• XYZ hires .top guy as first China employee has hired its first Beijing-based employee, as part of its ongoing plan to formally enter the Chinese market. The company said yesterday that it has appointed Mason Zhang, until recently chief marketing office at .top gTLD registry Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co, as its new director of business development for China.

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    • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

      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 Other new gTLDs are not affected.

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  • Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

    … Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among those to have filed…

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  • to prop up .xyz renewals with $1.5 million subsidy

    … Leading Chinese registrar has said it will subsidize .xyz renewals to the tune of $1.5 million. According to a press release, CEO He Xiaojiang made the announcement alongside counterpart Daniel Negari at meeting in Beijing on Friday. The registrar’s .xyz customers “are going to get high rebate back from so…

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  • CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs

    … wholesale clients — Customer A and Customer B — that each brought in more than 10% of its revenue. The company identified as “Customer A” — which I would expect to be — brought in revenue of just £393,000, despite it ending the year with about 1.7 million domains in its zone file. If CentralNic were charging per domain, we’d be looking…

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  • XYZ settles Verisign’s back-end switcheroo lawsuit

    … has settled a lawsuit filed against it against Verisign stemming from XYZ’s acquisition of .theatre, .security and .protection. Verisign sued the new gTLD registry operator for “interfering” with its back-end contracts with the previous owners last August, as part of its campaign to compete against new gTLDs in the courtroom. XYZ had…

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  • Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer

    … to grow revenue from its new gTLD portfolio has become the focus of attention due to the intervention of activist investor J Carlo Cannell of Cannell Capital, who reckons the company is paying too much attention to rubbish TLDs at the expense of its profitable registrar businesses. Negari thinks he would be able to grow .army, .dance, .dentist…

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  • .xyz passed two million names, growing like crazy

    …-2012 new TLD launch periods. It’s reasonable to assume that the majority of these names are being registered for investment purposes. It seems Chinese registrars processed much of the spike. But isn’t the only registry that saw a big spike over the weekend. .CLUB Domains’ .club added almost 44,000 names to its zone between Saturday…

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  • Cars gTLD launch clears $1 million in EAP

    … There was a small turn-out for the premium launch of .cars, .car and .auto gTLDs, but the registry says it cleared over $1 million in revenue. The three gTLDs are run by Cars Registry, a venture between Uniregistry and They all finished their pricey Early Access Periods yesterday and are due to enter general availability today…

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  • .security names priced at $3,000, .theatre at $750

    … may be best known for its budget .xyz gTLD, but its portfolio is increasingly leaning toward the super-premium end of the industry price range. The company entered Early Access Period with its .security, .protection and .theatre gTLDs today, and they ain’t cheap. .security and .protection are expected to carry retail prices of $3,000…

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  • Rightside to auction “xyz” domains at NamesCon

    … .xyz made a bit of a splash with domain investors in 2015, but is the meaningless string “xyz” inherently attractive? Even at the second level? Rightside seems to think so. The registry, which does not operate .xyz, is planning to auction at least four “xyz” domains during next Monday’s live auction at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas…

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  • Verisign warns about Chinese .com boom

    … million unregistered domains worth keeping. There are currently 123,497,852 domains in the .com zone file, according to Verisign’s web site. Verisign is not the only registry that appears to be benefiting from a deluge of registrations from China. has seen over 440,000 domains added to its .xyz zone file in the last three weeks, bringing…

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  • XYZ says it won’t block censored Chinese domains

    … New gTLD registry 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…

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