New musical named after (and uses) new gTLD domain
How’s this for a high-profile registrant? A new stage musical, co-written by Blur front-man Damon Albarn, has opened in the UK this week, and it’s named after a new gTLD domain name. is a take on Alice in Wonderland that reportedly “tells the story of a 21st Century teen who immerses herself in a […... - 18 hr 27 min ago
ICANN dragged into Gamergate as Whois reform cast as misogynist threat
What do ICANN’s current Whois privacy reform proposals have to do with the “Gamergate” controversy? Quite a lot, according to the latest group to slam the proposals as an enabler for “doxing… harassment… swatting… stalking… rape and death threats.” The Online Abuse Prevention Init... - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:20
Free .cloud domains on offer to pioneer brands
Aruba, the recently anointed .cloud gTLD registry, plans to give away up to 100 free .cloud domains to trademark owners as part of its launch program. The Italian company also today revealed a rough launch schedule that will see sunrise begin mid-way through the fourth quarter. Participating in Aruba’s “Pioneer” pro... - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:51
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New gTLD sales miss ICANN estimates by a mile
New gTLD registration volumes failed to live up to ICANN’s expectations by a long, long way in its fiscal 2015. When ICANN’s FY15 ended on Tuesday, new gTLDs had fewer than 6 million domains in their collective zone files. That’s just 18% of ICANN’s original early 2014 estimate of 33 million domains and just 3... - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 4:17
M+M sells for $100,000
Minds + Machines has made its first six-figure new gTLD domain sale. The domain was sold in a private deal to business consultancy BearingPoint for $100,000, the company said today. It added that a “significant annual renewal fee” applies. It’s one of 430 premium domains to have been sold in .work, M+M said... - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 2:32
You might be surprised how many new gTLDs have changed hands already
At least 86 new gTLD registry contracts have changed hands since the end of 2013, I have discovered. ICANN calls the transfer of a Registry Agreement from one company to another an “assignment”. Global Domains Division staff said in Buenos Aires last week that it’s one of the more complex and time-consuming tasks th... - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:15
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Bulgaria looking for an IDN registry operator
The Bulgarian government is looking for a company to run the registry for its recently awarded .бг internationalized domain name. .бг is the Cyrillic equivalent of .bg, the nation’s existing ccTLD. After a tortuous battle through ICANN’s IDN ccTLD Fast Track process — where it was repeatedly rejected for looking too... - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:40
Go Daddy advertising privacy petition on Facebook
Go Daddy appears to be putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to arguments about domain privacy. The company is paying for “sponsored” posts on Facebook that promote the ongoing petition against proposed changes to Whois policy at ICANN. This has been appearing on Facebook for me all day, seriously interruptin... - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 11:28
Afilias promises cash for LGBT cause with .lgbt sales
Afilias has promised to donate a slice of .lgbt registration fees to a LGBT organization for the next few months. The company, which acts as registry for .lgbt, said it will give $20 to the It Gets Better Project for every name registered through October 11. It Gets Better is a US-based non-profit devoted to […] Related posts:... - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:33
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First example of .sucks cybersquatting?
The .sucks domain has been generally available for a little over a week now, and I’ve found what may be the first example of somebody attempting to sell one to a brand owner. is one of only a handful on non-registry-owned .sucks domains to have a web site already indexed by Google. The site […] Relat... - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:36
Registrars open floodgate of Whois privacy outrage
A letter-writing campaign orchestrated by the leading domain registrars has resulted in ICANN getting hit with over 8,000 pro-privacy comments in less than a week. It’s the largest volume of comments received by ICANN on an issue since right-wing Christian activists deluged ICANN with protests about .xxx, back in 2010. The comm... - Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:21
Puerto Rico to host ICANN meeting next year
ICANN is to host its first ever public meeting on a Caribbean island! The organization’s board of directors yesterday voted in favor of holding ICANN 57 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Technically, this fulfills ICANN’s commitment to hold the meeting in North America, even though physically Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean. The ... - Friday, June 26, 2015 - 4:31
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Posh Spice takes down porn site
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has used UDRP to take down a porn site bearing her name. was owned by a Ukrainian, who had set up a site “at which adult and/or pornographic images and services are offered”, according to the UDRP panelist. It was pretty much a slam-dunk case. While not all celebriti... - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 11:0
Donuts: glitch revealed price we would pay for gTLDs
The recently discovered security vulnerability in one of ICANN’s web sites revealed how much Donuts was willing to pay for contested gTLDs at auction. This worrying claim emerged during a meeting between registries and the ICANN board of directors at ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires yesterday. “We were probably the largest victim... - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:50
AlpNames claims to be second-largest new gTLD registrar
A little-known registrar with close ties to Famous Four Media says it is now the second-largest seller of new gTLD domains, after Go Daddy. AlpNames said it has 500,000 new gTLD domains under management, overtaking Network Solutions into the number-two position. Its number for February, the last month for which registry reports are a... - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 6:24
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XYZ buys .security and .protection from Symantec has added .security and .protection to its portfolio of new gTLDs under a private deal with security software maker Symantec. Symantec originally applied for both as closed generics, but changed its plans when ICANN changed its tune about exclusive access gTLDs. The company won .security in an auction against Donuts and Defen... - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 5:57
ICANN bans closed generic gTLDs, for now
ICANN has slapped a de facto ban on so-called “closed generic” gTLDs, at least for the remaining 2012 round applicants. The ICANN board’s New gTLD Program Committee passed a resolution Sunday that un-freezes the remaining new gTLD applications that envisage a namespace wholly controlled by the applicant. The affecte... - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 5:28
Freenom suspended for cybersquatting rival registrars
Freenom, the company behind .tk and other freebie ccTLDs, has had its ICANN registrar accreditation suspended for cybersquatting competing registrars including Go Daddy and Key-Systems. OpenTLD, its registrar business, has been told it cannot accept new registrations or inbound transfers from July 8 to October 6 or until it provides ... - Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 15:0
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Chehade confirms he’ll be gone before IANA transition is done
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade has laid out his current best thinking for the timeline of the IANA’s transition from US government oversight, and he’ll be gone well before it’s done. At the opening ceremony of the ICANN 53 meeting in Buenos Aires today, Chehade described how June 2016 is a likely date for the divorce; [R... - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:43
ICANN 53 launches with risky Caitlyn Jenner joke
ICANN has risked the ire of community members by kicking off ICANN 53 today with a joke referencing transgender celebrity Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. Just moments into his opening address this hour, ICANN chair Steve Crocker worked a joke around before/after photos of the former athlete. This is what Crocker said: What are we really talkin... - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:29
URS fight brewing at ICANN 53
Should the Uniform Rapid Suspension process spread from new gTLDs to incumbent gTLDs, possibly including .com? That’s been the subject of some strong disagreements during the opening weekend of ICANN 53, which formally kicks off in Buenos Aires today. During sessions of the Generic Names Supporting Organization and the ICANN bo... - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:10
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Chehade makes case for insider CEO in frank assessment of failings
Outgoing ICANN CEO has made a case for his successor to be somebody already intimately familiar with the ICANN community. His remarks, which stopped short of explicitly recommending an insider take over his position when he leaves next March, came during a frank self-assessment of his shortcomings in the job at ICANN 53 in Buenos [&#... - Monday, June 22, 2015 - 5:30
Want to slam .sucks? You can at
Vox Populi Registry is eating its own dog food and has launched a gripe site targeting itself. has gone live, allowing critics to take a pop at the company and its gTLD. The domain hosts a simple forum. Anyone can sign up using their social media accounts and start posting in moments. The site […] Related posts:... - Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:44
First .sucks gripe site goes live
Just half a day after the new gTLD became available, the first .sucks sites have started going live. So far, only one .sucks domain that does not belong to Vox Populi Registry is showing up in Google. It’s, and it does not appear to belong to the brand owner. The domain, which was registered […] Related pos... - Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:36
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.sucks made millions from sunrise
Vox Populi could have made over $6 million from defensive registrations during its sunrise period. The company’s first post-sunrise zone file was published today, and according to DI PRO it contains 3,394 domains, the vast majority of which were newly added today. If all of these names were sunrise registrations, that would add... - Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 10:15

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