Tuesday , August 16 2022

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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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InternetNZ appoints new CEO

Vivien Maidaborn has been selected as the new CEO of InternetNZ, New Zealand’s ccTLD registry. She’s replacing Jordan Carter, who quit earlier this year for a top policy job at Australian registry auDA, and interim chief Andrew Cushen, who reportedly had put himself forward for the role on a permanent …

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Looks like XYZ bought another gTLD

XYZ.com appears to have added the 34th string to its swelling stable of gTLDs. ICANN records suggest that it’s taken over the contract for .lat, a TLD aimed at Latin America. While no contract reassignment documentation has been published, the transfer of .lat from ECOM-LAC, the Uruguay-based registry, to XYZ …

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Bugatti dumps dot-brand under new owners

Bugatti, which makes incredibly expensive limited-edition sports cars, is dropping its dot-brand. The French company asked ICANN to release it from its .bugatti registry contract about a month ago, according to ICANN documents. Bugatti entered new ownership last November, under a joint venture between Rimac and Porsche, and recently reportedly …

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CentralNic signs Greenland deal

CentralNic says it has won a contract to supply registry management software to Greenland’s ccTLD. It appears to be a software licensing deal rather than an outsourced registry back-end contract. Greenland’s .gl domain is management by local telco Tusass, which awarded the contract. Greenland is one of three countries comprising …

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Early “dot-brand” adopter wants to scrap its gTLD

One of the first adopters of the dot-brand gTLD concept, which has an active portfolio of resolving domains, has asked ICANN to tear up its registry contract. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation said it no longer wishes to operate .cancerresearch, which it has used since 2014. It’s a bit of …

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Verisign to mandate 2FA for .com registrars

Over 2,000 registrars are likely to be affected by a new Verisign policy making two-factor authentication mandatory when logging into the company’s registrar portal. ICANN has given the preliminary nod to a Verisign proposal to make 2FA, which has been available on an optional basis for over a decade, mandatory. …

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ICANN staffer to referee closed generics fight

An ICANN policy staffer seems set to chair discussions between governments and the gTLD community over how to regulate “closed generic” domains in the next round of new gTLD applications. ICANN has put forward its own conflict resolution specialist Melissa Peters Allgood to facilitate the talks, and the Governmental Advisory …

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Covid vaccine maker takes RDNH loss to ICANN board

An Indian pharmaceuticals firm with a $2 billion turnover has complained at the highest level of ICANN after it was handed a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking decision over the .com matching its company name. Zydus Lifesciences, which produces mainly generic drugs but last year earned government approval to manufacture a …

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Guy asks ICANN to shut down prostitution site

A man is using ICANN’s Request for Reconsideration process to try to take down a domain that appears to being a marketplace for sex workers, many of whom appear to be offering prostitution services. The requester says that the site in question, adultsearch.com (NSFW) is breaking the law in the …

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No smoking! Rules laid down as .kids reveals launch dates

DotKids Foundation has published its launch dates and its fairly strict rules about what kinds of content are permitted and prohibited on .kids domains. The sunrise period for trademark holders will run from August 11 to September 14, to be followed a week later by a “community sunrise” targeting non-profits …

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