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PIR promotes two senior execs

Public Interest Registry has promoted two people in its senior finance team. Marc Saitta, previously chief financial officer, is now chief operating officer, a position that appears to have been empty for a few years. Saitta joined PIR as CFO in 2014. Kathy King, who was senior director of finance and accounting, is now vice […]
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China approves more Donuts, Afilias gTLDs

Donuts and Afilias have had two batches of new gTLDs approved for use in China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved five Afilias TLDs and six Donuts TLDs last month. This means customers of Chinese registrars will now be able to legally use those names in China. Afilias was approved for .info, .mobi […]
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DENIC approved as ICANN escrow agent

German ccTLD registry DENIC has been given ICANN approval to provide data escrow services to registrars. It becomes the seventh company to receive this accreditation, the second in Europe after the UK’s NCC Group. The company said it signed its ICANN contract and first registrar, Global Village, at the ICANN meeting in Copenhagen last week. […]
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.feedback gTLD in breach of contract after big brand “fraud” claims

ICANN has slapped .feedback operator Top Level Spectrum with a contract breach notice after a huge complaint about alleged fraud filed by a gang of big brands. The company becomes the third new gTLD to be hit by a breach notice, and the first to receive one as a result of losing a Public Interest […]
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.KIWI Gains 170,000 Domain Registrations In Two Weeks (Yeah, Right!)

.KIWI, a new domain extension aimed at the New Zealand market, has experienced tremendous registration growth the past two weeks. .KIWI has gained 170,000+ domain registrations according to NtldStats and NameStat, websites that track new domains. As of this writing there are 187,225 .KIWI domains registered. This now puts the .KIWI domain 22nd in terms […]
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Will WordPress Acquire and Use Word.Press?

.Press is open for landrush registration as of today, August 26th.  It will be interesting to see who turns up as the owner of Word.Press, provided the name is not being held back by the registry. If it turns out to be WordPress themselves, and they actually do something with the domain, such a move […]
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