Tuesday , August 16 2022

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EURid scraps residency rules for three countries

.eu registry EURid said today that it’s broadening the eligibility criteria for registrants to ex-pats from three countries. The rule change means that if you’re a citizen of Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein but do not live in those countries or in the EU, you’ll be able to register domains regardless …

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Epik buys DNForum, explores member ownership options

Controversial registrar Epik has acquired DNForum and says it is thinking about ways to make the site member-owned. DNForum is a forum targeted mainly at domain investors. It competes with NamePros and has seen multiple sets of owners over the last few years. Posting on DNForum, Epik CEO Rob Monster …

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Nominet throws money at member-chosen charities

Nominet is to make up to £600,000 ($830,000) a year available to charities nominated by its members. The upcoming GiveHub platform comes as part of the .uk registry’s ongoing effort to appease members who believe the company has not being doing enough to live up to its public interest mandate …

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ICANN backtracks on executive pay transparency

ICANN has not disclosed the results of a recent board vote to award the CEO his bonus, apparently reversing an earlier move to make that kind of information public. The board voted last week to give Göran Marby his “at risk” compensation for the second half of the org’s fiscal …

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Brexit-hit domains can still be recovered

EURid has removed thousands of .eu domain names belonging to UK registrants from its zone file, but has dangled the possibility that they could still be recovered. Due to Brexit, the UK is no longer a member of the European Union and its companies and citizens are no longer eligible …

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Net4 domains now parked after “fraud” ruling

The primary operating domain names of disgraced registrar Net 4 India are now parked, after the company lost its ICANN accrediation and was hit by a finding of fraud in an insolvency case. The names net4.com and net4.in, which once hosted its customer-facing retail site, now return parking pages. It …

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Pride Month not transformative for .gay

June may be celebrated as Pride Month in some parts of the world, but the occasion hasn’t had a huge impact on registrations in the .gay gTLD, which launched late last year. Zone files show 11,323 active .gay domains yesterday, up by 723 compared to June 1. That’s up only …

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Schwartz says he sold ass.com for over $6 million

Veteran domain investor Rick Schwartz today said he’s sold the domain name ass.com for over $6 million. The deal appears to include the mouthwatering sum up-front, along with ongoing royalties. He tweeted a couple hours ago: I can reveal as of now Ass .com is under contract for $6 Million …

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US Feds seize 33 Iranian news site domains

The US government said it has seized control of 33 domain names previously belonging to an Iranian TV news station that the US considers linked to terrorism. The Department of Justice said the domains had been registered by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union, which it said is controlled …

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Did Harry and Meghan squat the Queen? [clickbait]

With tabloid rags everywhere continuing to clamor for any scrap of information that might drive a rift between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II, perhaps it was inevitable that domain names would one day enter the fray. And now they have, with the registrations of lilibetdiana.com …

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Cade and Dammak win ICANN awards

Marilyn Cade and Rafik Dammak have been named joint winners of this year’s ICANN Community Excellence Award, formerly the Ethos Award. The award acknowledges those community members deemed to have embodied ICANN’s values and devoted a lot of time to community work. As I previously blogged, policy consultant Cade, who …

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In two weeks, Brits will lose their .eu domains forever

UK registrants of .eu domains have just two weeks left to bring their registrations into compliance or face losing their names forever. EURid today sent out its final warning to its UK customers — update your records or have your domains placed into an unrecoverable “withdrawn” status, which means they’re …

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