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L’Oreal is using “closed generic” .makeup in an interesting way

What do you call a registry that defensively registers names on behalf of the very people that would be its most likely customers if the TLD weren’t so hideously overpriced? L’Oreal, apparently. About half of its .makeup new gTLD comprises the names or nicknames of social media “influencers” in the make-up scene, and they all […]
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XYZ slashes $10 million a year from premium stash

XYZ.com has slashed the asking price of a few thousand “premium” .xyz domain names, in some cases by many thousands of dollars. Overall, it looks like the company has dropped prices by a total of $10.8 million. At the top end of its reserved list, several single and double-character domains previously priced a $55,000 per […]
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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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.vip, .shop and .ltd domain name extensions get Beijing approval

.vip, .shop and .ltd are the first 3 domain name extensions to receive approval by the Beijing Communications Administration. .VIP is an MMX extenstion, .Shop is managed by GMO Registry, Inc. and .ltd is owned by Donuts. In December 2016, .vip was among the first three foreign registries to receive central government MIIT approval (with …

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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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The 2nd “Brands and Domains” conference is coming up on October 2-3

The 2nd “Brands and Domains” conference will be held on October 2-3 at The Hague, Netherlands. The objectives of the conference according to the organizers are: Inform brands about the existing use cases so that brands include dotBrand in their digital marketing tools landscape. Raise awareness and educate communication and web agencies about the potential …

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GoDaddy will stop offering all Uniregistry domain names

GoDaddy will stop offering all Uniregistry domain names and extensions on August 29, 2017. A few months back GoDaddy suspended all Uniregistry extensions after the price increases were announced but then reinstated (some and then) all of the extensions after Uniregistry said that it will be grandfathering prices on SOME of the extensions. This time …

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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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ICANN report: more hacked domains in legacy gTLDs, more maliciously registered domains in new gTLDs

ICANN announced the publication of the report, “Statistical Analysis of DNS Abuse in gTLDs” [PDF, 2.23 MB]. The study aims to compare rates of these activities between new and legacy gTLDs, as well as employs inferential statistical analysis to measure the effects of DNSSEC, domain parking, and registration restrictions on abuse rates using historical data …

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