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Neustar has secured a renewal of its contract to run the United States’ ccTLD until up to 2029. The company and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced the new contract last week. The initial term of the deal runs until August 2021, but there are four two-year renewal options after that. Neustar has been […]
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Minds + Machines will pay its partner on .london roughly $5.1 million in order to put the catastrophic deal to bed for good. That’s a reduction from the $7.9 million liability it had previously estimated. The company said last week that it will pay an unspecified partner the $5.1 million “as full and final settlement […]
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The CEO of South African ccTLD manager ZADNA has been fired after a “misconduct” investigation lasting over half a year. Vika Mpisane had been suspended from the role since early December, according to local reports, with Peter Madavhu taking his place. Madavhu will continue as acting CEO until further notice, ZADNA told its members last […]
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ICANN can’t catch a break when it comes to remote participation security, it seems. Having just recently made the community-wide switch away from Adobe Connect to Zoom, partly for security reasons, now Zoom has been hit by what many consider to be a critical zero-day vulnerability. Zoom (which, irrelevantly, uses a .us domain) pushed out […]
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ICANN has responded to questions about how its decision to lift price caps on .org, along with .biz and .info, was made. The buck stops with CEO Göran Marby, it seems, according to an ICANN statement, sent to DI last night. ICANN confirmed that was no formal vote of the board of directors, though there […]
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The CEO of AlpNames lost his $2.1 million deposit on a $10.6 million Manhattan apartment just days before his company went belly-up earlier this year, DI can reveal. A New York District Court judge in February found in favor of property developer Highline Associates, which had sued Roache for his deposit after he failed to […]
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Zimbabwe has put out a call for feedback on plans to modernize its almost non-existent domain name industry. The local ccTLD manager, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has issued a consultation document discussing plans to essentially architect the .zw market from scratch. .zw currently has no automated registration process, no Whois, no […]
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India registrar Net 4 India has been given a bit of breathing space by ICANN, following its suspension last month. ICANN suspended the registrar’s accreditation a month ago, effective June 21, after discovering the company had been in insolvency proceedings for some time. But on June 20 ICANN updated its suspension notice to give Net4 […]
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Luxembourgish ccTLD .lu has grown to more than 100,000 domain names for the first time. ccTLD operator Restena said last week that the domain crossed the threshold June 21. At the end of the month, it had 100,056 domains under management. While it’s certainly not a lot for a ccTLD, it is when compared to […]
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The Chinese national ccTLD registry has reported 2018 registration figures below what outsiders had estimated. CNNIC said last week (in Chinese) that it ended last year with 21.24 million .cn domain names under management. That’s quite a lot below the 22.7 million domains reported by Verisign’s Q4 Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf). It would also […]

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