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Verisign has just confirmed that it was behind the winning bid in last week’s .web gTLD auction. Nu Dot Co won the auction after 23 rounds over two days of bidding, but Verisign was thought to be the real beneficiary. The company has now released the following statement confirming the relationship: The Company entered into an agreement with Nu Dot Co LLC wherein the Compan ...
Verisign has emerged as the likely winner of the .web gTLD auction, which closed on Thursday with a staggering $135 million winning bid. The shell company Nu Dot Co LLC was the prevailing applicant in the auction, which ran for 23 rounds over two days. Just hours after the auction closed, Domain Name Wire scooped that Verisign had quietly informed investors that it has comm ...
ICANN’s outgoing Ombudsman fired a parting shot at his former employer last week with a scathing analysis of its rejection of .gay as a community gTLD. ICANN should reject the decisions of two independent Economist Intelligence Unit panels, which found that Dotgay LLC’s application for .gay did not meet the strict definition of “community” under ICANN rules, LaHatte wrote.
Want to register a .beauty or .makeup domain name? L’Oreal will get to decide unilaterally whether “you’re worth it”. The cosmetics maker has released the registration policies for its first former “closed generic” gTLD, .makeup, and they’re among the most restrictive in the industry. Free speech appears to be the first victim of the policy — “gripe sites” are explicitly ba ...
ICANN has lost another Independent Review Process decision, with the panel stating some potentially alarming opinions about how much power ICANN staff has over its board and “independent” third-party contractors. This time, the successful IRP complainant was Dot Registry LLC, the Kansas company that applied for the gTLDs .llc, .llp, and .inc as a “Community” applicant.
Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot Co.
Registry upstart StartingDot has sold its small portfolio of new gTLDs to Afilias. .archi, .bio and .ski are the three components of the package. While the size of the deal was not disclosed, retail prices and zone file volumes suggest the portfolio probably brings in about $2 million a year in revenue. The biggest seller of the three is .
Two companies called Merck have separately failed ICANN Community Priority Evaluations, meaning the new gTLD .merck could be the first dot-brand to head to ICANN auction. Merck KGaA applied for .merck for the Merck Group, a German chemicals company founded — staggeringly — in 1668, the same year Newton built the world’s first reflecting telescope.
The ICANN board of directors is wondering whether the next new gTLD application round should kick off sooner than expected. Chair Steve Crocker reached out to the Generic Names Supporting Organization this week to ask whether the next round could start before all GNSO policy work has been completed.
ICANN lawyers have launched an extraordinary attack on a “blogger” who recently wrote an article headlined “ICANN’s general counsel should lose his job over this”. Early Friday, ICANN’s board of directors issued its response to the recent Independent Review Process case in which new gTLD applicant Dot Registry managed to show that the board had breached its transparency and ...
Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including XYZ.com (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .
The CEO of Turkey’s largest registrar is facing terrorism charges in the wake of last month’s coup attempt in the country, according to reports. Abdullah Büyük of Istanbul-based FBS was deported from Bulgaria last Wednesday, according to local reports, having overstayed his visa. Büyük went to Bulgaria last year and Turkey had unsuccessfully tried to get him extradited earlier this year.
Blogging pioneer Dave Winer has become the first person to start blogging at a .blog domain name. His new site, dave.blog, went live yesterday as a beneficiary of registry Knock Knock Whois There’s pioneer program. The site is one of two pioneer .blog domains — the other being design.blog — highlighted by KKWT yesterday in publicity connected to the opening of its sunrise period.
Afilias is back on the path to becoming the registry for .hotel, after ICANN decided claims of hacking by a former employee of the applicant did not warrant a rejection. The ICANN board of directors decided last week that HOTEL Top-Level Domain Sarl, which was recently taken over by Afilias, did not gain any benefit when employee Dirk Krischenowski accessed competing applica ...
NamesCon says it has booked the venue for three more years of domain name conferences, following its acquisition this week. The conference organizers said today that it has been acquired by 13-year-old German events outfit WorldHostingDays, which usually focuses on the hosting market, for an undisclosed sum.
Registry operators are challenging an ICANN decision to force them to launch a new Whois-style service, saying it will cost them too much money. The Registries Stakeholder Group has filed a Request for Reconsideration — a low-level appeal — of a decision asking them to launch RDAP services to complement their existing Whois.
There are over 1,000 new gTLDs out there right now, and figuring out what’s going on the in the marketplace can be difficult. So what better way to reduce confusion than to plot the 250 most populous TLDs into an infographic that vaguely resembles the iconic London Underground route map? There must be thousands of better ways.
The community-driven applicant for .gay is attempting to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding to challenge a series of adverse decisions that look set to lock it out of running the gTLD. Alongside the fundraising, dotgay LLC has launched an extraordinary broadside at its frustrators, accusing ICANN of “discrimination” and rival applicants of trying to “ex ...
West.cn, the Chinese registrar that has quickly become the highest-volume seller of new gTLD domains, has turned its attention to the English-speaking market. The company has launched a new site at West.xyz, offering domains at some of the cheapest prices available, in English. A .com can be obtained for the equivalent of $8.25 a year, while a .xyz costs about $1.20, according to the site.
Rejected community gTLD applicant Dot Registry has waded into the lawsuit between DotConnectAfrica and ICANN. Filing an amicus brief on Friday in support of the unsuccessful .africa applicant, Dot Registry argues that chagrined new gTLD applicants should be allowed to sue ICANN, despite the legal releases they all signed.
ICANN should lift the freeze on new gTLDs .mail, .home and .corp, despite fears they could cause widespread disruption, according to applicants. Fifteen applicants for the strings wrote to ICANN last week to ask for a risk mitigation plan that would allow them to be delegated. The three would-be gTLDs were put on hold indefinitely almost three years ago, after studies deter ...
The six losing applicants for the .hotel new gTLD are collectively threatening ICANN with a second Independent Review Process action. Together, they this week filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN, challenging its decision earlier this month to allow the Afilias-owned Hotel Top Level Domain Sarl application to go ahead to contracting.
Tata Group is reportedly considering buying a school for the Moroccan province of Tata in order to unlock the .tata gTLD. The huge Indian conglomerate has been prevented from acquiring its own dot-brand because it matches the name of the tiny region, which is as protected geographic string under ICANN rules. Without the express permission of Morocco, Tata will not get its desired domain.