.Web

  • 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…

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

    … The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web auction, saying the “covenant not to sue bars Plaintiff’s entire action”. He wrote that he “does…

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

    … Two of the industry’s oldest and biggest gTLD registries escalated their fight over the .web gTLD auction this week, trading blows in print and in public. Verisign, accused by Afilias of breaking the rules when it committed $130 million to secure .web for itself, has now turned the tables on its rival. It accuses Afilias of itself breaking…

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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

    … Verisign has emerged as the likely winner of the .web gTLD auction, which closed on Thursday with a staggering $135 million winning bid. The shell company Nu Dot Co LLC was the prevailing applicant in the auction, which ran for 23 rounds over two days. Just hours after the auction closed, Domain Name Wire scooped that Verisign had quietly…

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  • .web could already be a record-breaker as auction enters day two

    … It seems likely that .web has already smashed through the $41.5 million record sale price for a new gTLD at ICANN auction. The auction, which kicked off properly at 1300 UTC yesterday, seems to have ended its first day of bidding at around 2300 UTC last night without a winner. That suggests, based on the rules and how previous auctions have…

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

    … Donuts and Radix have filed an “emergency” appeal with ICANN in an attempt to get the forthcoming auction for the .web gTLD delayed. The companies, both of which have applied for .web, say they have evidence that one of their rival bidders recently changed ownership without telling ICANN, in breach of application rules. They filed a Request…

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

    … is an operational registry with a disdain for new gTLD rivals. Verisign, in other words. Others think Neustar, given the fact that its non-domains business is on the verge of imploding and its previous acquisition of .CO Internet from Calle. I have no evidence either company is involved. I’m just explaining the thought process here. According to its…

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  • .web has an auction date

    … The .web gTLD will go to auction June 27, according to ICANN. The organization released an updated auction schedule (pdf) on Wednesday night that also slates .kids/.kid for an auction on the same day. Both auctions have confusing “indirect contention” elements, where two strings were ruled confusingly similar. With .web, it’s lumped…

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  • Web.com just gave itself another reason to bid high for .web gTLD

    … Registrar group Web.com is changing its stock market ticker symbol to WEB tomorrow, in another sign that it really, really wants to be identified with the string. The switch from WWWW may indicate that the NASDAQ-listed company’s six rivals for the new gTLD .web have a fight — and a possible big payday — on their hands when .web finally goes…

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