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KPMG dumps .com for dot-brand gTLD

KPMG has become the latest company to dump its .com domain in favor of its dot-brand gTLD. The company recently announced that it is now using home.kpmg as its primary web site domain, replacing kpmg.com. The migration appears to be complete already. URLs on the old .com address now bounce users to the equivalent page […]

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David and Goliath? DotMusic confirms .music win

Cyprus-based registry upstart DotMusic Ltd has confirmed that it has secured the rights to the .music gTLD. Founder and CEO Constantinos Roussos tweeted the news overnight. Excited to announce that after more than a decade, DotMusic has prevailed and will be the .MUSIC registry 🙂 https://t.co/XSnCkQVn28 #ICANN #DotMusic #DavidandGoliath #Music #Domains pic.twitter.com/tQX14eYyKu — Constantine Roussos […]

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Neustar loses most of its Amazon back-end biz to Nominet

Amazon has switched two thirds of its large portfolio of new gTLDs over to Nominet’s back-end registry services, replacing Neustar. Judging by changes to IANA records this week, Amazon has moved 35 gTLDs to Nominet, leaving 17 at Neustar. A Neustar spokesperson confirmed the changes, telling DI: in an effort to diversify their back-end support, […]

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Italian bank is the latest dot-brand to bow out

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, Italy’s sixth-largest bank, has become the latest new gTLD owner to tell ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand. It’s the 47th new gTLD to request termination of its registry contract. The affected TLD is .bnl. ICANN has already decided not to transition the contract to a new owner, […]

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.music update: I’m calling it for Costa

Amazon has pulled out of the fight for the .music gTLD, and I’m ready to call the race. In full knowledge that this could be my “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment, it seems to me the balance of evidence right now is strongly pointing to a win for DotMusic over sole remaining rival bidder MMX. The […]

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Did Roussos pull off the impossible? Google, Donuts, Radix all drop out of .music race

Google won’t be the registry for the .music gTLD. The company, along with pure-play registries Donuts and Radix, late last week withdrew their respective applications from the .music contention set, leaving just three possible winners in the running. Those are Amazon, MMX, and DotMusic, the company run by long-time .music fanboy Constantinos Roussos. As I […]

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Looks like .music is finally on its way

The hard-fought battle for .music appears to be over. I’m not yet in a position to tell you which of the eight applicants for the new gTLD has been successful, but I can tell you some of those who were not. Two applicants have this week withdrawn their bids, an almost certain sign that the […]

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.blog tops 200,000 regs due to WordPress partnership

Knock Knock Whois There, the WordPress-affiliated .blog registry, said today that it has topped 200,000 names for the first time. The milestone comes after about 28 months of general availability, during which growth has been slow but stable. The company said it has a respectable renewal rate of 72.74%, which is only a couple of […]

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.london disaster leads to mixed 2018 for MMX

New gTLD registry MMX, aka Minds + Machines, suffered a huge net loss in 2018, largely due to its disastrous .london contract, even while its operating fundamentals improved. For the year, MMX reported a net loss of $12.6 million, compared to a 2017 profits of $3.8 million, on revenue up 5% to $15.1 million. The […]

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Neustar completes .in migration

The transfer of India’s suite of ccTLDs from Afilias to Neustar is done. NIXI, the .in registry, announced today: “The transition of .IN to its new Neustar-backed Registry platform is now complete.” With 2.2 million names, not counting names in NIXI’s plethora of localized transliterations, .in is the third-largest TLD migration, behind the 3.1 million […]

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