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6 lawmakers urge ICANN to reject .Org sale

Warren, Wyden formally ask ICANN to reject sale. Six U.S. lawmakers have asked (pdf) ICANN to reject the sale of .Org to Ethos Capital, a private equity company. The lawmakers include presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, Rony Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Edward Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Mark Pocan. In a letter to ICANN, they provide a litany […]

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Vint Cerf and Mike Godwin follow bad talking points for .Org deal

Pricing and investment arguments are wrong. Ethos Capital and Internet Society are working overtime to spin the deal to sell .org for $1.35 billion as a good thing. There are certainly some good things about it, but I cringe when I read certain talking points. One is around pricing. Yesterday, from ISOC board member Mike […]

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My thoughts on .Org

ICANN made it possible for this transaction to happen. There’s only so much the internet community can do now. It has been two months since Internet Society (ISOC) announced that it was selling Public Interest Registry (PIR), which runs .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital. There have been many revelations since then, including that […]

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Lotto.com, purchased for $2.68 million in 2017, survives cybersquatting challenge

No-brainer case reveals purchase price of Lotto.com. A German lottery operator has failed to take the domain name Lotto.com from another lottery operator through the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Bremer Toto und Lotto GmbH filed the dispute in October. Even without reviewing the case details, it was obvious that this case was […]

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.Com prices are going up after Verisign pays off ICANN

Verisign will put $20 million in the kitty in return for multi-billion dollar windfall. Last year I made a prediction in my annual predictions podcast: ICANN would let Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) raise prices on .com, but Verisign would pay it extra money for the right to do so. That’s the crux of a proposed agreement […]

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Owner of Curated.io sues Curated.com, claims cybersquatting

A case of domain name envy? A company that does business at Curated.io has sued (pdf) Deal.com, which uses the domain Curated.com. It claims that the latter is infringing its trademarks and cybersquatting. Among its demands: that Curated.com be transferred to it. Plaintiff Curated Works Inc claims: As a result of defendant’s conduct or that […]

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ISOC chapter breaks ranks, criticizes deal to sell .Org

Netherlands chapter calls on others to join it in denouncing sale. Shortly after Internet Society (ISOC) announced a deal to sell Public Interest Registry (which runs .org) to a private equity company, ISOC sent a notice to its local chapters telling them not to talk to the press about the sale: …You can address any […]

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Kit.com is losing its domain name, switching to Kit.co

Domain lease expires, forcing company to switch domain names. Kit, a service that lets influencers profit by recommending products, is about to lose the domain name it has used for years. Patreon acquired Kit in 2018 and then sold it to GeniusLink a couple of months ago. But the Kit.com domain wasn’t part of the […]

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Walmart’s Vudu is a reverse domain name hijacker

Vudo.com was registered well before the streaming video company existed. Vudu, a streaming video subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, has been found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Vudo.com. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name owner, even thought the owner registered the domain name well before […]

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CentralNic in talks to acquire Team Internet

CentralNic is in advanced discussions to acquire advertising company Team Internet. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is in talks to acquire Team Internet AG, the company confirmed today. Team Internet operates two online advertising businesses. The first is a traditional domain parking company called ParkingCrew. The other is Tonic, which offers many types […]

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