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April 25, 2019 23:57

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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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New TLDs, five years in

  It was five years ago this month that the first domains under the new top level domain (nTLD) program started rolling out to consumers. The first Latin script general availability domains came out in early February 2014. Remember .guru? .Plumbing? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Here’s how I’d sum up the first […]

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ICANN pushes IANA under Conrad

ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad is now “overseeing” the IANA part of the organization, ICANN has announced. It doesn’t appear to be a promotion or change of job titles as much as a reporting structure adjustment made in the wake of a change of management at the Global Domains Division. Kim Davies is still […]

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.film gTLD sees spike after dropping restrictions

The .film gTLD saw a small spike in registrations this week after dropping eligibility requirements. The Australia-based registry, Motion Picture Domain Registry, went fully unrestricted February 22 and immediately saw at least 100 new names in its zone file. It’s a small increase, but it meant .film, which sells for roughly $70 (101domain) to $120 […]

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Namazi named new GDD boss

Cyrus Namazi has been appointed as the new head of ICANN’s Global Domains Division. He’s been in the role on an interim basis since November, when former GDD president Akram Atallah left to lead Donuts. Namazi won’t be “president” though, his new job title is senior vice president. He was previously VP of DNS industry […]

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Yanks beat Aussies to accountancy gTLD

The contention set for .cpa has been resolved, clearing the way for a new accountancy-themed gTLD. The winner is the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which submitted two bids for the string — one “community”, one vanilla, both overtly defensive in nature — back in 2012. Its main rival, CPA Australia, which also applied […]

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The internet is about to get a lot gayer

Seven years after four companies applied for the .gay top-level domain, we finally have a winner. Three applicants, including the community-driven bid that has been fighting ICANN for exclusive recognition for years, this week withdrew their applications, leaving Top Level Design the prevailing bidder. Top Level Design is the Portland, Oregon registry that already runs […]

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Uniregistry working on bulk trademark blocking service

Uniregistry is planning to launch a bulk trademark block service, along the same lines as Donuts’ Domain Protected Marks List. But it’s going to be roughly 50% more expensive than DPML, on a per-TLD basis. The company has applied to ICANN to run what it calls “Uni EP” across its whole portfolio of 26 gTLDs. […]

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ICANN probing Donuts and Tucows over anti-Jewish web site

ICANN is investigating Tucows and Donuts over a web site that hosts antisemitic, white supremacist content. CEO Goran Marby said in a letter published this week that he has referred a complaint about the web site judas.watch to ICANN’s Compliance department. The web site in question says it is dedicated to documenting “anti-White traitors, agitators […]

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US not happy with Donuts hiring Atallah

The US government appears to have reservations about Donuts’ recent hiring of ICANN bigwig Akram Atallah as its new CEO. Speaking at a session of ICANN 63 here in Barcelona today, National Telecommunications and Information Administration head David Redl alluded to the recent hire. Atallah was president of the Global Domains Division and twice interim […]

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