• DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight

      Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, terminated Com Laude’s accreditation last week due to its belief that the brand protection registrar had leaked a “confidential” document to Domain Incite. Vox Pop CEO John Berard tonight denied that the company he works for was carrying out a “grudge” against Com Laude, which in January led a charge against a Vox “gag order” on registrars.

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    • Verisign announces .net price increase

      Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agreement with ...

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    • “We’re not homophobic!” ICANN pleads as it throws out .gay appeal

      ICANN has refused dotgay LLC’s latest appeal against adverse .gay decisions, and has taken the unusual step of preemptively defending itself against probably inevitable accusations from gay right groups. On Monday, the Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s Request for Reconsideration, in which the company had asked for a third crack at the Community Priority Evaluation ...

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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which carries the most. It will come as little surprise to most that brand protection registrars dominate the top end of the list.

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  • States drop IANA transition block lawsuit

    Four states attorneys general have quietly thrown in the towel in their attempt to have the IANA transition blocked or reversed. The AGs of Texas, Nevada, Arizona and Oklahoma unilaterally dropped their Texas lawsuit against the US government on Friday, court records show. A filing (pdf) signed by all four reads simply: Plaintiffs hereby provide notice that they are volunt ...

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  • Donuts will cut off sham .doctors

    Donuts has outlined plans to suspend or delete .doctor domain names used by fake medical doctors. Despite protestations from governments and others, .doctor will not be a restricted gTLD when it goes to general availability next week — anyone will be able to register one. However, Donuts said last week that it will shut down phony doctor sites: While we are firmly committed ...

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  • Registrar accused of pimping prescription penis pills

    ICANN has implicated a Chinese domain name registrar in the online selling of medications, including Viagra and Cialis, without the required prescription. The organization’s Compliance department filed a contract breach notice with Nanjing Imperiosus, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, today.

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  • .xxx to get lower ICANN fees, accept the URS

    ICM Registry has negotiated lower ICANN transaction fees as part of a broad amendment to its Registry Agreement that also includes new trademark protection measures. The company’s uniquely high $2 per-transaction fee could be reduced to the industry standard $0.25 by mid-2018. As part of the renegotiated contract, ICM has also agreed to impose the Uniform Rapid Suspension p ...

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  • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

    Rightside says it is seeing encouraging renewal figures from its oldest batch of new gTLDs. The company this week revealed that renewals after two years of ownership on average stand at 81%. In a blog post, Rightside broke out some numbers for .dance, .democrat, .ninja, .immobilien, .social, .reviews and .futbol.

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  • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

    NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected.

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  • The DNA loses second exec director in a year

    The Domain Name Association has lost its second executive director in less than a year. The trade group has let go industry newcomer Roy Arbeit, who was hired just six month ago following the November 2015 departure of Kurt Pritz. It does not plan to replace Arbeit, according to an email circulated to DNA members by chair Adrian Kinderis on Friday.

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  • XYZ hires .top guy as first China employee

    XYZ.com has hired its first Beijing-based employee, as part of its ongoing plan to formally enter the Chinese market. The company said yesterday that it has appointed Mason Zhang, until recently chief marketing office at .top gTLD registry Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co, as its new director of business development for China.

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  • ICANN faces first post-transition test of UN power (for real this time)

    The ICANN community and United Nations agencies are heading for a clash, with governments accused this morning of trying to bypass the ICANN policy-making process. According to the leader of an ICANN volunteer working group, governments and UN-affilated intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) have circumvented the usual ICANN consensus-building process in order to extract the ...

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  • Industry firm stars in reality TV show

    NCC Group, registry for the .trust gTLD and domain data escrow provider, provided several of the supporting stars for a UK reality TV game show that started a few weeks ago. Hunted is a Channel 4 show in which 10 members of the public turn “fugitive” for a month. The contestants are pursued on foot and electronically by a team of military, law enforcement and security experts.

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  • Roots hits 1,500 live TLDs as US oversight ends

    The DNS root saw its 1,500th concurrent live TLD come into existence on Friday, just hours before the US relinquished its oversight powers. Amazon received its delegation for .通販 (.xn--gk3at1e, Japanese for “online shopping”) and satellite TV company Hughes got .dvr, meaning “digital video recorder”.

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  • Judge says IANA transition suit unlikely to succeed

    A Texas judge refused demands for a temporary restraining order preventing the IANA transition going ahead last weekend because the suing state attorneys general were unlikely to succeed at trial. That was one of several reasons Judge George Hanks refused the TRO, which had been requested by the Republican AGs of Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and Nevada.

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  • Ship explosion takes ICANN gear out of action

    An explosion and fire aboard a cargo ship has caused hardware destined for the ICANN’s upcoming meeting in Hyderabad to be impounded. A welding accident caused the explosion aboard the mega container vessel as it was docked in Hamburg, on September 1 according to reports. The resulting fire took four days for firefighters to put out, according to ICANN.

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