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    • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

      Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company.

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  • ICANN has $400m in the bank

    … ICANN ended its fiscal 2016 with just shy of $400 million on its balance sheet, according to its just-released financial report. As of June 30, the organization had assets of $399.6 million, up from $376.5 million a year earlier, the statement (pdf) says. Its revenue for the year was actually down, at $194.6 million in 2016 compared to $216.8…

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  • Pinterest Introduces Auction-Based CPM Campaigns, Frequency Capping

    … Pinterest is now allowing advertisers to bid on a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) basis, and the social network also introduced frequency capping, providing control over the number of times individual users see those campaigns. The new auction-based CPM campaigns have been in testing with advertisers including The Home Depot and General…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … 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…

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  • Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play

    … challenge, making the scheduled auction very complex. But Donuts and Uniregistry seem to have come to a private arrangement about .shopping, outside of the ICANN auction process, making .shop a straightforward nine-way fight. Donuts tells me the auction, in which it is participating, is still scheduled for January 27. Related posts…

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  • Porn firm wins .cam after years of objections

    … The controversial new gTLD .cam has been won at auction by Dutch porn site operator AC Webconnecting, putting an end to over two years of back-and-forth objections. Rival applicants Rightside and Famous Four Media both withdrew their applications earlier this week. The contest for .cam was marked by several objections and appeals. In 2013…

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  • English beats Portuguese in $2.2m .hotels auction

    … Booking.com has won the right to operate .hotels after an auction concluded a protracted fight over the gTLD. In an ICANN-run auction yesterday, Booking.com prevailed with a winning bid of $2.2 million. Its sole competitors was Travel Reservations (formerly Despegar Online), which had applied for the Portuguese word .hoteis. In 2012, a String…

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  • Web.com just gave itself another reason to bid high for .web gTLD

    … Registrar group Web.com is changing its stock market ticker symbol to WEB tomorrow, in another sign that it really, really wants to be identified with the string. The switch from WWWW may indicate that the NASDAQ-listed company’s six rivals for the new gTLD .web have a fight — and a possible big payday — on their hands when .web finally goes…

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  • Correction: .shop auction weirder than I thought

    … The upcoming auction for .shop and .shopping new gTLDs is weird, but in a different way to which I reported on Friday. The actual rules, which are pretty complicated, mean that one applicant could win a gTLD auction without spending a single penny. The nine applicants for .shop and the two applicants for .shopping are necessarily all fighting…

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  • M+M gets $3.5m from two gTLD auctions

    … the string. The .art auction happened well over a month ago, with the final losing applicant withdrawing on July 23. UK Creative Ideas won .art. Whatever it paid for the string would have been shared between nine competing applicants. M+M also said that “strong interest” (presumably no sales yet) has been expressed in its $15,000+ “super premium…

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  • Another new gTLD up for sale with $750,000 reserve

    … Another new gTLD contract is hitting the market, with Dotversicherung-registry offering .versicherung at auction next month. The August 26 auction, to be managed by RightOfTheDot and Heritage Auctions, has a $750,000 reserve. The string is the German word for “insurance”. The gTLD launched 10 months ago. “There are over 3,000 domain names…

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  • Dot London auctioning 50 registry-owned premium names

    … Dot London is to auction off 50 premium .london domains over the next two weeks. The names are all currently registry-owned, and include the likes of dentist.london, flats.london and coffee.london. The full list can be viewed here. The auctions are scheduled to end on July 30 and all have £100 ($155) starting bids. According to the registry…

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