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March 19, 2019 23:39

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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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.tel’s second-biggest registrar gets canned

A Chinese registrar that focused exclusively on selling .tel domain names has been shut down by ICANN. Tong Ji Ming Lian (Beijing) Technology Corporation Ltd, which did business as Trename, had its registrar contract terminated last week. ICANN claims the company had failed to pay its accreditation fees and failed to escrow its registration data. […]

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38th dot-brand bows out after acquisition

Telecity Group, which used to be a major London-based internet collocation facilities operator, has told ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand gTLD. .telecity will become the 38th dot-brand gTLD to terminate its registry agreement. The company, which had close to £350 million ($445 million) revenue in 2014, was acquired by US-based rival […]

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Four more dot-brands call it quits

Four more dot-brand gTLDs are to disappear after their operators decided they don’t want them any more. These are the latest victims of the voluntary cull: High-priced bling-maker Richemont, an enthusiastic new gTLD early adopter, is dumping .panerai (a watch brand) and .jlc (for Jaeger-LeCoultre, another watch brand), the sixth and seventh of its fourteen […]

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Drop-catcher drops almost all remaining registrars

Drop-catch specialist Pheenix has terminated almost all of its remaining registrar accreditations, leaving it with just its core registrar. By my count, 50 shell registrars have terminated their ICANN contracts over the last few days, all of them part of the Pheenix dropnet. Only Pheenix.com remains accredited. That’s one registrar, down from a peak of […]

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I just bought a new gTLD registry’s domain for $10

Are .fan and .fans the latest new gTLDs to go out of business? It certainly looks that way. ICANN has hit the registry with a breach notice for unpaid dues and stripped it of its registrar accreditation. In addition, its web sites no longer appear functional and I’ve just bought its official IANA-listed domain name […]

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Three more dot-brands throw in the towel

Two companies have told ICANN they no longer wish to operate some of their dot-brand gTLDs. First, Sony has decided to junk its .xperia TLD. Xperia is a brand of mobile phones the company sells. The matching gTLD, which entered the DNS root mid-2015, only ever had the contractually mandated nic.xperia delegated. Sony still has […]

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A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public comment this week. What’s weird about the request is that Boots had already asked for […]

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Brazil loses its only registrar as UOL bows out

There are now no ICANN-accredited registrars in Brazil, following the termination of Universo Online’s contract this week. I understand the agreement was ended at UOL’s request. It’s not a case of it breaching its contract. UOL is a big deal in Brazil, getting beaten in the eyeballs stakes only by the likes of Google and […]

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HTC dumps its dot-brand

Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has become the latest dot-brand operator to get out of the new gTLD game. The $4.3 billion-a-year Taiwanese firm has told ICANN that it no longer wishes to run .htc as a dot-brand registry and ICANN has signaled its intent to terminate the contract. It becomes the 27th dot-brand, from the […]

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