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April 25, 2018 04:44

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auDA refers former directors to police

Imploding Australian ccTLD registry auDA has ratted out “several” of its former directors to the local cops, it was revealed this week. In a message to its community to mark Chris Leptos’ 150th day as chair of the organization, he wrote: I am disappointed to advise you that in my first week as Independent Chair […]

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CoCCA to charge trademark owners for Whois access

CoCCA has become the first domain registry to publicly announce that it will charge trademark owners for access to Whois records. The company said it plans to release an updated version of its software and registry service, containing a range of features for ensuring General Data Protection Regulation compliance, on April 20. The public Whois […]

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Grumpier Aussies call for more blood on the auDA boardroom floor

A group of pissed-off members of the Australian domain name industry are calling for the heads of auDA’s CEO, its new chair, and two other members of its board. A triumvirate of long-time participants in the auDA community say they have secured enough signatures on a petition to force the organization to call the meeting […]

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auDA role “could have killed me” says resigning domainer

Domainer and activist blogger Ned O’Meara has resigned from the auDA board of directors, about four months after being elected. He said in an apologetic blog post that the “negative stress” caused by being on the .au registry’s board had sent his blood pressure up, making him worry about having a third heart attack. “[I]f […]

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Three more dot-brands throw in the towel

Two companies have told ICANN they no longer wish to operate some of their dot-brand gTLDs. First, Sony has decided to junk its .xperia TLD. Xperia is a brand of mobile phones the company sells. The matching gTLD, which entered the DNS root mid-2015, only ever had the contractually mandated nic.xperia delegated. Sony still has […]

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Now Latvia guts Whois to comply with GDPR

Latvia has become the latest country to announce plans to cut back on Whois provision to comply with incoming European Union privacy law. Its .lv ccTLD is the first I’m aware of to announce that it plans to cut back on the amount of data it actually collects in addition to how much it publishes. […]

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Portugal joins the million-domain club

Portuguese ccTLD .pt passed one million registrations for the first time earlier this month, DNS.pt said this week. The millionth name was meckos.pt, registered by a local textile machinery company of that name, the registry said. The ccTLD ended 2017 with 976,370 names under management and as of today stands at 1,001,552 names, according to […]

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Austria to stop publishing most Whois data

Austrian ccTLD operator nic.at will no longer publish any Whois information for individual registrants, in order to comply with incoming EU privacy law. “Natural persons’ data will no longer be published from mid-May 2018,” the company said today. Data concerning legal entities such as companies will continue to be published, it added. The move is […]

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CentralNic and KeyDrive in merger talks

CentralNic and KeyDrive, two major European domain firms, are in merger talks, CentralNic confirmed this morning. CentralNic said that the transaction, should it close, would be a “reverse takeover” of itself by KeyDrive. That’s where a private company, in this case KeyDrive, reverses into a public one, in this case AIM-listed CentralNic. Luxembourg-based KeyDrive is […]

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After long fight, Donuts adds .charity to its gTLD stable

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Donuts has prevailed in the two-horse race for the .charity gTLD. The company appears to have privately resolved its contention set, paying off rival bidder Famous Four Media, judging by updates to ICANN’s web site today. The gTLD had been scheduled for an ICANN “last resort” auction in […]

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