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Google partners with UN on aids.day, womens.day and more

Google Registry has landed itself possibly the highest-profile anchor tenant of the new gTLD program to date — the United Nations. Various UN organizations have picked up about 20 premium .day domains and launched redirects to promote the corresponding UN-recognized issue-awareness days that occur throughout the year. For example UNAIDS has registered aids.day to raise […]

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Verisign loses prestige .gov contract to Cloudflare

Cloudflare is to take over registry services for the US government’s .gov domain, ending Verisign’s 12-year run. It seems .gov manager CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, opened the contract up for bidding last August and awarded the contract to Cloudflare in mid-December. The deal is worth $7.2 million, Cloudflare said in a press […]

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Nominet blew six figures vanity-publishing ex-CEO’s book

Nominet spent £135,000 to publish an upcoming book by a CEO who has since been kicked out, to promote a business it has since divested, it has emerged. Thoughts from the Big Chair: A Leader’s Guide to Digital Transformation, by Russell Haworth, is due to be published in April, after Nominet paid the hefty sum […]

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New gTLDs grow in China as .cn regs slide

China-based registrations of .cn domains decreased in the first half of last year, while new gTLD swelled to pick up the slack, according to the local registry’s semi-annual report. CNNIC published the English translation of its first-half 2022 statistical report in December, showing a steep decline in .cn regs, from 20,410,139 at the end of […]

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Namecheap says it won legal fight over .org price caps

Namecheap claims to have won a fight against ICANN over the lifting of contractual price caps in .org and .info back in 2019. The two parties have been battling it out for almost three years in an Independent Review Process case over ICANN’s decision to allow the .info and .org registries to increase their prices […]

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Identity Digital sees abuse up a bit in Q3

Identity Digital has published its second quarterly abuse review, showing abuse reports up slightly overall. The report, which covers the third quarter 2022, also shows that the registry only released the private Whois information for a single domain during the period. ID said it closed 3,225 abuse cases in Q3, up from 3,007 in Q2, […]

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ICANN loses another dot-brand, this one in use

Linde, a German chemicals company, has asked ICANN to terminate its gTLD registry contract. Unusually, the dot-brand was actually in use, with many .linde domains still in its zone file, many of which were indexed by search engines. It seems the company was using two-letter country-specific domains such as cz.linde and feature-oriented names such as […]

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