Domain Services

  • ICANN reveals $500 million gTLD buyback program

    … in it any more. The scheme will work rather like a stock buyback, ICANN explained in a 489-page document (PDF). Registries opting to sell back their gTLDs will see their strings abruptly removed from the DNS root and their contracts torn up and burned on a great big bonfire. Any domains registered in these gTLDs will stop resolving to parking pages…

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  • Hacked ICANN data for sale on black market

    …. ICANN said yesterday: ICANN recently became aware that some information obtained in the spear phishing incident we announced in 2014 is being offered for sale on underground forums. Our initial assessment is that it is old data and that no new breach of our systems has occurred. The data accessed in the 2014 incident breach included usernames…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • Pheenix adds 300 more registrars to drop-catch arsenal

    … The domain drop-catching arms race is heating up, with budget player Pheenix this week acquiring 300 more registrar accreditations from ICANN. According to DI records, the company now has almost 500 registrar accreditations in its family. More accreditations means more registry connections with which to attempt to acquire expired domains…

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  • Go Daddy’s Merdinger named DNA chair

    … Go Daddy VP of domains Rich Merdinger has been appointed interim chair of the Domain Name Association, replacing Neustar’s Adrian Kinderis. In a blog post, Merdinger said the DNA will become more “vocal” under its new leadership and outlined three priorities for 2017 — awareness, adoption and access. He said the DNA will share ways businesses…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 18 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

    … Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a recent $400,000…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 13 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 11 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • Nominet to run .blog’s back-end

    … will not need a WordPress.com 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 …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

    … Web.com has acquired dozens of registrars from rival/partner Rightside, seemingly to boost the success rate of its SnapNames domain drop-catching business. I’ve established that at least 44 registrars once managed by Rightside/eNom have moved to the Web.com stable in recent weeks, and that might not even be the half of it. All…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 12 readers -
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