• Donuts extends DPML Plus and delays price hike

    Donuts has delayed the price increases coming to its trademark-blocking service and extended availability of the “plus” version for three more months. Domain Protected Marks List Plus, which lets companies block brands and variations such as typos and brand+keywords across Donuts stable of 200ish TLDs, will now be available until March 31.

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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 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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  • .food goes live, and it’s a closed generic

    The new gTLD .food went live in the DNS on Friday, but nobody except the registry will be able to register domains there. In what I would argue is one of the new gTLD program’s biggest failures, .food will be a dot-brand, closed to all except the “brand” owner. The registry is Lifestyle Domain Holdings, a subsidiary of US media company Scripps Networks.

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  • ICANN receives first sexual harassment complaint

    ICANN’s Ombudsman has received what is thought to be the first complaint of sexual harassment at an ICANN meeting. The allegation emerged during a meeting between non-commercial stakeholders and the ICANN board of directors yesterday. During its sessions with constituency groups yesterday, the ICANN board had pushed participants for their views on geographic and gender divers ...

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  • DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight

    Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, terminated Com Laude’s accreditation last week due to its belief that the brand protection registrar had leaked a “confidential” document to Domain Incite. Vox Pop CEO John Berard tonight denied that the company he works for was carrying out a “grudge” against Com Laude, which in January led a charge against a Vox “gag order” on registrars.

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  • ICANN joins anti-phishing group board

    ICANN’s VP of security has joined the board of directors of the Anti-Phishing Working Group. Dave Piscitello is one of three new APWG board members, arriving as the group expands its board from two people to five. APWG said the expansion “is recognition of the growing complexity and scale of Internet crime today and the challenges in responding to this global threat.

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  • Verisign announces .net price increase

    Verisign has just announced that prices for .net domains are going up again this coming February. Announcing its second-quarter earnings, the company revealed plans to raise its registry fee from $7.46 to $8.20, effective February 1, 2017. That’s the maximum 10% price hike it’s allowed to claim under its .net Registry Agreement with ...

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    Tucows is to become “the second largest registrar in the world” by acquiring eNom from Rightside, paying $83.5 million. The deal will give Tucows another 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 resellers, giving it a total of 29 million DUM and 40,000 resellers. That DUM number, which appears to include ccTLDs, makes Tucows the undisputed volume leader in the resel ...

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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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  • NamesCon picks if you’re not a domainer

    I’m not going to NamesCon this year. Scheduling conflicts, personal life, blah blah blah. You don’t need to know. It’s a shame, as I’ve enjoyed the show in previous years and there’s usually plenty to be learned even if, like me, you’re not a domain investor. So while I won’t be there, I thought I’d put together a list of sessions that I’d be likely to attend in my capacity ...

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  • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

    NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected.

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  • Uniregistry says it was unaffected by mother of all DDoS attacks

    Almost 50 top-level domains were believed to be exposed to the massive distributed denial-of-service attack that hit Dyn on Friday, but the largest of the bunch said it managed to stay online throughout. As has been widely reported in the mainstream and tech media over the last few days, DNS service provider Dyn got whacked by one of the biggest pieces of DDoS vandalism in t ...

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  • Spurned applicant crowd-funding to fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

    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 ...

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  • Trump nominee open to retaking ICANN oversight role

    The incoming head of the US Department of Commerce has indicated that it is unlikely he’ll try to reestablish the US government’s unique oversight of ICANN, at least in the short term. But at his confirmation hearing in Congress yesterday, Trump nominee for secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross said he’d be open to ideas about how the US could increase its power over ICANN.

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