.hiv reserve set at $200,000, profits so far $83,000
The soon-to-be-auctioned new gTLD .hiv has a reserve price of $200,000, but the registry reckons it’s worth as much as $700,000. That’s according to auction documents provided by dotHIV Registry to DI today. The documents also reveal that .hiv has made a profit of $83,000 in its first seven months. Earlier today we report...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 24, 2015 - 10:26
KickAssTorrents continues world tour after latest ccTLD ban
One of the most popular sites for finding copyright-infringing BitTorrent files is reportedly heading to Costa Rica after its latest choice of ccTLD banned it. KickAssTorrents, which is about the 100th most-popular site on the web, had moved to kickasstorrents.im yesterday, but found its new domain deleted by the Isle of Man registry...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:9
.hiv to auction with “no profiting” catch
Don’t all rush to your checkbooks at once. The live TLD .hiv is going to be among the next batch of new gTLDs auctioned off by Innovative Auctions, but the contract comes with a no-profit clause. Innovative and dotHIV Registry announced the sale yesterday. .hiv is an unsuccessful gTLD so far. It had just over […] Related...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 24, 2015 - 5:31
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New gTLD zones top five million names
There are now more than five million new gTLD domain names live in the DNS. That’s according to zone files collated by ICANN, which I’m told show 5,002,252 names across the 597 new gTLD registries providing data. That works out to a mean of 8,378 domains per TLD, a median of 1,254. The largest zone […] Related post...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 18:30
As .stream is won, ICANN’s auction list empties
.stream has become the latest new gTLD contention set to be settled prior to its ICANN auction, leaving ICANN’s auction schedule looking barren. Famous Four Media beat Hughes Satellite Systems to the string, which was due to auction May 27. The four strings scheduled for bidding April 29 — .living, .fun, .map and .search ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 9:8
Go Daddy splashes out $28m on Marchex domain portfolio
Go Daddy has acquired about 200,000 domain names from Marchex for $28.1 million. The sale comes as Marchex seeks to extricate itself from the domain name business in order to focus on mobile advertising analytics. It works out at about $140 per domain. Go Daddy said that it will make the domains available via its […] Related p...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:49
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.london clear winner as M+M releases raw reg data
.london accounts for over 37% of sales in Minds + Machines’ portfolio of live gTLDs, according to company data released this morning. M+M published registration figures for its 19 generally available TLDs as part of a trading update ahead of its full-year financials. The data shows that four of its top five strings are geograph...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:33
Dirty tricks claimed in .music fight
A .music hopeful has tried to add over 300 pages of documents to its new gTLD application, apparently in an effort to leapfrog competitors, and its rival community applicant is far from happy. DotMusic Limited submitted the change request (pdf) in order to add some Public Interest Commitments to its .music bid. Rival .Music LLC [R...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:0
Google wins .map and .search
Google has secured two gTLDs representing two of its core services. The company has won .search and .map, fighting off competition from Amazon, Donuts, Famous Four Media for .search and Rightside and Amazon for .map. All the losing bidders have now withdrawn their applications. Both strings were due to head to ICANN auction April 29,...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:0
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Cybersquatter jailed for seven years after prison break
Fraudster Neil Moore, who escaped from prison by cybersquatting, has reportedly been handed a seven-year sentence by a British court. As we reported last month, Moore escaped from Wandsworth prison merely by sending an email ordering his release from an hmcts-gsi-gov.org.uk email address. He’d registered the name, a typo of the...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 13:13
Warren Buffett party firm beats Google to .fun
An 80-year old maker of party supplies owned by Warren Buffet has won the rights to the new gTLD .fun, after the other two applicants withdrew. Oriental Trading Company plans to operate the gTLD as a “restricted” space where only the company and its partners can register, according to its application. Quite why this isn&#...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 11:49
Site names and shames shoddy TLD support
A self-professed geek from Australia is running a campaign to raise awareness of new gTLDs by naming and shaming big companies that don’t provide comprehensive TLD support on their web sites. SupportTheNew.domains, run by university coder Stuart Ryan, has been around since last June and currently indexes support problems at doz...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:58
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Australia considers dumping the .com.
Australian domain overseer auDA is thinking about allowing people to register .au domains directly at the second level for the first time. The organization has opened up a consultation that would allow registrations such as example.au, rather than just the current system of example.com.au, example.org.au and so on. The move follows t...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 20, 2015 - 7:35
Google eliminating domains from search results
Google has made another move to make domain names less relevant to internet users. The company will no longer display URLs in search results pages for any web site that adopts a certain technical standard. Instead, the name of the web site will be given. So instead of a DI post showing up with “domainincite.com” […]...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 17, 2015 - 10:30
NetSol’s free .xyz bundle renews at $57
Network Solutions is charging a total of $57.17 for renewing the .xyz domain names and associated services it gave away for free as part of .xyz’s controversial launch last year. A little over a year ago, NetSol found controversy when it pushed hundreds of thousands of .xyz domain names into its customers’ accounts withou...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:3
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Rightside slashes new gTLD prices to $0.99
Rightside registrar eNom is to offer domains in several Rightside gTLDs for $0.99 over the coming days. Today, .rocks domains can be obtained for the special price. They’re usually $12.99 a year. The price does not apply to renewals. Customers have to use the promo code “pocketchange”. Rightside stablemates .forsale...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:21
ICANN in “fact-finding” mode over potential .sucks breach
ICANN is playing its cards close to its chest when pressed on what it thinks Vox Populi may have done wrong with its .sucks launch pricing and policies. The organization told DI in a statement that it is currently “fact-finding”, and will not speculate on what parts of the Registry Agreement may have been breached. [̷...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:5
ICANN reports .sucks to the FTC over “predatory” pricing
ICANN has referred .sucks registry Vox Populi to the US Federal Trade Commission over concerns from intellectual property owners that its pricing is “predatory”. The organization has asked the FTC and the Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs to determine whether Vox Pop is breaking any laws. It asks both agencies to “...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 15:25
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Lady Gaga dumps .org for freebie new gTLD
With all the recent headlines about celebrities who feel compelled to protect their personal brands in .porn and .sucks, it’s worth noting that celebs also find new gTLDs useful. Lady Gaga has re-domained her Born This Way Foundation non-profit, dumping a .org for a domain in the new gTLD .foundation. The old bornthiswayfoundat...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:5
ICM sells tube.xxx (again) in $500,000 deal
ICM Registry has sold the premium domain name tube.xxx for a second time, after repurchasing it from the original buyer. The sale was part of a $500,000 package that also included livecam.xxx, affair.xxx and hookups.xxx. The buyer this time is Inn Productions, a previous supporter of .xxx. The tube.xxx domain was originally sold to a...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:16
Three registrars suspended by ICANN
ICANN has enforced the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement against three more registrars, suspending their ability to sell gTLD domain names. Canadian registrar Namevault, along with Signdomains and Times Internet of India, cannot sell domains or accept inbound transfers from April 21 to July 20, according to ICANN compliance noti...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 8:1
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Kevin Spacey among first .sucks buyers
Kevin Spacey, Google, Apple and Microsoft are among the first to buy .sucks domains in apparent attempts to protect their reputations. Vox Populi Registry, which took .sucks to its sunrise period on Monday, has started publishing the names of sunrise registrants on its web site. Names scrolling past on a ticker stream this morning in...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 3, 2015 - 8:18
AIDS.sucks at $1.5 million and other .sucks premium weirdness
The new .sucks gTLD has some interesting pricing for its reserved premium names. Notably aids.sucks, which currently carries a $1.5 million first-year fee at one registrar. As far as I can tell, 101domain is the only registrar that is currently publishing its prices for .sucks premium names. I had a bit of a play around […] Re...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 3, 2015 - 7:33
.guru renewals at 63%
Ten days into its series of renewal rate disclosures, Donuts has revealed that .guru’s rate currently stands at 63.4%. In a blog post yesterday, COO Richard Tindal said that the registry’s overall renewal figure for the first 81,569 domains it sold was 68.4%. The other two large TLDs in the batch — .photography and ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:50
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Google launches com.google
Google has launched com.google, one of its batch of 2015 April Fool’s Day jokes. Visiting the domain today will reveal a reversed perspective on the usual Google home page. Even the results pages are reversed. It’s probably the most inventive use of a dot-brand new gTLD to date. Related posts: Google threatens domain nam...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 4:2

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