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    • 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, requesting certain information related t ...

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

    … not find persuasive” an earlier and contrary ruling in the case of DotConnectAfrica v ICANN, a case that is still ongoing. Donuts sued ICANN at first to prevent the .web auction going ahead. The registry, and other .web applicants, were concerned that ultimately successful bidder Nu Dot Co was being covertly bankrolled by Verisign, which turned…

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

    … the auction rules and of trying to emotionally blackmail ICANN into reversing the auction on spurious political grounds. The .web auction was won by obscure shell-company applicant Nu Dot Co with a record-setting $135 million bid back in July. It quickly emerged, as had been suspected for a few weeks beforehand, that Verisign was footing the bill…

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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

    … 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

    … 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 denied! .web auction to go ahead today

    … public view by NDC’s corporate structure. The applicants for .web are NDC, Radix, Donuts, Schlund, Afilias, Google and Web.com. Vistaprint’s bid for .webs is also in the auction. ICANN currently has over $100 million in a bank account, segregated from its operating funds, from previous last-resort auctions. Tweet Tagged: .web, .webs, auction, ICANN, last resort, 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?

    … 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

    … 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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  • ICANN win leaves door open for plural gTLD rethink

    … that ruled .webs too similar to .web. Vistaprint runs a web site building service called Webs.com. It filed two applications for .webs — one “community” flavored, one vanilla — but then found itself on the losing end of a String Confusion Objection filed by rival Web.com, one of the many .web applicants. It was one of the few instances where a SCO panel…

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