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Amazon and Google to fight over .kids at auction

Amazon, Google and a third applicant are scheduled to fight for control of the new gTLDs .kid or .kids at auction. It’s the first ICANN gTLD auction to be scheduled since a Verisign puppet paid $135 million for .web in July 2016. According to ICANN documentation, .kid and .kids will go to auction January 25, […]

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Tech Inspired .nyc Premium Domain Names Hit Auction in May

New York City’s technology scene continues to boom, and what better way for technology startups, entrepreneurs and individuals to secure a prime spot on the internet than with a New York City web addresses like, and  These one-of-a-kind web addresses are made available exclusively to New Yorkers within the five boroughs and […]

Read more returned to NAACP after expiration prompts $10,000 auction

US civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has reclaimed the domain name after it expired and went to auction. The names and were also affected, but according to Whois records the NAACP restored all three yesterday. The names had been in pending renewal/delete status for three […]

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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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Neustar to auction .nyc premiums during New York Fashion Week

Neustar is to release a batch of reserved, fashion-related .nyc premium domains to coincide with next month’s New York Fashion Week. Twenty-four names, including,,, and will be released via an auction, the company said in a press release. SnapNames will manage the auction at from February 1 to February […]

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.com-dominated NamesCon auction already has one million-dollar bid

There’s still about week to go until this year’s NamesCon conference kicks off in Las Vegas, but the live auction that will close the first day of the show has already seen pre-bidding action. One batch of domains has already received a high bid of $1,010,000, but does not appear to have yet met its […]

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Short .at domain auction raises over $1m’s three-stage auction of one and two-character .at domains has raised over $1 million. Auction house Sedo announced today that over 1,000 .at names were sold, for a combined total of over $1 million. The biggest-ticket name was, which went for €56,000, according to Sedo. Bidders were not restricted to Austria or German-speaking nations. […]

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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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Could ICANN reject Verisign’s $135m .web bid?

ICANN is looking into demands for it to throw out Verisign’s covert $135 million winning bid for the highly prized .web gTLD. ICANN last week told the judge hearing Donuts’ .web-related lawsuit that it is “currently in the process of investigating certain of the issues raised” by Donuts through its “internal accountability mechanisms”. Donuts is […]

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Verisign confirms it did fund $135 million .web bid

Verisign has just confirmed that it was behind the winning bid in last week’s .web gTLD auction. Nu Dot Co won the auction after 23 rounds over two days of bidding, but Verisign was thought to be the real beneficiary. The company has now released the following statement confirming the relationship: The Company entered into […]

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