URS arrives in three legacy gTLDs
The legacy gTLDs .cat, .pro and .travel will all be subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy from now on. Earlier this week, ICANN approved the new Registry Agreements, which are based on the new gTLD RA and include URS, for all three. URS is an anti-cybersquatting policy similar to UDRP. It’s faster and cheaper […]...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:35
Viking victor in .cruise gTLD auction
Viking River Cruises has emerged as the winner of the .cruise new gTLD contention set. It seems to have beaten Cruise Lines International Association, which has withdrawn the only competing application, in an auction. Both applicants originally proposed a single-registrant model, in which only the registry could own domains, but chan...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:23
Pritz quitz DNA
Domain Name Association boss Kurt Pritz has resigned after two years on the job. Neustar’s Adrian Kinderis, chair of the domain industry trade group, made the announcement in an email to members yesterday. No immediate replacement for Pritz has been named, but Kinderis said the DNA’s board wasn’t worried: Fellow mem...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 5:17
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ICANN: we won’t force registrars to suspend domains
In one of the ongoing battles between registrars and the intellectual property lobby, ICANN’s compliance department seems to have sided with the registrars, for now. Registrars will not be forced to suspend domain names when people complain about abusive or illegal behavior on the associated web sites, according to chief contra...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 5:4
ICANN going to Panama for 56th meeting
Panama has been selected as the venue for ICANN’s 56th public meeting. The ICANN board of directors approved the location a few days ago. The meeting will be held in June next year in Panama City. ICANN 56 falls between the March meeting in Marrakech, Morocco and October’s meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The […] ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:46
Africa hands coffin nails to DotConnectAfrica evaluators
The African Union and a United Nations commission have formally told ICANN that they don’t support DotConnectAfrica’s bid for .africa. When it comes to showing governmental support, a necessity under ICANN’s rules for a geographic gTLD applications, the UN Economic Commission for Africa was DCA’s only prayer. ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:7
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Verisign offers free public DNS
Verisign has launched a free recursive DNS service aimed at the consumer market. Public DNS, as the service is called, is being positioned as a way to avoid having your browsing history collated and sold for marketing purposes by your ISP. There’s no charge, and the company is promising not to sell your data. It […] Rela...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 13:21
Uniregistry will stick with risky .hiv model for now
Uniregistry has agreed to take over the new gTLD .hiv from original registry dotHIV, and said it has no plans to immediately change the business model. “We are going to maintain the status quo, at least at the start,” said Uniregistry general counsel Bret Fausett. “We will give it a year or so on our […] Rela...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:52
ICANN on “knife edge” after accountability impasse
The ICANN board of directors and the community group tasked with improving its accountability have failed to come to a compromise over the future direction of the organization, despite an intense two-day argument at the weekend. As the often fractious Los Angeles gathering drew to a close, ICANN chair Steve Crocker said that the boar...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:34
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ICANN lists the ways the new gTLD program sucked
ICANN has published an analysis of the many ways in which the first round of the new gTLD program wasted everyone’s time and money. The 200-page “New gTLD Program Implementation Review” is essentially a long list of ways the program could have been better, along with dozens of recommendations for possible future cha...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:7
US gov: we can’t support ICANN accountability plan
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has waded into the ICANN accountability debate, possibly muddying the waters in the process. In a blog post last night, NTIA head Larry Strickling said that community proposals for enhancing accountability were not yet detailed enough, and had not reached the desired l...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 5:26
M+M lays off dozens in focus on S&M, promises profit next year
Minds + Machines has outlined its plan to refocus its business on sales and marketing, which has already resulted in a couple dozen job losses, as the latest stage of its profit runway. The new gTLD company also outlined plans to return about half of its cash reserves — mostly obtained by losing new gTLD […] Related post...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 8:39
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Apple using apple.news as (yawn) redirect service
Apple has become the latest famous brand to deploy a new gTLD domain in the wild. The domain apple.news has been observed this week being used as a URL redirection service by its Apple News app. It seems that when somebody shares a link to a news site via social media, using Apple News, the […] Related posts: Did Apple buy iCl...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 5:29
Is gold.co.uk the most expensive .uk name sale yet?
The domain name gold.co.uk has reportedly changed hands for £600,000 ($940,000), potentially making it the biggest .uk domain sale ever. The new owner of the domain is Jewellery Quarter Bullion, a Birmingham, UK-based online gold seller. The deal was announced by press release yesterday. Whois records archived by DomainTools show tha...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:54
New gTLDs growing faster than .com, latest Verisign data shows
New gTLDs grew faster than .com in the last 12 months. That seems to be one of the conclusions that can be drawn from Verisign’s Q2 Domain Name Industry Brief, which was published (pdf) yesterday, if you dig into the numbers a little. The headline number is that the number of all domains across all […] Related posts: Int...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, September 18, 2015 - 8:1
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XYZ to rethink China gateway plans
XYZ.com has withdrawn its request to start selling .xyz and .college domains into China via a local gateway service provider. The company has said it will amend and resubmit its plan to ICANN, which had told it the idea “might raise significant Stability or Security issues”. The registry wants to be one of the first [R...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 9:37
.sexy may be blocked in Iran
Some networks in Iran appear to be systematically blocking Uniregistry’s .sexy gTLD. That’s one of the conclusions of a slightly odd experiment commissioned by ICANN. The newly published An Analysis of New gTLD Universal Acceptance was conducted by APNIC Labs. The idea was to figure out whether there are any issues with n...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 7:53
Sunrise accounts for under 1% of new gTLD regs
New gTLD registries can expect just 125 sunrise registrations on average, according to statistics just released by ICANN. The new data, current as of May 2015, also shows that there have been just 44,077 sunrise registrations in total, over 417 new gTLDs. That’s less than 1% of the total number of new gTLD domain registrations ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:46
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GoDaddy did not cybersquat the Oscars, court finds
In a landmark decision, a US court has ruled that GoDaddy’s practice of parking unused domains with Google advertising does not count as cybersquatting. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the annual Oscars awards, sued the registrar five years ago after seeing that GoDaddy had parked hundreds of names c...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:15
ICANN throws lifeline to flopping new gTLDs
New gTLD registries with lower than expected sales will now be able to reduce the amount of their “failure bond”. ICANN has introduced a new Continued Operations Instrument Amendment Service, which will enable registries to raise or lower the amount of their COI depending on how business is going. A COI is a letter of [&#...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:0
Retail sales see CentralNic over double revenue
CentralNic saw a huge 171% increase in revenue and a tripling of billings in the first half of the year, based on its newly acquired retail business and the sale of premium names. For the six months to the end of June, the London-based firm saw revenue of £4.4 million ($6.8 million) compared to £1.6 […] Related posts: .xyz hel...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 5:46
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Neustar shoots the corpse of .kids.us
The ill-conceived, barely used .kids.us domain is to stay dead, Neustar confirmed last night. The .us registry operator said that its Stakeholder Council met August 17 and: carefully considered the report on the kids.us domain and unanimously recommended that the requirement be suspended for the life of the .us contract. Neustar had ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 9:54
ICANN just gave a company a new gTLD for free
The Tor Project Inc, a Massachusetts non-profit software maker, just got a new gTLD reserved for its own exclusive use, by ICANN, for free. Tor did this without engaging in the ICANN new gTLD program, paying any ICANN application fees, or following any of the rules in the ICANN Applicant Guidebook. It basically circumvented the [R...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 5:45
Who wants ICANN’s $60m gTLD windfall?
ICANN has opened a formal public comment period to move forward discussions on how it should spend the almost $60 million it has so far received in new gTLD auction proceeds. It’s not yet looking for concrete suggestions on how to spend the money — this is a pre-consultation consultation — it’s only looking fo...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:28
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XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers
XYZ.com is trying to become one of the first non-Chinese gTLD registries to be able to sell unhindered into the Chinese market, in the face of Draconian government regulations. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN — the first of its kind — that would let it use a gateway […...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 6:33

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