Saturday , January 23 2021

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Breaking: failed .org buyer Ethos Capital buys Donuts

Donuts is to be acquired by Ethos Capital, the private equity company that tried and failed to buy .org manager Public Interest Registry a year ago. Donuts tells me that Ethos is to purchase the controlling interest in the company from Abry Partners, which acquired Donuts two years ago. The …

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Crackdown looms for new gTLD auction gaming

ICANN will be urged to consider taking a stronger position against companies who apply for new gTLDs simply to lose them at auction or immediately flip them to others. A community working group, known as SubPro and tasked with developing rules for the next new gTLD round, delivered its final …

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153 registrars fingered for ICANN security probe

Registrars will be asked to account for abusive domain names found on their services, under a new ICANN security audit. ICANN says it will soon send requests for information to 153 registrars, asking them to provide documentation showing how they dealt with domains used for distribution of malware or spam. …

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ICANN axes Cancun again. Apparently there’s a pandemic

ICANN has formally confirmed that its seventieth public meeting will be online-only, disappointing restaurateurs and sex workers in Cancun, Mexico for the second year running. The meeting will also be mercifully shorter, with two days cut from its running time. The new dates are March 22 to March 25. Thankfully, …

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Gun nut site crashes at Epik after GoDaddy shoots it down

A site for American gun enthusiasts has switched registrars, moving its domain to Epik — apparently with the consent of CEO Rob Monster — after GoDaddy turfed it out for allegedly inciting violence. According to a GoDaddy statement at the weekend, the registrar had received complaints about content on AR15.com …

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Free domains for .in registrants

Registrants of new .in domain names will be offered a free domain in a non-Latin script, the Indian government announced today. The National Internet Exchange of India said it will offer one free internationalized domain name, along with a free email account in the same script, when they register a …

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Island demands return of its “naked” ccTLD

The Pacific island nation of Niue is loudly demanding that ICANN hand over control of its ccTLD, .nu, after two decades of bitter argument. The government has taken the highly unusual move of filing a redelegation request with ICANN’s IANA unit publicly, forwarding it to other governments and the media. …

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Net 4 India gets unwelcome Christmas gift from ICANN

Struggling Indian registrar Net 4 India has been hit by its third notice of contract breach by ICANN, in a letter delivered Christmas Eve. Net4 is on ICANN’s naughty list this time due to its alleged violations of ICANN’s transfer and expired domains policies. The breach notice is very similar …

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Fuji Xerox kills off gTLD after rebrand

Fuji Xerox has become the latest multi-billion-dollar company to ditch its dot-brand gTLD. The Japanese-American company, a joint venture of Xerox and Fuji, has told ICANN it wants to terminate its registry contract for .fujixerox, and ICANN has indicated its intention to let the string die. The gTLD was not …

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EURid suspends 80,000 domains as Brexit transition ends

EURid suspended about 80,00 domain names on Friday, as the UK’s 11 months of Brexit transition came to an end. All the names were registered to UK-based, non-EU citizens and organizations, which are no longer eligible under registry policy. “On 1 January 2021 we suspended around 80 000 domain names …

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GoDaddy’s female geeks make a bit more than men

Women working at GoDaddy in technology roles on average make a penny more on the dollar than their male counterparts, but their bosses don’t fare nearly as well, according to the company’s latest published diversity data. The market-leading registrar said last week that on average across the company globally, women …

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