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  • ICANN Picks Madrid for Next gTLD Industry Meeting

    December 9, 2016 @ 3:24 AM

    ICANN’s Global Domains Division has invited the domain industry to Madrid for next year’s GDD Industry Summit. The meeting will be held at the drably named NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding hotel from May 8 to 11 2017. The timing may be fortuitous for intercontinental travelers — it ends just a couple of days before the…

  • Donuts to Hold Off On Chinese IDNS Until It Gets MIIT Approval

    December 8, 2016 @ 6:21 AM

    Final dates not set for for Chinese internationalized domain names. Top level domain name company Donuts is currently running sunrise for four Chinese IDN domain names, but it has yet to set general availability dates for the four domains. Some registrars had planned to offer the domains in general availability by the end of this…

  • .org Non-profit is Looking for New Members of Board of Directors

    December 7, 2016 @ 2:36 PM

    Want to be on the board of a non-profit domain name registry? Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name and a few related new TLDs, is looking for new members for its Board of Directors. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due by December 11. This role is not to…

  • .org Non-profit is Looking for New Members of Board of Directors

    December 7, 2016 @ 2:36 PM

    Want to be on the board of a non-profit domain name registry? Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name and a few related new TLDs, is looking for new members for its Board of Directors. Nominations, including self-nominations, are due by December 11. This role is not to…

  • Who Goes to ICANN Meetings? Here's an Answer

    December 7, 2016 @ 6:27 AM

    Meeting in India set a record thanks to over 2,000 first-time attendees from Asia. Last month’s ICANN meeting in Hyderabad, India, set an all-time record for attendance at an ICANN meeting. There were 3,182 people, breaking the previous record of 3,155 for ICANN50 in London. That London meeting in Summer 2014 was big because new…

  • ICANN 57 Brings in ThoUSAnds of Noobs

    December 7, 2016 @ 5:18 AM

    ICANN 57 set new records in terms of attendance, with a large majority of participants total newbies who’d never been to an ICANN meeting before. The meeting, held in Hyderabad, India last month, had 3,182 attendees, and first-timers outnumbered veterans over two-to-one. The previous record was 3,115 total participants, set at ICANN 50 in London…

  • GoDaddy Will Pay $1.79 Billion for Heg in Major Euro Expansion

    December 7, 2016 @ 2:23 AM

    GoDaddy is to substantially increase the size of its European operation with the $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group. The market-leading registrar confirmed yesterday earlier reports that it was on track to buy HEG, which counts several big-name British and German registrars among its brands. The deal is worth €1.69 billion ($1.79 billion), which…

  • GoDaddy Acquires Host Europe Group, Becomes Market Leader in Europe for Small Business Cloud Services

    December 6, 2016 @ 3:30 PM

    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Host Europe Group (HEG) for €1.69 billion (US$1.79…

  • Sanofi Wins Case Over Ambien Domains, But to What End?

    December 6, 2016 @ 9:40 AM

    20 domains canceled, meaning they can just be used again. Sanofi has won a cybersquatting case against the owner of 20 domain names that have Ambien (Sanofi’s blockbuster sleeping medicine) in them. The owner of the domain names used them to put up online pharmacies. But what good will it do? The perpetrator will merely…

  • GoDaddy is Buying Namescon

    December 6, 2016 @ 6:15 AM

    World’s largest domain name registrar will own NamesCon after it completes HEG acquisition. The rumors are true-GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) is acquiring Host Europe Group. The US $1.79 billion transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of next year, and will include top European brands such as 123Reg and DomainFactory. And NamesCon. That’s right, GoDaddy…

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