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September 25, 2017 13:19

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.Info and .Mobi get Chinese approval

Two large namespaces will now be available for hosting in China. China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has approved five of Afilias’ top level domain names for sale and use in China, including three “old” domain names and two new top level domain names. Most notable is .info, a top level domain name […]

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These domain name people are presenting at SXSW next month

ICANN, Afilias and other companies will have representatives at SXSW in Austin this March. SXSW is right around the corner, with the popular Interactive portion taking place March 10-16 in Austin. Unlike previous years, I haven’t found any domain name-specific sessions. But there are two sessions that have a domain name angle, or at least […]

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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 […]

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Roland LaPlante and NamesCon recap – DNW Podcast #121

A recap from NamesCon plus Roland LaPlante of Afilias. This week I have a wide-ranging discussion with Roland LaPlante, Chief Marketing Officer of Afilias. We discuss new top level domain names and why Afilias’ past experience with launching TLDs made its expectations for the current round more realistic. We also chat about increased competition for […]

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URS comes to .mobi as ICANN offers Afilias lower fees

Afilias’ .mobi is to become the latest of the pre-2012 gTLDs to agree to adopt the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy in exchange for lower ICANN fees. Its Registry Agreement is up for renewal, and Afilias and ICANN have come to similar terms to .jobs, .travel, .cat, .pro and .xxx. Afilias has agreed to take on […]

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

The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web auction, saying the “covenant not to sue bars Plaintiff’s entire action”. He wrote that he […]

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Afilias retains .org back-end deal

Public Interest Registry is sticking with Afilias to run the .org registry back-end. The announcement came yesterday after a open procurement process that lasted for most of 2016. Over 20 back-end providers from 15 nations — basically the entire industry — responded to PIR’s February request for proposals, we reported back in March. Afilias retaining […]

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.Org sticks with Afilias for backend

Afilias maintains contract to run technical services for the .org top level domain name. Public Interest Registry, the company that operates the .org top level domain name, has decided to keep Afilias as its technical backend registry operator after a competitive bidding process. Afilias has managed technical registry operations for .org since the domain’s management […]

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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 […]

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Verisign to .Web losers: stop griping and carry on

Verisign responds to complaints about its deal for .web. Paul Livesay, VP and Counsel at Verisign, has published a detailed response to Donuts’ and Afilias’ challenges over the .web auction result. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory: Nu DotCo was one of seven applicants for the .web top level domain name. It struck a deal […]

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