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28 Jul 2016
Domain Name Wire is reporting that the the winning bid in the auction for .WEB was $135,000,000.
Assuming they're right (which they probably are,) that brings the total web auction piggy banl to over $230 million, more than twice what it was two days ago.
At the Helsinki meeting there was already a lot of interest in the process to decide how the money is distributed, but how there'll be twice as much.
23 Jul 2016
This week ICANN will auction off .WEB or .WEBS. There are seven live applications for .WEB and one for .WEBS.
The string contention process decided that the two names are so similar that they'll only assign one of them, so all eight applications are in one auction. (The same string contention process decided that .ACCOUNTANT and .ACCOUNTANTS are both allowed, as are .AUTO and .AUTOS and .BM and .BMS and .COUPON and .COUPONS and .FAN and .FANS and .GIFT and .GIFTS and .LOAN and .LOANS and .ML and .MLS and .NEW and .NEWS and .REVIEW and .REVIEWS and .SA and .SAS and .SB and .SBS and .TV and .TVS and .WATCH and .WATCHES and .WORK and .WORKS, but I guess the Web is special.)
There are some deep pocketed bidders in this round including Google, Donuts, web.com which owns Network Solutions and a lot of other web properties, and Schlund which owns the largest web hoster 1&1. Google paid $25 million for .APP and GMO paid $41 million for .SHOP. It's hard to see how .WEB would be worth less than either of those unless bidder fatigue sets in.
So stay tuned and we'll shortly know how much more will be added to the $104 million already in the Giant Pile of Auction Money.
10 Jun 2016
A guy I know passed along this e-mail sent to one of his customers. They assumed it was a phish, since they didn't recognize the domain name in the link, but couldn't figure out what the goal of the phish was.
They even checked the list of ICANN registrars, and nope, registrar.eu wasn't on the list.
Nonetheless, this mail was real, and if the recipient had ignored it, his domain would have been suspended. What's going on?
Dear domain name owner, *Your action is required to prevent domain suspension*
This verification e-mail is triggered because your e-mail address is used in the owner contact of a domain registration and this e-mail address was not verified before or we have received information that this e-mail address might not be in use anymore.
As we did not receive affirmative response on our last e-mail, we send you a final reminder. Please note that your domain name(s) may be suspended if the e-mail address is not confirmed. The domain name registration policy of ICANN requires that a valid and working e-mail address is provided with each domain registration.
To verify this requirement, we kindly request you to confirm the accuracy of your e-mail address by clicking the link below:
28 Jan 2016
ICANN has now published the results of the auction for .SHOP, an eye-popping $41,501,000.This pushes the ICANN's auction pot over $100 million. That's a lot of money. There are eighteen more name contention sets that are on hold for various reasons, of which a few such as .WEB look likely to generate even more money once the hold issues are resolved.
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