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  • ICANN Reports On Security Breach of New gTLD Applicant Portal: 60 Searches: 200+ Records

    May 27, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today provided an update on its investigation into a data exposure issue in the New gTLD Applicant and GDD (Global Domains Division) portals, first reported on 1 March 2015 In its 30 April announcement, ICANN noted its intention to disclose to affected users the identity of…

  • New gTLD Phishing Still Tiny, But .xyz Sees Most of It

    May 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

    New gTLDs are not yet being widely used to carry out phishing runs, but most such attacks are concentrated in .xyz. That’s one of the conclusions of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which today published its report for the second half of 2014. Phishing was basically flat in the second half of the year, with 123,972…

  • Minds + Machines Reports Earnings for 2014: Profit $22 Million: $46 Million in The Bank

    May 26, 2015 @ 3:29 PM

    Minds + Machines (LON:MMX) reported its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014. Minds + Machines reported a profit before in 2014 of $22.06 million against a profit of $1.14 million in 2013, largely as a result of receiving $33.72 Million for withdrawing applications for new gTLD’s that were in private auctions. The…

  • Fred Krueger Pushed Out of Minds + Machines, Company Reports $5 Million Bookings

    May 26, 2015 @ 5:32 AM

    Co-founder leaves company and will focus on his website building platform. Minds + Machines released 2014 results today, and also announced that the board has voted co-founder Fred Krueger out of the company and his role as executive Chairman. Keith Teare, a British tech entrepreneur, will take over as Chairman. The move doesn’t come as…

  • One Company Just Spent Over $150k in .Apartments Domains & Donuts Makes Over $220k Just in Day 1

    May 25, 2015 @ 3:45 PM

    Donuts just I believe set a new gTLD record for selling 21 new gTLD’s on the 1st day of the Early Access Program (EAP) in which wholesale prices are $10K and retail prices range from around $11K to $12,500. Meaning that Donuts took $210,000 in just EAP fees for day 1 of EAP plus many…

  • Report: Only 14 TLDs are "Legal" in China

    May 25, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

    Allegravtia published a paper that looks to be a bit troubling for registries looking to do business in China moving forward. The Chinese government is looking to regulate the Chinese domain industry, The MIIT will not interfere with existing domain registrations for unapproved registries; however, new registrations will not be permitted to be sold by Chinese…

  • Namevault Terminated By ICANN

    May 22, 2015 @ 9:31 AM

    NameVault, a registrar that once had over 75,000 domains under management, has been terminated by ICANN over multiple alleged contract breaches. ICANN told (pdf) the Canadian company this week that its right to sell gTLD domain names will come to an end June 17. The breaches primarily relate to its failure to provide records relating…

  • Alpnames.com Becomes 2nd Largest New gTLD Registrar in The World

    May 22, 2015 @ 5:43 AM

    AlpNames.com has become the 2nd Largest New gTLD Registrar In The World according to ntldstats.com. The domain name registrar which was little known and used before the new gTLD program has skyrocket into having the 2nd most new gTLD registrations with over 430K registration passing Network Solutions that has over 427,000 registrations. Alpnames.com now accounts…

  • ICANN Says "No Impact" From TMCH Downtime

    May 22, 2015 @ 4:56 AM

    The 10-hour outage in the Trademark Clearinghouse’s key database had no impact on domain registrations, ICANN says. We reported earlier this week that the TMCH’s Trademark Database had been offline for much of last Friday, for reasons unknown. We’d heard concerns from some users that the downtime may have allowed registrants to register domain names…

  • .GOP Video Promotes Use, But No Major Presidential Candidate Seems to Own One

    May 22, 2015 @ 4:02 AM

    In a new video posted by the .GOP registry, they boast about it being the only new gTLD owned by a political party and of course that is true, as the other political domain names, .Democrat, .Republican. .Vote and .Voting are owned by for profit non-affiliated registries. The .GOP gTLD is owned by Republican State…

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