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Another failing new gTLD stopped paying its dues

Another new gTLD registry has been slapped with an ICANN breach notice after failing to pay its fees. California-based dotCOOL, which runs .qpon, seems to be at least six months late in making its $6,250 quarterly payment to ICANN, according to the not...
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auDA may sue to delay boardroom bloodbath

auDA is thinking about taking its membership to court in order to delay a vote on the jobs of four of its directors. The Australian ccTLD registry has also delayed further consideration of its policy to introduce direct, second-level registrations in ....
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Three more dot-brands throw in the towel

Two companies have told ICANN they no longer wish to operate some of their dot-brand gTLDs. First, Sony has decided to junk its .xperia TLD. Xperia is a brand of mobile phones the company sells. The matching gTLD, which entered the DNS root mid-2015, o...
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Radix data show why registrars and registries love the premium model

High renewal rates and revenues for premium domains. On this week’s podcast I spoke with Tobias Sattler, the CIO of domain name registrar United Domains. He talked about the technical struggles of selling premium domains in new top level domain names. Despite all of these struggles, he said offering premium domains was well worth it. […]

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CentralNic and KeyDrive in merger talks

CentralNic and KeyDrive, two major European domain firms, are in merger talks, CentralNic confirmed this morning. CentralNic said that the transaction, should it close, would be a “reverse takeover” of itself by KeyDrive. That’s where...
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