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  • Web.com in takeover talks – report

    Web.com is in talks to be acquired by private equity firms, according to a report. Reuters reported last night that the registrar said the talks were “early stage” and that there was no guarantee of a deal. Web.com is of…

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  • After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

    Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September…

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  • Country names to finally be released in new gTLDs

    It looks like hundreds of domain names matching the names of countries are to finally get released from ICANN limbo. The ICANN board last week passed a resolution calling for the organization to clear a backlog of over 60 registry…

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  • Want to be one of the internet’s SEVEN SECRET KEY-HOLDERS? Apply now!

    ICANN has put out a call for volunteers, looking for people to become what are sometimes referred to as “the internet’s seven secret key holders”. Specifically, it needs Trusted Community Representatives, people of standing in the internet community who don’t…

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  • Richemont kills off two more dot-brands

    Luxury goods maker Richemont has decided to ditch two more of its dot-brand gTLDs. The company has asked ICANN to terminate its registry contracts for .chloe and .montblanc, according to documents published by ICANN late last week. Chloe is a…

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  • Iran reported to Ombudsman after new gTLD conspiracy theory

    ICANN’s Ombudsman has stepped in to resolve a complaint from the Iranian government that it was being “excluded” from discussions about the next phase of the new gTLD program. Kavouss Arasteh, Iran’s Governmental Advisory Committee representative, earlier this month accused…

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