DomainIncite - Posts from June 2017

  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65 has announced that it will charge just $0.65 wholesale for over a billion numeric domain names in .xyz. The revelation came as part of a confusing launch of what the registry calls its “1.111B Class” domains. That’s because the pricing affects all 1.111 billion numerical domains of six, seven, eight and nine digits in .xyz. These will now all register and renew for $0.

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  • .net price increases approved

    Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% per year for the six years of the contract.

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  • ICANN heading to Japan and Canada in 2019

    ICANN has named two of the host cities for its 2019 public meetings. The community will descend upon Kobe, Japan in March 2019 for the first meeting of the year and will head to Montreal, Canada, for the annual general meeting in November. Both locations were approved by the ICANN board of directors at a meeting this weekend. The locatio ...

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  • BREAKING: Donuts to pay $213 million for Rightside

    Kevin Murphy, June 14, 2017, 12:39:00 (UTC), Domain Registries Donuts is to acquire Rightside for $213 million, the companies have just announced. The $10.60 per share cash offer represents a 12% premium over Rightside’s average closing share price over the last 30 days. The two gTLD registries are already partners, with Rightside providing domai ...

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  • Sixteen-year-old emoji .com sells for €3,400

    An emoji domain name believed to be in the first three such domains ever registered has been sold. The domain ☮.com seems to to have been sold to an end-user buyer, via Sedo, for €3,400 ($3,816). The sale appears to have been a quick flip by an Austrian investor. ☮ is of course better known as a symbol representing peace, most associated with campaigns for nuclear disarmament.

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  • Time to show ICANN who’s boss!

    You are in charge of ICANN. That statement may sound trite — it is trite — but it’s always been true to some extent. Even if their individual voices are often lost, members of the ICANN community have always had the ability to influence policy, whether through sporadic responses to public comment periods or long term, soul-crushing working group volunteer work.

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  • .music and .gay CPE probe could end this month

    An ICANN-commissioned investigation into the fairness of its Community Priority Evaluation process for new gTLDs could wind up before the end of June. In an update Friday, ICANN also finally revealed who is actually conducting the probe, which has been slammed by affected applicants for being secretive. A tentative timeline sketched out in the update means applicants for gTLDs including .

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  • ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

    ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he effectively eliminated Famous Four Med ...

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  • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

    The debate over the age of the emoji domain name ☮.com may have been settled. It probably is as old as it was claimed to be. You may recall that last week I blogged about the €3,400 ($3,816) sale of the domain to an end user. It wasn’t a big sale or a big story, but it’s so rare to see an emoji name sell I thought it was worth a few paragraphs.

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  • MMX says .vip renewals to be at 70%+

    MMX believes the biggest money-spinner in its new gTLD portfolio, .vip, will see first-year renewals in excess of 70%. The company said this morning that it is projecting renewals towards the top end of industry norms based on manual renewals to date. .vip was a bit of a hit in China, topping a quarter-million domains in its first month of general availability a year ago.

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  • ICANN scraps remote meeting hubs

    ICANN is doing away with remote participation hubs for its thrice-yearly public meetings. The organization said yesterday that the hubs were barely used and often hit technical barriers. For avoidance of doubt, we’re not talking about remote participation here, we’re just talking about the “hubs” that various community members would set up in their home nations for locals ...

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  • DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

    DENIC is now able to offer data escrow services to gTLD registries, in addition to registrars. The non-profit company, which runs Germany’s .de, said it gained ICANN approval for the registry escrow function June 6. Back in March, ICANN approved it for the registrar escrow services. All ICANN-accredited registries and registrars are contractually obliged to deposit their ...

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  • CIRA and Nominum offering DNS firewall

    Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA has started offering DNS-based security services to Canadian companies. The company has partnered with DNS security services provider Nominum to develop DNS Firewall, which it said lets customers “block access to malicious content before it can reach their network”.

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  • InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

    InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD operator, is proposing a radical simplification of the organization in order to stay relevant in the age of new gTLDs. A proposal put forward late last week would see the non-profit organization fold its two subsidiaries back into the parent and consolidate management under a single CEO. Currently, InternetNZ owns Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the .

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  • Domain President? Dicker fallout continues as Schwartz unleashes tweetstorm

    “Domain King” domain investor Rick Schwartz has twunleashed a twirade of Twitter twabuse about deleted podcasts that would put Donald Trump to shame. Starting late Sunday night and apparently still ongoing at time of publication, Schwartz has been haranguing Michael Cyger, publisher of the DomainSherpa and DNAcademy investor sites, about dozens of deleted DomainSherpa podcasts.

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  • Should ICANN get a breastfeeding areas? Have your say!

    ICANN has launched a survey of community members’ views on gender, apparently trying to figure out whether it has a sexism problem. The short, anonymous quiz, published today, asks a bunch of reasonable questions about gender diversity at ICANN’s physical meetings and online interactions. The organization wants to know if you think your gender has had any influence on your ...

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  • Bladel quits as Council chair as GoDaddy ruled “ineligible” for election

    GNSO Chair James Bladel has resigned, after it emerged that GoDaddy, his employer, is not eligible for office under registrar rules. He will continue to occupy the post on an interim basis until either his term expires or a new election is held. Bladel was elected to represent the Registrars Stakeholder Group on the Council back in 2013 and was elected by the Council as chair in late 2015.

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  • Forget emojis, you can buy Egyptian hieroglyph .com domains

    Call them the Emojis of the Ancient World. Egyptian hieroglyphs were once the cutting edge of written communication, and it turns out Verisign lets you register .com domains using them. Internationalized domain names expert Andre Schapp discovered a couple months ago that the Unicode code points for the ancient script have been approved in 16 Verisign gTLDs, and apparently no others.

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  • US “threatens” Costa Rica over Pirate Bay domains

    The US government has been threatening to “close down” Costa Rica’s .cr registry over its refusal to take down a Pirate Bay domain name, according to the registry. Representatives of the US embassy in Costa Rica have been badgering to take down since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president of Academia Nacional de Ciencias, which runs the registry.

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  • Ombudsman steps in after harassment claims in Whois group

    ICANN Ombudsman Herb Waye has started monitoring an ICANN mailing list after multiple complaints of disrespectful behavior. Waye this week told participants in the Registration Data Services working group that he is to trawl through their list archives and proactively monitor the group following “multiple complaints regarding behavior that contravenes the ICANN Expected Stan ...

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  • Zone file access is crap, security panel confirms

    ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service has some serious shortcomings and needs an overhaul, according to the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. The panel of DNS security experts has confirmed what CZDS subscribers, including your humble correspondent, have known since 2014 — the system had a major design flaw baked in from day one for no readily apparent reason.

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  • Zero registrars pass ICANN audit

    Some of the biggest names in the registrar game were among a bewildering 100% that failed an ICANN first-pass audit in the latest round of random compliance checks. Of the 55 registrars picked to participate in the audit, a resounding 0 passed the initial audit, according to data released today. Among them were recognizable names including Tucows,, 1&1, Google and Xin Net.

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  • GoDaddy launches security service after Securi acquisition

    GoDaddy has revealed the first fruits of its March acquisition of web security service provider Securi. It’s GoDaddy Website Security, what appears to be a budget version of the services Securi already offers on a standalone basis. For $6.99 per month, the service monitors your web site for malware and removes it upon request.

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  • As .boots self-terminates, ICANN will not redelegate it

    The dot-brand .boots may become the first single-dictionary-word gTLD to be taken off the market, as The Boots Company told ICANN it no longer wishes to be a registry. Boots, the 168-year-old British pharmacy chain, told ICANN in April that it is unilaterally terminating its Registry Agreement for .boots and ICANN opened it up for comment this week.

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  • Cybersquatting cases down in .uk

    The number of cybersquatting complaints filed against .uk domains fell in 2016, according to data out this week from Nominet. The .uk registry said that there were 703 complaints filed with its Dispute Resolution Service in the year, down from 728 in 2015. However, the number of individual domains complained about appears to have ...

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  • Uniregistry sale leads to BBC telling millions that domainers exist

    The BBC dedicated five minutes of prime-time air to telling the British public that domainers exist, after a Uniregistry domain name sale led to interest from producers. The One Show appears on BBC One at 7pm five days a week. It’s the BBC’s flagship magazine program and appears to currently have about 3.5 million viewers per day.

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  • India to have SIXTEEN ccTLDs

    While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, .بارت, .भारतम्, .भारोत, and .ڀارت.

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  • ICANN shuffles regional bosses, drops “hub” concept

    ICANN has made a couple of changes to its senior management team and abandoned the Chehade-era concept of “hub” offices. Rather than having three offices it calls “hubs” in different parts of the world — Los Angeles, Istanbul and Singapore — it will now have five of what it calls “regional offices”.

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