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December 11, 2017 00:15

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Numeric .xyz names plummet despite dollar deal

XYZ.com’s effort to sell over a billion numeric .xyz domains at just $0.65 each does not appear to be gaining traction. The number of qualifying domains in the .xyz zone file has plummeted by almost 200,000 since the deal was introduced and dipped by over 4,000 since the blanket discount went live. The $0.65 registry […]

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DotKids doesn’t want .kids auction to go ahead

One of the applicants for the .kids gTLD has asked ICANN to stop the planned last-resort auction. DotKids Foundation is competing with Amazon for .kids and, because the two strings were ruled confusingly similar, with Google’s application for the singular .kid. ICANN last month set a January 25 date for the three contenders to go […]

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InternetNZ loses two of its three CEOs as it simplifies

InternetNZ has announced the results of a consultation into a restructuring of the organization. The .nz ccTLD manager is to cut one of its three operating companies and reduce the number of CEOs from three to one. NZRS, which actually runs the registry, will be folded into InternetNZ, while policy-setting body Domain Name Commission Ltd […]

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Neustar ditches .biz for .neustar

Registry operator Neustar has migrated all of its web sites to its .neustar gTLD, abandoning its original home at .biz. The company announced today that its main site can now be found at home.neustar. Its old neustar.biz already redirects to the dot-brand domain. It’s also using domains such as marketing.neustar, security.neustar and risk.neustar to market […]

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Verisign wants to auction off O.com for charity

The internet could soon gets just its fourth active single-character .com domain name, after Verisign revealed plans to auction off o.com for charity. The company has asked ICANN to allow it to release just one of the 23 remaining one-letter .com domains, which are currently reserved under the terms of the .com registry agreement. It’s […]

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ICANN urged to crack down on new gTLD abuse

Registries selling dirt-cheap new gTLD domains should be rewarded with lower ICANN fees when they get proactive about abuse, while registrars that turn a blind eye to spammers should be suspended, an ICANN working group will recommend. In its second batch of findings, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) said that […]

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China and cheapo TLDs drag down industry growth — CENTR

The growth of the worldwide domain industry continued to slow in the third quarter, according to data out today from CENTR. There were 311.1 million registered domains across over 1,500 TLDs at the end of September, according to the report, 0.7% year-over-year growth. The new gTLD segment, which experienced a 7.2% decline to 20.6 million […]

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Domain blogger O’Meara elected to auDA board

Domainer-blogger Ned O’Meara, one of the fiercest critics of auDA, has been elected to the organization’s board of directors. He was one of four directors elected at the Australian ccTLD registry’s Annual General Meeting today. auDA splits its board into “demand” and “supply” classes. The former are registrants, the latter registrars and resellers. O’Meara, a […]

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New gTLDs blamed as .pl starts to shrink

Polish ccTLD .pl has lost over 125,000 domains in the last year, a change of growth trajectory blamed partly on new gTLDs. NASK, the registry, released its third-quarter report in English today. It’s overflowing with more statistics than you could possibly need about the TLD’s performance. The headline is that .pl is on the decline. […]

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Verisign launches name-spinner tool for if you really, really need a .com

Verisign has launched a new name-spinning tool, designed to help new businesses find relevant domain names in Verisign-managed TLDs. It’s called NameStudio. Verisign said: NameStudio can deliver relevant .com and .net domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, trending news topics and semantic relevance. Pulling from multiple and diverse data sources, the service can identify […]

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