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Oh, the irony! Banned anti-Islam activist shows up on “Turkish” new gTLD domain

Tommy Robinson, who has been banned from most major social media platforms due to his anti-Islam “hate speech”, is now conducting business via a domain name that some believe rightfully belongs to the Muslim-majority nation of Turkey. The registration could add fuel to the fight between ICANN and its governmental advisers over whether certain domains […]

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ICANN takes the reins again as .amazon talks fail

ICANN has re-involved itself in the fight over the .amazon gTLD, after Amazon and eight South American governments failed to reach agreement over the name. ICANN chair Cherine Chalaby wrote this week to the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization to inform the group that it is now ICANN that will decide whether the proposed dot-brand domain […]

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“Just give up!” ICANN tells its most stubborn new gTLD applicant

ICANN has urged the company that wants to run .internet as new gTLD to just give up and go away. The India-based company, Nameshop, actually applied for .idn — to stand for “internationalized domain name” — back in the 2012 application round. It failed the Geographic Names Review portion of the application process because IDN […]

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Updated: More .amazon delay as governments cancel talks

The future of Amazon’s bid for .amazon has been cast into more doubt after South American governments cancelled talks with ICANN. The new secretary general of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, Alexandra Moreira, wrote to ICANN CEO Göran Marby February 13 to call off a meeting that had been planned to take place in Brasilia, […]

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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 […]

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ICANN puts deadline on .amazon talks

ICANN’s board of directors has voted to put a March deadline on talks over the future of the .amazon gTLD. Late last week, the board formally resolved to “make a decision” on .amazon at ICANN 64, which runs in Kobe, Japan from March 9 to March 14. It would only do so if Amazon the […]

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.amazon domain isn’t a slam dunk after all

Amazon’s application for the .amazon dot-brand may not be as secure as it was thought, following an ICANN decision over the Christmas period. Directors threw out a South American government demand for it to un-approve the .amazon bid, but clarified that ICANN has not yet made a “final decision” to allow the gTLD to go […]

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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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Will ICANN punt on .amazon again?

Amazon is piling pressure onto ICANN to finally approve its five-year-old gTLD applications for .amazon, but it seems to me the e-commerce giant will have a while to wait yet. The company sent a letter to ICANN leadership this week calling on it to act quickly on the July ruling of an Independent Review Process […]

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