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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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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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