New Gtlds

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

      InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD operator, is proposing a radical simplification of the organization in order to stay relevant in the age of new gTLDs. A proposal put forward late last week would see the non-profit organization fold its two subsidiaries back into the parent and consolidate management under a single CEO. Currently, InternetNZ owns Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the .

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

      The online ticketing arm of the French national railway operator SNCF has revealed plans to migrate away from .com to its dot-brand gTLD, .sncf. The web site voyages-sncf.com will become oui.sncf in November, the company has confirmed following press reports at the weekend. The existing site, despite the cumbersome domain, processed €4.3 billion ($4.

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    • ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

      ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he effectively eliminated Famous Four Med ...

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  • DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

    … are contractually obliged to deposit their registrant data with escrow agents in case they go out of business, go rogue, suffer catastrophic data loss, or otherwise screw up. Nine companies have been approved by ICANN for registry data escrow so far. Two of others are based in Europe, but DENIC claims to be the only one that offers full compliance with the more stringent German and European Union data protection regulations. Tweet Tagged: .de, denic, escrow, ICANN, new gTLDs …

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  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65

    … XYZ.com 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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  • Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs

    … It looks like hundreds of domain names matching the names of countries are to finally get released from ICANN limbo. The ICANN board last week passed a resolution calling for the organization to clear a backlog of over 60 registry requests to start selling or using country and territory names in their gTLDs. Some of the requests date back…

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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

    … of how, in the global ICANN community, there usually isn’t a time of day that is not inconvenient to at least some volunteers. (It’s sometimes possible to hear snoring on these calls, but that’s not always due to the time of day.) Today, Ombudsman Herb Weye responded to Doria’s complaint, saying that it has been “resolved” between the two parties. He…

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

    …-founders Paul Stahura, Jon Nevett and Dan Schindler are all still with the company, but founding CEO Stahura recently stepped into the chairman’s role to give venture capitalist Bruce Jaffe the corner office. Tindal had previously worked in senior roles for Verisign, Neustar and Demand Media (now Rightside). Tweet Tagged: donuts, new gTLDs …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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