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Scottish registry dumps the pound over Brexit fears

The .scot gTLD registry has decided to dump the British pound as its currency of choice, due to fears over Brexit. DotScot’s back-end, CORE, told registrars this week that it will start billing in euros from March 29. The switch is being made due to “the expected volatility in currency exchange rates between GBP and […]

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Second emergency registry tested with dead dot-brand

ICANN is running its second test of the Emergency Back-End Registry Operator system, designed as a failover for bankrupt gTLDs. This time, the EBERO under the microscope is CORE Association, one of the three approved providers. It this week took over operation of .mtpc, a dot-brand gTLD that Mitsubishi applied for, was delegated, never used, […]

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Four more new gTLD contracts signed, including .email

Four new gTLD registries signed their contracts with ICANN yesterday. Donuts added Registry Agreements for .email and .codes to its portfolio, bringing its total up to 43. CORE Association signed for بازار., which means “bazaar”. It’s CORE’s third and final RA as an applicant and its only Arabic application. It’s already live with two Cyrillic […]

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First new gTLDs to go live “in the next few hours”

The first four new gTLDs are expected to go live in the next few hours. That’s according to the registries themselves, and reports out of the Internet Governance Forum in Bali, where ICANN division president Akram Atallah was speaking on a panel earlier today. The gTLDs are: .сайт (Russian “.site”) and .онлайн (Russian “.online”) from […]

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Live new gTLDs this month? First four pass to delegation

New gTLDs are on the home stretch, after ICANN sent the first four applications to the final delegation stage of the process. The four are: .сайт (Russian “.site”) and .онлайн (Russian “.online”) from Core Association, شبكة. (Arabic “.web”) from dotShabaka Registry and .游戏 (Chinese “.games”) from Donuts. These were also the first four to sign […]

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First collision block-lists out now. How painful will they be for new gTLDs?

ICANN has published the name collision block-lists for the first four new gTLDs, and they making pretty interesting reading. The four registries in question will be required to block between 104 and 680 unique second-level domains from their gTLDs if they want to use the fastest path to delegation on offer. The four gTLDs with […]

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