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Google shifts 400,000 .site domains

Google has given away what is believed to be roughly 400,000 subdomains in Radix’s .site gTLD as part of a small business web site service. Since its launch a couple of months ago, the Google My Business web site builder offering has been offering small businesses a free one-page site with a free third-level domain […]
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Another auDA director quits after conflict claims

Australian ccTLD manager auDA has lost its second director in two week with the resignation of Michaella Richards, announced today. Richards’ position had been subject to criticism by disgruntled auDA members. It had been speculated that her appointment to the board last December was less due to her experience in the domain industry, reportedly lacking, […]
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Grumpy campaign claims victory after auDA U-turns

Australian ccTLD administrator auDA has scrapped two unpopular policies following the ouster of its chairman last week, allowing campaigning domainers to claim victory. auDA said it has done away with its member code of conduct and has reinstated its policy of publishing its board meetings’ minutes. These were two of the key demands of Grumpy.com.au, […]
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Verisign confirms first price increase under new .net contract

Verisign is to increase the wholesale price of an annual .net domain registration by 10%, the company confirmed yesterday. It’s the first in an expected series of six annual 10% price hikes permitted under its recently renewed registry agreement with ICANN. The annual price of a .net registration, renewal, or transfer will go up from […]
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MMX says .vip renewals running at 75%

MMX has revealed that its renewal rate for first-month .vip registrations in China were over 75%. The portfolio gTLD registry, also known as Minds + Machines, said that 317,000 domains that were registered during .vip’s first month of availability have now been renewed. The news follows a June announcement that the renewal rate would be […]
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Short .vegas domains go on sale

Dot Vegas has made one and two-character .vegas domain names available to register on a first-come, first-served basis. Single-character domains such as a.vegas and 7.vegas and two-character names such as 77.vegas and bj.vegas all appear to be available, including domains that match country-code TLDs. Prices seem to be around the $2,750 to $3,299 mark for […]
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Domain growth slows a lot in Q1

The growth of the domain name industry slowed in the first quarter, numbers published today by Verisign reveal. According to its latest Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf), the domain universe grew to 330.6 million in Q1. That’s an increase of 1.3 million names on Q4 2016, a 0.4% sequential increase, and 11.8 million names, 3.7% […]
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Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

Disgruntled domainers have managed to arrange for a vote on whether auDA chair Stuart Benjamin should be fired. auDA, the .au ccTLD administrator, has been under fire for many months from registrants who believe the organization is being managed in an increasingly erratic and secretive manner. Now, a campaign and petition at Grumpy.com.au, run by […]
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.blog renewal prices will not go up, registry promises

Knock Knock Whois There, the .blog registry, has promised not to raise its wholesale fees on existing registrations. The company, which is affiliated with WordPress, seems to have made the move in response to ongoing registrar discomfort following Uniregistry’s plan to significant raise the price of several of its new gTLDs (which has since been […]
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.net price increases approved

Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% […]
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