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Another new gTLD consultancy launches

Kevin Murphy, July 12, 2011, Domain Services

ITEMS International, a Paris-based consulting firm, has launched a practice to specialize in helping new top-level domain applicants with their ICANN proposals.

The firm says it has more than 20 consultants on gTLD Team, based around Europe and North Africa, including one former ICANN board member and a few other ICANN regulars.

ITEMS says it has previously worked with the .fr registry, AFNIC, and has been contracted to support applications by the Burgundy Region Council and other undisclosed company.

It appears that the company plans to largely focus on geographic and dot-brand applications.

Short .uk domain landrush opens

Kevin Murphy, May 23, 2011, Domain Services

Nominet opened the landrush phase of its one and two-character .uk domain names within the last hour.

The landrush will see the remaining 2,640 super-short domains that have not already been claimed by trademark holders start to become available.

It costs £10 ($16) to apply, plus the cost of the registration. All contested domains will head to auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Nominet Trust.

The available domains are all in the .co.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk and .org.uk spaces. Restrictions may apply – for example .me.uk domains are reserved for individuals.

The landrush will run until June 15. Uncontested domains will be allocated June 23, at which point all unclaimed domains will be released into the available pool. The auctions will kick off July 20.

‘Hostel’ director slams Go Daddy CEO

Kevin Murphy, March 31, 2011, Domain Services

Okay, this is getting weird.

Eli Roth, director of Hostel – one of the sickest horror films of recent years – has criticized Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons for his controversial elephant-hunting video.

In a series of Twitter posts last night, Roth condemned Parsons for his video, saying, among other things: “It’s sick fucks like you that make me think Hostel could really happen.”

If you haven’t seen Hostel, it’s basically about an Eastern European gang that lets wealthy Americans torture and murder kidnapped backpackers in exchange for a hefty fee.

It’s just about as grim a movie as you could imagine.

Here’s a screenshot of some of Roth’s tweets.

Eli Roth tweets

Compounding the weirdness, Roth was later retweeted by Russell Crowe.

Kevin Murphy, March 31, 2011, Domain Services

Too many ideas, not enough time.

These are some of the stories I would have covered today, if only there were more hours in the day.

Joan Rivers dies after head transplant surgery

UK government banishes cybercrime sites to .au

Transparency review calls for ICANN reality show

UDRP panelist returns Taiwan to China

Bob Parsons shoots BigJumbo CEO

“Pigeon shit” blamed for Playboy plague

Hank Alvarez named ICANN compliance chief

Constantine Roussos says DNS needs “more cowbell”

NATO apologizes for Bit.ly bombing

Blacknight unveils leprechaun mascot

RIAA says .so domains “haven for piracy”

DomainTools merges with DomainJerks

BBC to apply for .cotton

ICANN successfully delays heat death of universe

Parsons apologizes, resurrects elephant

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