Domain Registries

    • .feedback threatens to shut off MarkMonitor

      Top Level Spectrum, the controversial .feedback gTLD registry, has threatened to de-accredit MarkMonitor unless it apologizes for “breaching” its registrar contract. The move is evidently retaliation for the MarkMonitor-coordinated complaint about .feedback’s launch policies, which last month led to TLS being found in breach of its own ICANN contract.

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    • Now new gTLDs are being scapegoated for child abuse material (rant)

      The guy responsible for getting the string “rape” closely restricted for no reason in .uk domain names is now gunning for ICANN and new gTLDs with a very similar playbook. Campaigner John Carr, secretary of the little-known Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, wants ICANN to bring in strict controls to prevent convicted pedophiles registering domains in child- ...

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    • Uniregistry and Neustar have TLDs approved in China

      China’s April batch of approved TLDs has been released, featuring three domains from Neustar and Uniregistry. Neustar had its longstanding, 2000-round .biz pass regulatory scrutiny, while Uniregistry’s .link and .auto have also been approved. While .auto is managed by Cars Registry, a joint venture with XYZ.com, its stablemates .car and .cars do not appear to have yet been approved.

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  • MMX stung for $7.7 million by crappy .london contract

    …. The deal apparently had MMX — then under previous management as Minds + Machines — making guaranteed payments to its partner on the assumption that it would sell a lot more domains than it eventually did. .london currently has about 56,000 names in its zone file, down from a post-launch peak of about 65,000. According to its statement to the markets…

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  • Afnic CEO quits, heads to new mystery job

    … Afnic CEO Mathieu Weill has abruptly quit the French domain registry and is heading to a new job elsewhere. The .fr registry said Weill will be replaced on an interim basis by his deputy, Pierre Bonis, from May 1. A formal search for a permanent replacement will begin “in the coming weeks”, Afnic said. Weill has been with the company, which…

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  • Verisign to keep price increase power under new .net contract

    … The wholesale price of a .net domain is likely to top $15 by 2023, under a proposed renewal of its ICANN contract revealed today. ICANN-imposed price caps are staying in the new Registry Agreement, but Verisign retains the right to increase its fees by 10% in each of the six years of the deal’s lifespan. But domain investors do have at least…

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  • Mystery buyer pumps $500,000 into MMX gTLDs

    … MMX has inked a deal to sell 90,000 domain names to a mystery buyer. The company formerly known as Minds + Machines today disclosed to the markets that the deal is worth $500,000 in the first year, and that the names will be registered at some point over the coming 12 months. CEO Toby Hall declined to identify the buyer or the gTLDs concerned…

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  • .club premium sales approaching $5 million

    … .CLUB Domains sold half a million dollars worth of reserved premium names in the first quarter, bringing its cumulative to-date total to almost $5 million, the registry reported at the weekend. Q1 sales were $505,139, the company said, bringing its total since launch to $4,844,428. There were 475 premium sales in total, sold via auctions…

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  • Chinese to invade .africa? CEO thinks so

    … While .africa finally went on sale last week after years of legal fights, it seems Africans may find themselves in the minority of registrants. A combination of awareness, pricing and anticipated interest from Chinese domain investors, means that Africans could account for as few as 1 in 10 .africa registrations, according to Lucky Masilela…

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  • Companies losing $10 BILLION by ignoring new gTLDs — report

    … The world economy is “conservatively” losing out on almost $10 billion of annual revenue due to a lack of support for new gTLDs and internationalized domain names, according to an ICANN-commissioned research report. The report, conducted by Analysys Mason for the semi-independent Universal Acceptance Steering Group, calculated that patchy new…

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  • Uniregistry to grandfather existing domains before big price increases

    … Uniregistry has backtracked on its plan to hike renewal fees on thousands of domain name registrations. CEO Frank Schilling described the U-turn, which followed a ferocious backlash from domain investors, as “the right thing to do”. The company had announced price increases across 16 of its 27 gTLDs that in one case exceeded 3,000…

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  • China approves more Donuts, Afilias gTLDs

    … Donuts and Afilias have had two batches of new gTLDs approved for use in China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved five Afilias TLDs and six Donuts TLDs last month. This means customers of Chinese registrars will now be able to legally use those names in China. Afilias was approved for .info, .mobi and .pro, which…

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  • PIR promotes two senior execs

    … of finance, the company said. PIR, which runs .org and other non-profit gTLDs, said the promotions “represent our commitment to integrate and unify our operational teams to deliver more effective business and financial strategies on behalf of Public Interest Registry and its stakeholders.” Both Saitta and King originally came from outside the domain industry, both having stints at the American Association for Motor Vehicle Administrators and Smithsonian Business Ventures. Tweet Tagged: .org, pir …

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  • New gTLD registries want a $17 million ICANN rebate

    … Many gTLDs are performing more poorly than expected and their registries want some money back from ICANN to compensate. The Registries Stakeholder Group this week asked ICANN for a 75% credit on their quarterly fees, which they estimate would cost $16.875 million per year. The money would come from leftover new gTLD application fee money…

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  • DENIC approved as ICANN escrow agent

    … German ccTLD registry DENIC has been given ICANN approval to provide data escrow services to registrars. It becomes the seventh company to receive this accreditation, the second in Europe after the UK’s NCC Group. The company said it signed its ICANN contract and first registrar, Global Village, at the ICANN meeting in Copenhagen last week…

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  • .feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

    … ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest Commitments Dispute Resolution Process case…

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  • Schilling: big price increases needed to keep new gTLDs alive

    … are .hosting and .juegos (Spanish for “games”) which are going up from about $20 retail and about $10 retail respectively to about $300 apiece. Schilling said he believed that true web hosts could afford the new pricing. The .juegos increase is modeled on what Uniregistry has been doing with .game, which currently retails for closer to $400…

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