Nu Dot Co

    • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

      US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, requesting certain information related t ...

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  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … new post-transition rules. Donuts and ICANN are already in the Cooperative Engagement Process — the mediation phase that usually precedes an IRP — with regards .web. Second-placed bidder Afilias is also putting pressure on ICANN to overturn the results of the auction, resulting in a bit of a public bunfight with Verisign. TL;DR — don’t expect to be able to buy .web domains for quite a while to come. Tweet Tagged: .web, afilias, donuts, ICANN, lawsuit, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, verisign …

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  • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

    … for the auction and NDC commit to ask ICANN to transfer its .web Registry Agreement to Verisign. It’s not unlike the deal Donuts had with Rightside, covering over a hundred gTLD applications, Verisign says. The contract between NDC and Verisign did not assign to Verisign any rights in NDC’s application, nor did Verisign take any ownership…

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

    … ICANN is looking into demands for it to throw out Verisign’s covert $135 million winning bid for the highly prized .web gTLD. ICANN last week told the judge hearing Donuts’ .web-related lawsuit that it is “currently in the process of investigating certain of the issues raised” by Donuts through its “internal accountability mechanisms”. Donuts…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot Co…

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  • Verisign likely $135 million winner of .web gTLD

    … must approve RA reassignments. We speculated on July 14 that Verisign would turn out to be NDC’s secret sugar daddy, which seems to have been correct. Rival .web applicant Donuts had sued ICANN for an emergency temporary restraining order, claiming it had not done enough to uncover the identity of NDC’s true backers, but was rebuffed on multiple…

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  • Donuts joins fight to delay .web gTLD auction with emergency appeal

    … for Reconsideration (pdf) with ICANN (pdf) on Sunday, demanding the delay and an investigation into whether Nu Dot Co LLC is under new control. The move follows speculation, which we reported last week, that Nu Dot Co is now being controlled by a major legacy gTLD registry player such as Verisign. The evidence for the the change of ownership comes…

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  • Is Verisign .web applicant’s secret sugar daddy?

    … informed them in a letter (pdf), and they missed that deadline. They now have until July 20 to put either resolve the contention privately or put down their deposits, ICANN said. The applicants for .web, aside from Nu Dot Co, are Google, Donuts, Radix, Schlund, Web.com and Afilias. Due to a string confusion ruling, .webs applicant Vistaprint will also be in the auction. Tweet Tagged: .web, auction, ICANN, last resort, neustar, new gTLDs, nu dot co, straat, verisign …

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