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EU IDN not banned after all
The European Union request for the Greek-script ccTLD .ευ has not been thrown out, according to ICANN. Last week DI reported that .ευ was the only one of three IDN ccTLD requests — the other two being Bulgaria’s .бг and Greece’s .ελ — to fail a test for confusing similarity on appeal. .ευ was found […] ... - 37 min ago
Two new gTLD confusion decisions thrown out
ICANN has reopened the contention sets for .cam and .通販 after deciding that two String Confusion Objection panels may have been wrong to reject certain applications. Two rulings — that .cam is confusingly similar to .com and that .通販 is confusingly similar to .shop (really) — will now head to an appeals panel for a [̷... - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:59
Bulgaria and Greece win IDN ccTLDs on appeal
Campaigns in Bulgaria and Greece to get ICANN to un-reject their Cyrillic and Greek-script ccTLD requests have proven successful. The first decisions handed down by ICANN’s new Extended Process Similarity Review Panel this week said Bulgaria’s .бг and Greece’s .ελ are not “confusingly similar” to other c... - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:48
GAC elects Swiss rep as new chair
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has elected Thomas Schneider of the Swiss government as its new chair. The unprecedented, one-nation-one-vote secret ballot election at the ICANN 51 public meeting in Los Angeles today saw Schneider beat Lebanon’s Imad Hoballah by 61 votes to 37. He will take over from Canadian incu... - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 15:55
Donuts sells millionth domain name
Donuts today sold its millionth domain name, according to a company press release. The name, according to Donuts, was I’m not saying wasn’t the one millionth name, but I reckon that if the one millionth name had been, I’d still be looking at a press release talki... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 12:9
Iceland yanks Islamic State domain
Iceland’s ccTLD operator has suspended one or more domain names affiliated with Islamic State, the terrorist group currently running riot in parts of Iraq and Syria. ISNIC runs .is, which matches the IS acronym. In a statement on its web site, the company said: ISNIC has suspended domains that were used for the website of [R... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:43
Governments totally cool with two-letter domains
ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD regis... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 7:32
“Send registrars to jail!”, ICANN hears
ICANN is ramping up its focus on contractual compliance in the midst of calls for domain industry offenders to “go to jail”. CEO Fadi Chehade yesterday revealed that he has has promoted chief contracting counsel Allen Grogan to the newly created role of chief contract compliance officer. Grogan, who Chehade has worked wit... - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 5:25
Uniregistry wins .cars gTLD
Uniregistry has won the .cars new gTLD at auction. Donuts withdrew its competing application for the string this week. Third candidate DERCars’ application is still showing as active on ICANN’s web site. However, Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling confirmed to DI that his company has won the contention set. The automobile-re... - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 8:38
Gay community not gay enough to win new gTLD
An applicant for .gay has lost its chance to get exclusive rights to the new gTLD, partly because the self-defined gay community it wants to represent is not “gay” enough. Dotgay LLC is one of four applicants, and the only “Community” applicant under ICANN rules, for .gay. But the company yesterday failed in i... - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 6:18
Music industry gets its ass handed to it by gTLD panel
The music industry-backed application for the new gTLD .music today suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of a Community Priority Evaluation panel. The Far Further (.music LLC) application scored a pitiful 3 out of 16 possible points in the evaluation, missing the required 14 pass threshold by a country and western mile. CPE is ... - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 16:27
.now and .realestate will be restricted, but Donuts keeps .tires open
It was a battle between open and restricted registration rules this week, as three more new gTLD contention sets were resolved between applicants with opposing policies. Donuts won .tires (open), Amazon won .now (closed) and the National Association of Realtors won .realestate (restricted). Donuts beat Goodyear and Bridgestone —... - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:54
Freenom ads .gq to free African ccTLD roster
Freenom has struck a deal with registry for the once-dormant ccTLD for Equatorial Guinea to offer .gq domain names for free worldwide. The ccTLD is the latest from Africa to buy into the company’s free domains model, after .cf (Central African Republic), .ml (Mali) and .ga (Gabon). The local registry for Equatorial Guinea is te... - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:43
.nz second-level names now available
The New Zealand Domain Name Commission has started making second-level domains under .nz available for the first time. Like .uk, which opened up the second level this year, .nz names have previously only been available at the third level, under, and over a dozen other extensions. But from this week, existing registrant... - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:4
“Frustrated” Morocco denies it supported .tata gTLD
The Moroccan government claims that it did not give its support to the .tata dot-brand gTLD, which was granted to Tata Group, the massive Indian conglomerate, in July. According to Boubker Seddik Badr, director of digital economy at Morocco’s ministry of trade, .tata “did not receive any endorsement from any Moroccan auth... - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 4:33
OVH to give away 50,000 new gTLD names for free
France-based registrar OVH is to make up to 50,000 domain names in its new gTLD .ovh available for free. According to its web site and a bulletin send to customers today, the regular price of £2.69 ($4.35) will be waived for the first year and renewal pricing will be discounted. The first 20,000 names registered […] Related po... - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 16:53
.bayern starts GA with almost 20,000 names
Bayern Connect took its .bayern new gTLD into general availability yesterday and secured close to 20,000 registrations. This morning’s zone file count shows that at least 19,121 domains were registered during .bayern’s combined sunrise/landrush period, which ended a few weeks ago. GA kicked off at 1300 local time yesterda... - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 13:40
Phishers prefer free ccTLDs to new gTLDs
Domains in free and cheap ccTLDs are much more likely to host phishing attacks than new gTLDs. That’s one of the conclusions of the latest report of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which found that Freenom’s re-purposed African ccTLDs were particularly risky. The first-half 2014 report found 22,679 “maliciously reg... - Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:14
Safeway pulls all four new gTLD apps
Retail giant Safeway has removed itself from the new gTLD program entirely, last week withdrawing all four of its applications. The $139-billion-a-year company had applied for the dot-brands .safeway, .vons, .justforu and the generic .grocery, but all four bids are now showing as withdrawn. Now that Safeway has withdrawn, the only re... - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 15:0
Korean registrar suspended
ICANN has suspended the accreditation of Korean registrar Dotname Korea over failures to comply with Whois accuracy rules. The company was told this week that it will lose the ability to sell names for three months. “No new registrations or inbound transfers will be accepted from 7 October 2014 through 5 January 2015,” IC... - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 5:11

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