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December 7, 2019 03:37

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AlpNames died months ago. Why is it still the “most-abused” registrar?

Despite going out of business, being terminated by ICANN, and losing all its domains several months ago, defunct AlpNames is still being listed as the world’s most-abused registrar by a leading spam-fighting organization. SpamHaus currently ranks the Gibraltar-based company as #1 on its list of the “The 10 Most Abused Domain Registrars”, saying 98.7% of […]

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Ethos promises to keep .org for many many many many years

Ethos Capital doesn’t plan to flip .org manager Public Interest Registry any time soon, according to its CEO. Erik Brooks said that private equity firm Ethos, which intends to buy PIR from the Internet Society for over a billion dollars, plans to keep hold of the company for “many, many, many, many years”. He was […]

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#SaveDotOrg to hold public web conference tomorrow with Ethos execs

The two top executives at Ethos Capital are due to confront non-profits that want to stymie its $1.13 billion acquisition of Public Interest Registry on a public call tomorrow. The call has been put together by NTEN, a conference organizer that focuses on the use of tech by non-profits. According to NTEN, the call will […]

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As pricey .new launches, Google reveals first set of big-name users including rapper Drake

Google Registry has opened up its .new gTLD for registration for the first time, but whether you get to buy one or not will depend on a team of Google judges. The company opened up its “Limited Registration Period” on Monday, and it doing so revealed a bunch of early-adopter registrants including eBay, Bitly, Spotify, […]

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Three more dot-brands fizzle out. Total now 69, dudes

Three more dot-brand registries have opted to kill off their own gTLDs, bringing the total to date to 69. The three self-terminating gTLDs, which all informed ICANN of their intentions in October and November, are: .工行 (.xn--estv75g), .nadex and .vistaprint. The .vistaprint termination is perhaps of note, given that online printing company Vistaprint was one […]

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Are ISOC’s claims about .org’s history bogus?

The Internet Society has started to fight back against those trying to put a stop to its $1.13 billion sale of Public Interest Registry to Ethos Capital. Among the tactics being deployed appears to be an attempt to play down the notion that .org has always been considered as a home for non-profits run by […]

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Techdirt : Sketchy #ICANN executives and the #ORG deal

An article at Techdirt refers to the “self-serving” .ORG deal as the result of very “sketchy” actions by executives at ICANN. The article points out the various steps in the deal that secured the removal of price caps for .ORG domains, and once this was in place, the announcement of PIR’s sale for a reputedly […]

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Ethos paid $1.135 billion for .Org

Internet Society reveals the price it is selling out for. On a webinar today, Internet Society has purportedly disclosed that Ethos Capital will pay $1.35 billion to acquire the .org registry from it: #Internetsociety offered 1b and 135mil$USD for #.ORG from Ethos Capital, disclosed only now at a special webinar — Desiree (@Des) November 29, […]

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Governments kill off another gTLD bid

Another proposed new gTLD has been killed off by governmental intervention. A Thailand-based company call Better Living Management Company applied for .thai back in 2012, but quickly ran into opposition from the Thai government, which thought the string too culturally sensitive. The ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee did not object to Thailand’s objection, and issued consensus […]

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Four big developments in the .org pricing scandal

The renewal of Public Interest Registry’s .org contract and its subsequent acquisition by Ethos Capital is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of newsworthy developments, so I thought I’d bundle up the most important into a single article. First, ICANN has thrown out the appeal filed by Namecheap and provided a (kinda) explanation […]

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