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Another dot-brand bites the dust

Honeywell International, a $40-billion-a-year US conglomerate, has become the last major company to dump its dot-brand gTLD. The company informed ICANN in February that it no longer wishes to run .honeywell, and ICANN yesterday published its preliminary decision not to transition the TLD to a new owner. Honeywell never used .honeywell, which has been in […]

.vu to relaunch under mystery new registry

Vanuatu is to attempt to broaden the appeal of its .vu domain globally by switching to a new shared registry system. The changes were initiated last week in Kobe, when the ICANN board of directors gave the final stamp of approval on the redelegation of the ccTLD. .vu is now delegated to country’s Telecommunications Radiocommunications […]

O.com might be a one-off for Verisign

Verisign today was finally given approval to auction off o.com, the first single-character .com domain to hit the market since the early 1990s. The ICANN board of directors voted to approve a contractual amendment that will lift the ban on single-character .coms in this instance, but it may not necessarily mean more will be sold […]

Radix sees revenue up 30%

New gTLD registry Radix said today that its revenue increased by 30% in 2018, largely due to an end-of-year boost. The company, which runs nine gTLDs including .online and .site, said that gross revenue was $16.95 million last year. It added that net profit was up 45.6%, but the privately held company does not actually […]

Verisign gets approval to sell O.com for $7.85

ICANN is to grant Verisign the right to sell a single-character .com domain name for the first time in over 25 years. The organization’s board of directors is due to vote next Thursday to approve a complex proposal that would see Verisign auction off o.com, with almost all of the proceeds going to good causes. […]

At eleventh hour, most .uk registrants still don’t own their .uk names

Less than a quarter of all third-level .uk registrants have taken up the opportunity to buy their matching second-level domain, just a few months before the deadline. According to February stats from registry Nominet, 9.76 million domains were registered under the likes of .co.uk and .org.uk, but only 2.27 million domains were registered directly under […]
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