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April 4, 2020 23:14

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ICANN grants Verisign its price increases, of course

ICANN has given Verisign its ability to increase .com prices by up to 7% a year, despite thousands of complaints from domain owners. The amendments give Verisign the right to raise prices in each of the last four years of its six-year duration. The current price is $7.85 a year. Because the contract came into […]

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No .com price increases this year. Thanks, coronavirus!

Verisign won’t increase prices on .com or any of its other TLDs this year. The promise comes as part of a package of coronavirus-related measures the company announced on its blog yesterday. Verisign said: In order to support individuals and small businesses affected by this crisis, Verisign will freeze registry prices for all of our […]

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Nominet to intercept dangerous coronavirus domains

Nominet, the .uk registry, will start providing informational landing pages when it suspends domains for criminal behavior including coronavirus-related scams. The company already suspends tens of thousands of domains every year at the request of law enforcement agencies. The vast majority are related to intellectual property infringement such as counterfitting and piracy. A substantially smaller […]

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US senators tell ICANN to reject .org deal

Five US senators have called on ICANN to not approve the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital. The senators — all Democrats — said in a March 18 letter published today that the proposed $1.13 billion deal is “against the public interest”. The surprisingly detailed nine-page letter (pdf) was signed by Ron Wyden, […]

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.org decision delayed another month

ICANN has been given another month to decided whether or not to approve Ethos Capital’s proposed $1.13 billion acquisition of Public Interest Registry from the Internet Society. PIR said today that it has agreed to give ICANN until April 20 to give it the yay or nay on the controversial deal. It seems the disruption […]

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Roundup: domain industry starts to respond to coronavirus pandemic

With much of the world already laboring under coronavirus-related movement and assembly restrictions, many domain industry companies have started to publicly outline their business continuity plans. Some companies have already implemented blanket home-working rules, while others are ready to pull the trigger on such regimes just as soon as local government policy or other circumstances […]

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The latest industry C-suite musical chairs

There have been several top-level hires at big new gTLD players in the last week. Donuts has announced it has appointed Mina Neuberg as chief marketing officer. Neuberg appears to be a newcomer to the domain industry, having most recently worked at a learning software company called Revolution Math. It’s the first time has had […]

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Ethos volunteers for .org pricing handcuffs

Ethos Capital has volunteered to have price caps written back into Public Interest Registry’s .org contract, should ICANN approve its $1.1 billion proposed acquisition. The private equity firm said Friday that it has offered to agree to a new, enforceable Public Interest Commitment that bakes its right to increase prices into the contract under a […]

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Verisign shits on domainers, again

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that Verisign makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year from .com domain investors, and yet it’s been developing a habit in recent years of shitting on them whenever it serves its purpose. The company’s submission to ICANN’s just-closed public comment period on the proposed new .com contract, which […]

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9,000 people tell ICANN they don’t want .com price increases. Here’s what some of them said

The public have spoken: they don’t want Verisign to get the right to raise .com prices again. ICANN’s public comment period on the amended .com contract closed on Friday, with just shy of 9,000 comments which appear to be overwhelmingly against price-raising powers. Almost 2,000 of the comments have the same subject line, “Proposed Amendment […]

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