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  • Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

    A company accused of the domain slamming scam made over $5 million over three years tricking companies into buying domains they didn’t need, it has been alleged. Consumer Affairs Victoria, an Australian state government watchdog, has reportedly taken Domain Register…

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  • DCA files for ANOTHER .africa injunction

    DotConnectAfrica is continuing its legal attempt to prevent the .africa gTLD from being delegated to a competitor supported by African governments. The recalcitrant applicant has filed for another temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would prevent ICANN handing .africa…

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  • RightSide cuts super-premium fees in half, drops premium renewals

    New gTLD registry RightSide has slashed the minimum price of its so-called “Platinum” tier premium domains and dropped renewal fees for these domains down to an affordable level. The price changes come as part of two new marketing initiatives designed…

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  • ICANN retires Affirmation of Commitments with US gov

    ICANN has terminated its last formal oversight link with the US government. Late last week, ICANN chair Steve Crocker and Larry Strickling, assistant secretary at the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration mutually agreed to retire the seven-year-old Affirmation of…

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  • Termination on the .orientexpress

    The dot-brand .orientexpress has derailed. That’s a train pun, expect more. The gTLD operator has become the latest to signal (like a railway signal) to ICANN that it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand, this week asking for a…

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  • NCC sells Open Registry at huge discount

    NCC Group has followed through on its promise to divest parts of its domain business, selling the Open Registry collection of companies at a huge discount to the original purchase price. KeyDrive and a mysterious entity called Terrain.com SA have…

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