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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. Some…

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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

    … Blogging pioneer Dave Winer has become the first person to start blogging at a .blog domain name. His new site, dave.blog, went live yesterday as a beneficiary of registry Knock Knock Whois There’s pioneer program. The site is one of two pioneer .blog domains — the other being design.blog — highlighted by KKWT yesterday in publicity connected…

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  • .blog launch date and pricing revealed

    … The new gTLD .blog will go to general availability in November with a wholesale price tag of $20, it was revealed today. The registry, Knock Knock Whois There, told registrars that sunrise will kick off August 18 and run for 60 days with a $130 price tag. Disputed sunrise domains will go to auction. Landrush will follow for a week from…

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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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