Complaints over 50% .uk price hike
.uk registrars are petitioning Nominet to complain about plans to increase the price of a .uk domain name by up to 50%. The registry announced the price increase, which will come into effect March 1 next year, on Wednesday. A one-year registration will go up to £3.75 ($5.65) wholesale, still cheaper than any gTLD I […] Related... - Friday, November 27, 2015 - 4:45
Bladel romps home in ICANN election re-run
Go Daddy VP of policy James Bladel has been elected chair of ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization Council. The result came a month after the GNSO Council embarrassingly failed to elect a chair to replace outgoing Jonathan Robinson. This time Bladel ran unopposed, securing the unanimous support of both his own Contracte... - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 7:8
Verisign warns about Chinese .com boom
Verisign has warned investors that the current boom in .com sales is largely coming from Chinese domainers and may not be sustainable. The company has added an unprecedented 4.1 million domain in .com and .net so far during the fourth quarter. “While there continues to be demand for domain names globally, the recent increased v... - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 6:54
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Verisign v XYZ judge confirms both companies suck
Verisign and have both come out of a US lawsuit looking like scumbags. Explaining his dismissal of Verisign’s false advertising lawsuit against .xyz registry, Virginia judge Claude Hilton today said that’s statements about its registration numbers were “verifiably true”. At the same tim... - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 19:37
ICANN reveals 12 more data breaches
Twelve more new gTLD applicants have been found to have exploited a glitch in ICANN’s new gTLD portal to view fellow applicants’ data. ICANN said last night that it has determined that all 12 access incidents were “inadvertent” and did not disclose personally identifiable information. The revelation follows an... - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 8:14
ICANN reveals $1m of not-lobbying lobbying expenses
ICANN has revealed how much it has spent so far on a few controversial professional services firms that have been accused of “lobbying” the US government on behalf of the organization. It said today that between July 2015 and September 2015 it spent $1,070,438 on six companies providing “Education/Engagement” ... - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:45
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English beats Portuguese in $2.2m .hotels auction has won the right to operate .hotels after an auction concluded a protracted fight over the gTLD. In an ICANN-run auction yesterday, prevailed with a winning bid of $2.2 million. Its sole competitors was Travel Reservations (formerly Despegar Online), which had applied for the Portuguese word .hoteis. In 2012,... - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 9:32
How one registrar allegedly dodges ICANN Compliance
A Chinese registrar has been accused by ICANN of playing games to avoid complying with Whois policy. In a breach notice from ICANN Compliance last week, Beijing-based 35 Technology is told that it has failed to verify Whois records as required by its accreditation agreement. The domain in question was, which DomainTo... - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:29
.pro now open to all
Afilias today made the .pro gTLD available to anyone, regardless of their professional qualifications. The previously restricted TLD was able to do so as a result of its six-week-old contract with ICANN, which loosened many of the conditions former registry RegistryPro originally agreed to when the TLD was delegated 13 years ago. Und... - Monday, November 16, 2015 - 15:35
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.feedback regs Fox trademark to itself during sunrise
Top Level Spectrum, the new .feedback registry, has painted a second gigantic target on itself by registering to itself a .feedback domain matching one of the world’s largest media brands. The company has registered and put up a web site soliciting comment on Fox Broadcasting Company. This has happened whilst .feed... - Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:48 just gave itself another reason to bid high for .web gTLD
Registrar group is changing its ticket symbol to WEB tomorrow, in another sign that it really, really wants to be identified with the string. The switch from WWWW may indicate that the NASDAQ-listed company’s six rivals for the new gTLD .web have a fight — and a possible big payday — on their hands […]... - Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:33
Most US presidential hopefuls use Whois privacy despite begging for cash
More than half of the remaining US presidential candidates could have risked losing their official campaign web sites under proposed Whois privacy rules. Today I carried out Whois queries on all 18 candidates to discover that 10, or over 55%, use a Whois privacy service. Of the three remaining Democrat candidates, only Bernie Sanders... - Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:12
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NamesCon hotel “scam” doing the rounds
A company with a track record of misleading conference attendees into booking hotels with higher fees appears to be targeting NamesCon. This morning I received a phone call from somebody claiming to be from NamesCon, but he pronounced it “Name Escon”. I asked him what company he worked for, and he continued to insist he [... - Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:10
ICANN opens blog to comments, immediately trolled
Welcome to my world, ICANN. The organization on Friday opened its blog to commenters for the first time in years, allowing any registered user of the ICANN site to submit comments on its posts. The switch appears to be retroactive on all previous posts on the platform. The post announcing the move was immediately commented […] ... - Monday, November 9, 2015 - 6:22
European privacy ruling could add to registrar’s costs
European domain registrars say they are facing increased costs of doing business due to a recent court ruling on privacy protection. As a result, US data escrow giant Iron Mountain is likely to lose a lot of its ICANN business, as EU registrars defect to local alternatives such as UK-based NCC Group. The ruling in […] Related ... - Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:12
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XYZ says it won’t block censored Chinese domains
New gTLD registry has said it will not preemptively censor domain names based on the wishes of the Chinese government. Over the last couple of days, CEO Daniel Negari has sought to “clarify” its plans to block and suspend domain names based on Chinese government requests. It follows XYZ’s Registry Services E... - Friday, November 6, 2015 - 8:11
Forget .sucks, .feedback will drive trademark owners nuts all over again
Top Level Spectrum, the new gTLD registry behind .feedback, plans to give domains matching 5,000 of the world’s top brands to a third party that does not own the trademarks. That’s one novel element of a .feedback business model that is guaranteed to drive the intellectual property community crazy in much the same way as ... - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 16:22 analyst “sponsored” by Verisign. Is this a big deal?
Verisign has admitted it “sponsors” an analyst who has written more than a dozen articles singing the praises of .com and questioning the value of new gTLDs over the last few years. Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst at ZK Research. He writes a regular column for Network World called Network Intelligence.... - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 10:47
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.apple goes live
Apple’s .apple new gTLD was delegated today. It’s going to be a strict dot-brand gTLD, in which only Apple can register domain names, but could wind up being highly influential. While .apple now appears in the DNS root zone, no second-level names (not even are yet resolving. Should Apple actually use its new TL... - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 7:2
Correction: .shop auction weirder than I thought
The upcoming auction for .shop and .shopping new gTLDs is weird, but in a different way to which I reported on Friday. The actual rules, which are pretty complicated, mean that one applicant could win a gTLD auction without spending a single penny. The nine applicants for .shop and the two applicants for .shopping are […] Rela... - Monday, November 2, 2015 - 12:56
Endurance splashes out $1.1 billion on Constant Contact
Endurance International is to acquire email marketing company Constant Contact for $1.1 billion. The $32-a-share cash offer, a 23% premium on Constant Contact’s Friday closing price, has been approved by both boards. Endurance counts registrars BigRock, and ResellerClub among its portfolio of brands, which also inclu... - Monday, November 2, 2015 - 8:14
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.shop among four gTLDs heading to auction
The new gTLDs .shop, .shopping, .cam and .phone are all set to go to auction after their various delays and objections were cleared up. It seems that .shop and .shopping contention sets remain merged, so only one string from one applicant will emerge victorious. That’s due to a completely mad String Confusion Objection decision... - Friday, October 30, 2015 - 8:56
Aussie government slams .food closed generic bid
The Australian government is among those asking ICANN deny a request to make .food a “closed generic” gTLD. Eight people have filed comments opposing Lifestyle Domain’s application for Specification 13 status for its .food registry contract, which would allow the company to keep all .food domains for itself, since w... - Friday, October 30, 2015 - 7:57
Credit card hack cost millions is taking a $1 million per-quarter hit to its revenue as a result of August’s hacking attack. It also incurred $400,000 in consulting, legal and credit monitoring fees in the third quarter as a result of the breach, CEO David Brown told analysts last night. Some 93,000 credit card numbers were stolen during the […... - Friday, October 30, 2015 - 7:10
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.cars domains to start at $45,000, retail for $2,500
Cars Registry has set pricing for .car, .cars and .auto domains at crazy-high levels. If you want to buy a domain in any of the three gTLDs on day one, it will cost you a whopping $45,000. If you buy one during regular general availability, it’s likely to set you back $2,500. The registry, a […] Related posts: Uniregistr... - Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:0

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