• Domain universe grows almost 1% in 2017 despite new gTLD slump

    The total number of registered domain names in all TLDs was up 0.9% in 2017, despite a third-quarter dip, according to the latest data compiled by Verisign. The latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published yesterday, shows that there were 332.4 million domains registered at the end of the year. That’s up by 1.7 million names (0.5%) on the third quarter and up 3.1 million names (0.9%) on 2016.

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  • Donuts may make .travel names easier to buy after acquiring its first legacy gTLD

    Donuts has added .travel to its swelling portfolio of gTLDs, under a deal with original registry Tralliance announced today. It’s the company’s first acquisition of a legacy, pre-2012 gTLD, and the first “community” gTLD to join its stable of strings, which now stands at 239. .travel went live in 2005, a part of ICANN’s 2003 round of “sponsored” TLD applications. As a sponsored TLD, .

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  • Registries reject lower fees for anti-abuse prowess

    Registries have largely rejected a proposal for them to be offered financial incentives to lower the amount of abuse in their gTLDs. That’s despite the idea gaining broad support from governments, intellectual property interests and restricted-registration registries. The concept of ICANN offering discounted fees to registries that proactively fight abuse was floated by the ...

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  • ICANN chief to lead talks over blocked .amazon gTLD

    ICANN CEO Goran Marby has been asked to help Amazon come to terms with several South American governments over its controversial bid for the .amazon gTLD. The organization’s board of directors passed a resolution last week accepting the suggestion, which came from the Governmental Advisory Committee.

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  • Should ICANN cut free travel, or its own staff?

    Is ICANN’s suddenly limited budget best spent on its staff wages or on flights and hotels for certain volunteers? That’s the debate that’s been emerging in the ICANN community in the last few weeks since ICANN revealed it would have to make some “tough choices” in the face of lower than expected revenue from a stagnant domain industry.

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  • Economist would sue ICANN if it publishes private emails

    The Economist Intelligence Unit has threatened to sue ICANN if it publishes emails related to its evaluations of “community” gTLDs. That’s according to a document published by ICANN this week, in which the organization refused to reveal any more information about a controversial probe into the Community Priority Evaluations the EIU conducted on its behalf.

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  • ICANN would reject call for “diversity” office

    ICANN’s board of directors would reject a call for an “Office of Diversity”, due to its current budget crunch. The board said as much in remarks filed to a public comment period that got its final report this week. The report of the CCWG-Accountability Work Stream 2 working group had recommended several potential things ICANN could do to improve diversity in the community, ...

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  • Brandsight starts beta with “large corporations”

    New brand management registrar Brandsight says it has started a beta test of its initial service. Head of marketing Elisa Cooper tells DI the service is being tested by prospective clients at unspecified “large corporations”. Brandsight Domain Name Management is a portfolio management system for large corporate domain controllers.

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