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XYZ buys .security and .protection from Symantec

Kevin Murphy, June 24, 2015, 09:57:51 (UTC), Domain Registries

XYZ.com has added .security and .protection to its portfolio of new gTLDs under a private deal with security software maker Symantec.

Symantec originally applied for both as closed generics, but changed its plans when ICANN changed its tune about exclusive access gTLDs.

The company won .security in an auction against Donuts and Defender Security late last year; .protection was uncontested. It lost auctions for .cloud and .antivirus.

Symantec’s .symantec and .norton, both dot-brands, are currently in pre-delegation testing.

XYZ already owns .college, .rent and of course .xyz.

In other news, Afilias has acquired .promo, which was in PDT with applicant Play.Promo Oy, in a private auction.

UPDATE: A couple of hours after this post was published, XYZ announced it has also acquired .theatre, which will compete with Donuts’ .theater, from KBE gTLD Holding Inc.

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Comments (1)

  1. I don’t know how I missed this post!

    This post should’ve been entitled “The Day New gTLDs Probably Died”.

    For Symantec, a very savvy, and serious player in the Security vertical, to sell off these strings, means one thing and one thing alone.

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