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    • After shaky start, .blog launches today

      The new gTLD .blog goes into general availability today, after some mild controversy about the way the registry allocated reserved domain names. Knock Knock Whois There, the registry affiliated with WordPress maker Automattic, last week apologized to some would-be customers for declining to honor some landrush pre-registrations.

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

    … transferred to third-party non-applicants. The most notable example of this was .blog, which was won by shell company Primer Nivel with secretive backing from WordPress maker Automattic. Donuts itself regularly wins gTLD auctions and immediately transfers its contracts to Rightside under a pre-existing agreement. In both of those cases, the reassignment…

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  • “Dave” becomes first .blog blogger

    …, linked closely to its Blogger service, writing in 2012: I played a role in establishing blogs. How does Google get the right to capture all the goodwill generated in the word blog? Yesterday he expressed relief that the .blog auction was actually won by KKWT, a subsidiary of WordPress owner Automattic, writing: I’m glad to say that my friend Matt…

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  • .blog launch date and pricing revealed

    … previous statements that its pricing and launch structure will be in line with current industry norms. The registry is owned by Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging software and service. It emerged as the surprise secret backer of original applicant Primer Nivel earlier this year, following a $19 million auction win. Tweet Tagged: .blog, automattic, kkwt, knock knock whois there, primer nivel, wordpress …

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  • Nominet to run .blog’s back-end

    … will not need a WordPress.com account to buy a .blog domain name. It’s the second big back-end deal for Nominet in recent weeks. The company recently revealed it will be taking over technical services for all 28 of Minds + Machines new gTLDs. Automattic/KKWT is predicting 250,000 .blog registrations in 2016, and general availability is not expected until the fourth quarter. Tweet Tagged: .blog, kkwt, knock knock whois there, new gTLDs, nominet, primer nivel, qinetics …

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  • WordPress reveals IT bought .blog for $19 million

    … WordPress.com owner Automattic has outed itself as the bankroll behind the winner of the .blog auction and the new owner of the forthcoming new gTLD. Founder Matt Mullenweg also revealed that the company paid around $19 million for the domain at private auction in February 2015, about $1 million more than the amount DI estimated at the time…

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