• 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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    • .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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    • 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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  • Hacked ICANN data for sale on black market

    If you were a user of ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service back in 2014 you may wish to think about changing some passwords today. ICANN has confirmed that a bunch of user names and hashed passwords that were stolen in November 2014 have turned up for sale on the black market. The batch reportedly contains credentials for over 8,000 users.

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  • India’s biggest bank switches to dot-brand

    State Bank of India has announced plans to migrate all of its web sites to its new dot-brand gTLD. The company has been responsible for .sbi since it was delegated by ICANN last April, but bank.sbi is its first live domain name. Currently, while bank.sbi is live and resolving, the old domain sbi.co.in appears to still be its primary address.

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  • Activist investor says eNom was sold too cheap

    J Carlo Cannell, the activist investor who has been circling Rightside for the last year or so, was unimpressed with the company’s recent sale of eNom to Tucows. In a letter published as a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week, Cannell announced that he has started up a support group for fellow “concerned” investors.

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  • Phishing in new gTLDs up 1,000% but .com still the worst

    The .com domain is still the runaway leader TLD for phishing, with new gTLDs still being used for a tiny minority of attacks, according to new research. .com domains accounted for 51% of all phishing in 2016, despite only having 48% of the domains in the “general population”, according to the 2017 Phishing Trends & Intelligence Report from security outfit PhishLabs.

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  • Belgium domains will be registered in Ireland after cloud move

    DNS Belgium, operator of .be, has moved its shared registration systems to the cloud, the non-profit said last week. The registry migrated from a self-hosted system to Amazon Web Services on February 11. It’s an effort to cut costs, increase efficiency, and free up engineering time currently dedicated to non-core functions such as hardware maintenance, executives said.

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  • GoDaddy sold over $1 billion of domains in 2016

    GoDaddy’s domain sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year, CEO Blake Irving told analysts this week. The milestone was revealed as the registrar reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings late Wednesday. In the fourth quarter, the company had a net loss of $800,000, compared to a year-ago loss of $500,000, on revenue that was up 14.2% at $485.9 million.

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  • Blah blah ICANN blah .africa blah delegated blah blah…

    Today blah blah ZA Central Registry blah blah .africa blah delegated blah. ICANN blah blah root blah. Blah blah ZACR blah nic.africa. Blah blah five years blah blah contention blah lawsuit blah blah DotConnectAfrica blah. Blah blah Bekele blah IRP blah. ICANN blah blah Governmental Advisory Committee blah blah blah African Union blah blah blah.

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  • Nigger.com returned to NAACP after expiration prompts $10,000 auction

    US civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has reclaimed the domain name nigger.com after it expired and went to auction. The names nigger.org and nigger.net were also affected, but according to Whois records the NAACP restored all three yesterday. The names had been in pending renewal/delete status for three weeks, during which tim ...

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  • Five more new gTLDs, one in English, get the nod from China

    Top Level Design’s .ink has become the sixth new gTLD in the Latin alphabet to be approved for sale in China. It was one of four new gTLDs given regulatory approval to begin operating properly in the country late last week. The others were all in Chinese script. From Finnish-founded TLD Registry, .中文网 (“Chinese web site”) and .在线 (“Chinese online”) gained approval.

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  • .africa to finally go live after judge denies injunction

    A Los Angeles court has rejected a demand for a preliminary injunction preventing ICANN delegating .africa, meaning the new gTLD can go live soon. Judge Howard Halm ruled February 3, in documents published last night, that the “covenant not to sue” signed by every new gTLD applicant is enforceable and that Africans are being harmed as long as .africa is stuck in legal limbo.

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  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, requesting certain information related t ...

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  • The Pirate Bay likely to be sunk as .org adopts “UDRP for copyright”

    Controversial piracy site The Pirate Bay is likely to be the first victim of a new industry initiative being described as “UDRP for copyright”. The Domain Name Association today published a set of voluntary “healthy practices” that domain registries can adopt to help keep their TLDs clean of malware, child abuse material, fake pharmacies and mass piracy.

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  • .xxx has its ICANN fees slashed and adopts URS

    ICM Registry is to see its .xxx ICANN registry fees hugely reduced in contractual amendments approved by ICANN last week. The changes also mean that .xxx will now become subject to the Uniform Rapid Suspension anti-cybersquatting mechanism, despite it being a pre-2012 gTLD. .xxx becomes the latest pre-2012 gTLD to move to a contract more closely aligned with the standard R ...

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  • ISOC New York challenges Neustar’s .nyc contract

    The New York chapter of the Internet Society has called upon the city to delay the renewal of Neustar’s contract to run the .nyc gTLD, citing numerous concerns about how it is being managed. In a letter (pdf) to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the group calls for a “town hall” and community consultation and for the city to “make appropriate adjustments” before the contract is renewed.

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