New Gtlds

    • Crocker: no date on next new gTLD round

      ICANN will NOT set a date for the next round of new gTLD applications, despite recent pleas from registry operators. That’s according to a letter (pdf) from ICANN chair Steve Crocker to the Registries Stakeholder Group published today. The RySG had asked (pdf) last month for ICANN’s leadership to set a fourth-quarter 2018 deadline for the next application window.

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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 support for .

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    • HTC dumps its dot-brand

      Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has become the latest dot-brand operator to get out of the new gTLD game. The $4.3 billion-a-year Taiwanese firm has told ICANN that it no longer wishes to run .htc as a dot-brand registry and ICANN has signaled its intent to terminate the contract. It becomes the 27th dot-brand, from the hundreds that have entered contracts o ...

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  • Google shifts 400,000 .site domains

    … price has not been disclosed. It’s good publicity for the TLD, and merely the latest endorsement by Google of the new gTLD concept. As well as being the registry for many new gTLDs, Google parent Alphabet uses a .xyz domain and its registrar uses a .google domain. Tweet Tagged: .site, google, google my business, new gTLDs, radix …

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  • MMX says .vip renewals running at 75%

    … 70%. The large majority of .vip names registered are registered via Chinese registrars, where prices can be around the $3 to $4 mark. MMX CEO Toby Hall said in a statement that the company now plans to release some of its reserved “premium” .vip names. He added that the company is confident that its recurring revenue from renewals will soon be high enough to cover its fixed overhead costs, one of its key performance benchmarks. Tweet Tagged: .vip, china, mmx, new gTLDs …

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  • Junk drop cuts .xyz in half, .top claims volume crown

    … falling out with its original “real name verification” provider, ZDNS, which was tasked with verifying the identities of Chinese registrants per local government regulations. I’ve never been able to confirm with either party the cause of this split, but everyone else involved in the Chinese market I’ve asked has told me it related to a dispute…

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  • Could the next new gTLD round last 25 years? Or 70 years?

    … applying for, but was talked down by staff. There’s talk of pent-up demand for dot-brands among those companies that missed the 2012 window, but it’s impossible to know the scale of that demand with any precision. Despite the fact that a handful of dot-brands with ICANN registry agreements and delegations have since cancelled their contracts…

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  • InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

    … organization needs to streamline, according to the working group that came up with the paper, in order to more effectively compete with the influx of new TLDs, which has seen ccTLDs see slowing growth. .nz is one of the few ccTLDs that has a direct new gTLD competitor — .kiwi. It also wants to diversify its revenue streams outside of domain registration…

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  • DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

    … DENIC is now able to offer data escrow services to gTLD registries, in addition to registrars. The non-profit company, which runs Germany’s .de, said it gained ICANN approval for the registry escrow function June 6. Back in March, ICANN approved it for the registrar escrow services. All ICANN-accredited registries and registrars…

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  • ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

    … for Reconsideration, Ombudsman complaints and then an Independent Review Process complaint. It discovered, among other things, that Tawil’s law firm was helping broadcaster DirecTV negotiate with the International Olympic Committee (one of SportAccord’s backers) for Olympics broadcasting rights at the time of the Community Objection. The IRP panel ruled…

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  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65

    … has announced that it will charge just $0.65 wholesale for over a billion numeric domain names in .xyz. The revelation came as part of a confusing launch of what the registry calls its “1.111B Class” domains. That’s because the pricing affects all 1.111 billion numerical domains of six, seven, eight and nine digits in .xyz. These…

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  • $5 billion e-commerce site to dump .com for dot-brand

    … domain,, is already online. It currently redirects to an FAQ about the rebrand, at the .com site Parent company SNCF is France’s government-owned rail operator, with overall revenue of €32.3 billion ($36 billion). While ICANN’s new gTLD program produced hundreds of dot-brands, only a handful to date have moved substantially away from their original domains. Tweet Tagged: dot-brands, new gTLDs, sncf …

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  • After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

    … Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September 8, the date the increases kick in. It’s the second major…

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  • Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs

    …. The wishes of each government are record in a GAC database. The only territories to so far give a blanket waiver over their names are: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK, the USA, Guernsey and Pitcairn. Almost 70 other countries have said they need to be told when a registry wants to sell a domain matching…

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  • Richemont kills off two more dot-brands

    … Luxury goods maker Richemont has decided to ditch two more of its dot-brand gTLDs. The company has asked ICANN to terminate its registry contracts for .chloe and .montblanc, according to documents published by ICANN late last week. Chloe is a fashion brand; Mont Blanc sells pens, jewelery and such. No reason was given for either termination…

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  • Iran reported to Ombudsman after new gTLD conspiracy theory

    …, Arasteh said in an email: “If you insist, I interpret that this is an effort to EXCLUDE GAC TO ATTEND THE PDP.” In other words, he was accusing the WG leaders from trying to exclude governments from helping to develop the rules of the new gTLD program. Doria responded that she took the tone of the remarks as “abusive”, adding: since my motives have…

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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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  • Second emergency registry tested with dead dot-brand

    … to support ICANN’s efforts to ensure the security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and the Domain Name System. The first test was conducted by ICANN and EBERO provider Nominet earlier this year, using the similarly unloved dot-brand .doosan. I expect we’ll see a third test before long, using CNNIC, the third EBERO provider. It would have plenty of dead dot-brands to choose from. Tweet Tagged: .mtpc, core, doosan, ebero, ICANN, mitsubishi, new gTLDs …

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