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January 17, 2018 05:11

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.web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

Verisign has been given the all-clear by the US government to go ahead and run the new gTLD .web, despite competition concerns. The Department of Justice told the company yesterday that the antitrust investigation it launched almost exactly a year ago is now “closed”. Verisign’s secret proxy in the 2016 auction, the original .web applicant […]

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Justice gives nod to O.com auction

The US Department of Justice does not intend to prevent Verisign from auctioning off the single-letter domain o.com. Aaron Hoag, chief of the department’s Technology & Financial Services Section, told ICANN in a letter (pdf) that it does not intend to probe Verisign’s proposal. The letter reads in its entirety: Your letter dated December 7, […]

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US confirms no .com price hikes before 2024

The US government has confirmed that it expects to keep Verisign’s .com registry fee capped at the current level until at least 2024. The intention was disclosed in a letter to Senator Ted Cruz, who has been waging war against the US government plan to remove itself from DNS root zone oversight, along with senators […]

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Domain-hopping torrent site seized, founder arrested

A joint US-Polish law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of the alleged owner of the piracy-focused BitTorrent links site KickAssTorrents. The US Department of Justice announced yesterday that Ukrainian national Artem Vaulin has been arrested in Poland and that it will seek to extradite him to Chicago to face criminal copyright infringement charges. […]

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