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Breaking: ICANN and Verisign agree to .com extension with 7% price hikes

The only surprise was how fast it happened after the comment report was published. Did you have time to digest ICANN’s staff report on comments about the .com price hike? It was published yesterday. Today, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and ICANN agreed to the amendment as planned. The agreement will allow Verisign to increase the price […]

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ICANN publishes .com price hike report

Staff justification report echoes its previous comments, as well as Verisign’s. ICANN has published a review of comments submitted about its proposed contract amendment with Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for .com. The most controversial aspect of the amendment is allowing Verisign to increase the price of .com domains by 7% per year in the last four […]

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Shop.app domain name sells for $200,000

Shop.app, a domain on Google’s .app top level domain, sold for $200,000. Sedo has brokered the sale of shop.app for $200,000. This is the highest sale ever reported for a .app domain name, which is a domain name extension introduced by Google in 2018. According to NameBio, the top sales to date include ZB.app for […]

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What’s next for .Org in light of COVID-19

A pandemic throws a new wrinkle in the deal to sell off .org. Public Interest Registry, Ethos Capital and Internet Society have agreed to extend the deadline for ICANN to make a decision on the sale of .org to April 20. They want ICANN to decide by this date. So what happens now? COVID-19 was […]

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Lotto Sport Italia tried reverse domain name hijacking, court rules

Company tried to take two ‘lotto’ domain names away from Canadian man. A Canadian man who registered LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com has prevailed in a legal dispute with Lotto Sport Italia, with the court granting his motion for summary judgment (pdf). The judge ruled that David Dent can keep the two domain names, and the judge […]

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GoDaddy gets patent for AuthCode-less domain name transfers

Process would eliminate pesky AuthCodes in favor of registrant data verification. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted patent number 10,581,799 (pdf) to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) today for “Method for a losing registrar to transfer a domain name from the losing registrar to a gaining registrar.” The patent describes a way for people to transfer […]

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GoDaddy’s Uniregistry acquisition was for less than $200 million

Annual report shows that deal was for less than $200 million. We now have a better idea of how much GoDaddy paid to acquire Uniregistry and Frank Schilling’s domain name portfolio. GoDaddy issued its annual report today. The report states: In February 2020, we entered into agreements for two acquisitions with an aggregate purchase price […]

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Ethos adds legally-binding provisions to try to save .Org deal

8-year price cap, censorship and data controls would be baked into registry agreement amendment. Ethos Capital, the company that is trying to acquire the .Org registry, took a big step today to try to push it over the finish line. It agreed to add a Public Interest Commitment (PIC) (pdf) to the registry agreement with […]

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ICANN Board quizzes Internet Society over .Org sale

Board questions how the deal is in the spirit of the original decision to assign .org contract to Internet Society. ICANN’s Board of Directors is asking Internet Society (ISOC) pointed questions about the proposed sale of Public Interest Registry, which operates .org, to private equity company Ethos Capital. Maarten Botterman, chair of the board, sent […]

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DAN.com domain name platform raises series A funding

Company will use money to accelerate platform roadmap. Domain name sales platform DAN.com has raised a multi-million-dollar Series A round backed by Airbridge Equity Partners. The company did not disclose the exact amount of the investment. Airbridge will be a minority owner after the investment. Dan.com founder Reza Sardeha told DNW that the money would […]

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