.Web

  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    … was launched in the dying days of the Obama administration, so the recent changing of the guard at Justice — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed by Congress just two days ago — may have an impact on how it plays out. Tweet Tagged: .web, afilias, antitrust, auction, doj, donuts, ICANN, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, verisign …

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

    … new post-transition rules. Donuts and ICANN are already in the Cooperative Engagement Process — the mediation phase that usually precedes an IRP — with regards .web. Second-placed bidder Afilias is also putting pressure on ICANN to overturn the results of the auction, resulting in a bit of a public bunfight with Verisign. TL;DR — don’t expect to be able to buy .web domains for quite a while to come. Tweet Tagged: .web, afilias, donuts, ICANN, lawsuit, ndc, new gTLDs, nu dot co, verisign …

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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?

    … 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

    …, the Donuts company that applied for .web, is subject to an arrangement not dissimilar to NDC’s with Verisign. Ruby Glen is owned by Covered TLD LLC, in turn a wholly-owned Donuts subsidiary. It’s well-known that fellow portfolio registry Rightside has rights to acquire Covered TLD’s over 100 applied-for strings, but this is not disclosed in its .web…

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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 files $10 million lawsuit to stop .web auction

    … from outside the domain industry, perhaps that would strengthen Google’s resolve to win the auction. That’s all just me talking off the top of my head, of course. I have no idea whether or not NDC even has new backers, though its behavior in avoiding private auction goes against character and certainly raises eyebrows. The Donuts complaint, filed as its subsidiary Ruby Glen LLC, can be read here (pdf). Tweet Tagged: .web, .webs, auction, donuts, ICANN, last resort, lawsuit, new gTLDs …

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

    … for Reconsideration (pdf) with ICANN (pdf) on Sunday, demanding the delay and an investigation into whether Nu Dot Co LLC is under new control. The move follows speculation, which we reported last week, that Nu Dot Co is now being controlled by a major legacy gTLD registry player such as Verisign. The evidence for the the change of ownership comes…

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

    … to give applicants time “to investigate whether there has been a change of leadership and/or control” at rival applicant Nu Dot Co LLC. Nu Dot Co is a new gTLD investment vehicle headed up by Juan Diego Calle, who launched and ran .CO Internet until it was sold to Neustar a couple of years ago. I gather that some applicants believe that Nu Dot Co’s…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 6 readers -
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