Domain Registries

    • Double-charging claims as registries ramp up new gTLD refund demands

      Registry operators have stepped up demands for ICANN to dip into its $100 million new gTLD cash pile to temporarily lower their “burdensome” accreditation fees. A new missive from the Registries Stakeholder Group to ICANN this week also introduces a remarkable claim that ICANN may have “double charged” new gTLD applications to the tune of potentially almost $10 million.

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    • Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

      Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a little over a year ago.

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    • Nine registries fighting for .au contract

      Nine domain name companies are battling it out for the right to run Australia’s .au ccTLD. That’s according to auDA, the .au registry, providing an update on the latest stage of its “registry transformation” project today. A decision on which company to select could be made as soon as a month from now, though the process does seem to be running a week behind schedule due t ...

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  • This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

    … The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went to private auction in September…

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  • Who should have rights to direct .au names?

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA wants to know what you think about its plans to open up .au to direct second-level domain registrations. It’s no longer a question of if the change should happen, but how it should be implemented. A public consultation launched yesterday poses a series of questions about issues such as grandfathering, trademark…

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  • In harsh tones, ccNSO rejects NomCom appointee

    … on the Council and being a director of .ca registry CIRA, the Council said in a letter to NomCom and the ICANN board. Three of the Council’s 18 voting members are selected by NomCom. The rest are elected from ccTLD registries, three from each of ICANN’s five geographic regions. To maintain balance, and promote independent views, the Council told…

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  • MMX revenue slips despite domain growth

    … MMX today posted a smaller loss for the first half of the year, despite managing to grow domains under management and hit some important financial milestones. The new gTLD registry formerly known as Mind + Machines, which announced a few months ago that it’s looking to be acquired, reported an H1 loss of $526,000 compared to a loss of $1.9…

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  • .xyz back on sale in China

    … Chinese registrars have started to carry .xyz domains again, about five months after a Chinese government ban. West.cn and Net.cn are two of the China-based companies that appear to be selling .xyz names at the yuan equivalent of a US dollar, based on a spot check this morning. West.cn flagged the “restoration” of service on its blog today…

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  • Okay, pedants, only 36% of new gTLDs are shrinking

    … Thirty-six percent of non-brand new gTLDs are shrinking, DI analysis shows. According to numbers culled from zone files, 156 of the 435 commercial gTLDs we looked at had fewer domains yesterday than they did a year earlier. You: Wait, Kev, didn’t you write this exact same story yesterday, but said that 40% of new gTLDs were shrinking? Why…

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  • L’Oreal is using “closed generic” .makeup in an interesting way

    … to the registry. Ironically, these are precisely the kind of people you’d expect to actually go out and register .makeup domains, if they didn’t cost close to $7,000 a pop. L’Oreal put a $5,500 wholesale price-tag on .makeup domains, evidently as a Plan B to avoid actually having to sell names to people, after its original plan to keep the string…

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  • Four in 10 new gTLDs are shrinking

    … Forty percent of non-brand new gTLDs are shrinking, DI analysis shows. According to numbers culled from registry reports, 172 of the 436 commercial gTLDs we looked at had fewer domains under management at the start of June than they did a year earlier. On the bright side, that means the majority of them are still growing, but it’s still…

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  • Domain growth flat in Q2

    … Growth in the volume of registered domain names was exactly the same in the second quarter as it was in the first. That’s according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published by Verisign late last week. Q2 closed with 331.9 million registered names, up 1.3 million or 0.4% sequentially. The Q1 DNIB published three months ago also…

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  • Another ccTLD plays down the “com”

    … Another ccTLD operator has decided to allow registrants to register domains at the second level. Following a trend that has swept the country-code world over the last few years, Malta’s NIC (Malta) said direct .mt registrations will become available December 1. Previously, only third-level regs under .com.mt, .org.mt, .net.mt), .edu.mt…

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  • MMX sells 7,000 domains for $3.4 million

    … New gTLD registry MMX said it has sold $3.4 million in “premium” .vip domains names to Chinese domainers in the last few months. In what is believed to be a small numbers of deals to a limited number of corporate investors, “over 7,000” domains changed hands since they became available in late June. MMX said that $2.8 million of the deals…

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  • .CLUB HQ trashed by Irma, nobody hurt

    … .CLUB Domains returned to its new digs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday to find the building trashed by hurricane Irma. Fortunately, none of the .club gTLD registry’s 17 employees were hurt during Irma, the category 5 hurricane which lashed Florida over the weekend. Irma caused at least 10 reported deaths in the state and untold amounts…

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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…

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