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July 22, 2018 16:27

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auDA chair defends $9 million windfall as no-confidence vote looms

The chair of .au registry auDA has appealed to its membership for calm ahead of a vote of no confidence in himself, the CEO, and two of his fellow directors. Chris Leptos yesterday defended the AUD 12 million ($9 million) windfall the organization has received as a result of its transition from long-term registry back-end […]

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.LLC and .INC domain names are on their way

With .Inc acquisition, we’ll finally see two of the better corporate identifier domains this year. It’s been a long wait, but two of the best “corporate identifier” top level domain names are coming to the market. Afilias’ .LLC domain name is in the trademark sunrise period until July 5. A landrush will run from July […]

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MMX rejected three takeover bids before buying .xxx

MMX talked to three other domain name companies about potentially selling itself before deciding instead to go on the offensive, picking up ICM Registry for about $41 million. The company came out of a year-long strategic review on Friday with the shock news that it had agreed to buy the .xxx, .adult, .porn and .sex […]

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101domain founders suing Afilias over unpaid $1 million after $15.5 million acquisition

The two former owners of 101domain are suing Afilias over an unpaid $1 million portion of their $15.5 million acquisition deal. And Afilias is suing them right back, claiming it doesn’t have to pay because the deal left it saddled with an undisclosed tax bill in excess of $1 million. The suit was filed by […]

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101domain founder Wolfgang Reile dies at 67

Wolfgang Reile, founder and former CEO of the registrar 101domain, has died, according to his former business partner and other sources. He died unexpectedly at 67, April 6, according to Anthony Beltran, who took over the management of 101domain from Reile when Afilias acquired it back in 2015. Born in Munich, Reile migrated to the […]

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Afilias hits pause button on Whois plans

Company backtracks on plans to redact Whois…for now. Two days after informing registrars that it planned to redact almost all information from Whois records to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Afilias has put its plans on hold. The registry for domain names such as .info and .mobi issued a press release […]

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Afilias scraps plan to scrap Whois

Afilias has “temporarily suspended” its plan to migrate its TLDs to an essentially thin Whois model. In what appears to be an effort to roll back some GDPR-related gun-jumping, the registry said it will instead wait and see how ICANN’s efforts to consult with European data protection authorities play out. Afilias had told its registrars […]

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Marby ponders emergency powers to avoid fragmented Whois

ICANN could invoke emergency powers in its contracts to prevent Whois becoming “fragmented” after EU privacy laws kick in next month. That’s a possibility that emerged during a DI interview with ICANN CEO Goran Marby yesterday. Marby told us that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that European data protection authorities will soon provide clear guidance that will […]

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auDA probably won’t pass on full Afilias savings to registrants

Switching .au’s back-end to Afilias will cut auDA’s per-domain costs by more than half, but registrants are not likely to benefit from the full impact of the savings. auDA’s Bruce Tonkin, who led the committee that selected Afilias to replace incumbent Neustar, told DI this week that the organization is likely to take a bigger […]

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Afilias takes over back-end for Puerto Rico

Afilias has won the back-end contract for Puerto Rico’s ccTLD, .pr. The registry services provider took over DNS for the zone last month and the final handover of the registration system happened at the weekend. .pr is a small TLD, under 10,000 names, run by local firm Gauss Research Laboratories. It also tries to market […]

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