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The new “Empowered Community” of ICANN has exercised its power for the first time. The EC on Friday told ICANN that it has approved the ICANN board of directors’ recent resolution to create a new committee tasked with handling various oversight processes. It’s of largely symbolic importance, the first test of whether the EC process works when the issue at hand is non-controversial.
Dot Vegas has made one and two-character .vegas domain names available to register on a first-come, first-served basis. Single-character domains such as a.vegas and 7.vegas and two-character names such as 77.vegas and bj.vegas all appear to be available, including domains that match country-code TLDs.
Kevin Murphy, July 24, 2017, 11:10:12 (UTC), Domain Registries CentralNic has swapped its currently chief financial officer for his immediate predecessor. Glenn Hayward has left the company after three and a half years “to pursue other opportunities”, the company said in a statement to the markets today. He has been replaced by Don Baladasan, who was CF ...
GoDaddy has sold off its recently acquired PlusServer business for €397 million ($456 million). The buyer is a private equity firm, BC Partners. The registrar had taken control of the business when it spent $1.79 billion on Host Europe Group earlier this year, but had said from the start that the asset was for sale. PlusServer sells hos ...
The growth of the domain name industry slowed in the first quarter, numbers published today by Verisign reveal. According to its latest Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf), the domain universe grew to 330.6 million in Q1. That’s an increase of 1.3 million names on Q4 2016, a 0.4% sequential increase, and 11.8 million names, 3.7% growth, compared to Q1 2016.
Amazon has won its appeal against the rejection of its .amazon gTLD application, in a ruling that criticizes ICANN for giving too much deference to government advice. The Independent Review Process panel’s 2-to-1 ruling, delivered July 11 and published this week, means that .amazon and its Chinese and Japanese translations has been un-rejected and ICANN will have to consider ...
The .xyz gTLD has seen its zone file halve in size, as millions of free and cheap domains were not renewed. The former volume leader among new gTLDs started this month with a tad over 5.2 million domains in its zone. But its July 17 zone contained 2.5 million, much less than half as many, DI analysis shows. The precipitous decline means that Chinese-run gTLD .
ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy other customary closing conditions.
Gandi saw 751 domains belonging to its customers hijacked and redirected to malware delivery sites, the French registrar reported earlier this month. The attack saw the perpetrators obtain Gandi’s password for a gateway provider, which it did not name, that acts as an intermediary to 34 ccTLD registries including .ch, .se and .es.
ICANN chair Steve Crocker was paid $114,203.24 in the organization’s last tax year. The number was released today (pdf) in response to a request by domain blogger John Poole of DomainMondo.com. Poole had requested the figures because Crocker is paid via his company, Shinkuro, rather than directly, so his compensation does not show up on ICANN’s published tax returns.
Will the next new gTLD round see 25,000 applications? If so, how long will it take for them all to go live? The 25,000 figure is one that I’ve heard touted a few times, most recently during public sessions at ICANN’s meeting in Johannesburg last month. The problem is that, judging by ICANN’s previous performance, such a huge number of applications would take anywhere from 2 ...
auDA has explained why it has refused to put controversial new policies to a vote, as it recommended that members vote to save the job of chairman Stuart Benjamin. In a letter to members published this week, the .au ccTLD administrator said it was not legally obliged to allow members to vote on its directors’ decisions to stop publishing their meeting minutes and to gag memb ...
Kenya has become the latest ccTLD to jump on the second-level domain bandwagon. From this month, registrants will be able to purchase example.ke, rather than having to select from third-level domains such as example.co.ke or example.or.ke, according to the registry. We have introduced Second Level .Ke Domain name space, Roll out date 23 rd July 2017. Secure yours early enough .
Disgruntled domainers have managed to arrange for a vote on whether auDA chair Stuart Benjamin should be fired. auDA, the .au ccTLD administrator, has been under fire for many months from registrants who believe the organization is being managed in an increasingly erratic and secretive manner. Now, a campaign and petition at Grumpy.com.au, run by Domainer.com.
Billionaire entrepreneur and PayPal founder Elon Musk has reacquired the domain name x.com for an undisclosed sum. X.com was the domain he acquired in 1999 and originally used for PayPal, before its 2001 rebrand. Musk, who currently runs private space travel trailblazer SpaceX, confirmed the purchase in a tweet today: Thanks PayPal for allowing me to buy back https://t.
ICANN is predicting that about 750 accredited registrars will close over the next 12 months due to the over-saturation of the drop-catching market. ICANN VP Cyrus Namazi made the estimate while explaining ICANN’s fiscal 2018 budget, which is where the projection originated, at the organization’s public meeting in South Africa last week.
Knock Knock Whois There, the .blog registry, has promised not to raise its wholesale fees on existing registrations. The company, which is affiliated with WordPress, seems to have made the move in response to ongoing registrar discomfort following Uniregistry’s plan to significant raise the price of several of its new gTLDs (which has since been backpedaled).
ICANN has made a couple of changes to its senior management team and abandoned the Chehade-era concept of “hub” offices. Rather than having three offices it calls “hubs” in different parts of the world — Los Angeles, Istanbul and Singapore — it will now have five of what it calls “regional offices”.
Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% per year for the six years of the contract.
While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, .بارت, .भारतम्, .भारोत, and .ڀارت.