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March 29, 2020 02:44

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US senators tell ICANN to reject .org deal

Five US senators have called on ICANN to not approve the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital. The senators — all Democrats — said in a March 18 letter published today that the proposed $1.13 billion deal is “against the public interest”. The surprisingly detailed nine-page letter (pdf) was signed by Ron Wyden, […]

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.org decision delayed another month

ICANN has been given another month to decided whether or not to approve Ethos Capital’s proposed $1.13 billion acquisition of Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society. PIR said today that it has agreed to give ICANN until April 20 to give it the yay or nay on the controversial deal. It seems the disruption […]

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Delay .org deal because of… coronavirus? Gimme a break

Opponents of Public Interest Registry’s proposed acquisition by Ethos Capital are now claiming that ICANN should delay approval of the deal due to coronavirus. A statement, released yesterday by digital rights group Access Now with the apparent approval of several other like-minded groups, outlines a few reasons why coronavirus means ICANN should reject, or at […]

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ICANN chair: “all options open” on .org deal

ICANN has not yet decided to approve the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital, but has not ruled out rejecting the deal either. That’s according to chair Maarten Botterman, speaking to his Governmental Advisory Committee this evening. At the online-only ICANN 67 meeting, he was asked by GAC chair Manal Ismail whether ICANN […]

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Ethos volunteers for .org pricing handcuffs

Ethos Capital has volunteered to have price caps written back into Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, should ICANN approve its $1.1 billion proposed acquisition. The private equity firm said Friday that it has offered to agree to a new, enforceable Public Interest Commitment that bakes its right to increase prices into the contract under a […]

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Ethos’ .org pricing promise may be misleading

The more Ethos Capital protests that its plans for .org pricing are not as bad as its critics think, the less I believe it. Since November, the would-be buyer of Public Interest Registry has being publicly committing to maintain what it calls PIR’s “historic practices” related to pricing. PIR, under its last ICANN contract, was […]

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Possibly the strangest new gTLD acquisition yet

The company running .icu has taken over a similar-sounding but ugly dot-brand from a Chinese games company. ShortDot took over the ICANN registry agreement for .cyou from a Chinese games company in November, recently updated ICANN records show. The seller is Beijing Gamease Age Digital Technology Co, which makes massively multiplayer online games targeted at […]

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California .org probe — existential crisis or blessed relief for ICANN?

Does the California attorney general’s probe into ICANN’s relationship with the .org registry represent an existential crisis for ICANN, or could it be better seen as a great opportunity to palm off responsibility to a higher power? It was recently revealed that AG Xavier Becerra is looking into ICANN’s actions related to not only the […]

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XYZ expands gTLD stable as L’Oreal exits the domain game

XYZ.com has acquired four new gTLDs from the cosmetics company L’Oreal. The portfolio registry expanded its stable with the additions of .makeup, .beauty, .hair and .skin, all of which had their contracts change hands last month, ICANN records show. XYZ seems to have told Domain Name Wire last week that it plans to relaunch its […]

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SaveDotOrg to protest outside ICANN HQ. #lol

Good grief. Just when you thought the outrage over .org manager Public Interest Registry’s imminent sale to Ethos Capital couldn’t get any weirder, the #SaveDotOrg campaign has announced that it is going to physically protest ICANN’s headquarters in Los Angeles next week. From 0900 until 1100 local time, Friday January 24, they’ll gather to demand […]

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