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    • .music and .gay possible in 2018 after probe finds no impropriety

      Five more new gTLDs could see the light of day in 2018 after a probe into ICANN’s handling of “community” applications found no wrongdoing. The long-running investigation, carried out by FTI Consulting on ICANN’s behalf, found no evidence to support suspicions that ICANN staff had been secretly and inappropriately pulling the strings of Community Priority Evaluations.

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  • This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

    … their applications years ago. Dot Registry, Uniregisty, Afilias, GMO, MMX, Nu Dot Co, Google and Donuts stuck around for the auction but have all now withdrawn their applications, meaning they all likely shared in the lovely big prize fund. MMX gained $2.4 million by losing the .inc and .llc auctions, according to a recent disclosure. .llc, a US…

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  • Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

    … Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a little over a year ago. At this point, nobody wants to talk about…

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  • .music and .gay CPE probe could end this month

    … independent CPE reviews for the last several months. FTI is reviewing how ICANN staff interacted with the EIU during the CPE processes, how the EIU conducted its research and whether the EIU applied the CPE criteria uniformly across different gTLDs. ICANN said that FTI finished collected material from ICANN in March and hopes to have all the information…

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  • .gay, .music and others in limbo as ICANN probes itself

    … Several new gTLD applicants have slammed ICANN for conducting an investigation into its own controversial practices that seems to be as opaque as the practices themselves. Seven proposed new gTLDs, including the much-anticipated .music and .gay, are currently trapped in ICANN red tape hell as the organization conducts a secretive probe…

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  • Dot Registry backs .africa loser, batters on the ICANN lawsuit floodgates

    … the adverse Community Priority Evaluation decisions on its .inc, .llc, and .llp applications. But while the IRP panel said ICANN should pay Dot Registry’s share of the IRP costs, the applicant came away otherwise empty-handed when panel rejected its demand to be handed the four gTLDs on a plate. The ICANN board of directors has not yet fully decided…

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  • IRP panel crucifies ICANN for lack of transparency

    … ICANN has lost another Independent Review Process decision, with the panel stating some potentially alarming opinions about how much power ICANN staff has over its board and “independent” third-party contractors. This time, the successful IRP complainant was Dot Registry LLC, the Kansas company that applied for the gTLDs .llc, .llp, and .inc…

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