Most governments keep restrictions on country names in new gTLDs
Just one out of every 10 governments in the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee is happy for people to register its country name in new gTLDs. That’s according to a new GAC database detailing which countries want to keep tabs on how their names are being used. Out of 80 GAC members contributing to the database, […] Rel... - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:39
Sharp wants dot-brand Whois requirement relaxed
Electronics firm Sharp wants to remove part of its new gTLD registry contract relating to Whois. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request to get its requirement to offer “searchable Whois” dropped. RSEP is the mechanism registries use to amend their contracts. ICANN’s initial review has n... - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 6:47
Neustar becomes “world’s largest registry” with $87m ARI buy
Consolidation in the domain name industry continued last night with Neustar’s $87 million acquisition of Bombora Technologies, the holding group for ARI Registry Services and AusRegistry. Bombora CEO Adrian Kinderis told DI that the deal makes Neustar the “biggest registry services back-end provider on the market”, ... - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 6:9
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As deadline looms, over 100 dot-brands still in contract limbo
With the minutes ticking down to the deadline for scores of dot-brands to sign registry agreements with ICANN, over 100 have not, according to ICANN’s web site. New gTLD applicants had until July 29 to sign their contracts or risk losing their deposits. I reported a week ago that roughly 170 would-be dot-brands had yet […... - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:38
IDN .com hits the root
Eleven variants of .com and .net in non-Latin scripts joined the internet today. Verisign’s whole portfolio of internationalized domain name new gTLDs were added to the DNS root at some point in the last 24 hours, and the company is planning to start launching them before the end of the year. But the company has […] Rela... - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 7:46
Another new gTLD up for sale with $750,000 reserve
Another new gTLD contract is hitting the market, with Dotversicherung-registry offering .versicherung at auction next month. The August 26 auction, to be managed by RightOfTheDot and Heritage Auctions, has a $750,000 reserve. The string is the German word for “insurance”. The gTLD launched 10 months ago. “There are ... - Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:10
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OpenTLD suspension stayed in unprecedented arbitration case
“Cybersquatting” registrar OpenTLD, part of the Freenom group, has had its accreditation un-suspended by ICANN while the two parties slug it out in arbitration. Filed three weeks ago by OpenTLD, it’s the first complaint to head to arbitration about under the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement. ICANN suspended th... - Monday, July 27, 2015 - 7:55
Flood of wait-and-see dot-brands expected this week
ICANN expects to sign as many as 170 new gTLD contracts with dot-brand applicants over the coming week. Dot-brands that have been treading water in the program to date are up against a hard(ish) July 29 deadline to finally sign a Registry Agreement with ICANN. VP of domain name services Cyrus Namazi told DI today […] Related p... - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:46
.sucks won’t discount its fee for $10 domains
Vox Populi Registry is looking for a free speech advocate partner willing to absorb hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of dollars in costs. The .sucks registry has for many months promised that later this year it will introduce a Consumer Advocate Subsidies program that will enable people to get a .sucks for the deeply [R... - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:15
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What split? TLD webinar series folded into the DNA
A TLD operators’ webinar series initially cast as a community group has been folded in to the Domain Name Association. The DNA has announced the creation of the DNA University, which promises to pick up where the TLD Operators Webinar left off. Tony Kirsch of ARI Registry Services has been appointed inaugural “Dean”... - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:48 uses .africa precedent to challenge .hotels ruling has become the first new gTLD applicant to publicly cite the recent .africa Independent Review Process ruling in an attempt to overturn an adverse ICANN decision. The challenge relates to the decision by ICANN, under the rules of the new gTLD program, to place applications for .hotels and .hoteis into a contention set due... - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 8:27
TLD to be removed from the DNS next week
The DNS has been growing by, on average 1.1 top-level domains per day for the last 18 months or so, but that trajectory is set to change briefly next week when a TLD is removed. The ccTLD .an, which represented the former Netherlands Antilles territories, is expected to be retired on July 31, according to […] Related posts: To... - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 7:10
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Read that controversial .africa letter
Did the African Union Commission really use a letter written by ICANN to express its support for ZA Central Registry’s .africa bid? Having now obtained and read it, I have my doubts. I’m publishing it, so you can make your own mind up. Here it is (pdf). That’s the letter that The Register’s Kieren McCarthy [&#... - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:58
Breaking: DCA’s .africa bid officially unrejected by ICANN
ICANN’s board of directors has un-rejected DotConnectAfrica’s application for the new gTLD .africa. The board held an emergency meeting this morning to consider last Friday’s Independent Review Process decision, which said ICANN’s handling of DCA’s bid was not consistent with its bylaws. Speaking at the ... - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:17
ICANN execs helped African Union win .africa — report
Top ICANN executives helped the African Union Commission win the .africa gTLD on behalf of its selected registry, according to a report. Kieren McCarthy at The Register scooped last night that Dai-Trang Nguyen, head of gTLD operations at ICANN, drafted the letter that the AU used to demonstrate governmental support for ZA Central Reg... - Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:59
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Time for .bloomberg after Twitter hoax?
Could the fake Bloomberg story about Twitter being acquired act as an impetus for the company to activate its mostly dormant dot-brand gTLD? Twitter shares yesterday reportedly spiked as much as 8% on the “news” that it was the target of a $31 buyout bid. The story was published on, a cybersquatted domain... - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 14:13
Dot London auctioning 50 registry-owned premium names
Dot London is to auction off 50 premium .london domains over the next two weeks. The names are all currently registry-owned, and include the likes of, and The full list can be viewed here. The auctions are scheduled to end on July 30 and all have £100 ($155) starting bids. According to [R... - Monday, July 13, 2015 - 9:7
DotConnectAfrica still barking mad after IRP win
DotConnectAfrica thinks it is going to get the .africa gTLD, following its successful Independent Review Process case against ICANN. In a press release today, the company hailed last week’s ruling as a “resounding victory”. DCA CEO Sophia Bekele is quoted as saying: Going forward, we now expect ICANN to accept the b... - Monday, July 13, 2015 - 8:56
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New gTLD program thrown into chaos as ICANN loses .africa case
ICANN has been opened up to a world of hurt after an independent panel of judges ruled that the organization broke its own bylaws when it kicked DotConnectAfrica’s .africa bid out of the new gTLD program. The what-the-fuck ruling cuts to the very heart of how ICANN deals with advice from its Governmental Advisory Committee, [&#... - Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 7:54
.cruise heading to auction despite “closed generic” protest
Ownership of the contested gTLD .cruise will be resolved by auction, despite protests from one applicant that the other left it two late to drop its “closed generic” plans. Applications from Cruise Lines International Association and Viking River Cruises were both placed in “In Auction” status by ICANN overnig... - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:26
World’s fourth-largest bank dumping old domains in switch to dot-brand gTLD
A French bank appears to be the first major company to commence a permanent switch from a legacy TLD to a new dot-brand. BNP Paribas, the fourth-largest bank in the world, is dumping its .fr and .net domains in favor of .bnpparibas for customers in its domestic market, where it serves close to eight million […] Related posts: ... - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:17
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Slacker dot-brands get ICANN reprieve
Wannabe dot-brands that dawdled and lost the chance to sign a new gTLD registry agreement with ICANN have been given a second shot. ICANN yesterday introduced a new Application Eligibility Reinstatement process that will enable applicants to change their application status from the dead end of “Will Not Proceed”. To demon... - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 8:33
Chinese registrar goes AWOL, gets terminated
Chinese registrar has had its accreditation terminated by ICANN for failing to comply with an audit. According to the compliance notice (pdf), ICANN has been chasing the company since March but has encountered only disconnected phones and unanswered emails. It seems’s principals were all using Hotmai... - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 8:18
There are now over 1,000 top-level domains
The number of top-level domains on the internet has topped 1,000 for the first time. The delegation of seven new gTLDs today — .studio, .live, .jprs, .game, .bcn, .barcelona and .airtel — took the total number of TLDs in the DNS root zone to 1,002. The DI database breaks the count down like this: 686 […] Related po... - Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:29
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Afilias wants to buy your failed gTLD
Afilias is on an overt campaign to snap up struggling new gTLDs at bargain basement prices. “In the neighborhood of a dozen” gTLD operators responded seriously to Afilias’ booth at last month’s ICANN meeting in Buenos Aries, (pictured), Afilias chief marketing officer Roland LaPlante told DI in an interview to... - Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 13:55

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