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31 Jul 2016
The latest ICANN domain auction brought the auction proceeds
piggy bank to about $240 million.
The application fees for the new gTLD round were $361 million
of which, at the
of March, they'd spent $227 million,
and their very conservative estimate is that at
the end of the process they'll have spent $289 million.
If you add the numbers from the private auctions to the ones for
the ICANN auctions, it's as much or more than the application costs.
These suggest a much better way to pay for the next round.
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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 bank 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 now there'll be twice as much.
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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.
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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:
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01 May 2016
One of the oft-made claims about Bitcoin and its blockchain
transaction ledger is that they make transactions really
cheap, so you can pay someone anywhere in the world for
free, or close to it. But when you look closer, is that
really true? Not by a long shot.
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