Domain Registries

    • Forget emojis, you can buy Egyptian hieroglyph .com domains

      Call them the Emojis of the Ancient World. Egyptian hieroglyphs were once the cutting edge of written communication, and it turns out Verisign lets you register .com domains using them. Internationalized domain names expert Andre Schapp discovered a couple months ago that the Unicode code points for the ancient script have been approved in 16 Verisign gTLDs, and apparently no others.

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    • InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

      InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD operator, is proposing a radical simplification of the organization in order to stay relevant in the age of new gTLDs. A proposal put forward late last week would see the non-profit organization fold its two subsidiaries back into the parent and consolidate management under a single CEO. Currently, InternetNZ owns Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the .

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    • CIRA and Nominum offering DNS firewall

      Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA has started offering DNS-based security services to Canadian companies. The company has partnered with DNS security services provider Nominum to develop DNS Firewall, which it said lets customers “block access to malicious content before it can reach their network”.

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  • .net price increases approved

    … Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% per year for the six…

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  • India to have SIXTEEN ccTLDs

    …, and .ڀارت. If Google Translate and Wikipedia can be trusted, these words all mean “India” in, respectively, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Odia, Arabic, Nepali, Hindi and Sindhi. They were all approved under ICANN’s IDN ccTLD Fast Track program and will not operate under ICANN contract. India already has seven internationalized domain name versions of its…

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  • As .boots self-terminates, ICANN will not redelegate it

    … The dot-brand .boots may become the first single-dictionary-word gTLD to be taken off the market, as The Boots Company told ICANN it no longer wishes to be a registry. Boots, the 168-year-old British pharmacy chain, told ICANN in April that it is unilaterally terminating its Registry Agreement for .boots and ICANN opened it up for comment…

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  • BREAKING: Donuts to pay $213 million for Rightside

    … Kevin Murphy, June 14, 2017, 12:39:00 (UTC), Domain Registries Donuts is to acquire Rightside for $213 million, the companies have just announced. The $10.60 per share cash offer represents a 12% premium over Rightside’s average closing share price over the last 30 days. The two gTLD registries are already partners, with Rightside providing…

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  • DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

    … DENIC is now able to offer data escrow services to gTLD registries, in addition to registrars. The non-profit company, which runs Germany’s .de, said it gained ICANN approval for the registry escrow function June 6. Back in March, ICANN approved it for the registrar escrow services. All ICANN-accredited registries and registrars…

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  • MMX says .vip renewals to be at 70%+

    … MMX believes the biggest money-spinner in its new gTLD portfolio, .vip, will see first-year renewals in excess of 70%. The company said this morning that it is projecting renewals towards the top end of industry norms based on manual renewals to date. .vip was a bit of a hit in China, topping a quarter-million domains in its first month…

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  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65

    … has announced that it will charge just $0.65 wholesale for over a billion numeric domain names in .xyz. The revelation came as part of a confusing launch of what the registry calls its “1.111B Class” domains. That’s because the pricing affects all 1.111 billion numerical domains of six, seven, eight and nine digits in .xyz. These…

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  • $5 billion e-commerce site to dump .com for dot-brand

    … The online ticketing arm of the French national railway operator SNCF has revealed plans to migrate away from .com to its dot-brand gTLD, .sncf. The web site will become in November, the company has confirmed following press reports at the weekend. The existing site, despite the cumbersome domain, processed €4.3…

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  • Three-million domain .au deal up for grabs

    … Registry Transformation Project. It’s looking for companies that can provide all the major pieces of a domain name registry — EPP registry, Whois, DNS, etc — and my reading of the REOI reveals a preference towards a system owned and operated by auDA. Respondents can respond with products, technology and / or services for all or part of the elements…

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  • Richemont kills off two more dot-brands

    …. Registries are allowed to self-terminate their Registry Agreements for any reason, given 180 days notice. In both cases, ICANN has already agreed not to transfer the gTLD to a new operator. That’s a special privilege dot-brands get in their RAs. Neither gTLD ever progressed beyond a single nic.brand placeholder page Four additional Richemont…

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  • Key-Systems buys reseller EDC

    … Key-Systems has acquired one of its resellers, European Domain Centre. The acquiring registrar did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said EDC will help boost its own BrandShelter corporate registrar business. EDC says it has clients including AirBnB, Campari, Lycamobile, iStockPhoto and BusinessWire. The company was founded in 2003…

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  • Neustar’s .au deal in peril as Aussies look in-house

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA is looking at bringing its back-end infrastructure in house, to the possible detriment of Neustar. In a surprise move, auDA said late last month that several months of talks with AusRegistry, aimed at possibly extending its current back-end contract beyond 2018, had failed. AusRegistry has operated .au for auDA…

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  • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

    … today about .storage as a “premium” vertically-focused TLD along the lines of its $3,000 .cars or $750 .theatre. The company said that it will not hold back reserved names at higher, premium pricing. Even nice-looking domains such as will be available at the base fee, it said. The new acquisition becomes the 10th that XYZ has…

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  • More change at the top at Donuts as Tindal steps down

    … Donuts has lost co-founder and COO Richard Tindal, who has announced his retirement. Tindal was one of the four domain industry executives who founded Donuts in order to take advantage of ICANN’s new gTLD program about seven years ago. No reason was given for his departure, which was announced in a blog post, beyond “retirement”. Co…

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  • Second emergency registry tested with dead dot-brand

    … to support ICANN’s efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and the Domain Name System. The first test was conducted by ICANN and EBERO provider Nominet earlier this year, using the similarly unloved dot-brand .doosan. I expect we’ll see a third test before long, using CNNIC, the third EBERO provider. It would have plenty of dead dot-brands to choose from. Tweet Tagged: .mtpc, core, doosan, ebero, ICANN, mitsubishi, new gTLDs …

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