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The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

Controversy Surrounds ICANN's .Web Auction Wednesday + Web.biz Sold & TDC Awards Nominations Open

The rights to .Web - a new gTLD that some think could become the most popular of the hundreds issued to date - are scheduled to be auctioned off by ICANN Wednesday (July 25). There are eight contenders for the TLD and some of them want the sale postponed, including the largest operator of new gTLDs, Donuts, who filed suit Friday in an attempt to stop the auction. 

DomainIncite.com detailed what is 

Internet auction image from BigStock.com

behind dispute in an article released over the weekend and DomainNameWire.com provided additional background today. You can also see some opinions on what is at stake in this piece at TheWhir.com. We are well past July 4th but there could be some more fireworks ahead in the next day or two while we wait to see what happens Wednesday.

Anshul Goyal
Founder, iWeb.biz

"Web" is, of course, also a popular keyword when used with any domain  extension. We just learned of another example of that when well-known Indian domain investor/developer Anshul Goyal let us know he has sold Web.biz for $19,200 via Sedo to Romania's Hosting Media SRL

Goyal had a new development ready to go on Web.biz when the offer came in. As a result, that project was moved to iWeb.biz. The site went live over the weekend and should be fully functional shortly (at this writing some features return "coming soon" notices).  Goyal's new project is a  platform offering a domain name, website, hosting and 10 email addresses in one low cost bundle ($10 or less). For those on a tight budget - often the case with small businesses in India where the vast majority still has no web presence at all  - there is also a $3.99 option built on a sub-domain of iWeb.biz.

Elsewhere today - THE Domain Conference (that is coming up September 10-14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) has opened nominations for their annual Domain Industry Awards. The deadline for nominations is 6pm Thursday, July 28 (U.S. Eastern time). The Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 13th as one of the featured events at THE Domain Conference that will again run at the  Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel.

You are welcome to submit your own nominations by filling your choices in on the form below and emailing it to  [email protected].

You may nominate one person or company in each of the following categories:  

WEB DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR  

I nominate ___________________________________________

 

BLOGGER OF THE YEAR  

I nominate ___________________________________________

 

REGISTRY OF THE YEAR  

I nominate __________________________________________

 

REGISTRAR OF THE YEAR

I nominate ________________________________________

 

BROKER OF THE YEAR  

I nominate _______________________________________

 

INVESTOR (DOMAINER) OF THE YEAR  

I nominate _______________________________________

 

COMPANY OF THE YEAR  

I nominate ____________________________________

 

BANDIT BERKENS  GOODWILL AMBASSADOR-2016  

I nominate _____________________________________

 

DOMAIN INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME (two people are inducted each year, but only nominate one):  

I nominate _____________________________________

*(The following have already been inducted to the DOMAIN INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME: Rick Schwartz, Ron Jackson, Monte Cahn, Michael Berkens, Dr. Chris Hartnett, John Berryhill, David Castello, Michael Castello, Frank Schilling, Yun Yi, Scott Day, Sahar Sarid, Rick Latona, Howard Neu, Adam Dicker, Mike Mann, Chad Folkening, Jeff Gabriel, Igal Lichtman, Andrew Rosener, Michael Cyger, Richard Lau). 

(Posted July 25, 2016)


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