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October 19, 2019 00:37

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EFF becomes second to appeal new .org contract

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has appealed ICANN’s decision to add stronger trademark protection rules to .org. The civil liberties organization has filed a Request for Reconsideration with ICANN, saying that the new .org contract should not oblige Public Interest Registry to implement the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy. URS is a swifter, cheaper version of the […]

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Google has big, innovative plans for .new

Google is set to launch .new next year with a innovative value proposition that changes how domain names are used. The company plans to slowly release .new domains to a carefully controlled customer base, starting in the first quarter 2020. In a Registry Service Evaluation Process request filed with ICANN last week, the company said: […]

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Amazon and Google have been BEATEN by a non-profit in the fight for .kids

One of the longest-fought new gTLD contests has finally been resolved, with a not-for-profit bid beating out Google and Amazon. Amazon last week withdrew its application for .kids, leaving Hong Kong-based DotKids Foundation the only remaining applicant. DotKids now has a clear run at the gTLD, with only ICANN contracting and technical testing before .kids […]

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ICANN’s new conferencing software has a webcam security bug

ICANN can’t catch a break when it comes to remote participation security, it seems. Having just recently made the community-wide switch away from Adobe Connect to Zoom, partly for security reasons, now Zoom has been hit by what many consider to be a critical zero-day vulnerability. Zoom (which, irrelevantly, uses a .us domain) pushed out […]

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ICANN explains how .org pricing decision was made

ICANN has responded to questions about how its decision to lift price caps on .org, along with .biz and .info, was made. The buck stops with CEO Göran Marby, it seems, according to an ICANN statement, sent to DI last night. ICANN confirmed that was no formal vote of the board of directors, though there […]

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CEO lost millions on Manhattan apartment deal just days before AlpNames went dark

The CEO of AlpNames lost his $2.1 million deposit on a $10.6 million Manhattan apartment just days before his company went belly-up earlier this year, DI can reveal. A New York District Court judge in February found in favor of property developer Highline Associates, which had sued Iain Roache for his deposit after he failed […]

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Net 4 India gets brief reprieve from ICANN suspension

India registrar Net 4 India has been given a bit of breathing space by ICANN, following its suspension last month. ICANN suspended the registrar’s accreditation a month ago, effective June 21, after discovering the company had been in insolvency proceedings for some time. But on June 20 ICANN updated its suspension notice to give Net4 […]

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Charities “could move to .ngo” if .org prices rise

File this one under “wrong-headed argument of the day”. The head of policy at the Charities Aid Foundation reportedly has said that the recent removal of price increase caps at .org could lead to charities moving to other TLDs, “like .ngo”, which would cause confusion among charitable givers. Rhodri Davies told The Telegraph (registration required) […]

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Non-coms say .org price cap should be RAISED

With the entire domain name community apparently split along binary lines on the issue of price caps in .org, a third option has emerged from a surprising source. ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholders Group has suggested that price caps should remain, but that they should be raised from their current level of 10% per year. In its […]

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Dot-brand early adopter becomes 48th to disappear

A Singaporean telecommunications company has become the latest gTLD registry to voluntarily drop its dot-brand. StarHub, which had 2018 revenue equivalent to $1.73 billion, told ICANN it no longer wished to operate .starhub in February and ICANN opened its request up for a month of public comment last week (a formality). It’s the 48th of […]

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