.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

    … out to be completely correct. Donuts argued that ICANN failed to adequately vet NDC to uncover its secret sugar daddy. It wanted $22.5 million from ICANN — roughly what it would have received if the auction had been privately managed, rather than run by ICANN. But the judge ruled that Donuts’ covenant not to sue is enforceable. Because of that, he…

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

    … for the NDC bid. The plan is that NDC will transfer its .web ICANN contract to Verisign after it is awarded, assuming ICANN consents to the transfer. Afilias has since revealed that it came second in the auction. It now wants ICANN to overturn the result of the auction, awarding .web to Afilias as runner-up instead. The company argues that NDC…

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

    … deals predated, but were not disclosed in, the respective applications. There’s the recipe here for a messy, protracted bun fight over .web, which should come as no surprise to anyone. Tweet Tagged: .blog, .web, afilias, auction, donuts, ICANN, irp, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, reconsideration, verisign …

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … a covenant not to sue ICANN when it applied for its new gTLDs. A judge in the DotConnectAfrica v ICANN can has allowed that lawsuit to proceed, regardless, but it may prove a stumbling block for Donuts. It all looks a bit flimsy to me, but I’ve learned not to second-guess American judges so we’ll just have to see how it plays out. Tweet Tagged: .web, .webs, auctions, donuts, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs, nu dot co, rightside, verisign …

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  • Verisign confirms it did fund $135 million .web bid

    … years of uninterrupted availability means that businesses and individuals using .web as their online identity can be confident of being reliably found online. And these users, along with our global distribution partners, will benefit from the many new domain name choices that .web will offer. No big surprises there. Verisign had already told investors it had a $130 million coming up soon. See DI’s analysis on the auction results here. Tweet Tagged: .web, auction, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs, nu dot co, verisign …

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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

    … paused overnight was likely well over $50 million. By the time you read this, this guesswork could be moot anyway. I expect we’ll find out later today whether those assumptions were accurate. It seems unlikely that a third day’s bidding will be required. The applicants for .web are NDC, Radix, Donuts, Schlund, Afilias, Google and Web.com. Vistaprint’s bid for .webs is also in the auction. Tweet Tagged: .web, auction, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs …

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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?

    … The fiercely contested .web gTLD is being forced into a last-resort auction and some people seem to think a major registry player is behind it. Two .web applicants — Radix (pdf) and Schlund (pdf) — this week wrote to ICANN to demand that the .web auction, currently planned for July 27, be postponed. They said the sale should be delayed…

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  • .web has an auction date

    … and .kid will not coexist. The only other scheduled auction right now is that of .doctor, which is planned for May 25. Radix, Donuts and The Medical Registry will fight it out in this rather less complex battle. It’s worth noting that if any of these contention sets unanimously choose to resolve their differences via private auction, none of the ICANN auctions will go ahead. Tweet Tagged: .doctor, .kid, .kids, .web, .webs, auction, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs, vistaprint …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
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