Tuesday , August 16 2022

Kevin Murphy

Verisign to crack down on Chinese domains

Verisign has asked for permission to implement a more stringent regime for denying or suspending .com and .net domain names registered in China, to comply with the country’s strict licensing rules. The changes appear to mean that customers of Chinese registrars who have not verified their identities, which Verisign says …

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Whois Disclosure System likely over a year away

ICANN lifted the curtain a little on its fetal Whois Disclosure System this week, but the news is not good if you’re champing at the bit for a usable system for requesting private Whois data from registrars. The system, formerly referred to as SSAD Lite, will take “seven to nine …

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RNDH loser files second appeal

A big drug company has appealed to ICANN for a second time over a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking ruling against it, claiming ICANN should be responsible for the decisions of the World Intellectual Property Organization. India-based Zydus Lifesciences, which among other things makes Covid-19 vaccines, lost a UDRP complaint against …

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ShortDot drops premium fees on millions of domains

New gTLD registry ShortDot says it is making 2.4 million “premium” domains available at its standard registry fee. From September 1, domains across .bond, .cfd, .icu, .cyou and .sbs will no longer have premium renewals. The company said that “first and last names, city names, dictionary terms, and more” will …

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Tucows’ domains business stagnates again in Q2

Tucows’ domain name business has experienced its third consecutive quarter of stagnating growth. The company yesterday reported third-quarter total domains revenue of $61 million, compared to $62.3 million a year ago and $61.5 million in the second quarter. Dave Woroch, CEO of Tucows Domains, described this 2% annual decline as …

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GMO to sell Unstoppable’s crypto domains

Japan’s largest domain seller, GMO, is to sell Unstoppable Domains’s blockchain-based addresses under a new brand. The company, which owns the registrar Onamae, is launching a site called “CryptoName by GMO” at cryptoname.jp, where Unstoppable’s full portfolio of crytocurrency-themed extensions are on offer. Unstoppable said it’s first traditional domain name …

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More rules, but cozier ICANN 75 expected

There will be more rules to follow at ICANN 75 next month, but attendees might be able to expect a more intimate event, with less stringent seating restrictions. The gathering, ICANN’s 2022 Annual General Meeting, will be held in Kuala Lumpur from September 17 to 22, the second pandemic-era meeting …

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India offers dollar regs to celebrate independence

Indian ccTLD registry NIXI has announced a limited-time sub-$1 promo on new .in registrations — INR 75 in local currency — to celebrate the country’s imminent 75th anniversary of independence. The organization says it has reduced its registry fee to INR 25, and registrars that signed up had to agree …

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auDA updates on 2LD .au sales

Registrations of second-level domains in .au led to strong growth in the second quarter, according to auDA. The number of 2LDs registered between the namespace opening up March 24 and the end of June was more than 170,000 the registry said in its latest quarterly report. There were 218,886 newly …

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Now Nokia scraps a dot-brand

Finnish tech company Nokia has become the latest company to get rid of a dot-brand gTLD. It’s asked ICANN to terminate the contract for the IDN .诺基亚 ( .xn--jlq61u9w7b), which is the Chinese transliteration of “Nokia”. Like .nokia itself, the TLD is not currently in use. Nokia has not asked …

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