Domain Incite – Domain Name Industry News, Analysis & Opinion http://domainincite.com Domain Name News, Analysis And Opinion Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:27:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 Dead dot-brands top 100. Here’s the list and breakdown http://domainincite.com/27012-dead-dot-brands-top-100-heres-the-list-and-breakdown http://domainincite.com/27012-dead-dot-brands-top-100-heres-the-list-and-breakdown#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:27:23 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=27012 The list of dot-brand gTLDs that have had their ICANN registry contracts torn up has now topped 100. SC Johnson, the big American cleaning products company, has informed the Org it no longer wishes to run .afamilycompany, .duck, .glade, .off, .raid, and .scjohnson. Regular readers will know that I’ve been keeping a running tally of […]

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I had a stroke http://domainincite.com/26996-i-had-a-stroke http://domainincite.com/26996-i-had-a-stroke#comments Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:07:13 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26996 Of the four men in the room, Tony has it worst. A very elderly gent, he spends six hours a day catatonic, and the rest of his time sleeping, stirring every few minutes to wail loudly as if in horrific pain or equally horrific sexual ecstasy. He’s fully stroked-up. When the nurses come to wash […]

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Volkswagen drives IDN dot-brand off a cliff http://domainincite.com/26994-volkswagen-drives-idn-dot-brand-off-a-cliff http://domainincite.com/26994-volkswagen-drives-idn-dot-brand-off-a-cliff#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:57:05 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26994 Volkwagen has decided it no longer wishes to run its Chinese-script dot-brand gTLD. The car-maker’s Chinese arm has asked ICANN to terminate its contract for .大众汽车 (.xn--3oq18vl8pn36a), which has been in the root for five years. It’s the standard terminating dot-brand story — the gTLD was never used and VW evidently decided it wasn’t needed. […]

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CTO Conrad quits ICANN http://domainincite.com/26992-cto-conrad-quits-icann http://domainincite.com/26992-cto-conrad-quits-icann#comments Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:34:17 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26992 ICANN chief technology officer David Conrad will leave the Org at the end of the month, ICANN said Friday. No reason was given for the departure, neither was Conrad’s destination, should there be one, disclosed. He’s been CTO since 2014. Before that, he was a VP there from 2005 to 2010. He’ll be temporarily replaced […]

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France gets more domain takedown powers http://domainincite.com/26990-france-gets-more-domain-takedown-powers http://domainincite.com/26990-france-gets-more-domain-takedown-powers#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:20:30 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26990 Afnic, the French ccTLD registry, has updated its policies to make it easier for the government to take down .fr domain names, and has banned names that could be used for government-related phishing. The company has incorporated provisions of a 2020 national law that allows the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud […]

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MMX to return GoDaddy cash to investors http://domainincite.com/26988-mmx-to-return-godaddy-cash-to-investors http://domainincite.com/26988-mmx-to-return-godaddy-cash-to-investors#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:04:55 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26988 Former new gTLD portfolio registry Minds + Machines (MMX) said Friday that it has started returning most of its recent GoDaddy windfall to shareholders. It has launched a tender offer to buy back £58 million ($80 million) worth of shares, after selling off its wedge of 20-odd ICANN contracts to the registrar giant. The offer […]

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Could registrars get sued under new Texas abortion law? http://domainincite.com/26986-could-registrars-get-sued-under-new-texas-abortion-law http://domainincite.com/26986-could-registrars-get-sued-under-new-texas-abortion-law#respond Wed, 08 Sep 2021 18:10:56 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26986 Does the controversial new Texas state legislation effectively banning most abortions pose legal risks for domain name registries and registrars? The so-called Texas Heartbeat Act, or SB 8, came into effect at the start of the month. It bans abortions in Texas when doctors can detect a heartbeat in the fetus, which is usually about […]

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DropCatch raises antitrust concerns about Donuts’ Dropzone proposal http://domainincite.com/26984-dropcatch-raises-antitrust-concerns-about-donuts-dropzone-proposal http://domainincite.com/26984-dropcatch-raises-antitrust-concerns-about-donuts-dropzone-proposal#comments Wed, 08 Sep 2021 17:27:09 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26984 TurnCommerce, the company behind DropCatch.com and hundreds of accredited domain name registrars, reckons Donuts’ proposed Dropzone service would be anticompetitive. Company co-founder Jeff Reberry has written to ICANN to complain that Dropzone would introduce new fees to the dropping domains market, raising the costs involved in the aftermarket. He also writes that Donuts’ ownership of […]

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ICANN could get the ball rolling on next new gTLD round this weekend http://domainincite.com/26982-icann-could-get-the-ball-rolling-on-next-new-gtld-round-this-weekend http://domainincite.com/26982-icann-could-get-the-ball-rolling-on-next-new-gtld-round-this-weekend#respond Tue, 07 Sep 2021 18:00:10 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26982 ICANN may be about to take the next step towards the next round of new gTLD applications at a meeting this Sunday. On the agenda for the full board of directors is “New gTLD Subsequent Procedures Operational Design Phase (ODP): Scoping Document, Board Resolution, Funding and Next steps”. But don’t quite hand over all your […]

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Domain industry SHRINKS again… except of course it doesn’t http://domainincite.com/26980-domain-industry-shrinks-again-except-of-course-it-doesnt http://domainincite.com/26980-domain-industry-shrinks-again-except-of-course-it-doesnt#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2021 16:59:21 +0000 http://domainincite.com/?p=26980 Verisign has published its latest Domain Name Industry Brief, once again showing growth numbers thrown off wildly by a single factor. The second quarter closed with 367.3 million registrations across all TLDs, down by 2.8 million over the same point last year, the DNIB states. But the entirety of that decline can be attributed to […]

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