• 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 NIC.cr to take down thepiratebay.cr since 2015, according to a letter from Pedro León Azofeifa, president of Academia Nacional de Ciencias, which runs the registry.

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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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  • XYZ slashes $10 million a year from premium stash

    XYZ.com has slashed the asking price of a few thousand “premium” .xyz domain names, in some cases by many thousands of dollars. Overall, it looks like the company has dropped prices by a total of $10.8 million. At the top end of its reserved list, several single and double-character domains previously priced a $55,000 per year have been reduced to $13,000 per year.

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  • .feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

    ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Process case.

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  • Pirate Bay founder launches piracy-friendly domain privacy service

    The founder of controversial BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay has entered the domain name market with a new proxy service. It’s called Njalla, it’s based in a Caribbean tax haven, and it says it offers a higher level of privacy protection than you get anywhere else. The company described itself in its inaugural blog post today like this: Think of us as your friendly ...

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  • Schilling expects GoDaddy to return after dumping Uniregistry gTLDs

    Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling has expressed his “surprise” that GoDaddy has decided to stop selling his company’s gTLDs, but said he expects the registrar to return in future. GoDaddy’s decision to stop new registrations and inbound transfers for Uniregistry’s portfolio of gTLDs came after the registry revealed price increases for 16 strings that ranged from nominal to over 3,000%.

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  • Papac named ICANN’s first complaints officer

    ICANN has named its first-ever complaints officer. It’s Krista Papac, a long-time domain industry participant who’s been working for ICANN, most recently as director of registry services and engagement, since 2013. She’s previously worked for the registries Verisign, ARI (now part of Neustar) and data escrow agent Iron Mountain.

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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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  • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

    XYZ.com said today that it has acquired the half-launched new gTLD .storage from its original owner. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Daniel Negari said in a blog post that it has been funded using some of the “excess of cash flow” from sales of .xyz domains. The original .storage registry was ExtraSpace Storage, which rents out physical storage units in the US.

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  • Five million Indian government workers to get IDN email

    The Indian government has announced plans to issue fully Hindu-script email addresses to some five million civil servants. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced the move, which will see each government employee given an @सरकार.भारत email address, in a statement this week. सरकार.भारत transliterates as “sarkar.bharat”, or “government.india”.

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  • “We own your name” government tells Amazon in explosive slapdown

    Amazon suffered a blistering attack from South American governments over its controversial .amazon gTLD applications this weekend. A Peruvian official today excoriated Amazon’s latest peace offering, telling the tech giant in no uncertain terms that the word “Amazon” is not its property and demanding an apology for the company’s alleged behavior during recent legal proceedings.

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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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  • .feedback threatens to shut off MarkMonitor

    Top Level Spectrum, the controversial .feedback gTLD registry, has threatened to de-accredit MarkMonitor unless it apologizes for “breaching” its registrar contract. The move is evidently retaliation for the MarkMonitor-coordinated complaint about .feedback’s launch policies, which last month led to TLS being found in breach of its own ICANN contract.

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  • Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

    Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of shares that were not tendered will be converted into the ...

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