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  • A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

    British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public…

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  • ICANN blocks two million domains, including some three-letter names

    At least two million domain names have been essentially blocked across all gTLDs under a new ICANN policy. The block includes many potential valuable three and four-letter strings. The long-discussed, highly controversial reservation of the names and acronyms of various…

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  • Three ways ICANN could gut Whois

    ICANN has published three possible models of how Whois could be altered beyond recognition after European privacy law kicks in this May. Under each model, casual Whois users would no longer have access to the wealth of contact information they…

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  • Ramchandani promoted to Radix CEO

    New gTLD registry Radix has appointed long-time business head Sandeep Ramchandani as CEO. He’s replacing Bhavin Turakhia, who is CEO of parent company Directi and executive chairman of Radix. Ramchandani had a lot of autonomy as business head and VP…

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  • GoDaddy and DomainTools scrap over Whois access

    GoDaddy has seriously limited DomainTools’ access to its customers’ Whois records, pissing off DomainTools. DomainTools CEO Tim Chen this week complained to DI that its access to Whois has been throttled back significantly in recent months, making it very difficult…

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  • Big changes at DomainTools as privacy law looms

    Regular users of DomainTools should expect significant changes to their service, possibly unwelcome, as the impact of incoming European Union privacy law begins to be felt. Professional users such as domain investors are most likely to be impacted by the…

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