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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which…

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  • Google could shake up the registry market with new open-source Nomulus platform

    Google has muscled in to the registry service provider market with the launch of Nomulus, an open-source TLD back-end platform. The new offering appears to be tightly integrated with Google’s various cloud services, challenging long-held registry pricing conventions. There are…

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  • States drop IANA transition block lawsuit

    Four states attorneys general have quietly thrown in the towel in their attempt to have the IANA transition blocked or reversed. The AGs of Texas, Nevada, Arizona and Oklahoma unilaterally dropped their Texas lawsuit against the US government on Friday,…

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  • Donuts will cut off sham .doctors

    Donuts has outlined plans to suspend or delete .doctor domain names used by fake medical doctors. Despite protestations from governments and others, .doctor will not be a restricted gTLD when it goes to general availability next week — anyone will…

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  • Registrar accused of pimping prescription penis pills

    ICANN has implicated a Chinese domain name registrar in the online selling of medications, including Viagra and Cialis, without the required prescription. The organization’s Compliance department filed a contract breach notice with Nanjing Imperiosus, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, today.…

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  • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

    Rightside says it is seeing encouraging renewal figures from its oldest batch of new gTLDs. The company this week revealed that renewals after two years of ownership on average stand at 81%. In a blog post, Rightside broke out some…

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