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  • Private Equity Firm Sues to Recover

    October 24, 2016 @ 4:06 AM

    Company says domain name was stolen after email was compromised. Jacobs Private Equity, LLC has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to recover the domain name, which it says is stolen. The firm, lead by Bradley Jacobs, alleges that the domain name was stolen from it after one of its representative’s email accounts was hacked…

  • Nintendo Announces Switch, Domains Get Registered

    October 21, 2016 @ 6:21 AM

    Over 100 Switch-related domain names registered yesterday. Nintendo announced its next video game console, the Nintendo Switch, yesterday. As you might expect, people took the opportunity to register Switch domain names that might be useful one day. 175 .com and .net domain names including the word “switch” were registered yesterday, according to Verisign DomainView. To…

  • Remember .tel? It Might Be About to Change.

    October 21, 2016 @ 5:55 AM

    .Tel might become a typical top level domain. Domain name registries can learn a lot from the story of Telnic, a $35 million investment gone awry. Telnic’s .Tel domain name is, without a doubt, the most innovative top level domain name because of how it stores information in the DNS. But being innovative doesn’t mean…

  • Verisign Signs .com Contract Extension, Amends Cooperative Agreement

    October 20, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

    Company enters into three agreements today, including the .com contract extension. Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) today signed amended agreements with ICANN and the Department of Commerce (DOC) related to the U.S. government IANA functions transition. The company signed an amendment to its .com contract with ICANN, extending the term to 2024 and, at least for now, keeping…

  • Reverse Domain Name Hijacking in Case

    October 20, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

    GWG Holdings guilty of abusing policy to try to get valuable three letter domain name. Insurance company GWG Holdings (NASDAQ: GWGH) has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain namd The company filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP with the World Intellectual Property Organization…

  • .blog Gets Almost 950 Domain Registrations in The Sunrise Period

    October 20, 2016 @ 6:52 AM

    The Sunrise period for the new gTLD .Blog closed a few days ago on October 17th and it looks like .blog ended with just about 950 domain registrations (although the zone file maybe behind and more domains will be added Several two letter and three letters domain names were registered in Sunrise. Many generic domain…

  • The National Arbitration Forum Promotes The UDRP for New gTLDs

    October 20, 2016 @ 5:06 AM

    The National Arbitration Forum (recently rebranded as just the “Forum”) sent out a newsletter today promoting the UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy) for New gTLD domain names. The email subject was “Is the UDRP Applicable To New gTLDs?” and the email heading was “The UDRP Applies to All New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)”. Some…

  • Guess Which Registrars Sell The Most gTLDs

    October 19, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

    MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which carries the most. It will come as little surprise to most that brand protection registrars…

  • Dot Brand gTLDs-still Yet to Hit The Mainstream

    October 19, 2016 @ 5:30 AM

    Angie Graves explores the current state of .brand top level domain names. Dot brands have made great strides in the two years since the first delegations in the most recent round of new gTLDs. According to’s gTLD calendar, CITIC Group Corporation, a banking group in China, was the first, with the delegation of .中信…

  • Google Could Shake Up The Registry Market With New Open-source Nomulus Platform

    October 19, 2016 @ 1:43 AM

    Google has muscled in to the registry service provider market with the launch of Nomulus, an open-source TLD back-end platform. The new offering appears to be tightly integrated with Google’s various cloud services, challenging long-held registry pricing conventions. There are already indications that at least one of the gTLD market’s biggest players could be considering…

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