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How .com became a restricted TLD

Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for […]
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Registrars say Amazon is “closing” open gTLD

A group comprising some of the largest domain registrars have claimed Amazon is attempting to close off a new gTLD that it previously indicated would be unrestricted. The 12-strong group, which includes Go Daddy, Network Solutions and Tucows, also claims that the company’s proposal for a “Registration Authentication Platform” is anti-competitive. The complaints follow Amazon’s […]
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Amazon plotting registrar workaround?

Amazon has given an early hint at how it may manage its new gTLD registries. The company seems to be planning to make its own web site the place to go to for its new gTLD domains, relegating registrars to secondary players in the sales path. It also seems to be planning to up-sell registrants […]
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Sharp wants dot-brand Whois requirement relaxed

Electronics firm Sharp wants to remove part of its new gTLD registry contract relating to Whois. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request to get its requirement to offer “searchable Whois” dropped. RSEP is the mechanism registries use to amend their contracts. ICANN’s initial review has not found any security, stability or […]
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