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  • Is the Trump administration really trying to reverse the IANA transition?

    Questions have been raised about the US government’s commitment to an independent ICANN, following the release of letters sent by two top Trump appointees. In the letters, new NTIA head David Redl and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross expressed an interest in looking at ways to “unwind” the IANA transition, which in 2016 severed the formal ties between ICANN and the US in DN ...

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  • MMX profitable as acquisition talks drag on

    New gTLD registry Minds + Machines became profitable as an operating company for the first time in 2017, the company announced on Friday. MMX saw billings of $10 million in the second half of the year, compared to $5.6 million in the first half, as domains under management grew 67% to 1.32 million.

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  • Emojis coming to another ccTLD

    dotFM is to make emoji domain names available in the .fm ccTLD it manages. The company said today that it’s currently taking expressions of interest in ‘premium’ emoji inventory, and that such domains will be registerable at an unspecified point in future. It’s published a list of single-emoji domains it plans to sell.

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  • Donuts releases free TLD-neutral name-spinner

    Donuts has announced the release of a free name-spinner tool for registrars and resellers. Relevant Name Search, found at rns.domains, isn’t a destination site in itself, but will be free for registrars to integrate into their storefronts. The company said it’s been in beta testing with eNom, Dreamhost, Dynadot and Name.com, with eNom using it for over a year.

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  • New gTLD revenue cut by HALF in ICANN budget

    The new gTLD industry is performing terribly when compared to ICANN’s predictions just six months ago. ICANN budget documents published over the weekend show that by one measure new gTLDs are doing just 51% of the business ICANN thought they would. The new budget (pdf) shows that for the fiscal year 2018, which ends June 30, ICANN currently expects to receive $4.

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  • ICANN slashes millions from its budget

    ICANN has cut $5 million from its annual budget, warning the community that difficult decisions have to be made amid a slowing domain name market. Staff and community members will all be affected by the cuts, whether in the form of less generous pay raises or fewer travel opportunities. Cuts have also been proposed to international outreach, tech support, contractual compli ...

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  • Research finds homograph attacks on big brands rife

    Apparent domain name homograph attacks against major brands are a “significant” problem, according to research from Farsight Security. The company said last week that it scanned for such attacks against 125 well-known brands over the three months to January 10 and found 116,113 domains — almost 1,000 per brand.

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  • DomainTools scraps apps and APIs in war on spam

    DomainTools is to scrap at least five of its services as it tries to crack down spam. It’s getting rids of its mobile apps, its APIs, and is to stop showing registrants’ personal information to unauthenticated users. CEO Tim Chen told us in an email at the weekend: The Android app is no longer supported. The iOS app will no longer be supported after February 20th.

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  • A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

    British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public comment this week. What’s weird about the request is that Boots had already asked for self-termination last April, but that request was ...

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  • ICANN blocks two million domains, including some three-letter names

    At least two million domain names have been essentially blocked across all gTLDs under a new ICANN policy. The block includes many potential valuable three and four-letter strings. The long-discussed, highly controversial reservation of the names and acronyms of various intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations has become official ICANN Consensus Policy and will ...

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  • Three ways ICANN could gut Whois

    ICANN has published three possible models of how Whois could be altered beyond recognition after European privacy law kicks in this May. Under each model, casual Whois users would no longer have access to the wealth of contact information they do under the current system. There may also be a new certification program that would grant access to full Whois records to law enfo ...

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  • Ramchandani promoted to Radix CEO

    New gTLD registry Radix has appointed long-time business head Sandeep Ramchandani as CEO. He’s replacing Bhavin Turakhia, who is CEO of parent company Directi and executive chairman of Radix. Ramchandani had a lot of autonomy as business head and VP of the company and, in my view, has been basically CEO in all but name for years.

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  • Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

    Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by the changes. The company hopes to announce how its services will be rejiggered to comply with the General Data Protection Reg ...

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  • Bezsonoff replaces Kaine at Neustar

    .CO Internet alum Nicolai Bezsonoff has replaced Sean Kaine as head of Neustar’s domain name business. Neustar today announced that Bezsonoff has been appointed VP and general manager of the Registry Solutions business. That’s Kaine’s old job. I hear he’s leaving the company of his own volition, but I don’t know where he’s going. Bezsonoff was in a ...

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