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September 19, 2019 02:25

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Oh, the irony! Banned anti-Islam activist shows up on “Turkish” new gTLD domain

Tommy Robinson, who has been banned from most major social media platforms due to his anti-Islam “hate speech”, is now conducting business via a domain name that some believe rightfully belongs to the Muslim-majority nation of Turkey. The registration could add fuel to the fight between ICANN and its governmental advisers over whether certain domains […]

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Government anger over two-letter domains

ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has clashed with its board of directors over the lack of protections for two-letter domain names that match country codes. The board has now formally been urged to reconsider its policy to allow registries to sell these names, after angry comments and threats from some GAC members. Governments from Brazil, Iran, […]

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Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

New gTLD registry operators have been given the right to start selling two-letter domains that match country codes. Potentially thousands of names could start being released next year, resulting in a windfall for registries and possible opportunities for investors. Some governments, however, appear to be unhappy with the move and how ICANN’s board of directors […]

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One and two-letter .at domains coming soon

Nic.at will next month start selling .at domains shorter than three character domains for the first time. All one-character and two-character domains will be released, the ccTLD registry said, about 5,000 domains in total. The released domains include those containing any of the 34 non-Latin letters Nic.at supports, it said. Holders of trademarks valid in […]

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Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

Governments and ccTLD registries would get new rights to own two-letter domains in new gTLDs under a proposed ICANN policy. These highly-prized domains, many of which are likely worth thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, would be subject to a mini sunrise period, under the proposal. The so-called Exclusive Availability Pre-registration Period would be […]

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Donuts releasing 2 character domain names this week

TV.show, RX.delivery and other domains are available for registration on Wednesday. Have your eye on a two character domain name in one of Donuts’ domain names? You can start registering them on Wednesday, September 9. Previously withheld two letter domain names, such as TV.show and NY.pizza, will debut with a seven day Dutch auction tomorrow. […]

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US Congresspeople tell ICANN to ignore GAC “interference”

A bispartisan group of US Congresspeople have called on ICANN to stop bowing to Governmental Advisory Committee meddling. Showing characteristic chutzpah, the governmental body advises ICANN that advice from governments should be viewed less deferentially in future, lest the GAC gain too much power. The members wrote (pdf): Recent reports indicate that the GAC has […]

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Governments go on a kill-crazy rampage with new two-letter domain veto

ICANN has confirmed to new gTLD registries that governments now get to unilaterally block two-letter domains that match their home ccTLDs. The organization has essentially given nations a veto — already enthusiastically exercised — over domains including il.army, it.pizza and fr.domains. I’m not making this up. The Italian government has banned anyone from registering it.pizza. […]

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Rightside to release 20,000 two-character domains

A week from now, new gTLD registry Rightside is to release over 20,000 two-character domain names. The releases will come across all of its delegated gTLDs, but exclude letter-letter combinations. Only letter-number, number-letter and number-number combinations will be available, following ICANN’s partial lifting of the ban on two-character domains back in December. Strings such as […]

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Delays to two-letter domains after governments take a second bite at the apple

New gTLD registries will have to wait a bit longer before they’re allowed to start selling two-character domain names, after ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee controversially issued new guidelines on their release. The registries for hundreds of gTLDs will be affected by the delays, which could last a few months and were put in place by […]

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