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  • Norway bans the Dutch from using dormant .bv

    The Norwegian government has intervened to prevent a deal that would have allowed the sale of .bv domain names in the Netherlands. Norwegian ccTLD registry Norid and Dutch counterpart SIDN said a deal to start using the dormant ccTLD fell…

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  • Judge hands DotConnectAfrica another bizarre win

    A California judge just handed ICANN another upset in the interminable legal battle waged against it by unsuccessful .africa applicant DotConnectAfrica. Gary Klausner yesterday admitted he made a mistake when he earlier slapped ICANN with a preliminary injunction preventing .africa…

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  • Google offers reseller widget, signs first partners

    Google’s registrar, Google Domains, has started offering a widget to make it easier to become a reseller. The Google Domains widget has already been deployed by five web site builders — Big Cartel, Duda, Selz, Square and Webflow — the…

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  • Neustar to split into two

    Neustar is to split into two companies and its domain name business is set for a rebranding. The company said yesterday that it is breaking into an Order Management & Numbering Services company which will be called Neustar, and an…

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  • One in seven new gTLD domain names are actually just numbers

    Roughly one out of every seven new gTLD domain names active today is numbers-only before the dot, according to DI research. It might be surprising to some that the DNS, designed to turn immemorable numbers into memorable names, is actually…

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  • DI implicated in .sucks “gag order” fight

    Vox Populi, the .sucks registry, terminated Com Laude’s accreditation last week due to its belief that the brand protection registrar had leaked a “confidential” document to Domain Incite. Vox Pop CEO John Berard tonight denied that the company he works…

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