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.baby and .mls fetch over $3 million each
ICANN and Power Auctions have completed December’s mini-batch of “last resort” new gTLD auctions, adding a total of $6.4 million to its mysterious auction cash pile. Johnson & Johnson won .baby, fighting off five portfolio applicants and paying a winning bid of $3,088,888. Meanwhile, the Canadian Real Estate As... - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:56
Most new gTLDs use NameSentry after Famous Four signs with Architelos
Architelos yesterday announced that Famous Four Media has signed up to use its NameSentry security service across its portfolio of new gTLDs. The company said that it now has 60% of launched new gTLDs on the platform, which gives registries a way to view potentially abusive domain names and automate remediation. That’s over 250... - Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 3:42
Human glitch lets hackers into ICANN
It’s 2014. Does anyone in the domain name business still fall for phishing attacks? Apparently, yes, ICANN staff do. ICANN has revealed that “several” staff members fell prey to a spear-phishing attack last month, resulting in the theft of potentially hundreds of user credentials and unauthorized access to at least ... - Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 14:16
Hotly contested gTLDs up for auction tomorrow
ICANN’s fifth set of last-resort new gTLD auctions is set for tomorrow and it’s another small batch. Just two contention sets — .baby and .mls — are set to be resolved, with ICANN stashing the winning bids into its special fund. .baby is hotly contested with no fewer than six applicants — five portfolio ... - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 9:52
As .trust opens for sunrise, Artemis dumps .secure bid
Amazon is now the proud owner of the .secure new gTLD, after much smaller competing applicant Artemis Internet withdrew its bid. Coincidentally, the settlement of the contention set came just yesterday, the day before Artemis took its .trust — which I’ve described as a “backup plan” — to sunrise. I assum... - Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 8:17
Last resort gTLD auction loser wants share of $5m winning bid
An unsuccessful new gTLD applicant wants ICANN to share the proceeds of its “last resort” auction with itself and the other losing applicants. Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network had applied for .salon, but found itself in a contention set with three other applicants and was ultimately beaten at auction by a winning... - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 18:16
First live dot-brand switches back to .com
CITIC Group, which became the first company to dump .com for its new dot-brand gTLD, has switched back to .com. CITIC, a massive Chinese conglomerate, switched from to in September, but a DI commenter noticed that it’s now back to using Google searches for “citic” were returning th... - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:3
.ceo smartens up in new promo video
Struggling to find its tone? PeopleBrowsr has done a full 180 in its attempts to market .ceo through online commercials. In its latest video, the company has gone for a straightforward grey-hair-in-a-suit-addresses-camera concept. It’s a far cry from its first attempt, a year ago, which comprised PeopleBrowsr staffers dicking a... - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:52
New .jobs contract based on new gTLD agreement
ICANN and Employ Media are set to sign a new contract for operation of the .jobs registry which is based heavily on the Registry Agreement signed by all new gTLD registries. .jobs was delegated in 2005 and its first 10-year RA is due for renewal in May 2015. Because Employ Media, like all gTLD registries, […] Related posts: IC... - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:39
.health backer has cop-like takedown powers for all gTLDs in Japan
LegitScript, a US company focused on eradicating illegal online pharmacies, which backs the .pharmacy and .health gTLDs, has been given police-like powers to have domain names taken down in Japan. It has also emerged that when IP Mirror, a brand protection registrar, was hit with an embarrassing ICANN contract-breach notice in Novemb... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 17:54
.love won by class action lawyers
It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction. Minds + Machines, Richemont, Google and Donuts have all officially withdrawn their competing applications. I gather that withdrawals from Uniregistry and Famous Four Media are on their way. .love would be MLG’s first ... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:48
Private auction settles controversial plural gTLD fight
A private auction has been used to settle a new gTLD contention set containing two different strings for the first time. Afilias has won the right to run .pet after Google withdrew its application for .pet and Donuts withdrew its bid for .pets. The two strings, one the plural of the other, had been placed […] Related posts: Pr... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:13
CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains
CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names. The sales appear to be of “non-core” names unrelated to its registry business that the company has been sitting on for a while, rather than names that it has reserved in its own subdomains and new […] Relat... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:38
Donuts blames “license” problems for Chinese gTLD delays
Donuts says that problems obtaining “licenses” from the Chinese government are to blame for the fact that it is yet to launch any of its Chinese-script new gTLDs. Currently, four of the company’s portfolio of 156 gTLDs are in Chinese. Three have been delegated to the DNS root but none of them have been launched. [&#... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:16
ICANN 53 will be in Buenos Aires
ICANN has picked Buenos Aires, Argentina, for its 53rd public meeting. The choice of city was approved by the ICANN board late last week. The meeting will be held June 21-25 next year, sandwiched between February’s return to Singapore and October’s first foray into Dublin. The BA venue has not been disclosed yet, but it&#... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 10:43
Black Ice suspended by ICANN
A small Israeli registrar has had its registrar accreditation suspended by ICANN after. Black Ice domains, which has a few thousand .com and .net domains under management, failed to comply with an ICANN audit and was overdue on its fees by over $5,000, according to the ICANN notice (pdf). It won’t be allowed to sell […] ... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 10:30
Eleven domains suspended under .uk anti-rape rules
Nominet has suspended and permanently blocked 11 “rape” domain names in .uk since introducing a controversial policy earlier this year. The company today disclosed that nine pre-existing domains were suspended immediately following the introduction of the rules in May. Another two have been blocked since then. The policy ... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 10:18
After lawsuit, YouPorn buys into .xxx portfolio
Porn site operator Manwin Licensing, known to the domain industry for its antitrust lawsuit against ICANN and ICM Registry that was settled last year, has taken over a portfolio of .xxx domains from a staunch .xxx supporter. Now known as MindGeek, the YouPorn operator is to manage sites for Really Useful, one of the most […] R... - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:53
As another group rejects proposal, is NETmundial stillborn?
The nascent NETmundial Initiative appears to be in dire straits already, just weeks into its existence, after another influential internet governance body decided against joining. The Internet Architecture Board, which holds ultimate responsibility for the Request For Comment standards that help the internet remain interoperable, sai... - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 11:44
Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions
Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed. The company won the following strings: .news — went to Donuts after withdrawals from Merchant Law Group, Amazon, Radix, Uniregistry, Famous Four Media and Primer Nivel. As somebody with a vested interest i... - Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 18:58

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