New Gtlds

    • 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 ...

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

      Did MMX take a $7.7 million accounting hit to renegotiate a crappy .london gTLD contract? It looks a bit like that to me. Found in the company’s full-year 2016 financial results yesterday is the disclosure that it had to pay off an undisclosed gTLD partner after originally making “overly ambitious” predictions about its likely popularity.

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  • Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs

    … their name. Ten others give carte blanche to closed dot-brands, but require notification in the case of open gTLDs. The majority of countries in the world have yet to officially express a preference one way or the other. Of the roughly 60 new gTLD registries to request country name releases over the last few years, the vast majority are dot-brands…

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  • Iran reported to Ombudsman after new gTLD conspiracy theory

    … in a clear, respectful and objective manner. This cooperative atmosphere allowed for a timely discussion and quick resolution. Aratesh has for some time been one of the most vocal and combative GAC reps, noticeably unafraid to raise his voice when he needs to make his point. He recently publicly threatened to take his concerns about ICANN’s policy on two-character domains to the International Telecommunications Union if his demands were not met. Tweet Tagged: gac, ICANN, iran, new gTLDs, subsequent procedures …

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  • Second emergency registry tested with dead dot-brand

    … ICANN is running its second test of the Emergency Back-End Registry Operator system, designed as a failover for bankrupt gTLDs. This time, the EBERO under the microscope is CORE Association, one of the three approved providers. It this week took over operation of .mtpc, a dot-brand gTLD that Mitsubishi applied for, was delegated, never used…

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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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  • 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

    …% but in many more cases represented increases in the hundreds of percent. The increases were to apply to new and renewing registrations, and Schilling had said that they were necessary to keep the affected TLDs afloat. But domainers were furious, taking to blogs and message boards to announce and decry the death of all new gTLDs. Leading registrar Go Daddy…

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

    … among other things that 70% of .feedback domains were trademarked names actually registered by the registry, and that TLS had stuffed each site with reviews either paid for or scraped from services such as Yelp!. They claimed that Free.Feedback, a free domains service hosted by an affiliated entity, had been set up to auto-populate Whois records…

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  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … that was issued in compliance with previous GAC advice, it seems. The next ICANN meeting is being held in Johannesburg in June, so the clock is ticking. Two-letter domains are valuable properties even in new gTLDs. With each expected to sell for thousands, two-letter names are likely to be a multimillion dollar windfall for even moderately sized portfolio registries. Tweet Tagged: gac, ICANN, icann 58, new gTLDs, reserved, two-character, two-letter …

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  • Schilling expects GoDaddy to return after dumping Uniregistry gTLDs

    … Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling has expressed his “surprise” that GoDaddy has decided to stop selling his company’s gTLDs, but said he expects the registrar to return in future. GoDaddy’s decision to stop new registrations and inbound transfers for Uniregistry’s portfolio of gTLDs came after the registry revealed price increases for 16 strings…

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

    … Uniregistry is to massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat. Sixteen TLDs from the company’s portfolio of 27 will see price increases of up to 3,000% starting September 8, CEO Frank Schilling confirmed to DI today. “We need more revenue from these strings, especially the low volume…

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  • Donuts took down 11 domains for Hollywood last year

    … Donuts caused 11 domain names in its new gTLD portfolio to be taken down in the first 12 months of its deal with the US movie industry. The company disclosed yesterday that the Motion Picture Association of America requested the suspension of 12 domains under their bilateral “Trusted Notifier” agreement, which came into effect last February…

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