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XYZ junk drop sinks the industry in Q3

The total number of domains registered in the world suffered a rare period of decline in the third quarter, according to Verisign’s latest numbers. The Q3 Domain Name Industry Brief shows September ended with 330.7 million registered names across...
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Donuts loses Cole to law firm

Donuts vice president Mason Cole has quit to join a law firm. Cole said on social media yesterday that he has joined Seattle-based Perkins Coie as an “Internet Governance Advisor”. He said he will continue to participate in ICANN in his new...
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.sx switches from KSRegistry to CIRA’s Fury

Sint Maarten ccTLD .sx has changed registry back-end providers. SX Registry has switched from Germany’s KSRegistry to Canada’s CIRA, according to a CIRA press release and IANA records. SX is now using CIRA’s relatively new Fury back-e...
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.kids auction is off

ICANN has postponed the planned auction of the .kid(s) gTLDs after an appeal from one of the applicants. The last-resort auction had been penciled in for January 25, and there was a December 8 deadline for the three participants to submit their info to...
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CentralNic now owns .sk after $30m deal closes

CentralNic has just closed its acquisition of SK-NIC, the ccTLD operator for Slovakia, the company announced today. The London-based firm announced the deal back in August, when it was to be worth €21.27 million up front, with a deferred performance-re...
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Numeric .xyz names plummet despite dollar deal

XYZ.com’s effort to sell over a billion numeric .xyz domains at just $0.65 each does not appear to be gaining traction. The number of qualifying domains in the .xyz zone file has plummeted by almost 200,000 since the deal was introduced and dippe...
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