Radix targets a million .online names in 2-3 years
Having just finished the most-successful new gTLD launch day to date, Radix Registry reckons it can get .online to seven figures in two to three years. “We’re at 37,170 names as of an hour ago,” Radix CEO Bhavin Turakhia told DI at about 1000 UTC this morning. That represents less than a full day of […] Relat...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:13
Free speech banned from .bible
The Bible may be a piece of literature that belongs to the world, but in .bible it’s going to be a propaganda tool for Christians. The just-published Acceptable Use Policy (pdf) bans any content that the American Bible Society, acting as registry, deems unsuitable. Specifically prohibited: Pointing to any content that may, as d...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 6:24
M+M gets $3.5m from two gTLD auctions
Minds + Machines secured loser fees totaling $3.5 million from its participation in .art and .data new gTLD auctions, the company disclosed today. It seems .data was auctioned recently. It was a three-applicant string and none of the applicants have yet withdrawn their applications. It seems either Donuts or brand applicant Dish DBS ...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 4:58
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ICANN will post more uncensored .africa info
ICANN has committed to post more unredacted documents from its Independent Review Process case with DotConnectAfrica, following a request from DI. The organization told DI today that it will publish the documents on its web site by August 31, in response to our July 27 Documentary Information Disclosure Request. I’d asked ICANN...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 4:29
OpenTLD suspension reinstated
ICANN has suspended OpenTLD’s ability to sell gTLD domain names for the second time, following an arbitration ruling yesterday. OpenTLD, part of the Freenom group, will not be able to sell gTLD names or accept inbound transfers from tomorrow — about two hours from now — to November 24, according to ICANN’s web...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 16:51
Did XYZ.com pay NetSol $3m to bloat .xyz?
Evidence of a possibly dodgy deal between XYZ.com and Network Solutions has emerged. Court documents filed last week by Verisign suggest that the .xyz registry may have purchased $3 million in advertising in exchange for $3 million of .xyz domain names. Verisign, which is suing .xyz and CEO Daniel Negari over its allegedly “fal...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 15:52
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Ashley Madison .sucks domain mysteriously vanishes
The domain ashleymadison.sucks, which hosted a tool to search a database of millions of stolen Ashley Madison users’ data, has been deleted. According to Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling, the domain was deleted by its registrant within the five-day grace period permitted under ICANN rules. The site looked like this shortly after...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 13:38
Yes, you are dangerous, arbitrator tells “cybersquatter” OpenTLD
Free domains provider OpenTLD has been dealt a crushing blow in its fight against the suspension of its Registrar Accreditation Agreement. ICANN is now free to suspend OpenTLD’s RAA, due to the company’s “pattern of cybersquatting”, following a decision by an independent arbitrator. The arbitrator ruled yester...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:44
Afilias wins $10m judgment in Architelos “trade secrets” case
Afilias has won a $10 million judgement against domain security startup Architelos, over claims its flagship NameSentry abuse monitoring service was created using stolen trade secrets. A jury in Virginia today handed Afilias $5 million for “misappropriation of trade secrets”, $2.5 million for “conversion” and ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 11:12
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Panel throws out ludicrous .shop confusion ruling
The new gTLD strings .shop and .通販 are not too confusingly similar-looking to coexist on the internet. While that may be blindingly obvious to anyone who is not already blind, it’s taken the ICANN process three years to arrive at this conclusion. An August 18 ruling by a three-person International Centre for Dispute Resolution ...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 5:26
Direct .au regs closer to reality
Australians could soon get the ability to register domain names directly under .au for the first time. Following in the footsteps of the UK and New Zealand, a panel of .au policy body auDA has recommended that the second level should be opened up for registrations, pending further consultation. In a consultation paper (pdf), the [...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:25
ZACR hits a million .za names
South Africa’s .za ccTLD has crossed the one million domain mark, according to the registry. ZA Central Registry is currently reporting on its web site that 1,000,666 names have been registered. The millionth name was reportedly vulindlela-hpt.co.za, registered to a consulting firm and inexplicably redirecting to the typo vulin...
DomainIncite.com - Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 3:30
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Registrants guilty until proven innocent, say UK cops
UK police have stated an eyebrow-raising “guilty until proven innocent” point of view when it comes to domain name registrations, in comments filed recently with ICANN. In a Governmental Advisory Committee submission (pdf) to a review of the Whois accuracy rules in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, unspecified “...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 11:41
Web.com hacked, 93,000 cards stolen
The credit card details of 93,000 Web.com customers have been stolen by hackers. The name, address and credit card number of the affected customers were accessed. The verification numbers (from the back of the cards) were not stolen. Web.com said the attack was discovered August 13 and has been reported to the proper authorities. Net...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 4:52
Radix targets 25,000 names for .online’s first day
Radix Registry reckons .online will move at least 15,000 domains in its first day of general availability, but it’s aiming higher. “We are confident .online will be amongst the biggest new gTLDs that have launched,” Radix business head Sandeep Ramchandani said in a press release today. “The same sentiment acro...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:24
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US gives ICANN an extra year to complete transition
US government oversight of ICANN and the domain name system will end a year later than originally expected. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said last night that it has extended ICANN’s IANA contract until September 30, 2016, giving the community and others more time to complete and review the tran...
DomainIncite.com - Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 2:24
Did Chehade really quit ICANN for this?
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade will become a senior adviser with a private equity firm after he leaves ICANN next March. He blogged today that he will take the role with Boston-based ABRY Partners and “provide guidance to ABRY’s partners and their companies’ leaders on digital strategy”. Chehade, back in June, had des...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, August 17, 2015 - 11:49
No, CentralNic isn’t the biggest new gTLD back-end
CentralNic’s registry back-end business may have got a big boost by last week’s news that Google has adopted a .xyz domain for its new parent, but it is not yet the biggest back-end provider. That honor still belongs to Rightside, which currently leads CentralNic by a few hundred thousand names, according to zone files. W...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, August 17, 2015 - 9:51
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OpenTLD says suspension would “devastate” its business
OpenTLD has fired off its newest salvo in its ongoing cybersquatting dispute with ICANN, saying the ICANN-imposed suspension would “devastate” its business. The company has also addressed many of ICANN’s cybersquatting allegations, while failing to deny it squatted on two competitors’ trademarks. In its latest...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, August 14, 2015 - 11:39
After abc.xyz, will Google now switch to .google?
Google provided the new gTLD industry with one of its most prominent endorsements to date when it revealed this week that its new parent company, Alphabet, will use a .xyz domain name. But it could just be the first move away from traditional TLDs such as .com — its new gTLD .google entered its “general […] Related...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 9:9
SEO site toppled as most-popular new gTLD domain
There’s a new domain topping the charts as the most-visited new gTLD site. A few days ago, namu.wiki replaced searchengines.guru in the top spot, the first time the leading position has changed hands since DI PRO first started tracking daily Alexa scores in July 2014. namu.wiki appears to be a Japanese Korean wiki site dedicate...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, August 10, 2015 - 12:18
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.music applicant caught using bogus Wikipedia page
DotMusic Limited, the .music applicant founded by Constantine Roussos, is using a highly suspicious Wikipedia page in its attempt to win the .music contention set. The applicant and many supporters have been citing the Wikipedia “music community” page in support of DotMusic’s ongoing Community Priority Evaluation, d...
DomainIncite.com - Monday, August 10, 2015 - 9:50
OpenTLD cybersquatting fight escalates
ICANN has accused OpenTLD, the registrar arm of Freenom, of cybersquatting famous brands even after it was threatened with suspension. The claims may be worrying for some registrars as ICANN may in fact be holding the registrar responsible for the actions of its proxy service customers. OpenTLD was suspended by ICANN in early July, a...
DomainIncite.com - Friday, August 7, 2015 - 11:15
ICANN gets hacked, again
ICANN has been hacked again and your user names and passwords may have been compromised. The organization said tonight that it thinks “usernames/email addresses and encrypted passwords for profile accounts created on the ICANN.org public website were obtained by an unauthorized person.” The stolen information includes ...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 17:5
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Dozens of dot-brands finally sign ICANN contracts
Dot-brand gTLD applicants that were playing wait-and-see with ICANN’s contracting process signed Registry Agreements in droves last week. At least 67 new RAs were signed in the last three days of July, on or around the ICANN’s July 29 deadline, ICANN’s web site shows. This means that there are still about 50 applica...
DomainIncite.com - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 15:23

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