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27 Feb 2015

With .APP, ICANN's auction piggy bank just got even bigger ICANN
reports that Google paid over $25 million for .APP in the February 25 domain auction. They were willing to bid $30M, but it's a second bid auction so that was just enough to beat out whoever the second highest bidder was. The auction proceeds piggy bank just nearly doubled from $34M to about $59M dollars, and ICANN still has no idea what to do with it. Since there are still a lot more domain conflicts yet to be resolved, some for likely high bid names like .SEARCH and .WEB, it still seems possible that the final haul could be as much as $100M.

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17 Dec 2014

Thirty-three million and counting ICANN
Two weeks ago I
blogged about ICANN's astonishingly lucrative domain auctions. At that time, they'd raised $26.7 million. Now, two auctions later, they're up to about $33 million.

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10 Dec 2014

No ICANN transition until 2017, and probably not then either ICANN

The current US Congress isn't very good at getting things done, which means that they delay even their most essential activities to the last minute. One of the more essential of their activities is appropriating the money to run the government, so in keeping with recent practice, a continuing resolution to fund the government through next year was published yesterday (Tuesday), two full days before the previous resolution runs out and the government would shut down.

Congressmen often attach riders to these "must pass" bills that they could never pass separately. This resolution has a rider on page 214 that says:

(a) None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to relinquish the responsibility of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration during fiscal year 2015 with respect to Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions.
(b) Subsection (a) of this section shall expire on September 30, 2015.
Some observers have argued that this is no big deal, the transition probably wouldn't be ready until next September anyway, it can go ahead then. They are wrong. It will be a long, long time until the NTIA lets go of ICANN.

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01 Dec 2014

What would you do with $50 million? ICANN
ICANN got over 1900 applications for new TLDs, and several hundred of those applications were from different people who wanted the same names. Since everything about the new TLDs is complicated, the rules for handling name conflicts are complicated.

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11 Oct 2014

Now there's a business opportunity ICANN

I see that Afilias has reserved SLAVE.BLACK as a premium domain, presumably to be auctioned to the highest bidder. I'm trying to figure out what the business model is.

(Some names, including a lot of offensive words, are permanently reserved by ICANN, but this isn't one of them.)

Domain ID: D53146846-LRMS
Creation Date: 2014-07-17T15:32:41Z
Updated Date: 2014-09-15T20:32:11Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-07-17T15:32:41Z
Sponsoring Registrar:Afilias (R720-LRMS)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9999
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL:
Domain Status: inactive
Registrant ID:BLACK-Premium
Registrant Name:Afilias Limited
Registrant Organization:Afilias Limited
Registrant Street: 2 La Touche House
Registrant Street: IFSC
Registrant City:Dublin
Registrant State/Province:n/a
Registrant Postal Code:n/a
Registrant Country:IE
Registrant Phone:+1.2157065700
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.2157065701
Registrant Fax Ext:

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