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    • Amazon backtracks after pricing free Alexa list at over $900,000

      Amazon has reversed, at least temporarily, its decision to yank its free list of the world’s most popular domains, after an outcry from researchers. The daily Alexa list, which contains the company’s estimate of the world’s top 1 million domains by traffic, suddenly disappeared late last week. The list was popular with researchers in fields such as internet security.

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    • Domaining Europe heading to Berlin next year

      Next year’s Domaining Europe conference will be held in Berlin, organizers announced today. The three-day event is slated to start May 14, 2016, at the Steigenberger Hotel, covering the usual mix of sales, development and legal issues. “This time we are going back to the roots,” organizer Dietmar Stefitz said in an email, “the majority of the panels will discuss about ...

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    • Oracle buys Dyn just weeks after huge attack

      Oracle has signed a deal to buy DNS services provider Dyn for an undisclosed amount probably in the nine-figure range. The software giant said it plans to integrate Dyn’s services into its existing cloud computing platform. For the moment, existing Dyn customers are unaffected. Dyn provides distributed DNS resolution services mainly to the enterprise market, where it has a ...

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  • Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

    …, in three different western-European countries. Among the services on offer are premium list creation and sales, registrar channel management, Chinese regulatory approval consulting, supplier negotiations and marketing consulting. Downs was with FFM for about three years. Before that, he was in digital recruitment. Tweet Tagged: consulting, Famous Four Media, gtld systems, new gTLDs, premiums …

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  • Chinese investor pumps $7 million into M+M as .vip pushes firm into profit

    … Minds + Machines made a profit, kinda, in the first half of the year, due to the popularity of .vip in China. The company today announced a loss of $1.9 million for the six months to June 30, compared to a $1.6 million loss in the comparable 2015 period, on revenue that was up 115% at $7.4 million. But factoring out discontinued operations — M…

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  • Registries rebel against ICANN’s Whois upgrade decree

    … Registry operators are challenging an ICANN decision to force them to launch a new Whois-style service, saying it will cost them too much money. The Registries Stakeholder Group has filed a Request for Reconsideration — a low-level appeal — of a decision asking them to launch RDAP services to complement their existing Whois. RDAP…

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  • NamesCon confirms three more shows after being acquired

    … NamesCon says it has booked the venue for three more years of domain name conferences, following its acquisition this week. The conference organizers said today that it has been acquired by 13-year-old German events outfit WorldHostingDays, which usually focuses on the hosting market, for an undisclosed sum. NamesCon said in a press release…

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  • dotgay loses third .gay appeal

    … Death warrant or portent of impending legal action? dotgay LLC has lost its third attempt to get ICANN to reconsider tossing its application for community priority status in the fight for the .gay gTLD. According to ICANN, on Sunday its Board Governance Committee threw out dotgay’s third Request for Reconsideration, an attempt to give…

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  • ICANN proposes pricing changes for new gTLDs

    … ICANN is to give gTLD registries greater power to change their pricing under a proposed new deal. The organization also says it could accept reduced fees from registries under some circumstances. These are among about 40 substantial changes appearing in a new version of the standard new gTLD Registry Agreement that has been put out for comment…

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  • Nominet to run .blog’s back-end

    … will not need a account to buy a .blog domain name. It’s the second big back-end deal for Nominet in recent weeks. The company recently revealed it will be taking over technical services for all 28 of Minds + Machines new gTLDs. Automattic/KKWT is predicting 250,000 .blog registrations in 2016, and general availability is not expected until the fourth quarter. Tweet Tagged: .blog, kkwt, knock knock whois there, new gTLDs, nominet, primer nivel, qinetics …

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  • acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

    … in an auction in which customers of either site could participate. This would have the effect of increasing the number of caught names going to auction due to there being multiple bidders, and thus the eventual sales prices. Tweet Tagged:, enom, namebright, network solutions, rightside, snapnames, …

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  • Domainers up in arms as DomainTools pricing rockets

    … Whois, but across IP Whois records. And finally, Personal Membership also includes 5 Domain Reports per month. The company says that it is focusing more now on its enterprise security customers, where one imagines margins are higher than its mass-market domainer-oriented services. Domainers, as you might expect, are not happy. Message boards…

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  • IWF finds child abuse imagery on new gTLD domains

    … by the fact that 78% of the total abuse URLs were found on free-to-use image hosting sites, probably concentrated in .com. The IWF added that 138 of the new gTLD domains hosted “disguised” abuse sites. These are sites where illegal content is only shown when visitors arrive from a specific referrer link. The IWF offers a “Domain Alerts” service…

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  • Facebook bought a registrar

    …. It had just 11 registrations under its IANA ID at the end of 2015. But its parent was founded in 2013 as primarily a provider of brand protection services focused on the mobile app space. My guess is that Facebook is interested in RegistrarSEC’s parent’s intellectual property, rather than its registrar. Related posts: Registrar threatened over “stolen” Facebook domain .top says Facebook shakedown was just a typo MarkMonitor infiltrated by Syrian hackers targeting Facebook …

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  • Domains “worth $3 million” put up for first industry hackathon

    … in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October. The idea is to bring the owners of premium domain names together with angel investors and young, skilled developers, with the hope that some workable business ideas might emerge. “We are trying to utilize the ‘excess capacity’ of premium domains in the marketplace, which are just sitting there doing…

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  • Architelos files bankruptcy after Afilias lawsuit

    … Afilias has managed to bury domain security software provider Architelos, which filed for bankrupcty today. Architelos filed Chapter 7, which basically means the company will close and its assets will be liquidated to pay off creditors. Its only major creditor is Afilias, which won a patent lawsuit against it last August. The jury in the case…

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