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December 8, 2019 23:08

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Amid .org controversy, Cerf predicts the death of all domains

As the debate about the sale by the Internet Society of .org registry PIR to a private equity company passionately continues, one reason put forward to defend the deal doesn’t appear to have been given much attention: it seems ISOC doesn’t have much confidence in the longevity of the domain name industry. Reducing ISOC’s exposure […]

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#SaveDotOrg to hold public web conference tomorrow with Ethos execs

The two top executives at Ethos Capital are due to confront non-profits that want to stymie its $1.13 billion acquisition of Public Interest Registry on a public call tomorrow. The call has been put together by NTEN, a conference organizer that focuses on the use of tech by non-profits. According to NTEN, the call will […]

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As pricey .new launches, Google reveals first set of big-name users including rapper Drake

Google Registry has opened up its .new gTLD for registration for the first time, but whether you get to buy one or not will depend on a team of Google judges. The company opened up its “Limited Registration Period” on Monday, and it doing so revealed a bunch of early-adopter registrants including eBay, Bitly, Spotify, […]

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Three more dot-brands fizzle out. Total now 69, dudes

Three more dot-brand registries have opted to kill off their own gTLDs, bringing the total to date to 69. The three self-terminating gTLDs, which all informed ICANN of their intentions in October and November, are: .工行 (.xn--estv75g), .nadex and .vistaprint. The .vistaprint termination is perhaps of note, given that online printing company Vistaprint was one […]

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Are ISOC’s claims about .org’s history bogus?

The Internet Society has started to fight back against those trying to put a stop to its $1.13 billion sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos Capital. Among the tactics being deployed appears to be an attempt to play down the notion that .org has always been considered as a home for non-profits run by […]

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Criminal .uk suspensions down this year

Nominet suspended fewer .uk domain names due to reports of criminality in the last 12 months that in did in the prior period. The registry said last week that is suspended 28,937 domains in the year to the end of October, down from 32,813 in the 2018 period. That’s 0.22% of all .uk names, Nominet […]

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Governments kill off another gTLD bid

Another proposed new gTLD has been killed off by governmental intervention. A Thailand-based company call Better Living Management Company applied for .thai back in 2012, but quickly ran into opposition from the Thai government, which thought the string too culturally sensitive. The ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee did not object to Thailand’s objection, and issued consensus […]

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Four big developments in the .org pricing scandal

The renewal of Public Interest Registry’s .org contract and its subsequent acquisition by Ethos Capital is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of newsworthy developments, so I thought I’d bundle up the most important into a single article. First, ICANN has thrown out the appeal filed by Namecheap and provided a (kinda) explanation […]

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Petition launched to fight .org deal

A petition has been opened on Change.org calling for the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital. The petition calls on ICANN, the Internet Society and PIR to “suspend” the sale “pending an open, transparent and multi-stakeholder public process about the future of .ORG.” It was started by Jacob Malthouse, who worked at ICANN […]

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XYZ buys dormant gTLD from “pyramid scheme” operator

XYZ.com has bought another unused dot-brand to add to its portfolio. It’s taken over the contract for .quest from original registry Quest ION Ltd, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing company called QNet, according to ICANN records. The gTLD will become the 13th that XYZ has a stake in, and the second dormant […]

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