dominating the league table of most-popular new gTLDs, but massive pop-up advertising campaigns using junk domains can account for the majority of their leading sites. Today, Amazon’s Alexa site popularity tool sees 2,425 new gTLD domains in its top one million. Of those, 163 are in the... - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 9:44
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Jeff Neuman quits Neustar for Valideus
Neustar’s top domain name guy is moving to UK new gTLD consultancy Valideus. Jeff Neuman, who’s been with Neustar for over 15 years, will become Valideus’ senior vice president for North America, starting this coming Monday. I don’t know who’s replacing him at Neustar, where he’s been in charge of ... - Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:13
.gay is gay enough after all? ICANN overturns community panel decision
One of the applicants for .gay has won a significant battle in the fight for the controversial new gTLD. In a shock move, a committee of ICANN’s board of directors has overturned the rejection of dotgay LLC’s Community Priority Evaluation, ordering that the case should be re-examined by a new panel of experts. As you [... - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:42
Domain hijacking bug found in Go Daddy
Go Daddy has rushed out a fix to a security bug in its web site that could have allowed attackers to steal valuable domain names. Security engineer Dylan Saccomanni found several “cross site request forgery” holes January 17, which he said could be used to “edit nameservers, change auto-renew settings and edit the z... - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 8:47
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NCC buys Open Registry for up to $22.6m — a gTLD registry now owns part of the TMCH
NCC Group has acquired registry back-end provider Open Registry in a deal that could be worth as much as £14.9 million ($22.6 million). The deal means that NCC, which runs the new gTLD .trust via subsidiary Artemis Internet, now owns a back-end, a registrar and a piece of the Trademark Clearinghouse, in addition to its […] Rel... - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:28
ICANN audit claims two more registrar scalps
Two tiny registrars — WebZero and Black Ice Domains — have had their registrar accreditations terminated for a failure to respond to a routine ICANN audit. Israel-based Black Ice had just a couple thousands gTLD domains under management; US-based WebZero had fewer than 100. Both registrars stood accused of not providing d... - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 7:56
A quarter of registrar’s names are “illicit pharmacies”
One in four of the domain names registered with the registrar NetLynx are linked to current, past or potential future rogue drug sites, according to online pharmacy monitor LegitScript. The Mumbai-based registrar was hit with a breach notice by ICANN Compliance last week, over an alleged failure to investigate an abuse complaint abou... - Friday, January 16, 2015 - 15:35
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.top says Facebook shakedown was just a typo
Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology, the .top registry, is blaming a typo for a Facebook executive’s claim that it wanted $30,000 or more for Information provided to the ICANN GNSO Council by Facebook domain manager Susan Kawaguchi yesterday showed that .top wanted RMB 180,000 (currently $29,000) for a trad... - Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:5
New gTLD extortion? Registry asks Facebook for $35,000 to register its brand
More Chinese weirdness, or just plain old trademark owner extortion? The registry for the new gTLD .top is allegedly asking Facebook to cough up $35,000 in order to defensively register one of its trademarks as a .top domain — probably — according to a Facebook executive. The registry’s demand — w... - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 23:25
New gTLD registries talk up marketing plans at NamesCon
This week’s NamesCon conference here in Las Vegas, which ended yesterday, offered several new domain registries the chance to talk about their efforts past and future to market new gTLDs. One theme to emerge was how registries need to work with each other and with their registrar channel partners to raise awareness of alternati... - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:28
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Seller’s remorse despite .club leading $1m NamesCon auction
The Right Of The Dot and SnapNames auction here at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas last night raised just shy of $1 million, in what attendees broadly seem to agree was a successful event. The grand total was $990,851, with 87 out of the 134 lots hitting their reserve and selling during the live/online […] Related posts: ... - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 15:6
.xyz press release yanked for “encouraging cybersquatting” has withdrawn a month-old press release following allegations that it encouraged cybersquatting in .xyz. The December 3 release concerned the release of 18,000 .xyz domains that were previously blocked due to ICANN’s policy on name collisions. The release highlighted “trademarked names such as Nike, Hulu, Netflix,... - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 17:57
Here’s how the new number two new gTLD got so big so quick
Attentive DI readers will recall my journalistic meltdown last week, when I tried to figure out how the Chinese new gTLD .网址 managed to hit #2 in the new gTLD zone file size league table, apparently shifting a quarter of a million names in a week. Well, after conversations with well-placed sources here at NamesCon […] Related ... - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 17:16
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.CLUB Domains said today it has sold the domain for $100,000, and will help in its promotion as a members-only site for deals related to Las Vegas. The deal was announced here at the NamesCon conference at the Tropicana hotel in Vegas. The buyer is One Degree World Systems, a local company that develops […] Related ... - Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 16:58
The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion
The Chinese-script gTLD .网址 powered to the number two spot in the new gTLD rankings by zone file size this week, but it’s doing some things very strangely. .网址 is Chinese for “.site”, “.url” or “.webaddress”. The registry is Hu Yi Global, ostensibly a Hong Kong-based registrar but, judging by... - Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:51
.reise is first live new gTLD to hit the auction block
German domain registry Dotreise has become the first company to reveal that it wants to sell off a new gTLD. Innovative Auctions is to handle an auction on February 27 at which Dotreise will attempt to unload the unwanted string, it emerged this evening. The word “reise” is German for “travel”. The gTLD has fa... - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 16:24
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Fatal timeout? A dozen dot-brands procrastinating to death
Over a dozen new gTLD applications have been iced because the applicants couldn’t or wouldn’t talk to ICANN about signing contracts before their deadlines. Volvo and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the 13 dot-brand applicants whose $185,000+ investments could vanish in a puff of smoke because they can’t bring thems... - Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 6:0
Afilias cancels $100m London IPO
Afilias has cancelled its planned London Stock Exchange IPO due to “market conditions”. It seems to be a cancellation, rather than a postponement, according to a company spokesperson. “The final decision to cancel the IPO was based on market conditions at the time,” she told DI today. No additional information... - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 9:56
Schilling laughing as Uniregistry beats Google to .lol
Uniregistry’s portfolio of quirky new gTLDs grew today. The company seems to have beaten Google to .lol in a private deal. The two companies were the only ones to apply for .lol, and Google’s application was formally withdrawn today. As usual for private contention set settlements, the winning price has not been disclosed... - Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 9:7
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NamesCon 2015 bigger, longer and more popular
NamesCon 2015 is due to kick of in Las Vegas this coming weekend with about 50% more attendees that its inaugural outing last year. Organizers tell me that so far roughly 750 people (not including press and staff) have registered to attend the conference, which is taking place for the second year at the Tropicana […] Related p... - Monday, January 5, 2015 - 5:14

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