Domain Registries

    • Domain universe grows almost 1% in 2017 despite new gTLD slump

      The total number of registered domain names in all TLDs was up 0.9% in 2017, despite a third-quarter dip, according to the latest data compiled by Verisign. The latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published yesterday, shows that there were 332.4 million domains registered at the end of the year. That’s up by 1.7 million names (0.5%) on the third quarter and up 3.1 million names (0.9%) on 2016.

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    • Why are you doing that Whois search? DENIC wants to know

      In a taste of what might be coming under EU privacy legislation, DENIC wants you to jump through some new hoops before it lets you see Whois data. When doing a Whois query on its web site today, the German ccTLD registry first asks you to answer the question: “How do you justify your legitimate interest in accessing the whois data?” It’s a multiple-choice question, with an ...

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    • Donuts may make .travel names easier to buy after acquiring its first legacy gTLD

      Donuts has added .travel to its swelling portfolio of gTLDs, under a deal with original registry Tralliance announced today. It’s the company’s first acquisition of a legacy, pre-2012 gTLD, and the first “community” gTLD to join its stable of strings, which now stands at 239. .travel went live in 2005, a part of ICANN’s 2003 round of “sponsored” TLD applications. As a sponsored TLD, .

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  • MMX profitable as acquisition talks drag on

    … New gTLD registry Minds + Machines became profitable as an operating company for the first time in 2017, the company announced on Friday. MMX saw billings of $10 million in the second half of the year, compared to $5.6 million in the first half, as domains under management grew 67% to 1.32 million. Billings is a measure of sales, rather than…

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  • Emojis coming to another ccTLD

    … dotFM is to make emoji domain names available in the .fm ccTLD it manages. The company said today that it’s currently taking expressions of interest in ‘premium’ emoji inventory, and that such domains will be registerable at an unspecified point in future. It’s published a list of single-emoji domains it plans to sell. Emoji domains…

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  • Ramchandani promoted to Radix CEO

    … New gTLD registry Radix has appointed long-time business head Sandeep Ramchandani as CEO. He’s replacing Bhavin Turakhia, who is CEO of parent company Directi and executive chairman of Radix. Ramchandani had a lot of autonomy as business head and VP of the company and, in my view, has been basically CEO in all but name for years. I’ve…

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  • Bezsonoff replaces Kaine at Neustar

    … .CO Internet alum Nicolai Bezsonoff has replaced Sean Kaine as head of Neustar’s domain name business. Neustar today announced that Bezsonoff has been appointed VP and general manager of the Registry Solutions business. That’s Kaine’s old job. I hear he’s leaving the company of his own volition, but I don’t know where he’s going. Bezsonoff…

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  • Active new gTLD domains drop below 20 million

    … The number of domain names recorded in new gTLD zone files has dipped below 20 million for the first time in 18 months. The total crossed the milestone in the wrong direction January 1, according to DI’s records. As of today, there are 19.8 million domains in zone files, down from a peak of 26 million in March 2017. The count has gone down…

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  • .web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

    … Verisign has been given the all-clear by the US government to go ahead and run the new gTLD .web, despite competition concerns. The Department of Justice told the company yesterday that the antitrust investigation it launched almost exactly a year ago is now “closed”. Verisign’s secret proxy in the 2016 auction, the original .web applicant Nu…

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  • Afilias takes over back-end for Puerto Rico

    … Afilias has won the back-end contract for Puerto Rico’s ccTLD, .pr. The registry services provider took over DNS for the zone last month and the final handover of the registration system happened at the weekend. .pr is a small TLD, under 10,000 names, run by local firm Gauss Research Laboratories. It also tries to market itself…

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  • New gTLD to increase prices 10x, add blockchain voting service

    …. Currently, the retail price of a .voting domain can range from $60 to $100 per year. After June 1, that price is likely to start around the $600 mark. But the registry also told registrars it plans to bundle in with each domain an “e-voting solution” in which “votes are anchored in the blockchain”. There would be no additional charge…

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  • Famous Four bosses gave “forged documents” to court

    … that the “forged” documents demonstrate that Roache, Rasmussen and others engaged in “fraud” and “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”. Nick Goldstone, a partner at Gordon Dadds and a lawyer for Rasmussen and Roache, told DI that they both deny any dishonest behavior and that there has been no finding of dishonesty by the court. He said…

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  • .mail, .home, .corp hopefuls could get exit plan in January

    … be delegated to the authoritative root. The ICANN board instructed the staff to draft some resolutions to be voted on at “a subsequent meeting”, suggesting directors are close to reaching a decision. It seems possible a vote could even happen at a January meeting, given that the board typically meets up almost every month. Tweet Tagged: .corp, .home, .mail, ICANN, name collisions, new gTLDs …

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  • .club is the bestest new gTLD, .club survey finds

    … .CLUB Domains has published the results of some research it commissioned into media mentions of new gTLDs that show .club coming out on top. It’s an interesting new way to compare the relative success of new gTLDs based on usage or eyeballs rather than registration volumes, even if the report has its flaws. In a blog post, .CLUB chief…

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  • XYZ junk drop sinks the industry in Q3

    … The total number of domains registered in the world suffered a rare period of decline in the third quarter, according to Verisign’s latest numbers. The Q3 Domain Name Industry Brief shows September ended with 330.7 million registered names across all TLDs, a 1.2 million dip on the second quarter. Year-on-year, there was still growth: 3.7…

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  • Donuts loses Cole to law firm

    … Donuts vice president Mason Cole has quit to join a law firm. Cole said on social media yesterday that he has joined Seattle-based Perkins Coie as an “Internet Governance Advisor”. He said he will continue to participate in ICANN in his new capacity, where Perkins Coie is involved in intellectual property matters. Cole has been…

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  • Justice gives nod to auction

    … The US Department of Justice does not intend to prevent Verisign from auctioning off the single-letter domain Aaron Hoag, chief of the department’s Technology & Financial Services Section, told ICANN in a letter (pdf) that it does not intend to probe Verisign’s proposal. The letter reads in its entirety: Your letter dated December…

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