• dotgay lawyer insists it is gay enough for .gay gTLD

      What do Airbnb, the Stonewall riots and the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting have in common? They’re all cited in a lengthy, somewhat compelling memo from a Yale law professor in support of dotgay LLC’s argument that it should be allowed to proceed with its .gay gTLD application unopposed by rival applicants.

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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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  • Donuts releases free TLD-neutral name-spinner

    … it for over a year. The service recalls something similar released by Verisign. However, unlike the Verisign NameStudio tool, Donuts said RNS is “registry-neutral”, meaning it’s not designed to plug its own portfolio of TLDs over those from other registries. I subjected the service to a quick, non-scientific test today and found the results much…

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  • .web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

    … up its .com market dominance, such as by burying it without a trace. People clamoring to register .web domains may still have some time to wait, however. Rival applicant Donuts, via subsidiary Ruby Glen, still has a pending lawsuit against ICANN in California. Donuts had originally sued to prevent the .web auction going ahead in mid-2016, trying…

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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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  • Kickstarter launches Patreon rival on .RIP domain hack

    … They’re deadly serious. Crowdfunding service Kickstarter has relaunched its Drip subscriptions service on a .rip domain. It’s a domain hack using a single-character domain: It’s actually a case of a migration away from a .com domain, which is not something you see every day from a major online brand. Drip was acquired by Kickstarter…

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  • 59,000% revenue growth at Donuts leads to Deloitte award

    … Deloitte has placed new gTLD registry Donuts at the top of its 2017 Technology Fast 500, a league table of the fastest-growing North American technology firms. Donuts won by growing its revenue by 59,093% over three years. Given that Donuts didn’t have its first revenue-generating gTLD delegated until the final quarter of 2013, the three-year…

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  • This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

    … The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went to private auction in September…

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  • New gTLDs still a crappy choice for email — study

    … sites were 100% compliant for .com domains, the scores for new gTLDs are not great. There are currently over 800 TLDs over four characters in length, but according to the UASG research 22% of web sites will not recognize them. There are 150 IDN TLDs, but a maximum of 30% of sites will accept them in email addresses. When it comes to right-to-left…

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  • Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

    … Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief…

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  • MMX: three gTLDs approved for sale in Beijing

    … Three foreign new gTLDs have been approved for sale and resolution in Chinese capital Beijing, according to MMX. The portfolio registry said today that its .vip is among the first to receive approval from the Beijing Communications Administration, one of China’s many regional authorities. According to MMX, while many gTLDs have managed…

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  • EFF recommends against new gTLDs

    … The Electronic Frontier Foundation has recommended that domain registrants concerned about intellectual property “bullies” steer clear of new gTLDs. The view is expressed in a new EFF report today that is particularly critical of policies in place at new gTLD portfolio registries Donuts and Radix. The report (pdf) also expresses strong…

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  • Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

    … Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of shares that were…

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  • ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

    … ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy other customary closing…

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  • BREAKING: Donuts to pay $213 million for Rightside

    … domain registry services for Donuts roughly 200 new gTLDs. This is a breaking story. More to come… Related posts (automatically generated): Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer Donuts sticks with Rightside despite Google support Rightside refuses Donuts’ “opportunistic” $70m gTLD offer Tweet Tagged: acquisition, donuts, rightside Add Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. …

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  • More change at the top at Donuts as Tindal steps down

    … Donuts has lost co-founder and COO Richard Tindal, who has announced his retirement. Tindal was one of the four domain industry executives who founded Donuts in order to take advantage of ICANN’s new gTLD program about seven years ago. No reason was given for his departure, which was announced in a blog post, beyond “retirement”. Co…

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  • China approves more Donuts, Afilias gTLDs

    … were delegated following the 2000 and 2003 new gTLD application rounds and .kim and .red from the 2012 round. Donuts simultaneously was cleared for .ltd, .group, .游戏 (“game”), .企业 (“business”), .娱乐 (“entertainment) and .商店 (“store”). The approvals more than double the number of new gTLDs in Latin script to get the nod from MIIT, in what now…

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