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August 21, 2019 22:59

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Amazon tells power-hungry governments to get stuffed

Amazon has rejected attempts by South American governments to make the would-be gTLD .amazon “jointly owned”. In a letter to ICANN last week, Amazon VP of public policy Brian Huseman finally publicly revealed the price Amazon is willing to pay for its dot-brand, but said members of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization are asking for […]

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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 as its primary web site domain, replacing The migration appears to be complete already. URLs on the old .com address now bounce users to the equivalent page […]

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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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After ICANN knockback, Amazon countries agree to .amazon talks

Talks that could lead to Amazon finally getting its long-sought .amazon gTLD are back on, after a dispute between ICANN and eight South American governments. The Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization last week invited ICANN CEO Goran Marby to meet ACTO members in Brasilia, any day next week. It’s not clear whether Amazon representatives have also […]

Read more Two more gTLDs have been acquired

Two more new gTLDs have changed hands, DI has learned. has picked up former dot-brand .monster from recruitment web site, while newbie registry Intercap Holdings has acquired .dealer from Both ICANN contracts were reassigned last month. Neither acquiring company has announced their purchases or published their launch plans yet. That said, XYZ […]

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First non-brand gTLD to go dark

The number of new gTLDs to voluntarily terminate their ICANN contracts has hit 45, with the first non-brand calling it quits. It’s a geo-gTLD, .doha, which was meant to represent the Qatari capital of Doha. There were no registered domains. Despite being delegated in March 2015, it never launched. The registry was the country’s Communications […]

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Amazon offered $5 million of free Kindles for .amazon gTLD

Amazon offered South American governments $5 million worth of free Kindles, content and cloud services in exchange for their endorsement of its .amazon gTLD application, it has emerged. The proposal, made in February, also included an offer of four years of free hosting up to a value of $1 million. The sweeteners came during negotiations […]

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38th dot-brand bows out after acquisition

Telecity Group, which used to be a major London-based internet collocation facilities operator, has told ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand gTLD. .telecity will become the 38th dot-brand gTLD to terminate its registry agreement. The company, which had close to £350 million ($445 million) revenue in 2014, was acquired by US-based rival […]

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Baidu gets Chinese approval for .baidu

It seems China’s Draconian licensing program for TLD registries is not limited to foreigners. Chinese internet giant Baidu on Friday became the latest new gTLD registry operator to get the nod to run a TLD by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The approval was for .baidu, which is currently pre-launch with no launch […]

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