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October 20, 2019 16:19

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Social media’s positive effect on domain sales

Today: Appraisal of Going.us / .BEST Only $1.29 / Caliente.tv sold for $15,000! / and More… Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying your best coffee domain – Budget: Up to $150.00 – Be sure to check your portfolio for one of these coffee related domain names […]

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Whois killer deadline has passed. Did most registrars miss it?

The deadline for registrars to implement the new Whois-killer RDAP protocol passed yesterday, but it’s possible most registrars did not hit the target. ICANN told registrars in February (pdf) that they had six months to start making RDAP (Registration Data Access Protocol) services available. RDAP is the replacement for the age-old Whois protocol, and provides […]

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CIRA replaces CORE as emergency backup registry

ICANN has switched around its line up of emergency registry providers, swapping out CORE Association for CIRA. The organization last night announced that its three newly contracted Emergency Back-End Registry Operators are Nominet, CNNIC, and CIRA. EBEROs are failsafe registries that will take over any gTLD that has failed or is on the verge of […]

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The Amazon is burning. Is this good news for .amazon?

With the tide of international opinion turning against Brazil due to the ongoing forest fires in the Amazon, could we see governments change their tune when it comes to Amazon’s application for .amazon? A much higher number of forest fires than usual are currently burning in the region, largely in Brazil, which critics led by […]

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China’s MySpace trainwreck sells its gTLD

A once-hot Chinese social networking company that now sells used cars instead has offloaded its gTLD. The registry contract for .ren, the Pinyin for the Chinese “人”, meaning “people”, has been transferred from Beijing Qianxiang Wangjing Technology Development Co to ZDNS International. The original registry is better known by the name Renren. At the time […]

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ICANN names new directors, replaces Facebook exec

ICANN’s Nominating Committee has picked two new directors to join the board of directors this November. They are: Mandla Msimang, a South African technology policy consultant, and Ihab Osman, a serial director who ran Sudan’s ccTLD two decades ago but whose main current gig appears to be managing a Saudi Arabian dairy company. Dutch domain […]

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#CZDS, the #ICANN #domain zone file platform is only 71% efficient

ICANN’s Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS), is not very efficient, with only 71% of requests to gain zone file access responded to after 3 business days. CZDS is basically a portal giving access to daily raw data related to new domain registrations and deletions. The zone files follow a specific format and such files can […]

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Mystery .vu registry revealed

Neustar has been selected as the back-end domain registry operator for the nation of Vanuatu. The company, and the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator, announced the appointment, which came after a competitive tender process between nine competing back-end providers, last night. The ccTLD is .vu. It’s unrestricted, with no local presence requirements, and currently costs […]

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.gay gets rooted

The new gTLD .gay, which was often used as an example of a controversial TLD that could be blocked from the DNS, has finally made it to the DNS. While no .gay domains are currently resolving, the TLD itself was added to the root zone over the weekend. Its registry is Top Level Design, which […]

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Neustar takes control of two new gTLDs

Neustar has started taking over former dot-brand new gTLDs belonging to its former clients. It recently took control of .compare and .select, which previously belonged to Australian insurance company iSelect. Neustar had been the back-end registry provider for both TLDs. As previously blogged, iSelect abandoned its primary dot-brand, .iselect, in June. That was despite that […]

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