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NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected.
… New gTLD registry XYZ.com has said it will not preemptively censor domain names based on the wishes of the Chinese government. Over the last couple of days, CEO Daniel Negari has sought to “clarify” its plans to block and suspend domain names based on Chinese government requests. It follows XYZ’s Registry Services Evaluation Request…
… XYZ.com plans to slap a global ban on domain names censored by the Chinese government. Chinese words meaning things such as “human rights” and “democracy” are believed to be on the block list, which an industry source says could contain as many as 40,000 words, names and phrases. (UPDATE: Gavin Brown, CTO of XYZ back-end CentralNic, tweeted…