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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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Donuts files opening brief in .Web appeal

Company believes covenant not to sue is invalid. New top level domain name company Donuts, through its company Ruby Glen, LLC, filed its opening brief (pdf) last week in an appeal over the .web domain name. Donuts was one of the applicants for the .web domain name. Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million […]

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Shares of Web.com Up Over 13% After Hours On Takeover Rumors

Shares of Web.com (WEB) rose over 13% after hours as Reuters.com reported the company “is in talks with private equity firms after receiving takeover approaches.” The story went on to say “The buyout interest in Web.com comes as its sector has become increasingly crowded, with companies such as Wix.com Ltd, Weebly Inc and Squarespace seeking […]

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Is the Domain King on the money with his predictions for .WEB?

When I first started investing in domain names Rick Schwartz’s blog (aka the Domain King) was one of my regular reads. I’ll be honest in saying I don’t always agree with everything Rick says, but I absolutely see him as an industry leader and someone whose successes in the industry speak for themselves. Which IMO […]

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Donuts’ appeal means .Web is a long way off

Court case for .web works its way through appeals court. Question: When will .web domain names grace the internet? Answer: no time soon. In late November, Judge Percy Anderson of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, granted ICANN’s motion to dismiss Donuts’ lawsuit against the organization over the auction for the .web top […]

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Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice, requesting certain information related […]

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#2 in 2016: .Web sells for $135 million but the saga continues

.Web’s record-shattering auction was big news in the domain name industry. The second most-read story on Domain Name Wire this year was about the .Web top level domain name selling for $135 million. I broke the news about the final auction price, but the full story continues to play out today. As it turns out, […]

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The tables are turned: now Donuts can delay Verisign

Waiting for the .Web. Many curse words were muttered about Verisign during the process of designing the new top level domain name program. Verisign spread plenty of FUD to delay the program. Now, the biggest new TLD company gets to take a turn at delaying Verisign. Verisign struck a deal to acquire rights to operate […]

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Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web auction, saying the “covenant not to sue bars Plaintiff’s entire action”. He wrote that he […]

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Court tosses Donuts’ .Web lawsuit because Donuts promised not to sue

Judge says agreement not to sue is enforceable. Judge Percy Anderson of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California has granted (pdf) ICANN’s motion to dismiss in a lawsuit brought by a subsidiary of new TLD company Donuts. Donuts filed a lawsuit because it was upset that Verisign was bankrolling another applicant’s bid for […]

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