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January 18, 2020 20:37

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Ten years ago I predicted Oscar winners wanted a .movie gTLD. Was I right?

Almost 10 years ago, when DI was barely a month old, I looked at that year’s Oscar nominees and predicted that a .movie gTLD could find some demand in the movie industry. Was I right? Of course I was. As regular readers know, I’m always right. Apart from those times I’m wrong. In 2010, there […]

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BREAKING: Verisign pays ICANN $20 million and gets to raise .com prices again

Verisign is to get the right to raise the price of .com domains by 7% per year, under a new contract with ICANN. The deal, announced this hour, will also see Verisign pay ICANN $20 million over five years, starting in 2021, “to support ICANN’s initiatives to preserve and enhance the security, stability and resiliency […]

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ICANN predicts shrinkage in new gTLD sector

ICANN will make less money from new gTLDs in its fiscal 2021 because fewer domains will be registered and renewed, according to its recently published draft budget. The budget, released the day ICANN broke up for its Christmas holidays, shows that the organization expects to bring in $140.4 million in FY21, up a modest $300,000 […]

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Q3 industry growth driven by .tk, .com and .icu

The domain name industry grew by 5.1 million names in the third quarter, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. September ended with 359.8 million names across the board, the DNIB (pdf) shows. Half of the growth came from Tokelau’s .tk, which is handed out for free by Freenom and is where […]

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China loves .Com

Kassey Lee examines the market for .com domain names in China. In my series of articles to study the Chinese domain market, I have already covered the big picture and .cn. Today, let’s look at .com. This analysis is based on data I have collected from China Internet Network Information Center reports published since 1997. […]

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Verisign likely to get its billion-dollar .com pricing windfall

Verisign and ICANN appear to be on the verge of signing a new .com registry contract that could prove extremely lucrative for the legacy gTLD company. Speaking to analysts following the announcement of Verisign’s third-quarter results late last week, CEO Jim Bidzos said talks with ICANN, which have their first anniversary this week, are “nearly […]

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ICA rallies the troops to defeat .org price hikes. It won’t work

Over 100 letters have been sent to ICANN opposing the proposed lifting of price caps in .org, after the Internet Commerce Association reached out to rally its supporters. This is an atypically large response to an ICANN public comment period, and there are four days left on the clock for more submissions to be made, […]

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KPMG dumps .com for dot-brand gTLD

KPMG has become the latest company to dump its .com domain in favor of its dot-brand gTLD. The company recently announced that it is now using home.kpmg as its primary web site domain, replacing kpmg.com. The migration appears to be complete already. URLs on the old .com address now bounce users to the equivalent page […]

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Court rules generic dictionary domains CAN be trademarked

A US appeals court has ruled that generic, dictionary domain names can be trademarked. The hotel-booking web site Booking.com was told last week that it is in fact eligible to have “Booking.com” registered as a trademark, over the objections of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The ruling could have a chilling effect on domain […]

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ICANN urged to reject .com price increases

The Internet Commerce Association has asked ICANN to refuse to allow Verisign to raise its wholesale prices for .com domain names. The domainer trade group wrote to ICANN last week to point out that just because the Trump administration has dropped the US government objection to controlled price increases, that doesn’t necessarily mean ICANN has […]

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