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October 17, 2017 23:58

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Eight more gTLDs get Chinese licenses

Radix and MMX have had four new gTLDs each approved for use in China. MMX has had .work, .law, .beer and .购物 (Chinese for “shopping”) approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Radix gained approval for .fun, .online, .store and .tech. The approvals mean that Chinese customers of Chinese registrars will be able […]

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Double-charging claims as registries ramp up new gTLD refund demands

Registry operators have stepped up demands for ICANN to dip into its $100 million new gTLD cash pile to temporarily lower their “burdensome” accreditation fees. A new missive from the Registries Stakeholder Group to ICANN this week also introduces a remarkable claim that ICANN may have “double charged” new gTLD applications to the tune of […]

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Who should have rights to direct .au names?

Australian ccTLD registry auDA wants to know what you think about its plans to open up .au to direct second-level domain registrations. It’s no longer a question of if the change should happen, but how it should be implemented. A public consultation launched yesterday poses a series of questions about issues such as grandfathering, trademark […]

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Nine registries fighting for .au contract

Nine domain name companies are battling it out for the right to run Australia’s .au ccTLD. That’s according to auDA, the .au registry, providing an update on the latest stage of its “registry transformation” project today. A decision on which company to select could be made as soon as a month from now, though the […]

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In harsh tones, ccNSO rejects NomCom appointee

ICANN’s Country Code Names Supporting Organization has rejected the appointment to its Council of a Canadian registry director. Saying NomCom ignored long-standing guidance to avoid appointing registry employees, the ccNSO Council has said the recent naming of Marita Moll to the role is “unacceptable”. Moll will have to choose between sitting on the Council and […]

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Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The not-yet-delegated strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a […]

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MMX revenue slips despite domain growth

MMX today posted a smaller loss for the first half of the year, despite managing to grow domains under management and hit some important financial milestones. The new gTLD registry formerly known as Mind + Machines, which announced a few months ago that it’s looking to be acquired, reported an H1 loss of $526,000 compared […]

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puntCAT head of IT charged with “sedition”

Catalan gTLD registry puntCAT has confirmed that its head of IT, Pep Masoliver, has been arrested as part of a Spanish government crackdown on pushes for independence. He’s been charged with “sedition” and is still in police custody this evening, a company spokesperson told DI. His arrest coincided with the military police raid of puntCAT’s […]

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Spanish cops raid .cat registry offices in referendum censorship row

Spanish police this morning raided the offices of .cat gTLD registry Fundació puntCAT, just days after demanding the company shut down any domains referring to a forthcoming referendum. There are reports, unconfirmed by puntCAT at this time, that head of IT Pep Masoliver has been arrested in connection with the incident. On Twitter, puntCAT said […]

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Okay, pedants, only 36% of new gTLDs are shrinking

Thirty-six percent of non-brand new gTLDs are shrinking, DI analysis shows. According to numbers culled from zone files, 156 of the 435 commercial gTLDs we looked at had fewer domains yesterday than they did a year earlier. On the bright side, that means the majority of them are still growing, but… You: Wait, Kev, didn’t […]

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