The new gTLD .online looks like it was won by the previously announced partnership with Tucows and Namecheap.com
Last year Radix announced that the three applicants for .online have partnered up to run the .online registry.
At that time, both Tucows and Namecheap withdrew their applications for .Online with ICANN.
Today the ICANN site has updated and the remaining applicants for .online, except for Radix have withdrawn their applications
ICANN shows Donuts, Whatbox, and I-Registry Ltd. have withdrawn their applications for .Online leaving only Radix.
Back in March 2013 when the partnership was announced here is what Radix had to say about it:
“The three companies each bring significant capital to the table to launch and operate the .online registry. They bring a wealth of experience and capabilities, from registry management to wholesale distribution to retail service. Perhaps most importantly, they bring enormous global reach. Between their wholesale and retail operations, Directi, Tucows and Namecheap combined reach over 40 million small businesses and other hosting customers around the world.
“This partnership makes perfect sense for us and it makes perfect sense for .online registrants,” said Directi CEO & Founder, Bhavin Turakhia, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss and Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall at the exact same time, a powerful display of partnership and an impressive achievement considering the time zone differences. The CEOs continued, “Between the three of us and all our properties, we know we can deliver an outstanding .online experience to resellers and end users in every corner of the world.”
Tucows.com which is a public company has not issued a statement on .Online but does have a earnings call scheduled next week for the third quarter of 2014, however it appears this private auction took place in October so we may have to wait until next year to hear more about this