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.club first new gTLD to sell 100,000 domains
.club hit a landmark this week with its 100,000th domain name registration, according to .CLUB Domains. It’s the first new gTLD to get to this level of success without giving away names for free — .xyz and .berlin have over 460,000 and 130,000 names respectively but fall under 100k if you factor out the freebies. […... - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 9:24
ICANN terminates billion-dollar gTLD applicant over unpaid $3,000 bill
Telefonica Brasil, part of the massive Telefonica group of telecoms companies, has lost its registrar accreditation after failing to pay its ICANN fees. The company, which had revenue last year of $14.6 billion, is facing termination of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement over the pitiful sum of $3,082.12. It’s also embarrass... - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:34
GAC kills .indians and two more dot-brands die
Reliance Industries, owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team, has withdrawn itself application for the new gTLD .indians after an objection from the Indian government. ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has said in formal advice several times, most recently in March, that India was not cool with the idea of a .indians TLD... - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:47
After $1bn deal, Amazon registers Twitch domains in three gTLDs. Can you guess which three?
Amazon has paid almost a billion dollars for the gaming community Twitch and immediately set about defensively registering some domain names.,, and were all registered via MarkMonitor on Monday, coinciding with the announcement of the acquisition. The company even registered twitcham... - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:27
Radix’s first gTLD landrushes only risk-free if you shop around
Radix Registry has gone into landrush with its first new gTLDs, promising a “risk-free” experience for buyers who want to get into .website, .press and .host early. But different registrars are handling the phase in different ways — with a staggering range of prices — so you could still lose money on domains y... - Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:4
.hiv’s innovative, dangerous business model
.hiv, the first charity gTLD, is set to go to general availability at 2pm UTC tomorrow with one of the strangest and riskiest business models of any new gTLD to date. While registrants will be able to use .hiv domains more or less as they please, as with any other gTLD, Berlin-based registry dotHIV is […] Related posts: Key-Sy... - Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:57
Straat-backed bidder beats Donuts and Afilias to .health
DotHealth has won the four-way contention set for the controversial new gTLD .health. Afilias and Donuts both withdrew their competing applications this week. Famous Four withdrew its application over a month ago. DotHealth is backed by Straat Investments, the investment vehicle chaired by .CO Internet’s Juan Calle. The new gTL... - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:15
Biggest dot-brand? .realtor to give away half a million domains
Up to 500,000 card-carrying members of North American real estate associations will be given a free one-year .realtor domains, according to the registry. The National Association of Realtors said its members and members of the Canadian Real Estate Association will be able to claim their names at The offer will become a... - Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:31
After slamming the ccNSO, India joins it
India has become the newest member of ICANN’s country-code Supporting Organization, the ccNSO, just one month after the local registry slammed the group for not representing its interests. The National Internet Exchange (NIXI), which runs .in, became the 152nd ccNSO member yesterday, according to a note on its website. I haven&... - Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 14:59
Panel slaps ICANN in .africa case
A panel of arbitrators had some stern words for ICANN as it handed controversial .africa gTLD applicant DotConnectAfrica another win in its Independent Review Process case. In a 33-page procedural ruling (pdf) published by ICANN late Friday, the IRP panel disagreed with ICANN’s lawyers on almost every argument they made, siding... - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:22
New gTLD registries increasingly attacking .com
Is .com “silly” and “meaningless”? That’s what some new gTLD registries would have you believe. In separate blog posts over the last week, Donuts and ARI Registry Services have gone on the offensive, dismissing .com as an irrelevant relic of a bygone age. ARI CEO Adrian Kinderis branded .com as “me... - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:56
Governments to get more power at ICANN
Governments are to get more power to influence ICANN’s board of directors. Under a proposal launched late Friday, ICANN plans to make it harder for the board to reject the often-controversial advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee. Today, the board is able to reject GAC advice with a simple majority vote, which triggers ... - Monday, August 18, 2014 - 6:31
EasyDNS changes take-down policy after man dies
Canadian registrar EasyDNS has amended its take-down policy after a customer of one of its registrants died of an overdose. In a frank blog post today, CEO Mark Jeftovic said that the man had died using a “controlled substance” ordered online. The web site in question used a domain registered via EasyDNS. As a result [... - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 9:30
Reported mass exodus from .com explained
Did Verisign suffer from a massive 2,600% increase in the number of deleted .com domain names this April? Not quite, although the bizarre spike in deletes may have highlighted an area where the company was previously out of compliance with its ICANN Registry Agreements. April’s .com registry report, filed with ICANN and publish... - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 7:47
Infosys withdraws dot-brand bids
Indian consulting giant Infosys has dropped its bids for two dot-brand new gTLDs. It withdrew its applications for .infosys and .infy this week, leaving it with no remaining applications. Both bids were straightforward dot-brands applications with no objections or contention. Both had passed Initial Evaluation and were just awaiting ... - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:53
Donuts wins .ltd gTLD contest
Donuts has emerged the victor of the contention set for .ltd, beating six other applicants for the new gTLD. Dot Registry, NU DOT CO, Afilias and myLTD all withdrew their applications this week, evidently after a private auction. LTD Registry and C.V. TLDcare withdrew their applications in April and May respectively. The string is of... - Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:46
Verisign: 41% of new gTLD sites are parked
As much as 41% of domains registered in new gTLDs are parked with pay-per-click advertising, according to research carried out by Verisign. That works out to over 540,000 domains, judging by the 1.3 million total I have on record from June 29, the day Verisign carried out the survey. Domains classified as carrying “businessR... - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 5:42
Momentum cancels dot-brand conference
Momentum Events has cancelled its planned new gTLD conference, which was due to take place in Amsterdam next month. The Digital Strategy & DotOps Congress was designed primarily for potential dot-brand gTLD applicants — with free tickets on offer for eligible companies — but Momentum said there was not enough demand.... - Monday, August 11, 2014 - 14:49
Demand Media spins off Rightside
Demand Media has completed the spin-off of its domain name business, Rightside. Shares in the new company, which will be listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, went to existing Demand Media shareholders. Trading under the ticker symbol NAME, Rightside stock started off at $16.77 yesterday morning and is currently trading at around $15.... - Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:15
Dublin picked for ICANN 54
ICANN had selected Dublin to play host to its 54th public meeting, which will be held in October next year. According to a blog post from Michele Neylon, CEO of Irish registrar Blacknight, the venue will be the imaginatively named The Convention Centre, Dublin. The primary sponsor will be INEX, the local internet exchange, he […... - Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 9:25

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