Breaking: Judge rules ICANN handover will happen!
The IANA transition is set to go ahead after a Texas judge ruled in favor of the US Federal government tonight. Here’s the judge’s decision (pdf) This is a breaking story. More when we have it. Related posts: ICANN handover in jeopardy as Texas leads lawsuit against US government It’s open season on ICANN as judge... - 22 hr 35 min ago
Breaking: ICANN handover in jeopardy as Texas leads lawsuit against US government
The state attorneys general of Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma have sued the US Federal government to stop tomorrow’s planned IANA transition. Citing the Property Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the AGs claims that the government does not have the authority to legally remove itself from oversight of the DNS root zone. The ... - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:5
Squabbling drug peddlers drag .pharmacy into brand bunfight
The .pharmacy new gTLD has been dragged into the ongoing trademark dispute between two pharmaceuticals giants called Merck. Germany-based Merck KGaA has accused the .pharmacy registry of operating an unfair and “secretive” process to resolve competing sunrise period applications. The domain was awarded to U... - Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:18
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For $10,000, Donuts will block hundreds of typos and premiums for your brand
Donuts has announced an expansion of its domain-blocking service that will enable brand owners to cheaply (kinda) block misspellings of their trademarks. Brand owners whose trademarks match “premium” generic strings will also be able to take matching domains out of circulation using the registry’s new DPML Plus serv... - Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:22
Over 50,000 names sold as .shop has successful launch day
GMO Registry has recorded one of the most successful new gTLD launch days to date, selling over 45,000 .shop domain names in the first hours. The company said it sold 45,427 .shop names in the first two hours after general availability started yesterday afternoon at about 1600 UTC. The total at that point was 51,755, […] Relat... - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:45
GoDaddy spearheads Domain Connect spec
GoDaddy has published a new specification designed to make it easier for domain owners to quickly set up web sites using third-party site-building tools. Its new Domain Connect Initiative is tailored for customers who do not know how to configure a DNS record and do not care to learn,according to Charles Beadnall, senior VP of [̷... - Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:46
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“UDRP-proof” .feedback gTLD loses first UDRP
The first cybersquatting complaint against a .feedback domain name has resulted in a transfer, despite registry claims that the gTLD was “UDRP-proof”. De Beers, the diamond merchant, won a UDRP case against the registrant of earlier this month. The registrant, who used a privacy service, registered the na... - Monday, September 26, 2016 - 14:27
CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012
CIRA, the Canadian ccTLD manager, has become the first new registry back-end provider to enter the gTLD market since the 2012 application round closed. The company today announced that it has signed Dot Kiwi, operator of .kiwi, as its first client. .kiwi will become the first TLD that CIRA runs the back-end for, according [&#... - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:0
People are forgetting .com exists — ICANN survey
Have you ever heard of .com, .net and .org? That question was posed to 3,349 domain name registrants in 24 countries by market research firm Nielsen this June and guess what — awareness of all three cornerstone gTLDs was down on a comparable 2015 survey. Unbelievably, only 85% of respondents professed to be aware of […] ... - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:45
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Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale
Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a […]... - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 3:39
Watch: Hollywood actors trash Trump, promote .vote
Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, James Franco, that bloke who plays the Hulk, and a “shit-ton of famous people” are starring in a new anti-Trump attack viral that promotes a .vote domain name. The video, put together by cult director Joss Whedon, gently spoofs quick-cut celebrity-ensemble appeals, while making a seri... - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 3:11
Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?
ICANN is looking into demands for it to throw out Verisign’s covert $135 million winning bid for the highly prized .web gTLD. ICANN last week told the judge hearing Donuts’ .web-related lawsuit that it is “currently in the process of investigating certain of the issues raised” by Donuts through its “inte... - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:40
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Chinese investor pumps $7 million into M+M as .vip pushes firm into profit
Minds + Machines made a profit, kinda, in the first half of the year, due to the popularity of .vip in China. The company today announced a loss of $1.9 million for the six months to June 30, compared to a $1.6 million loss in the comparable 2015 period, on revenue that was up 115% […] Related posts: M+M turns profit on the ba... - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:47
Barcelona picked for ICANN 63
ICANN will head to Barcelona, Spain for its 63rd public meeting, the organization’s board of directors has decided. ICANN 63, that year’s Annual General Meeting, is due to take place October 20 to October 26, 2018. The specific venue has not yet been revealed. That’s quite a way in the future. Venues have not yet [&... - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 5:34
Destroy ICANN! Destroy ICANN with missiles!
The year is 2016. The Kenyan Muslim president of the United States is poised to hand over control of the internet to the United Nations in an attempt to silence lunatic conspiracy theorists Matt Drudge and Alex Jones for good. But you can help, by engaging in missile warfare with ICANN and the UN. That’s […] Related post... - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 4:40
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Uniregistry to release 10 million domains on October 4
Uniregistry plans to release millions of registry-reserved domain names, many at standard registration fee, two weeks from now. The company, which has about 25 new gTLDs in its stable, will release 10 million currently reserved names on October 4, CEO Frank Schilling told DI. The revelation follows news that the company has started a... - Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 3:46
.blog gets 600 applications halfway through sunrise
WordPress developer Automattic has received over 600 applications for .blog sunrise registrations halfway through its sunrise period. The company’s registry subsidiary, Knock Knock Whois There, said Friday that it has passed the 600 mark with about another 30 days remaining on the clock. While it’s a poor performance by p... - Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:45
Verisign data shows new gTLDs drive almost three quarters of Q2 growth
New gTLDs were responsible for the large majority of domain name industry volume growth in the second quarter, but you’d never know it reading Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The domain universe increased to 334.6 million names at the end of June, according to the latest DNIB, which was published (pdf) last ... - Monday, September 19, 2016 - 6:23
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Chinese gTLD registry slashes prices to .com levels
TLD Registry has knocked the base prices of its two Chinese-script new gTLDs down to .com levels in response to poor sales. From last week, prices for .在线 (.xn--3ds443g, “Chinese online”) and .中文网 (.xn--fiq228c5hs, “Chinese website”) domain registrations, renewals and transfers were reduced from $26 a year to ... - Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:13
Customers revolt as GoDaddy buys WordPress tools outfit
GoDaddy has acquired ManageWP, a provider of software for managing large numbers of WordPress sites, leading to hundreds of complaints from customers. The two companies announced yesterday that the deal will see GoDaddy integrate ManageWP into its existing suite of WordPress services. ManageWP said pricing will be unaffected by the m... - Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 5:47

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