Domain Incite is five years old today
Five years ago Domain Incite published its first story, with the introductory line “Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?” I went on to describe how I’d registered the name and thrown up a live, resolving web site in less than one hour. But that wasn’t quite the beginning. What I negle... - 5 hr 32 min ago
The IANA transition in a nutshell
The US plan to remove itself from its unique DNS oversight role is about creating a coalition of nations to thwart attempts by Russia and other “authoritarian” countries to increase government control of the internet. That’s according to Larry Strickling, assistant secretary at the US National Telecommunications and... - 12 hr 20 min ago
Google buys .app for over $25 million
The fiercely competed new gTLD .app has sold to Google for a record-breaking $25 million. The company’s Charleston Road Registry subsidiary beat out 12 other applicants for the string, including Donuts, Amazon, Famous Four Media, Radiz and Afilias. The auction lasted two days and fetched a winning bid of $25,001,000, more than ... - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:54
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ICANN ditches plan to give governments more power
ICANN has quietly abandoned a plan to make it harder for its board of directors to go against the wishes of national governments. A proposal to make a board two-thirds super-majority vote a requirement for overruling advice provided by the Governmental Advisory Committee is now “off the table”, ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade told... - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:52
Why you can’t register emojis in gTLDs
The popular “emoji” smiley faces are banned as gTLD domains names for technical reasons, according to ICANN. Emojis are a form of emoticon that originated on Japanese mobile networks but are now used by 12-year-old girls worldwide due to their support on Android and iPhone operating systems. It emerged last week that Coca... - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:25
Crocker caught with his pants down, literally, at ICANN 52
Here’s your daily WTF moment, courtesy of ICANN’s official YouTube account. If you’ve ever wanted to see ICANN chair Steve Crocker without his trousers — and let’s face it, who hasn’t? — now’s your chance. Don’t ask. I’m just as baffled as you. Related posts: Crocker picked... - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 6:54
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Verisign sues .xyz and Negari for “false advertising”
Handbags at dawn! Verisign, the $7.5 billion .com domain gorilla, has sued upstart and CEO Daniel Negari for disparaging .com and allegedly misrepresenting how well .xyz is doing. It’s the biggest legacy gTLD versus the biggest (allegedly) new gTLD. The lawsuit focuses on some registrars’ habit of giving .xyz name... - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:41
Chehade to face Congressional grilling this week
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade is heading to Washington DC this week to defend plans to decouple the organization from formal US oversight in front of a potentially hostile committee of Congresspeople. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will meet this Wednesday at 1000 local time to grill Chehade and others on the ... - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 3:55
Get NamesCon 2016 tickets at 80% off
After its well-received 2015 show in Las Vegas last month, NamesCon has confirmed a third annual domain name conference for 2016 and is offering deeply discounted tickets for “super early birds” until the end of the month. Until February 28, conference passes can be bought for $199. That’s an 80% discount on the reg... - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:50
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.xxx boss says new gTLD registries need to “wake up”
ICM Registry president Stuart Lawley may be just weeks away from launching his second and third gTLD registries, but that doesn’t mean he has a positive outlook on new gTLDs in general. “I think people need to wake up,” he told DI in a recent interview. “If you do the math on some of these […] Related p... - Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:22 for sale at $200,000
Remember when sold for $13 million? The owner of, which according to Whois is Amsterdam-based Quattro Media Co, has put the domain on the market with a buy-it-now price of $200,000. That’s according to Heritage Auctions, which says it is managing the sale. There are no buyer’s fees associated with the offer... - Friday, February 20, 2015 - 7:45
Renewals at 55% as first new gTLD junk drop begins
The first new gTLD to go live is seeing its first-year renewals at 55% one year after hitting general availability. dotShabaka Registry’s شبكة. (or “.shabaka”, the Arabic for “.web”) has also seen its zone file shrink by about 27% over the last two weeks. The zone peaked at 2,069 domains on February 1, 2... - Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 0:51
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Group forms to stop new gTLDs breaking stuff
A little over a year into the live phase of the new gTLD program, a group of domain industry companies are getting together to make sure the expansion is supported across the whole internet. A new Universal Acceptance Steering Group has formed, with the support of ICANN and the Domain Name Association, to help fix […] Related ... - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 5:29
Generics versus brands as two more gTLDs are sold
Two more new gTLD contention sets have been settled by auction, one a case of a portfolio applicant prevailing over a closed generic applicant, the other a case of a brand owner paying off a portfolio applicant. Donuts has won the right to .jewelry over $10 billion-a-year jewelry firm Richemont, owner of brands including Cartier. [&#... - Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 3:37
Delays to two-letter domains after governments take a second bite at the apple
New gTLD registries will have to wait a bit longer before they’re allowed to start selling two-character domain names, after ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee controversially issued new guidelines on their release. The registries for hundreds of gTLDs will be affected by the delays, which could last a few months and... - Monday, February 16, 2015 - 4:50
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.blog won in eight-figure auction by Primer Nivel
A Colombian registrar has become the unlikely owner of the coveted .blog new gTLD, beating eight other applicants to the string at auction. Winning bidder Primer Nivel is a Panamanian company affiliated with Bogota-based CCI REG, which runs The company was the first to reveal its plans to apply for .blog, telling DI back [R... - Monday, February 16, 2015 - 3:22
.reise to start at $400k in no-reserve auction
Applicant Auction has revealed the starting price of the first live new gTLD to be auctioned off. Dotreise’s .reise will have a minimum starting bid of $400,000 when it hits the block on February 27, the company revealed. There will be no reserve. It seems quite possible that the registry is barely covering its costs, […]... - Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 22:48
Chehade declines to backtrack on domain “hogging” comments
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade responded yesterday to anger from domain investors over recent comments in which he talked about “hogging” domain names and implied a link to cybersquatting. But he did not, at least as far as I understood his explanation, backtrack on his original remarks. Chehade was cheekily asked his current tho... - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 20:19
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Anger as governments delay two-letter domains
ICANN has heard an angry response from gTLD registries after delaying the release of two-character domains in new gTLDs, apparently at the whim of a small number of governments. ICANN has yet to approve any of the over 350 requests for the release of two-letter domains filed by registries under a process approved by its […] Re... - Monday, February 9, 2015 - 0:57
Overworked ICANN community “at breaking point”, Chehade warns
The volunteers that do the bulk of the policy-development work at ICANN are are suffering from “burnout” and are at “breaking point”, CEO Fadi Chehade said during the opening ceremony of the ICANN 52 public meeting in Singapore today. “This community — we’re hearing this from many of your lea... - Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 22:34
In a first for new gTLDs, Aquitaine dumps geo bid
The authority for the French region of Aquitaine has become the first new gTLD applicant to pull its application apparently of its own accord. Région d’Aquitaine’s bid for .aquitaine was withdrawn today, despite the fact that the applicant was already in the contracting stage with ICANN. A handful of other geographic gTLD appli... - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 13:32
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With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too
Uniregistry has got into the ccTLD business, taking over management of the Cayman Islands’ .ky domain this week and planning a relaunch for later this month. Uniregistry, which is based in Cayman, has replaced a US company called SilverSky, now part of BAE Systems, as the official registry for .ky. CEO Frank Schilling told DI [... - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:36
500 new gTLDs now live, a new one added every day
ICANN delegated its 500th new gTLD from the 2012 application round this week. The honor of the landmark delegation went to .ntt, the dot-brand applied for by Japanese telco NTT, which hit the root two days ago. Since then, a further six new gTLDs — including .canon, the first announced dot-brand — have been delegated [... - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:38
Back in evaluation! Tata dot-brand bid falls foul of Morocco
Tata Group, the Indian conglomerate, is to see its application for .tata head back into evaluation, after the Moroccan government denied it had given its approval for the bid. ICANN told the company this week that .tata will have to be reviewed by the Geographic Names Panel for a third time. Tata, as well as […] Related posts:... - Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 3:47
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.cancerresearch — a role model for dot-brands?
.cancerresearch went live today with an interesting, and possibly unique to date, take on the new gTLD concept. It’s technically not a dot-brand under ICANN rules, but there no firm plans to start selling registrations to third parties yet and the people running it are pointing to it as a possible model from which dot-brands [&... - Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 19:47

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