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ICANN meetings in for big shake-up, more dancing
Could you tolerate an eight-day ICANN meeting? Could you get all your work done in just four days? Would you be happy to wait up to nine months between Public Forums? Do you want to see more regional dancing during ICANN opening ceremonies? These are question you’re going to have to start asking yourself, because […] Rel... - Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:1
Where to find new gTLD dropping domain lists
With hundreds of thousands of currently blocked new gTLD domain names about to hit the market, many without premium pricing, some domain investors have been wondering where they can get hold of the lists of soon-to-be available names. Fortunately, ICANN freely publishes several lists that could prove useful. As we’ve been repor... - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:13
Over 180,000 blocked new gTLD names to drop next week
Several new gTLD registries will release hundreds of thousands of currently blocked domain names — some of them quite nice-looking — next Wednesday. It’s one of the first big batches of name collisions to be released to market. The companies behind .xyz, .website, .press, .host, .ink, .wiki, .rest and .bar will rele... - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 6:42
Google beaten to .dot for a paltry $700k
Dish DBS, a US satellite TV company, has beaten Google to the .dot new gTLD in an ICANN auction that fetched just $700,000. It’s further proof, if any were needed, that you don’t need to have the big bucks to beat Google at auction. Dish plans to use .dot as a single-registrant space, but unusually […] Related post... - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:34
“Cyberflight” rules coming to UDRP next July
It will soon be much harder for cybersquatters to take flight to another registrar when they’re hit with a UDRP complaint. From July 31 next year, all ICANN-accredited registrars will be contractually obliged to lock domain names that are subject to a UDRP and trademark owners will no longer have to tip off the registrant [R... - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:38
NABP discloses premium .pharmacy pricing
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has revealed its premium pricing structure for the new gTLD .pharmacy, in launch policy documents filed with ICANN. The registry, which stood unopposed for .pharmacy, plans to have three standard tiers of pricing for its premiums — $750, $2,500 and $10,000. A fourth “GoldR... - Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 5:51
IP Mirror rapped for failing to deal with abuse
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a corporate brand management registrar getting smacked by an ICANN breach notice. Singapore-based registrar IP Mirror has been sent a warning by ICANN Compliance about a failure to respond to abuse complaints filed by law enforcement, which appears to be another first. Under the 2... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:4
Millions of new gTLD domains to be released as collision blocks end
Millions of new gTLD domain names are set to start being released, as ICANN-mandated name collision blocks start getting lifted. Starting yesterday, domains that have been blocked from registration due to name collisions can now be released by the registries. About 95,000 names in gTLDs such as .nyc, .tattoo, .webcam and .wang have a... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 8:21
“Second most marketable athlete in the world” to use a .club domain
Virat Kohli, a famous Indian cricketer, is .CLUB Domains’ latest star anchor tenant. He’s launching his first ever official web site, at, today. No, I’ve never heard of him either, but he’s been called the “second most marketable athlete in the world” after Lewis Hamilton by SportsP... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 6:31
$10 million to move to a dot-brand? Quebec says “non”
One of the biggest hypothetical barriers to the adoption of dot-brand gTLDs has always been the likely cost of migration, but until now nobody’s really thrown around any figures. The Government of Quebec has decided against rebranding to the forthcoming .quebec gTLD, saying the migration would cost it CAD 12 million ($10.6 mill... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 5:52
Is this the longest and stupidest new gTLD name yet?
Thank goodness for the new gTLD program. Without it, there wouldn’t be the opportunity for chaps like Guo Xiufeng to express themselves with names like ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo-ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Note, I was forced to add a hyphen to fit the domain into this column. It’s just a string of 63 Os, ... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:41
Noss hints at winning .online auction bid
A triumvirate of domain name companies led by Radix paid well over $7 million for the .online new gTLD, judging by comments made by Tucows CEO in an analysts call yesterday. As the company reported its third-quarter financial numbers, Noss said of .online, which was recently auctioned: While we are bound by confidentiality with respe... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:32
Judge blocks seizure of Iran’s ccTLD
ICANN has won a court battle, and avoided a major political incident, over an attempt by terrorism victims to seize ccTLDs belonging to Iran, Korea and Syria. A District of Columbia judge ruled this week that while ccTLDs may be a form of “property” under the law, they’re not “attachable” property. Attac... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:51
Another 11 new gTLDs won at auction
It’s been a busy week for new gTLD application withdrawals, with no fewer than 11 contention sets getting settled over the last few days. First, as predicted, Radix won .online, after I-Registry withdrew the last remaining competing application, but only with a little help from its friends. Radix is to form a new joint venture ... - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 7:14
ICM will NOT offer free .porn names to .xxx buyers
ICM Registry has reneged on its promise to “grandfather” trademark owners and other .xxx registrants in its forthcoming .sex, .porn and .adult new gTLDs. While the changes are sure to infuriate trademark owners and .xxx registrants, the company insists that ICANN is to blame for blocking its original plans. Originally, IC... - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 7:30
New gTLD implicated in Macaulay Culkin “death”, but journalists get it all wrong
A cybersquatted domain in a new gTLD was deployed to perpetrate a hoax about the death Macaulay Culkin at the weekend, but reports insisted on adding a “.com” to the name. A prankster set up a fake news report at, which was registered via Domains By Proxy on November 5, reporting the former child […] ... - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 4:43
New gTLDs steal $5 million from’s top line
Top registrar is seeing disappointing revenue from its domain business due to new gTLDs. The “increased availability” of names has taken a chunk out of the company’s premium domain sales, CEO David Brown told analysts on the company’s third-quarter earnings call yesterday. While we continue to expect t... - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 9:46
Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over
Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven’t previously reported on. Most appear to have been settled by private auctions, with Donuts often the victor. The standout, however, is .sas, an unusual case of a contention set of two would-be dot-brand ... - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:20
Donuts wins .wine auction
Donuts has become the only applicant for .wine and .vin after winning a private auction for .wine, according to sources familiar with the situation. I gather that the auction, which saw Donuts knock out rival applicants Afilias and Famous Four, happened a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know what the winning bid was. Neither [R... - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 10:49
Ebola 1 – ICANN 0 as Marrakech dumped for Singapore
Ebola has claimed its first Moroccan victim, in the form of ICANN 52. The organization confirmed overnight that its next public meeting will not be held in Marrakech next February after all. Instead, the ICANN community will head to Singapore, and the now-familiar halls of the Raffles Convention Center. ICANN had previously said it w... - Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:18

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