• Donuts extends DPML Plus and delays price hike

      Donuts has delayed the price increases coming to its trademark-blocking service and extended availability of the “plus” version for three more months. Domain Protected Marks List Plus, which lets companies block brands and variations such as typos and brand+keywords across Donuts stable of 200ish TLDs, will now be available until March 31.

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    • US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

      The US government has been threatening to “close down” Costa Rica’s .cr registry over its refusal to take down a Pirate Bay domain name, according to the registry. Representatives of the US embassy in Costa Rica have been badgering NIC.cr to take down thepiratebay.cr since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president of Academia Nacional de Ciencias, which runs the registry.

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    • .food goes live, and it’s a closed generic

      The new gTLD .food went live in the DNS on Friday, but nobody except the registry will be able to register domains there. In what I would argue is one of the new gTLD program’s biggest failures, .food will be a dot-brand, closed to all except the “brand” owner. The registry is Lifestyle Domain Holdings, a subsidiary of US media company Scripps Networks.

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  • Empowered Community makes first symbolic exercise of power

    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.

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  • Short .vegas domains go on sale

    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.

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  • CentralNic brings back old CFO

    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 ...

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  • GoDaddy flips hosting business for $456 million

    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 ...

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  • Domain growth slows a lot in Q1

    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.

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  • Governments slammed for overreach as Amazon wins gTLD appeal

    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 ...

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  • Junk drop cuts .xyz in half, .top claims volume crown

    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 .

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  • ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

    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.

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  • Over 750 domains hijacked in attack on Gandi

    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.

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  • ICANN chair paid $114,000 last year

    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.

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  • Could the next new gTLD round last 25 years? Or 70 years?

    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 ...

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  • Second-level .ke domains go on sale this month

    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 .

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  • Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

    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.

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  • Billionaire Elon Musk reacquired x.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.

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