Verisign announces .net price increase
Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agr... - 13 hr 48 min ago
.web could already be a record-breaker as auction enters day two
It seems likely that .web has already smashed through the $41.5 million record sale price for a new gTLD at ICANN auction. The auction, which kicked off properly at 1300 UTC yesterday, seems to have ended its first day of bidding at around 2300 UTC last night without a winner. That suggests, based on the […] Related posts: Sec... - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:23
M+M billings quadruple on China .vip surge
Minds + Machines this morning said that its billings increased to $8.05 million in the first half of 2016. That’s a 300% increase on the comparable year-ago period, the company said in a preliminary statement to the markets. It added that its domains under management grew from 217,200 at the end of June 2015 to […] Relat... - Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:32
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“Ditch .com!” government to tell Indians
The Indian government is to urge citizens to register .in domain names instead of .com, according to local reports. The Economic Times reports today that the Ministry of Economy and IT is to launch a “massive advertising campaign aimed at companies, individuals and startups” promoting .in. Rajiv Bansal, MEIT joint secreta... - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 5:49
Donuts denied! .web auction to go ahead today
A California judge had denied Donuts’ eleventh-hour attempt to delay today’s .web gTLD auction. In a ruling late yesterday, Judge Percy Anderson rejected the company’s request for an emergency temporary restraining order preventing ICANN from selling off the premium gTLD. This means the auction is pretty much certai... - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 5:11
Donuts .web claims “discredited”, ICANN tells court
Donuts’ attempt to delay tomorrow’s .web gTLD auction is based on a now “discredited” reading of a single email from rival bidder Nu Dot Co, ICANN told a California court yesterday. Supporting ICANN’s opposition to Donuts’ motion for a temporary restraining order, two top NDC executives also swore ... - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 5:41
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Donuts files $10 million lawsuit to stop .web auction
Donuts has sued ICANN in an attempt to block the auction of the .web gTLD this Wednesday. The gTLD portfolio registry filed a lawsuit in California on Friday, seeking over $10 million in damages and a temporary restraining order to stop the auction going ahead. The complaint alleges breach of contract, negligence and unfair competiti... - Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 3:42
Domain-hopping torrent site seized, founder arrested
A joint US-Polish law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of the alleged owner of the piracy-focused BitTorrent links site KickAssTorrents. The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin has been arrested in Poland and that it will seek to extradite him to Chicago to face criminal copyri... - Friday, July 22, 2016 - 6:7
.web auction to go ahead after ICANN denies Donuts/Radix appeal
The new gTLD .web seems set to go to auction next week after ICANN rejected an 11th-hour delay attempt by two applicants. ICANN’s Board Governance Committee said yesterday that there is no evidence that applicant Nu Dot Co has been taken over by a deep-pocketed third party. The BGC therefore rejected Donuts’ and RadixR... - Friday, July 22, 2016 - 5:44
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One and two-letter .at domains coming soon will next month start selling .at domains shorter than three character domains for the first time. All one-character and two-character domains will be released, the ccTLD registry said, about 5,000 domains in total. The released domains include those containing any of the 34 non-Latin letters supports, it said. Holders ... - Friday, July 22, 2016 - 4:43
ICANN to flip the secret key to the internet
ICANN is about to embark on a year-long effort to warn the internet that it plans to replace the top-level cryptographic keys used in DNSSEC for the first time. CTO David Conrad told DI today that ICANN will rotate the so-called Key Signing Key that is used as the “trust anchor” for all DNSSEC queries […] Related p... - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:58
Donuts joins fight to delay .web gTLD auction with emergency appeal
Donuts and Radix have filed an “emergency” appeal with ICANN in an attempt to get the forthcoming auction for the .web gTLD delayed. The companies, both of which have applied for .web, say they have evidence that one of their rival bidders recently changed ownership without telling ICANN, in breach of application rules. T... - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 6:49
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Cruz’s ICANN paranoia is now official Republican policy
US Republicans have endorsed hitherto fringe views on the IANA transition as official party policy. Yesterday delegates at the Republican National Convention approved the party’s 2016 Platform of the party, which “declares the Party’s principles and policies”. Internet policy takes up just half a page of the 6... - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 4:41
How many elephants did ICANN send to Helsinki?
ICANN ships a quite staggering amount of equipment to its thrice-yearly public meetings, equivalent to more than 12 mid-sized cars at the recent Helsinki meeting. That’s one of the interesting data points in ICANN’s just published “Technical Report” — a 49-page data dump — for ICANN 56. It’s ... - Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:0
Is Verisign .web applicant’s secret sugar daddy?
The fiercely contested .web gTLD is being forced into a last-resort auction and some people seem to think a major registry player is behind it. Two .web applicants — Radix (pdf) and Schlund (pdf) — this week wrote to ICANN to demand that the .web auction, currently planned for July 27, be postponed. They said […] R... - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 14:24
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Domain industry veteran Jennifer Gore is to become ICANN’s new director of registrar relations. She takes over the role from Mike Zupke, who I gather is leaving ICANN, from next Monday. She will report to Cyrus Namazi in ICANN’s Global Domains Division. Gore was most recently senior director of policy at, a role s... - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:6
Donuts invests in Bitcoin startup
Donuts has made an investment in Netki, a company focused on digital wallets used in Bitcoin and other e-money systems. Netki’s service is designed to make it easier to locate the wallets Bitcoin users use when they send and receive money, which are usually gibberish strings of around 34 characters. The company service, when in... - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:48
After long battle, first Bulgarian IDN domain goes live
Bulgarians finally have the ability to register domain names in their native Cyrillic script, after years of fighting with ICANN. The domain Имена.бг, which translates as “” went live on the internet this week, according to local reports. Bulgaria was one of the first countries to ask for a internationalized domai... - Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 4:14
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Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains
Governments and ccTLD registries would get new rights to own two-letter domains in new gTLDs under a proposed ICANN policy. These highly-prized domains, many of which are likely worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, would be subject to a mini sunrise period, under the proposal. The so-called Exclusive Availability Pre-regi... - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 10:47
Chinese gTLD cranks up renewal prices from $18 to $100
Chinese new gTLD registry Beijing RITT-Net has said it intends to more than quintuple its registration and renewal prices. From January 1, 2017, prices for .手机 will go up from $18 a year to $100 a year, the company said in a notice to ICANN late last month. .手机 (.xn--kput3i) is a Chinese internationalized domain […] Related po... - Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:52

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