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  • CentralNic now owns .sk after $30m deal closes

    CentralNic has just closed its acquisition of SK-NIC, the ccTLD operator for Slovakia, the company announced today. The London-based firm announced the deal back in August, when it was to be worth €21.27 million up front, with a deferred performance-related cash payout of €4.85 million cash over three years.

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  • .kids auction is off

    ICANN has postponed the planned auction of the .kid(s) gTLDs after an appeal from one of the applicants. The last-resort auction had been penciled in for January 25, and there was a December 8 deadline for the three participants to submit their info to the auctioneer. But DotKids Foundation, the shallowest-pocketed of the three, filed a Request for Reconsideration last Wedn ...

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  • Expect “minor inconveniences” in post-hurricane Puerto Rico

    ICANN 61 is going ahead in Puerto Rico despite the continuing fallout of a devastating hurricane season, the organization has confirmed. The March 10-15 meeting will take place at the convention center in San Juan, and participants can only expect “minor inconveniences” ICANN said in a statement: We recognize that Puerto Rico is still in the recovery phase, and while we can ...

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  • As .wed goes EBERO, did the first new gTLD just fail?

    A wedding-themed gTLD with a Bizarro World business model may become the first commercial gTLD to outright fail. .wed, run by a small US outfit named Atgron, has become the first non-brand gTLD to be placed under ICANN’s emergency control, after it lost its back-end provider. DI understands that Atgron’s arrangement with its small New Zealand back-end registry services prov ...

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  • ICANN: tell us how you will break Whois rules

    ICANN has invited registrars and registries to formally describe how they plan to break the current rules governing Whois in order to come into compliance with European Union law. The organization today published a set of guidelines for companies to submit proposals for closing off parts of Whois to most internet users.

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  • ICANN punts o.com auction to US watchdogs

    Verisign’s proposed auction of the domain o.com might have a negative effect on competition and is to be referred to US regulators. That’s according to ICANN’s response to the .com registry’s request to release the domain, which is among the 23 single-letter domains currently reserved under the terms of its contract.

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  • Numeric .xyz names plummet despite dollar deal

    XYZ.com’s effort to sell over a billion numeric .xyz domains at just $0.65 each does not appear to be gaining traction. The number of qualifying domains in the .xyz zone file has plummeted by almost 200,000 since the deal was introduced and dipped by over 4,000 since the blanket discount went live. The $0.65 registry fee applies to what XYZ calls the “1.111B Class” of domains — all 1.

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  • Open Whois must die, Europe privacy chiefs tell ICANN

    Unfettered public access to full Whois records is illegal and has to got to go, an influential European Union advisory body has told ICANN. The Article 29 Working Party on Data Protection, WP29, wrote to ICANN yesterday to say that “that the original purposes of the WHOIS directories can be achieved via layered access” and that the current system “does not appear to meet the ...

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  • DotKids doesn’t want .kids auction to go ahead

    One of the applicants for the .kids gTLD has asked ICANN to stop the planned last-resort auction. DotKids Foundation is competing with Amazon for .kids and, because the two strings were ruled confusingly similar, with Google’s application for the singular .kid. ICANN last month set a January 25 date for the three contenders to go to auction, having unfrozen DotKids’ applica ...

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  • InternetNZ loses two of its three CEOs as it simplifies

    InternetNZ has announced the results of a consultation into a restructuring of the organization. The .nz ccTLD manager is to cut one of its three operating companies and reduce the number of CEOs from three to one. NZRS, which actually runs the registry, will be folded into InternetNZ, while policy-setting body Domain Name Commission Ltd will remain a separate company in the same group.

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  • Neustar ditches .biz for .neustar

    Registry operator Neustar has migrated all of its web sites to its .neustar gTLD, abandoning its original home at .biz. The company announced today that its main site can now be found at home.neustar. Its old neustar.biz already redirects to the dot-brand domain. It’s also using domains such as marketing.neustar, security.neustar and risk.neustar to market its various services.

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  • Roberts elected to ICANN board

    Channel Islands ccTLD operator Nigel Roberts has been elected to ICANN’s board of directors. He gathered an impressive 67% of the votes in an anonymous poll of ccNSO members conducted last week. He received 60 votes versus the 29 cast for his only opponent, Pierre Ouedraogo, an internet pioneer from Burkina Faso. Roberts, a Brit, runs ChannelIsles.net, registry manager for .

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  • Brazil loses its only registrar as UOL bows out

    There are now no ICANN-accredited registrars in Brazil, following the termination of Universo Online’s contract this week. I understand the agreement was ended at UOL’s request. It’s not a case of it breaching its contract. UOL is a big deal in Brazil, getting beaten in the eyeballs stakes only by the likes of Google and Facebook, but as a registrar it wasn’t in the top 100 globally.

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  • Verisign wants to auction off O.com for charity

    The internet could soon gets just its fourth active single-character .com domain name, after Verisign revealed plans to auction off o.com for charity. The company has asked ICANN to allow it to release just one of the 23 remaining one-letter .com domains, which are currently reserved under the terms of the .com registry agreement.

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  • ICANN urged to crack down on new gTLD abuse

    Registries selling dirt-cheap new gTLD domains should be rewarded with lower ICANN fees when they get proactive about abuse, while registrars that turn a blind eye to spammers should be suspended, an ICANN working group will recommend. In its second batch of findings, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) said that financial incentives and a ...

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