.shop lawsuit falling to pieces
Commercial Connect’s lawsuit against ICANN appears to be on its way out, as ICANN claims the .shop applicant has “abandoned” the case. The company sued ICANN in January in an attempt to prevent .shop gTLD being sold off via an ICANN last-resort auction. It failed, and the auction raised a $41 million winning bid fro...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:6
Verisign facing its own activist investor
While new gTLD registries Rightside and Minds + Machines have faced board-room challenges by activist investors in recent months, it seems industry heavyweight Verisign is contended with a similar problem. John Chevedden, once described as an “economy class” activist due to his relatively small stakes, is attempting to gi...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 9:49
Two more dot-brands self-terminate
The dot-brand dead-pool is now up to three gTLDs. FLSmidth, which supplies machinery to the cement industry, and Emerson Electric, which also makes industrial machinery, have both decided that they don’t need their new gTLDs. The affected gTLDs are .flsmidth and .emerson. Both companies have filed cursory notices of termination...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 6:32
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.web has an auction date
The .web gTLD will go to auction June 27, according to ICANN. The organization released an updated auction schedule (pdf) on Wednesday night that also slates .kids/.kid for an auction on the same day. Both auctions have confusing “indirect contention” elements, where two strings were ruled confusingly similar. With .web, ...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 5:15
Verisign has great quarter but sees China growth slowing
Verisign beat its sales expectations in the first quarter of the year, but leadership said rapid growth from Chinese registrants will now “normalize”. The .com/.net registry last night reported net income up 21% at $107 million, on revenue that was up 9.1% to $282 million. That’s based primarily on it selling 2.65 m...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:22
The .web gTLD could go live, or die forever, in 2016
The new gTLD .web could be coming to the internet sooner than expected — or be denied forever — after two of the remaining barriers to delegation disappeared. Following the withdrawal last week of an application for the plural .webs, an auction for .web could happen in the next couple of months, enabling a go-live […...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:44
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Greimann wins Nominet board seat
Key-Systems general counsel Volker Greimann has been elected to Nominet’s board as a non-executive director, beating two rival candidates. Nominated by Blacknight and EuroDNS, he got 1,169,785 of the 2,144,612 votes cast, beating Dot Advice CEO Phil Buckingham and Namesco domain development manager Kelly Salter. Nominet runs a ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 11:40
Domainers up in arms as DomainTools pricing rockets
Domain investors are loudly complaining about DomainTools’ plan to double its prices and slash query limits. Some are even calling for a boycott. Effective June 25, all the existing non-enterprise membership tiers are being folded into a new “Personal” account, which costs $99 a month or $995 a year, DomainTools sai...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 7:11
M+M turns $22m profit into $10m loss
Minds + Machines today reported a 2015 loss of $10 million and further outlined its “transformative” restructuring and China strategy. It’s the second full year of operating results M+M has posted since its first new gTLDs went live, and they’re not encouraging. Revenue for accounting purposes was $6.3 million...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:55
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Registrars say Amazon is “closing” open gTLD
A group comprising some of the largest domain registrars have claimed Amazon is attempting to close off a new gTLD that it previously indicated would be unrestricted. The 12-strong group, which includes Go Daddy, Network Solutions and Tucows, also claims that the company’s proposal for a “Registration Authentication Platf...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:14
IWF finds child abuse imagery on new gTLD domains
The Internet Watch Foundation said it found child abuse imagery on new gTLD domain names for the first time in 2015. The UK-based organization, tasked with identifying and blocking child abuse imagery online, today released its 2015 annual report. The report says that it found 68,092 unique URLs with this illegal content in the year,...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:33
.hotel fight gets nasty with “criminal” hacking claims
A group of would-be .hotel gTLD registries have called on ICANN to reject the winning applicant’s bid or be complicit in “criminal acts”. The group, which includes Travel Reservations, Famous Four Media, Radix, Minds + Machines, Donuts and Fegistry is threatening to file a second Independent Review Process complaint...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:25
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Aussies get to drop the .com
Australia’s ccTLD manager has confirmed that local registrants will be able to register .au domains at the second level, eschewing the usual .com. auDA said yesterday that its board has approved a plan that will let people register names such as example.au, rather than example.com.au or example.org.au. The country follows the e...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:51
.sucks “gag order” dropped, approved
Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, has had controversial changes to its registrar contract approved after it softened language some had compared to a “gag order”. ICANN approved changes to the .suck Registry-Registrar Agreement last week, after receiving no further complaints from registrar stakeholders. Registrars had been...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 7:30
Facebook, under Chinese court threat, transfers Instagram.com to its new registrar
It’s not quite cyberflight, but Facebook has transferred threatened domain name instagram.com to its newly acquired in-house registrar. Whois records show that the domain, used for the popular photo-sharing social network, was moved from MarkMonitor to RegistrarSEC yesterday. It emerged on Friday that Facebook had recently acqu...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:18
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Burr to replace Tonkin on ICANN board
ICANN lifer Becky Burr is to replace Bruce Tonkin on the ICANN board of directors when his term expires in November. She’ll take the seat reserved for the Contracted Parties House of the Generic Names Supporting Organization, following a vote by registries and registrars a few weeks ago. Tonkin, CTO of Aussie registrar Melbourn...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 5:38
Facebook bought a registrar
Facebook has acquired a domain name registrar, according to its point person in ICANN. Facebook domain manager Susan Kawaguchi said on tonight’s GNSO Council teleconference, as a matter of disclosure, that Facebook recently acquired a registrar. Multiple sources say the registrar is RegistrarSEC LLC. DI records show that Regist...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 18:50
Did the DotConnectAfrica judge make a big dumb mistake?
The court ruling that granted DotConnectAfrica a preliminary injunction preventing ICANN delegating .africa seems to be based to a huge error by the judge. In explaining why he was allowing DCA v ICANN to proceed, despite DCA’s signing away its right to sue when it filed its new gTLD application, California district judge Gary ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 3:10
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Afilias goes it alone with .green as DotGreen bows out
DotGreen Community has withdrawn from its partnership with Afilias, leaving the registry operating the .green gTLD solo. The new management means that renewal prices for sunrise names will be slashed, and the size of the premium names list will be reduced. DotGreen was originally a .green gTLD applicant, but it withdrew its applicati...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 13:54
It’s open season on ICANN as judge rules new gTLD applicants CAN sue
DotConnectAfrica has won a California court ruling that will allow it to continue suing ICANN over its twice-rejected .africa gTLD application. District judge Gary Klausner ruled yesterday that the litigation waiver all applicants had to sign when they applied may be unenforceable. “The Court finds substantial questions as to t...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:49

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