There has been an uproar since ICANN approved the new .org contract without price caps. The ICA posted some scathing remarks about the contract renewal. NameCheap also took a stand and posted a strongly worded response to the contract renewal and its process. In addition, NameCheap filed a Request for Reconsideration, a longshot attempt at getting the ICANN board to reconsider the contract renewal.
Earlier this morning, I unexpectedly received a password reset request at DNForum. I was previously an active user on DNForum, but I have not used the forum in quite some time. As a result, I was taken aback that a password reset email was sent to me. It looks like I was not alone in receiving the reset notification, as others have mentioned receiving the same password reset email.
An industry colleague let me know that Escrow.com recently updated its list of countries and regions that are not supported by the company. Previously, the list of unsupported countries included “Belarus, Cuba, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Moldova, Myanmar, Nigeria, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.” The updated list now includes the Russian Federation, Panama, Ukraine, and even the US state of Alabama, among quite a few other countries. This means users in those regions can not buy or sell domain names (or other things) via Escrow.com.
I want to share a domain industry job opportunity that might be of interest to a reader. DNAcademy, an online domain investment educational platform founded by Michael Cyger, is looking to hire a Teaching Assistant. The job opportunity was posted to DNAcademy’s website yesterday afternoon. Here are the primary responsibilities the person who is hired will have as the Teaching Assistant:
Last night, I received a press release from a PR firm announcing that Web.com reached a deal to acquire Dreamscape Networks, “the number one online solutions provider in Australia and Southeast Asia.” Dreamscape Networks is a publicly traded company on the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange).
Web.com is reportedly paying AUD $.27 cash per share of Dreamscape Networks to acquire the company. An Australian media outlet reported the total value of the deal at AUD $105 million, which is just north of $73 million USD. The acquisition is aimed at broadening Web.com’s global reach.