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Another ccTLD plays down the “com”

Another ccTLD operator has decided to allow registrants to register domains at the second level. Following a trend that has swept the country-code world over the last few years, Malta’s NIC (Malta) said direct .mt registrations will become available December 1. Previously, only third-level regs under .com.mt, .org.mt, .net.mt, .edu.mt and .gov.mt were possible. NIC […]
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.CLUB HQ trashed by Irma, nobody hurt

.CLUB Domains returned to its new digs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday to find the building trashed by hurricane Irma. Fortunately, none of the .club gTLD registry’s 17 employees were hurt during Irma, the category 5 hurricane which lashed Florida over the weekend. Irma caused at least 10 reported deaths in the state and untold […]
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XYZ slashes $10 million a year from premium stash

XYZ.com has slashed the asking price of a few thousand “premium” .xyz domain names, in some cases by many thousands of dollars. Overall, it looks like the company has dropped prices by a total of $10.8 million. At the top end of its reserved list, several single and double-character domains previously priced a $55,000 per […]
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CentralNic extends XYZ deal until 2032

CentralNic and XYZ.com have extended their registry services pact for the next fifteen years, according to CentralNic. Announcing its first-half 2017 financial results today, CentralNic said the back-end contract has been extended until 2032. It’s an unusually long duration for a registry services contract, which are usually much more likely to run about five years. […]
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Registry bosses to talk ICANN “tax cuts” at private meeting

The CEOs of 20 or more gTLD registries are due to meet privately this month to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a reduction in their ICANN fees. The Registry CEO Summit is being held in Seattle at the end of September, I’m told. Jay Westerdal of Top Level Spectrum (.feedback etc) and Ray […]
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Another auDA director quit in secret

Australian ccTLD registry auDA, in the midst of a transparency controversy, reportedly lost another of its directors last month. According to a report in Australia’s Financial Review newspaper, Leonie Walsh stepped down August 14. The paper cited Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents as its source. Embattled auDA did not disclose her departure at the […]
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.CLUB nears profitability, talks renewals and “trial” domains

.CLUB Domains is nearing profitability and poised to become a “growth engine”, despite the view that most of its current domains are not expected to renew, according to its CEO. Colin Campbell told DI today that the company made $6.7 million in revenue last year, and is “very close” to breaking even. The company reached […]
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Afnic appoints Pierre Bonis new CEO

French ccTLD registry Afnic has named Pierre Bonis its new CEO. Bonis officially started his new job today, but he’s been in the role on an interim basis since May 1, when he replaced Mathieu Weill. Weill had abruptly quit after 12 years at Afnic in order to join the Digital Economy Department of the […]
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No $17 million rebate for struggling new gTLDs

ICANN has turned down a request for about $17 million to be refunded to under-performing new gTLD registries. The organization cannot spare the cash from its $96 million new gTLD program war chest because it does not yet know how much it will need to spend in future, Global Domains Division president Akram Atallah told […]
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Five million Indian government workers to get IDN email

The Indian government has announced plans to issue fully Hindi-script email addresses to some five million civil servants. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced the move, which will see each government employee given an @सरकार.भारत email address, in a statement this week. सरकार.भारत transliterates as “sarkar.bharat”, or “government.india”. The first stage of the […]
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