FIBA Wins .Basketball Beating Donuts & Famous Four

The Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) has won the new gTLD .Basketball. The two other applicants Donuts and Famous Four Media have withdrawn their applications with ICANN. .Basketball was scheduled to go to the ICANN last resort auction in December. Minds + Machines is the backend provider. This is from FIBA site: "FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the … [Read more...]

Z.com Sold For $6.8 Million Dollars

          GMO Internet, Inc. is a  publicly traded company and one of Japan's largest ISP and operator of the country’s largest domain registrar, today announced they acquired the domain name Z.com for JPY800 million which is at today exchange rates equals  $6,776,448 USD. GMO Internet a also an applicant for several new gTLD's including .Shop  and .Inc … [Read more...]

Endurance International (EIGI) Acquires The Assets of BuyDomains.com

Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (EIGI), which bought Directi for $110 million ealier this year, has purchased the assets of BuyDomains.com in the according to its financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014. Endurance also owns a number of domain name registrars and hosting companies. Under "Third Quarter Operating Highlights" the company announced they … [Read more...]

Arif Develier of Istanbul Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

A one member WIPO panel has found Arif Develier of Istanbul, Turkey, represented by Net Koruma Danışmanlık Hizmetleri, Turkey guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on domain name Develi.com The Complainant is a private individual and states that it is the owner of the restaurant chain named “Develi”, which it notes is the first and only such chain in Turkey that has been operating for … [Read more...]

ICANN’s Haul From Just 7 Last Resort New gTLD Auctions Tops $26 Million

ICANN just released a report showing that it has received over $26 Million dollars from last resort new gTLD auctions. The total amount received by ICANN from the last resort auctions is $26,172,919. That amount is net of auction set up guarantees, set up and cancellation auction fees paid to Power Auctions the provider of the ICANN auctions. There have only been 7 new gTLD's last resort … [Read more...]

Why Shouldn’t ICANN Terminate Registrars That Have A History of Domain Thefts?

ICANN has terminated domain name registrars accreditation in the past for several issues, many related to non-payment of  minimal fees due to ICANN,  and record keeping requirements ICANN has sent out a lot more Notices  Of  Breach  Of  the Registrar  Accreditation  Agreement to registrars for such conduct which got cured by the registrar which basically means the registrars fixed some … [Read more...]

TheHill.com: Post On 2016 Presidental Domain Names Doesn’t Even Mention New gTLD’s

TheHill.com just published a post entitled "ElectHillary.com? RandPaul.com? Betting on 2016's hottest Web address" the artcile goes on to chat about "Election-year website squatters have dollar signs in their eyes, scooping up 2016-related domain names with the aim of cashing in on six-figure payouts — before any candidate has even thrown his or her hat into the ring". "The starting bid to buy … [Read more...]