Wednesday , April 21 2021

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Everything.sucks publishes transfer auth codes for thousands of domains in latest .sucks pimpage

Everything.sucks, which is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most prominent organized cybersquatting projects, has a novel new way to sell .sucks domains without, technically, selling them. The company, which casts itself as a “non-profit organization and communications forum for social activism” has published the transfer authorization codes for …

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Squarespace files to go public in New York

Web site tools maker and registrar Squarespace has filed its papers for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is focused on serving small businesses by simplifying the process of building web sites. It sells domains as a value-added service, but it’s not its core …

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Anger as Nominet rejects coup’s pick for chair

.uk registry Nominet has rejected its members’ favorite for chair of the board, causing no small amount of irritation among those who backed last month’s boardroom coup. Company acting chair Rob Binns yesterday told members that Sir Michael Lyons, who headed a review of Nominet a few years ago, will …

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ICANN threatens to seize gTLD after Whois downtime

Are we about to see our next gTLD registry implosion? ICANN has whacked the company behind .gdn with a breach notice and a threat that it may seize the TLD, after its Whois systems allegedly suffered days of downtime. According to ICANN, .gdn exceeded its weekly and monthly downtime limits …

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China could block GoDaddy’s $120 million MMX swoop

GoDaddy’s proposed $120 million acquisition of essentially all the meaningful assets of portfolio gTLD player MMX will be subject to Chinese government approval, it emerged this morning. Following GoDaddy’s bare-bones press release announcing the deal last night, this morning MMX added a whole bunch of flesh, including a list of …

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Nominet members wail as ousted director made CEO

Nominet has been accused of being “tone deaf” to its members’ criticisms after it appointed two staffers to its board of directors and named a recently ousted director as interim CEO. The .uk registry told members last week that Eleanor Bradley will occupy the corner office “for approximately 6 months” …

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XYZ adds .tickets to its gTLD stable

XYZ.com has taken over the ICANN registry agreement for the gTLD .tickets, according to records. It looks to be the registry’s 23rd TLD, the latest of XYZ’s acquisitions of unused or floundering new gTLDs. In the case of .tickets, it’s picking up a low-volume, high-price TLD with some rather onerous …

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EFF rages as Ethos closes Donuts buy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks the acquisition of Donuts by “secretive” private equity group Ethos Capital represents a risk to free speech. The deal, which sees Ethos buy a controlling stake from fellow PE firm Abry Partners, closed earlier this week, having apparently received no official objection from ICANN. But …

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