CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs
Local former rival Minds + Machines may be struggling to turn a profit, but CentralNic seems to be doing quite well out of this new gTLD malarkey. But not as well as you might expect. Large growth at its clients does not appear to have translated to a whole lot more revenue for CentralNic itself. […] Related posts: Retail sale...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 10:31
Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk
Verisign has revived its old name collisions security scare story, publishing this week a weighty research paper claiming millions are at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s actually a study into how a well-known type of attack, first documented in the 1990s, might become easier due to the expansion of the DNS at the top le...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 9:4
1,000th new gTLD goes live
The 1,000th new gTLD from the 2012 application round was delegated yesterday. It was either .shop or .realestate, appropriately enough, which both appear to have been added to the DNS root zone at about the same time. Right now, there are actually only 999 new gTLDs live in the DNS. That’s because the unwanted .doosan […]...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:28
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M+M makes $3.2 million in five days from .vip
Minds + Machines billed $3.2 million in .vip domain names sales in the first five days of operation, the company said this morning. It’s already managed to pay off the cost of acquiring the domain at auction, which was revealed today as $3.1 million. Between 1600 UTC May 17, when .vip went to general availability, […] Re...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 3:41
SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data
SpamHaus has updated its “10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels. Rather than simply showing unexplained percentages of “badness” in each TLD, the spam-fighting organization’s daily report now exposes the hard numbers, in domain terms, underneath. F...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 20, 2016 - 5:48
ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts
In a surprising move towards further transparency, the ICANN board of directors has decided to start publishing transcripts and possibly recordings of its meetings. It passed a resolution during a meeting in Amsterdam this week stating: the Board directs the President and CEO, or his designee(s), to work with the Board to develop a p...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 20, 2016 - 4:16
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Krueger’s suit against M+M dropped, for now
Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has dropped his lawsuit against the company, which concerned “missing” shares. M+M announced today that the two parties have signed a “tolling agreement”, which apparently leave the door open for Krueger to re-file the suit at a later date. If he does re-file, the com...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:20
ICANN diverts from Puerto Rico to India to avoid Zika
ICANN has confirmed that its 57th public meeting will not be held, as originally planned, in Puerto Rico. Instead, it is asking community members to instead head to Hyderabad, India, this November. Those Las Vegas rumors turned out not to be true. However, on the up-side, those Las Vegas rumors turned out not to be […] Related...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 16:20
ICANN pimps new sexual harassment rules
ICANN has proposed new anti-harassment guidelines for its community that would ban “unwelcome hostile or intimidating behavior”. It wants your comments on the changes to its longstanding “Expected Standards of Behavior” document, which applies to both its in-person meetings and online discussions and mailing l...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:44
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New .sucks logo actually kinda sucks
Vox Populi has revealed a new logo for its .sucks gTLD. Here it is. What do you think? In going for a retro, 8-bit vibe, has Vox deliberately gone for a look that actually kinda sucks? Is that the joke? Or do you like it? The company said on its blog: The program is designed […] Related posts: Does this fun video prove that th...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 13:19
XYZ settles Verisign’s back-end switcheroo lawsuit
XYZ.com has settled a lawsuit filed against it against Verisign stemming from XYZ’s acquisition of .theatre, .security and .protection. Verisign sued the new gTLD registry operator for “interfering” with its back-end contracts with the previous owners last August, as part of its campaign to compete against new gTLDs...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 5:18
Donuts quietly buys .shopping from Uniregistry (and .jetzt)
Just a few months after Uniregistry bought out Donuts to win .shopping, Donuts has bought the pre-launch gTLD back. Donuts has also bought live gTLD .jetzt from a Swedish company. The .shopping deal is a weird one. Uniregistry and Donuts were the only two applicants for .shopping, until Uniregistry paid Donuts to withdraw its applica...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 14:20
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Nominet to run .blog’s back-end
Nominet is to run the back-end registry systems for .blog, the company announced this evening. We reported earlier today that .blog has a surprise new owner — Knock Knock, Whois There, which belongs to Automattic, owner of WordPress.com — and it seems the change of ownership comes with a change of back-end. Primer Nivel, ...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 12:57
Radix joins the Hollywood content police
Radix has become the second major gTLD registry to announce a content policing deal with the movie industry. It today said it has signed an agreement with the Motion Picture Association of America similar to the one Donuts announced in February. Like Donuts, Radix will treat the MPAA as a “trusted notifier” for the purpos...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 8:0
WordPress reveals IT bought .blog for $19 million
WordPress.com owner Automattic has outed itself as the bankroll behind the winner of the .blog auction and the new owner of the forthcoming new gTLD. Founder Matt Mullenweg also revealed that the company paid around $19 million for the domain at private auction in February 2015, about $1 million more than the amount DI estimated [...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:9
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World’s first vanity gTLD goes live
Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li has become the first person to own a top-level domain matching his name. The new gTLD .richardli went live on the internet today. The registry is Pacific Century Asset Management (HK) Limited, a subsidiary of PCCW, the Hong Kong telecomms and internet giant of which Li is chair. Forbes estimated [R...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:14
Afilias takes over .hotel, sidelines Krischenowski over hacking claims
Afilias has sought to distance itself from DotBerlin CEO Dirk Krischenowski, due to ongoing claims that he improperly accessed secret data on rival .hotel applicants. The company revealed in a recent letter to ICANN that it has bought out Krischenowski’s 48.8% stake in successful .hotel applicant Hotel Top Level Domain Sarl and...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:2
Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside
Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business. I’ve established that at least 44 registrars once managed by Rightside/eNom are now in the Web.com stable, and that might not even be the half of it. All of the registrars i...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:36
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Rightside to modernize eNom, predicts $75m new gTLD revs
Rightside used its first quarter earnings call yesterday to address, albeit indirectly, some of the criticisms recently leveled at it by activist investors and competitors. CEO Taryn Naidu revealed for the first time how the company sees the new gTLD market playing out in the longer term. He said than in three to five years, […...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:7
.flir becomes the 1,300th TLD
There are now 1,300 top-level domains live on the internet. The milestone was hit today when the dot-brand .flir was delegated to FLIR Systems, a $1.5 billion-a-year thermal imaging systems manufacturer. Its nic.flir domain is now live and currently redirects to existing sites in other TLDs. According to the DI database, there are 29...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 8:9

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