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Donuts racks up 8,000 sales with three gTLD launches
Donuts’ sold another 8,000 domains on the first day of base-price general availability of its three latest gTLDs — .church, .guide and .life. .church was the strongest performer of the three, with 3,409 new names registered. Its total is now 4,044. .guide added to 2,895 to total 3,386, while .life added 1,783 to wind up [... - 3 hr 44 min ago
Radix delay blamed on promo pricing
Radix Registry’s first three new gTLD launches have been delayed for 24 hours after registrars experienced problems with promotional pricing. .website, .host and .press will now go to general availability at 1600 UTC today. Radix business head Sandeep Ramchandani said that some registrars were not expecting the registry to quot... - 3 hr 50 min ago
Second last-resort gTLD auction raises $14.3m
ICANN has raised $14.3 million auctioning off three new gTLDs — .buy, .tech and .vip. It was the second batch of “last resort” auctions, managed by ICANN and Power Auctions, in which the winning bids are placed in a special ICANN fund. Notably, while Google participated in all three auctions, it failed to win any, [... - 6 hr 13 min ago
DotGreen is back from the dead
DotGreen Community, a popular but unsuccessful applicants for the .green gTLD, has been resurrected to manage the marketing for the successful applicant, Afilias. It appears that Afilias, which won .green at auction against two other applicants in late February, is essentially outsourcing the marketing of .green to DotGreen. DotGreen... - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 15:8
No gala at ICANN 51
One thing ICANN’s thrice-yearly public meetings never lack is free booze, but there’s going to be a little bit less of it at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles next month. ICANN said yesterday that the gala event, which is typically held on the Wednesday night, will not happen in LA. ICANN veep Christopher Mondini blogged: […]... - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 8:58
.xyz tops 500,000 names’s new gTLD .xyz has become the first in this round to accrue over half a million domains in its zone file. This morning I count 500,050 domains in the zone, up 3,485 on yesterday. The registry has added over 60,000 domains in the last 30 days. It’s well-known that the large majority of .xyz […] Related post... - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 5:45
.vegas beats all six new M+M gTLDs combined
Minds + Machines’ first day of general availability for its first six wholly owned new gTLDs has produced some very disappointing numbers. The company managed to net just 1,694 new domains across .country, .cooking, .vodka, .rodeo, .horse and .fishing yesterday, according to this morning’s zone files. It has fewer than 2,... - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 4:42
“Yes” vote would be good for .scot
The prospect of a healthy .scot gTLD would be improved if this week’s Scottish independence referendum produces a majority “Yes” vote. People living in Scotland this Thursday get the opportunity to vote to split the country from the United Kingdom after over 300 years together. While the No campaign seems to have be... - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:7
Yeehaw! Bumper crop of new gTLD launches
There’s a definite wild west flavor to today’s crop of new gTLD launches, in a week which sees no fewer than 16 strings hit general availability. Kicking off the week, today Minds + Machines brings its first wholly-owned TLDs to market. Following the successful launch of .london, for which M+M acts as the back-end, last [... - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 2:55
First company abandons .com for new dot-brand gTLD
Wow. Somebody actually did it. CITIC, China’s biggest conglomerate, has started redirecting its established .com domain to its new dot-brand gTLD, .citic. Specifically, it’s redirecting (go on, click it!) to Almost everyone reading this post will agree that as a memorable, attractive domain itR... - Friday, September 12, 2014 - 16:55
ICANN board getting three new directors
ICANN 51 next month in Los Angeles is also the organization’s formal annual general meeting, and that means changes at the top. The board of directors is replacing three members in October, and renewing the terms of two others. Long-time ICANN participant and internet governance expert Markus Kummer has been selected for a seat... - Friday, September 12, 2014 - 9:48
Victims of first confirmed new gTLD collision respond: “Fuck Google”
A number of companies have experienced errors on their networks due to collisions with a newly introduced gTLD. The initial outcry from victims can be characterized as a storm of profanity, which it could be argued is a good thing for security but not great for ICANN’s reputation. The collisions, which I believe are the […... - Friday, September 12, 2014 - 6:22
ICANN holds its ground on weaseled GAC advice
While many members of the community are getting upset about the plan to make it harder for ICANN’s board to overrule GAC advice, today we got a reminder that the board is not the GAC’s lapdog. The New gTLD Program Committee is standing firm on the way it creatively reinterpreted Governmental Advisory Committee advice to [... - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 15:5
Community panel hands .radio to EBU because nobody objected
The European Broadcasting Union is likely to win the right to the .radio new gTLD, beating three portfolio applicants, after a favorable Community Priority Evaluation. The main reason the EBU managed to score a passing 14 out of 16 points in the CPE is that there was no significant objection to the EBU’s bid on […] Relat... - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:24
US-based Moniker gets Euro data retention waiver
ICANN has approved Moniker’s request for a partial waiver of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement based on European privacy law, despite the fact that the registrar is based in the US. The data retention waiver for Moniker was one of a few granted to members of the KeyDrive group of registrars that were approved by ICANN [R... - Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:24
.global a victim of new gTLD launch cluster?
Poor GA-day results from .global are being blamed on registrars being swamped by a cluster of new gTLD launches occurring in close proximity. Dot Global added 1,074 domains in the first seven hours of .global’s general availability, bringing its zone to 1,637 names in total. CEO Rolf Larsen told us the number of registrations y... - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:41
.london launch day biggest yet for new gTLDs, but did it miss targets?
Dot London Domains’ .london had just shy of 35,000 domains in its zone file this morning, after its first partial day of general availability. That’s an addition of 12,421 domains over yesterday’s number, making .london the 11th most-registered new gTLD. This makes .london — which in my opinion has had one of ... - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 7:9
Donuts beats trademark owner to .coach
Donuts has won the right to the new gTLD .coach, after an exact-match trademark owner withdrew. Coach Inc is a chain of clothing and accessories outlets, best known for its handbags, founded in New York in 1941. The company owns, but withdrew its application for .coach this week, leaving Donuts unchallenged. Coach had filed... - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:32
Uniregistry beats 1-800-FLOWERS.COM to .flowers
Uniregistry has won the contention set for .flowers, beating three other new gTLD applicants. The company won the rights to the string after withdrawals from Donuts, Minds + Machines and a subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. The price of forcing the withdrawals, as usual, has not been disclosed. Uniregistry currently has 15 delegated ne... - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 5:3
Russian hackers breaking in to NameCheap accounts
If you have an account at NameCheap, now might be a good time to think about changing your password. According to the registrar, hackers based in Russia are using a haul of a reported 4.5 billion username/password combinations to attempt to break into its customers’ accounts. Some attempts have been successful, NameCheap warned... - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:55

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