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January 19, 2018 11:15

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Donuts (finally) wins .Charity dispute, clearing path to .charity domain names

Panel denies community objection against Donuts’ .charity top level domain name application. New top level domain name company Donuts is officially back in the running for the right to run the .charity top level domain name, clearing the way to finalize an operator for the string. If you have an excellent memory, you might recall […]

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ICANN urged to crack down on new gTLD abuse

Registries selling dirt-cheap new gTLD domains should be rewarded with lower ICANN fees when they get proactive about abuse, while registrars that turn a blind eye to spammers should be suspended, an ICANN working group will recommend. In its second batch of findings, the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team (CCT) said that […]

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ICANN finds no conflict of interest in .sport decision

ICANN has rejected claims that the .sport gTLD contention set was settled by an arbitrator who had undisclosed conflicts of interest with the winning applicant. Its Board Governance Committee last week decided that Community Objection arbitrator Guido Tawil had no duty to disclose his law firm’s ties to major sports broadcasters when he effectively eliminated […]

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Big in China? Dot .Loan claims 1.5 million domain registrations

Famous Four Media announced that its dot .Loan gTLD recently crossed the 1.5 million domain registration milestone. FFM said in a press release: “Famous Four Media, one of the world’s leading domain registry operators, is delighted to announce that its dot LOAN gTLD has surpassed 1,500,000 registrations! This represents another extraordinary milestone. Famous Four Media […]

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ICANN loses another IRP — .sport gTLD fight reopens as panel finds “apparent bias”

The future of the .sport gTLD was cast into turmoil this week after an independent panel ruled that there was “apparent bias” in the decision that awarded the string to a group linked to the Olympics. The new Independent Review Panel ruling found that ICANN broke its own bylaws by refusing to allow Famous Four […]

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Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few years of its entry into the gTLD game, overseeing the launches of cheap TLDs such as .science, .download […]

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Donuts’ application for .Charity lives again

A couple of years later, Donuts is back in the game for the .charity top level domain. New top level domain name company Donuts is back in the running for the .charity top level domain name after an Independent Review Panel (IRP) found ICANN’s board violated its bylaws. The saga began when the Independent Objector […]

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Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a […]

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.hotel losers gang up to threaten ICANN with legal bills

The six losing applicants for the .hotel new gTLD are collectively threatening ICANN with a second Independent Review Process action. Together, they this week filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN, challenging its decision earlier this month to allow the Afilias-owned Hotel Top Level Domain Sarl application to go ahead to contracting. HTLD won a […]

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Schilling, Famous Four rubbish Spamhaus “worst TLD” league

Uniregistry and Famous Four Media have trashed claims by Spamhaus that their gTLDs are are much as 75% spam. FFM says it is “appalled” by the “wholly inaccurate” claims, while Uniregistry boss Frank Schilling said Spamhaus has “totally jumped the shark here.” In a statement to DI today, FFM chief legal officer Oliver Smith said […]

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