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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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Four more dot-brands call it quits

Four more dot-brand gTLDs are to disappear after their operators decided they don’t want them any more. These are the latest victims of the voluntary cull: High-priced bling-maker Richemont, an enthusiastic new gTLD early adopter, is dumping .panerai (a watch brand) and .jlc (for Jaeger-LeCoultre, another watch brand), the sixth and seventh of its fourteen […]

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#DotBrands : New additions to Global #Brands showcase by #Neustar

Neustar has been collecting and presenting an array of global brands that utilize their own top level domains. As a premium sponsor of, Neustar provided an update to their current dot brand collection. Additions include Sony, Audi, BMW, Swatch, Abbot News and more. By rolling out dedicated top level domain names, companies control and […]

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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 delegated. Sony still has […]

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A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public comment this week. What’s weird about the request is that Boots had already asked for […]

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