Domain Registries

    • .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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    • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

      Two of the industry’s oldest and biggest gTLD registries escalated their fight over the .web gTLD auction this week, trading blows in print and in public. Verisign, accused by Afilias of breaking the rules when it committed $130 million to secure .web for itself, has now turned the tables on its rival.

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    • Afilias retains .org back-end deal

      Public Interest Registry is sticking with Afilias to run the .org registry back-end. The announcement came yesterday after a open procurement process that lasted for most of 2016. Over 20 back-end providers from 15 nations — basically the entire industry — responded to PIR’s February request for proposals, we reported back in March. Afilias retaining the contract is not a huge surprise.

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  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … new post-transition rules. Donuts and ICANN are already in the Cooperative Engagement Process — the mediation phase that usually precedes an IRP — with regards .web. Second-placed bidder Afilias is also putting pressure on ICANN to overturn the results of the auction, resulting in a bit of a public bunfight with Verisign. TL;DR — don’t expect to be able to buy .web domains for quite a while to come. Tweet Tagged: .web, afilias, donuts, ICANN, lawsuit, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, verisign …

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  • After shaky start, .blog launches today

    … The new gTLD .blog goes into general availability today, after some mild controversy about the way the registry allocated reserved domain names. Knock Knock Whois There, the registry affiliated with WordPress maker Automattic, last week apologized to some would-be customers for declining to honor some landrush pre-registrations. Some…

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  • Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

    …Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few years of its entry into the gTLD game, overseeing the launches of cheap TLDs such as .science, .download…

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  • GMO offers free SSL with .shop domains

    … GMO Registry is to offer .shop domain registrants a free one-year SSL certificate with every purchase. The company said yesterday that the deal, made via sister certificate company GMO GlobalSign, should be in place by the end of the month. The certs on offer appear to be the of low-end “Domain Validation” variety. Nevertheless, GlobalSign…

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  • ICANN to terminate Guardian’s last gTLD

    … Newspaper publisher Guardian News & Media is out of the gTLD game for good now, with ICANN saying this week that it will terminate its contract for the dot-brand, .theguardian. It’s the 14th new gTLD registry agreement to be terminated by ICANN. All were dot-brands. The organization has told Guardian that it started termination…

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  • Thick Whois coming to .com next year, price rise to follow?

    … the move as an excuse to increase .com prices. Thick Whois is where the registry stores the full Whois record, containing all registrant contact data, for every domain in their TLD. The three Verisign TLDs currently have “thin” Whois databases, which only store information about domain creation dates, the sponsoring registrar and name servers…

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  • Radix acquires .fun gTLD from Warren Buffett

    … last year, beating off Google and .buzz operator DotStrategy. It had planned to run it as a “closed generic” — keeping all the domains in .fun for itself — but those plans appeared to have been shelved by the time it signed its RA in January this year. Evidently Oriental’s heart was not in it, and Radix made an offer for the string it found more…

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

    … service for DNS resolution, according to IANA records. About half of these are tiny ccTLDs. They other half are Uniregistry’s portfolio of new gTLDs, including the like of .link, .car and .photo. Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling told DI that the Uniregistry TLDs did not go down as a result of the attack, pointing out that the company also uses its…

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  • Big brands condemn “fraudulent” .feedback gTLD in ICANN complaint

    … Top Level Spectrum has been accused today of running the gTLD .feedback in a “fraudulent and deceptive” manner. Over a dozen famous brands, corralled by corporate registrar MarkMonitor, today formally complained to ICANN that .feedback is a “complete sham”. They reckon that the majority of .feedback domains belong to entities connected…

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  • Donuts will cut off sham .doctors

    … Donuts has outlined plans to suspend or delete .doctor domain names used by fake medical doctors. Despite protestations from governments and others, .doctor will not be a restricted gTLD when it goes to general availability next week — anyone will be able to register one. However, Donuts said last week that it will shut down phony doctor…

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  • .xxx to get lower ICANN fees, accept the URS

    … to impose the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy on its registrants. URS is the faster, cheaper version of UDRP that allows trademark owners to have domain names suspended in more clear-cut cases of cybersquatting. The $2 fee was demanded by ICANN when ICM first signed its RA in 2011. At the time, ICANN said the higher fee, which had doubled from a 2010…

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  • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

    … Rightside says it is seeing encouraging renewal figures from its oldest batch of new gTLDs. The company this week revealed that renewals after two years of ownership on average stand at 81%. In a blog post, Rightside broke out some numbers for .dance, .democrat, .ninja, .immobilien, .social, .reviews and .futbol. Those seven are the only…

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  • The DNA loses second exec director in a year

    … The Domain Name Association has lost its second executive director in less than a year. The trade group has let go industry newcomer Roy Arbeit, who was hired just six month ago following the November 2015 departure of Kurt Pritz. It does not plan to replace Arbeit, according to an email circulated to DNA members by chair Adrian Kinderis…

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  • XYZ hires .top guy as first China employee

    … XYZ.com has hired its first Beijing-based employee, as part of its ongoing plan to formally enter the Chinese market. The company said yesterday that it has appointed Mason Zhang, until recently chief marketing office at .top gTLD registry Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co, as its new director of business development for China…

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