New Gtlds

    • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

      Rightside says it is seeing encouraging renewal figures from its oldest batch of new gTLDs. The company this week revealed that renewals after two years of ownership on average stand at 81%. In a blog post, Rightside broke out some numbers for .dance, .democrat, .ninja, .immobilien, .social, .reviews and .futbol.

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    • XYZ hires .top guy as first China employee has hired its first Beijing-based employee, as part of its ongoing plan to formally enter the Chinese market. The company said yesterday that it has appointed Mason Zhang, until recently chief marketing office at .top gTLD registry Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co, as its new director of business development for China.

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  • ICANN has $400m in the bank

    … ICANN ended its fiscal 2016 with just shy of $400 million on its balance sheet, according to its just-released financial report. As of June 30, the organization had assets of $399.6 million, up from $376.5 million a year earlier, the statement (pdf) says. Its revenue for the year was actually down, at $194.6 million in 2016 compared to $216.8…

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  • Radix acquires .fun gTLD from Warren Buffett

    … attractive. Radix business head Sandeep Ramchandani confirmed to DI today that .fun will be operated in a completely unrestricted manner, the same as its other gTLDs. It will be Radix’s first three-letter gTLD, Ramchandani said. It already runs zones such as .online, .site and .space. .fun is not yet delegated, but Radix is hoping for a December sunrise period, he said. Tweet Tagged: .fun, acquisitiion, ICANN, new gTLDs, oriental trading company, radix …

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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    …, with 53 million names, is way down in 28th position, for example. The list was compiled from the latest gTLD registry reports, which show how many domains were registered to each accredited registrar at the end of June. The data does not not include ccTLDs, nor does it account for situations where registrars may retail a TLD via a gateway or as a reseller of another registrar. Tweet Tagged: ascio, csc, markmonitor, new gTLDs …

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  • Donuts will cut off sham .doctors

    … to market products, the registry said. ICANN eventually sided with Donuts, allowing it to keep an open TLD as long as it included certain Public Interest Commitments in its registry contract. .doctor goes to GA October 26. Tweet Tagged: .doctor, donuts, ICANN, new gTLDs …

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  • .xxx to get lower ICANN fees, accept the URS

    … on, for example, child abuse material prevention, into the contract as Public Interest Commitments. The RA amendment is currently open for public comment at ICANN. Tweet Tagged: fees, ICANN, icm registry, new gTLDs, registry agreement, uniform rapid suspension, urs, xxx …

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  • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

    … NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by Other new gTLDs are not affected…

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  • Roots hits 1,500 live TLDs as US oversight ends

    … to exactly 1,500, which is where it still stands today. Both went live September 30, which was the final day of ICANN’s IANA contract with the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which expired that night. An ICANN spokesperson confirmed that the two new gTLDs “were the last ones requiring NTIA’s approval.” From now…

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  • Squabbling drug peddlers drag .pharmacy into brand bunfight

    … The .pharmacy new gTLD has been dragged into the ongoing trademark dispute between two pharmaceuticals giants called Merck. Germany-based Merck KGaA has accused the .pharmacy registry of operating an unfair and “secretive” process to resolve competing sunrise period applications. The domain was awarded to US rival Merck &…

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  • People are forgetting .com exists — ICANN survey

    … Have you ever heard of .com, .net and .org? That question was posed to 3,349 domain name registrants in 24 countries by market research firm Nielsen this June and guess what — awareness of all three cornerstone gTLDs was down on a comparable 2015 survey. Unbelievably, only 85% of respondents professed to be aware of .com’s existence, compared…

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  • Watch: Hollywood actors trash Trump, promote .vote

    … registration volumes, it’s certainly no bad thing for the visibility of new gTLDs in general. At time of writing, the video had received about 1.2 million views on YouTube, less than 24 hours after its release. .vote is an Afilias gTLD with post-registration usage restrictions. It currently has about 1,800 names in its zone file but only one domain in the Alexa one million most-visited sites. Tweet Tagged: .vote, afilias, new gTLDs, trump …

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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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  • Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

    … deals predated, but were not disclosed in, the respective applications. There’s the recipe here for a messy, protracted bun fight over .web, which should come as no surprise to anyone. Tweet Tagged: .blog, .web, afilias, auction, donuts, ICANN, irp, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, reconsideration, verisign …

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  • Uniregistry to release 10 million domains on October 4

    … Uniregistry plans to release millions of registry-reserved domain names, many at standard registration fee, two weeks from now. The company, which has about 25 new gTLDs in its stable, will release 10 million currently reserved names on October 4, CEO Frank Schilling told DI. The revelation follows news that the company has started allowing…

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