Domain Registries

    • NCC sells Open Registry at huge discount

      NCC Group has followed through on its promise to divest parts of its domain business, selling the Open Registry collection of companies at a huge discount to the original purchase price. KeyDrive and a mysterious entity called Terrain.com SA have together acquired the companies for €3.75 million ($3.97 million). That’s compared to the minimum of £7.

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    • Donuts extends DPML Plus and delays price hike

      Donuts has delayed the price increases coming to its trademark-blocking service and extended availability of the “plus” version for three more months. Domain Protected Marks List Plus, which lets companies block brands and variations such as typos and brand+keywords across Donuts stable of 200ish TLDs, will now be available until March 31.

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    • GMO and Radix secure Chinese gTLD approval

      GMO Registry and Radix have won Chinese government approval for their respective new gTLDs .shop and .site. It’s the second batch of foreign new gTLDs to get the nod from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, following .vip, .club and .xyz in early December. They’re also the first two Asian registries from outside China to get the right to flog their doma ...

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  • .radio set for November launch, weird tiered pricing

    … The European Broadcasting Union plans to operate the forthcoming .radio gTLD in such a way as to discourage domain investors. It yesterday set out its launch timetable, registration restrictions, and expects registrars to charge companies between €200 and €250 per domain per year ($213 to $266). Interestingly, it’s also proposing to charge…

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  • RightSide cuts super-premium fees in half, drops premium renewals

    … is open to gaming — brokers could reserve names and just twiddle their thumbs for 60 days, hoping to get a commission for no work — but the broker program is expected to be fairly tightly managed and those exploiting the system could be kicked out. RightSide will be making the case for the two Platinum-branded offerings at the upcoming NamesCon conference in Las Vegas, where it also expects to name its first brokerage partners. Tweet Tagged: brokers, enom, name.com, namescon, platinum, premium, rightside …

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  • DCA files for ANOTHER .africa injunction

    … DotConnectAfrica is continuing its legal attempt to prevent the .africa gTLD from being delegated to a competitor supported by African governments. The recalcitrant applicant has filed for another temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would prevent ICANN handing .africa to the successful applicant, ZA Central Registry…

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  • Termination on the .orientexpress

    …) in February 2015, it only ever registered its mandatory nic.orientexpress domain, and that doesn’t even resolve any more, according to DI PRO tracking (like a train track). While the Orient Express brand is familiar to many due to the famous Agatha Christie murder mystery novel, it’s been applied to multiple train companies and journeys over the years…

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  • ICA worried ICANN will force URS on .net

    …, despite a lack of ICANN community consensus policy. In the last few years the registries for .jobs, .travel, .cat, .pro, .xxx and most recently .mobi have agreed to adopt many aspects of the 2012 Registry Agreement, which includes the URS, often in exchange for lower ICANN fees. Corwin wrote: the real test of [ICANN’s Global Domains Division’s…

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  • URS comes to .mobi as ICANN offers Afilias lower fees

    …, given that .mobi still has about 690,000 domains, but Afilias is getting other concessions too. Notably, the ludicrous mirage that .mobi was a “Sponsored” gTLD serving a specific restricted community (users of mobile telephones, really) rather than an obvious gaming of the 2003-round application rules, looks like it’s set to evaporate. Appendix…

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  • Mitsubishi pulls plug on dot-brand gTLD

    … Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi has told ICANN it no longer wishes to operate one of its dot-brand gTLDs. The company has filed a termination notice covering its .mtpc domain, which stands for Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation. The gTLD was delegated in February 2015, but Mitsubishi has never put it to use. Registry reports show only…

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  • Neustar agrees to go private in $2.9 billion deal

    …, which accounts for about half of Neustar’s revenue, was at risk, the company has attempted to focus its efforts on marketing services, security and domains. That effort included the $87 million acquisition of registry rival Bombora (owner of ARI and AusRegistry) last year. Earlier this year, the company announced its intention to split into two…

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  • Donuts acquires stagnant .irish TLD

    … Donuts has acquired the new gTLD .irish, which is struggling to gain volume after about 18 months on the market. The gTLD was applied for and operated by Dot-Irish LLC, a US company founded by Irish and Northern Irish entrepreneurs. Since going to general availability in June last year, it managed to grow its zone file to a peak of about…

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  • Trump trends in .com, while stoners hit .net

    … The US elections last month seem to be responsible for almost all of Verisign’s “top trending keywords” for November. Donald Trump topped the company’s monthly list of fastest-growing strings in both .com and .net registries. The four words of his idiotic campaign slogan “Make America great again” also appear individually in the .com top ten…

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  • Three millionth .it name registered

    … Italian ccTLD .it has topped three million domains for the first time, according to registry Registro.it. The milestone name was abbigliamentoludica.it, seemingly a clothes shop. It appears to have been registered November 25. The registry announced the news in English last week. It appears that growth is slowing somewhat over the long term…

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  • Buy a $10k .club, get a free T-shirt

    … .CLUB Domains will today release 9,200 previously reserved .club names into the channel at premium prices. The registry is also offering free T-shirts to the first 500 people to purchase a premium name for $59.99 and more, personalized with said name. While the names will become available at 1500 UTC today, the full list is not expected…

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  • Spot all the Easter eggs in this Radix mannequin viral [NSFW]

    … Domain registry Radix has shamelessly jumped on the “mannequin challenge” meme bandwagon, with the release of video plugging its forthcoming .fun gTLD. It’s quite slickly produced, on the face of it shot in a single unbroken take (though I suspect there are a few edits hidden in the motion blur), but the real fun for me, as someone who’s…

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  • .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

    … that while .vip has been popular with Chinese domainers, the MIIT license means it can start to tap the small business market there too. Obtaining the license means that the three registries, which are all based in the US or Europe, will have to comply with Chinese regulations when it comes to Chinese customers. That basically means the Chinese…

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