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  • CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs

    Local former rival Minds + Machines may be struggling to turn a profit, but CentralNic seems to be doing quite well out of this new gTLD malarkey. But not as well as you might expect. Large growth at its clients…

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  • Verisign says new gTLDs put millions at risk

    Verisign has revived its old name collisions security scare story, publishing this week a weighty research paper claiming millions are at risk of man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s actually a study into how a well-known type of attack, first documented in the…

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  • 1,000th new gTLD goes live

    The 1,000th new gTLD from the 2012 application round was delegated yesterday. It was either .shop or .realestate, appropriately enough, which both appear to have been added to the DNS root zone at about the same time. Right now, there…

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  • M+M makes $3.2 million in five days from .vip

    Minds + Machines has billed $3.2 million in .vip domain names sales after the first five days of operation, the company said this morning. It’s already managed to pay off the cost of acquiring the domain at the September 2014…

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  • SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

    SpamHaus has updated its “10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels. Rather than simply showing unexplained percentages of “badness” in each TLD, the spam-fighting organization’s daily report now exposes the…

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  • ICANN to publish board meeting transcripts

    In a surprising move towards further transparency, the ICANN board of directors has decided to start publishing transcripts and possibly recordings of its meetings. It passed a resolution during a meeting in Amsterdam this week stating: the Board directs the…

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