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ICANN director Burr leaving Neustar

Neustar is losing its chief privacy officer, Becky Burr, who also sits on ICANN’s board of directors. Burr, a lawyer, said last week that she’s decided to return to private practice after almost seven years at the registry. Her last day wil...
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Brexit blamed as .eu hits six-year low

EURid’s .eu top-level domain has hit a six-year low in terms of total registrations, and Brexit is to blame. The registry has just announced that it had 3,684,750 domains under management at the end of 2018, down 63,129 domains compared to the 3,...
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Huge batch of Afilias TLDs approved in China

Seventeen Afilias-operated gTLDs have been approved for use in China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced yesterday that the following Afilias-owned TLDs now have its official seal of approval: .archi, .bio, .black, .blue, .gr...
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MMX sees better profits than expected

Portfolio registry MMX saw 2018 financial results slightly ahead of expectations, the company told investors yesterday. It now expects revenue to be over $15.5 million for the year, compared to $14.3 million in 2017. Operating EBITDA, its preferred pro...
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Pay up or sell up, ICANN tells failing new gTLD

ICANN has responded to a request for it to reduce the $25,000 annual fee it charges gTLD registries. The answer is no. That wholly unsurprising reply came in a letter from registry services director Russ Weinstein to John McCabe, CEO of failing new gTL...
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Brexit boost for Irish domains

Irish ccTLD .ie saw record growth in 2018 after the registry relaxed its registration rules. According to IEDR, there were 262,140 .ie domains at the end of the year, an increase of 10.4%. There were 51,040 new registrations, a 29% increase, the regist...
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.CLUB announces three years of price increases

.CLUB Domains is to increase its wholesale registry fees by $1.90 over the next three years. The company announced that the increases for .club names will come on July 1 this year, next year, and in 2021. The current price is $8.05 per domain per year....
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Chile opens .cl to all ICANN registrars

The Chilean ccTLD registry has opened its doors to all ICANN-accredited registrars, no matter where they are based. NIC Chile, part of the University of Chile, this week announced its Registrar Agents Program, an effort to grow the TLD internationally....
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