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NameJet to enforce opt out of the 60-day transfer lockdown policy

ICANN has been making the lives of domainers miserable; NameJet, the premium domain auction marketplace, relies on prompt domain transfers to facilitate sales. As a result, private listings of domains that are not expired, now have to accept a new set of terms and conditions at NameJet. In particular, private sellers now have to agree […]

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DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company. DropCatch is owned by […]

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ICANN has $400m in the bank

ICANN ended its fiscal 2016 with just shy of $400 million on its balance sheet, according to its just-released financial report. As of June 30, the organization had assets of $399.6 million, up from $376.5 million a year earlier, the statement (pdf) says. Its revenue for the year was actually down, at $194.6 million in […]

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The DDDP.com domain journey : Who’s winning?

A fun story to start your Monday with. DDDP.com, a “Chinese premium” four letter  .com domain, has been on the auction chopping block for a while now. As eagle-eyed reader Dale points out, DDDP.com was purchased, through a third party, for the price of $2,500 dollars a year ago. The third party broker was paid […]

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Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot […]

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How to Create a Name for Your Business; Goodnight, Sweet Print?

‘Marketers Are Getting Their “Click” Money Stolen,’ Warns ANA Chief; Hoping to Avoid Burnout, Some Startups Turn to Pot;  Got (.Gifts)? ‘Marketers Are Getting Their Money Stolen,’ Warns ANA Chief; Record-Breaking $57.3 Million Basquiat Leads Christie’s $318 Million Contemporary Sale; After $749M Miami Deal, SBE will own 20 hotels for a total of more than […]

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Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play

Uniregistry has emerged as the successful registry-to-be of .shopping from the convoluted .shop/.shopping new gTLD contention set. Donuts, the only competing applicant for the string, withdrew its application late last week. As we previously reported, the .shop/.shopping contention sets were joined at the hip due to a bizarre string similarity challenge, making the scheduled auction […]

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Porn firm wins .cam after years of objections

The controversial new gTLD .cam has been won at auction by Dutch porn site operator AC Webconnecting, putting an end to over two years of back-and-forth objections. Rival applicants Rightside and Famous Four Media both withdrew their applications earlier this week. The contest for .cam was marked by several objections and appeals. In 2013, Verisign […]

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English beats Portuguese in $2.2m .hotels auction

Booking.com has won the right to operate .hotels after an auction concluded a protracted fight over the gTLD. In an ICANN-run auction yesterday, Booking.com prevailed with a winning bid of $2.2 million. Its sole competitors was Travel Reservations (formerly Despegar Online), which had applied for the Portuguese word .hoteis. In 2012, a String Similarity Review […]

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Web.com just gave itself another reason to bid high for .web gTLD

Registrar group Web.com is changing its stock market ticker symbol to WEB tomorrow, in another sign that it really, really wants to be identified with the string. The switch from WWWW may indicate that the NASDAQ-listed company’s six rivals for the new gTLD .web have a fight — and a possible big payday — on […]

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