ICANN cancels Panama due to Zika virus
ICANN has cancelled its upcoming meeting in Panama City, Panama, due to the Zika virus. ICANN hasn’t officially announced the move yet, but ICANN insiders and several community members are saying that the meeting venue is being changed to a currently undecided country. Zika is that virus you’ve probably been hearing about...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, February 5, 2016 - 17:30
Ted Cruz slams Chehade over Chinese “conflict”
US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has taken time out his busy primaries schedule to lay into ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade over his new job on a Chinese policy panel. Cruz said in a letter to Chehade that China is known for its terrible track record on freedom of speech, and wondered aloud whether Chehade’s involvement […] Relat...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, February 5, 2016 - 5:36
Pritz joins Allegravita and other industry movements
It’s been a busy week in the domain industry for executive changes. Today, we hear that senior ICANN alum Kurt Pritz has joined Chinese domain marketing specialist Allegravita as a “new partner”. Allegravita is the PR consultancy that’s made a bit of a splash in the industry over the last couple of years sheph...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, February 5, 2016 - 4:44
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“We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal
ICANN has refused dotgay LLC’s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay right groups. On Monday, the Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s Request for Reconsideration, in which the company had aske...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 15:44
DCA sues ICANN for fraud, demands cash
New gTLD applicants may have signed away all their rights to sue ICANN, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for loose-cannon .dotafrica .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica. The company has filed suit in California, trying to kill off rival ZACR’s application as “fraudulent” and demanding a load of cash from I...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:37
Windfalls still biggest money-spinner for M+M
Minds + Machines is still pulling in most of its cash from one-time new gTLD auction defeats, according to its latest trading update. The company yesterday reported billings for 2015 of $7.92 million, up from $5.03 million in 2013. But the company brought in $9.15 million by pulling out of private new gTLD auctions, where […] ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 8:39
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$41m auction loser tries to slam brakes on .shop
Lawyer-happy gTLD applicant Commercial Connect has put GMO Registry’s $41 million purchase of the new gTLD .shop in jeopardy by filing an appeal with ICANN. On January 26 — the day before the .shop auction — the Connecticut-based company filed an Independent Review Process complaint with ICANN, asking a panel of jud...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 15:36
Donuts adds two millionth domain
Donuts today said that it has added its two millionth new domain name registration. The domain in question was schedule.holiday, the company said. The number appears to refer to fresh registrations, not including renewals, across all of its TLDs. Its first batch of gTLDs launched about two years ago. The registry currently has 192 ne...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 7:1
UN group supports community .gay bid
An organization representing staff members of the United Nations has come out in support of dotgay LLC’s struggling community application for the .gay gTLD. UN-GLOBE comprises UN employees who identify as “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and inter-sex”. Its primary goals are pushing for equal rights for these g...
DomainIncite.com - Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 7:5
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Terror fears prompt security crackdown for ICANN 55
ICANN is bringing in metal detectors, bag searches and ID checks at its forthcoming public meeting in Marrkech, Morocco. The measures are being introduced despite ICANN’s assurances that it considers the chance of terrorism at ICANN 55 to be “LOW”. In a statement today, ICANN meetings boss Nick Tomasso said: we are ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 3:51
.shop gTLD sells for record $41.5 million
The nine-way fight for the .shop gTLD has raised $41.5 million at auction. It’s the most-expensive reported new gTLD sale to date. The victor was GMO Registry of Japan, which runs a few Asian geographic gTLDs and acts as service provider for over a dozen dot-brands. GMO wanted .shop so badly it actually applied twice […] ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 1:45
ICANN tests emergency registry with dead dot-brand
ICANN is running a test of its Emergency Back-End Registry Operator program, using the dead dot-brand gTLD .doosan as its guinea pig. Doosan Group, a large Korean conglomerate, decided to kill off its gTLD, .doosan, last September. ICANN revealed the news in October. The dot-brand had never been put to productive use and really only ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 7:21
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Two new gTLD registries open offices in China
Portfolio gTLD registries Famous Four Media and Minds + Machines have both announced that they’re formally entering the Chinese market. Both companies are establishing “wholly foreign-owned enterprises” (WFOEs), a form of company that does not require local investment, on the mainland. The moves are aimed at getting...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:3
Fox promises dot-brand will be “the next big thing”
Fox seems set to become an unexpectedly early adopter of its dot-brand gTLD, .fox. The only live .fox web site, nic.fox, is currently promising that the gTLD will become “the next big thing” in “Spring 2016”. On the site, a glossy, quick-cut show-reel of Fox media carries the text: Cue the lights. Roll the cam...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 3:24
Patent troll hits registrars with $60m shakedown
A patent troll that claims it invented email reminders has launched a shakedown campaign against registrars that could be worth as much as $62 million. WhitServe LLC, which beat Go Daddy in a patent lawsuit last year, is now demanding licenses from registrars that could add as much as $0.50 to the cost of a […] Related posts: ...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, January 25, 2016 - 14:8
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Registrars boycotting “gag order” .sucks contract
Registrars are ignoring new provisions in their .sucks contracts that they say amount to a “gag order”. In a letter (pdf) to ICANN from its Registrars Stakeholder Group, the registrars ask for ICANN to convene a face-to-face negotiation between themselves and .sucks registry Vox Populi, adding: Until such time, the Regist...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:15
.sucks sends in the lawyers in “gag order” fight
Vox Populi is taking ICANN to mediation over a row about what some of its registrars call a “gag order” against them. Its lawyers have sent ICANN a letter demanding mediation and claiming ICANN has breached the .sucks Registry Agreement. I believe it’s the first time a new gTLD registry has done such a thing. [̷...
DomainIncite.com - Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 5:29
Chehade to join World Economic Forum
Outgoing ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade is to join the World Economic Forum as a senior advisor, WEF announced today. The person he will advise is Klaus Schwab, WEF’s founder and executive chairman, according to a press release. WEF is the Switzerland-based non-profit think tank famous for its annual summits in Davos, where world leade...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, January 22, 2016 - 9:25
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Pirates lose privacy rights under new ICANN rules
People operating piracy web sites would have a harder time keeping their personal information private under new ICANN rules. ICANN’s GNSO Council last night approved a set of recommendations that lay down the rules of engagement for when trademark and copyright owners try to unmask Whois privacy users. Among other things, the n...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, January 22, 2016 - 8:48
ICANN confirms domain privacy is for all
Commercial entities will not be excluded from buying domain privacy services, ICANN’s GNSO Council has confirmed. The Council last night voted unanimously to approve a set of recommendations that would make it compulsory for privacy and proxy services to be accredited by ICANN for the first time. The recommendations govern amon...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, January 22, 2016 - 6:28

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