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February 22, 2019 09:51

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ICANN director Burr leaving Neustar

Neustar is losing its chief privacy officer, Becky Burr, who also sits on ICANN’s board of directors. Burr, a lawyer, said last week that she’s decided to return to private practice after almost seven years at the registry. Her last day will be March 1, but she’ll continue to advise the company as outside counsel […]

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Right of the colon? IDN getting killed over dot confusion

An internationalized domain name ccTLD is reportedly getting buried because of a confusion about how many dots should appear. Armenia’s .հայ (.xn--y9a3aq) today has fewer than 300 registered domains, well under 1% of the volume enjoyed by the Latin-script .am, apparently due to a unique quirk of the Armenian language. According to a report in […]

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Despite Afilias lawsuit, Neustar names date for Indian takeaway

Neustar has named the date for the transition of the .in registry away from incumbent Afilias.. It’s due to happen February 28, according to a new web site the company has set up to publicize the handover. The registry will be down for up to 48 hours, starting from 1830 UTC, February 17, as a […]

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Operation September Thrust leads to another million-domain Radix gTLD

Radix has become the first new gTLD portfolio registry to hit over one million domains in more than one TLD. It said today that .site has crossed the seven-digit threshold, joining .online, which hit a million names in 2018. It’s huge recent growth for .site, which had around 561,000 domains under management at the end […]

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Brexit blamed as .eu hits six-year low

EURid’s .eu top-level domain has hit a six-year low in terms of total registrations, and Brexit is to blame. The registry has just announced that it had 3,684,750 domains under management at the end of 2018, down 63,129 domains compared to the 3,747,879 it had at the end of September. That’s the lowest end-of-quarter number […]

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Nazis rejoice! A TLD for you could be coming soon

The domain name system could soon get its first new standard country-code domain for eight years. This weekend, ICANN’s board of directors is set to vote on whether to allow the delegation of a ccTLD for the relatively new nation of South Sudan. The string would be .ss. It would be the first Latin-script ccTLD […]

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Another failing gTLD not paying its “onerous” dues

ICANN has sent out its first public contract breach notice of the year, and it’s going to another new gTLD registry that’s allegedly not paying its fees. The dishonor goes to Who’s Who Registry, manager of the spectacularly failing gTLD .whoswho. According to ICANN, the registry hasn’t paid its registry fees for several months and […]

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.CLUB announces three years of price increases

.CLUB Domains is to increase its wholesale registry fees by $1.90 over the next three years. The company announced that the increases for .club names will come on July 1 this year, next year, and in 2021. The current price is $8.05 per domain per year. This will go up to $8.95, then $9.45, then […]

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Chile opens .cl to all ICANN registrars

The Chilean ccTLD registry has opened its doors to all ICANN-accredited registrars, no matter where they are based. NIC Chile, part of the University of Chile, this week announced its Registrar Agents Program, an effort to grow the TLD internationally. Becoming .cl-accredited appears to be a relatively simple process, requiring a brief application, technical tests […]

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Uniregistry working on bulk trademark blocking service

Uniregistry is planning to launch a bulk trademark block service, along the same lines as Donuts’ Domain Protected Marks List. But it’s going to be roughly 50% more expensive than DPML, on a per-TLD basis. The company has applied to ICANN to run what it calls “Uni EP” across its whole portfolio of 26 gTLDs. […]

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