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Conflict of interest : #ISOC sale of #ORG saga spills over to #Wikipedia

The sale of dot .ORG Registry, PIR, by ISOC has now spilled over to Wikipedia. There are now allegations that the ISOC page is being edited by an Internet Society associate, without declaring this conflict. These edits are reversing a recent addition of information that – according to its editor – paints ISOC in a […]

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No, #GoDaddy is not fit to become the dot #ORG Registry!

Domain Name Wire wrote a fantasy football article today, suggesting that GoDaddy should consider picking up the dot .ORG Registry, as a “white knight.” Setting that impossible scenario aside, as .ORG is not up for grabs in any kind of auction, here’s why this is a terrible idea. We already know the minimum cost of […]

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Quality #ORG domain names will sell nicely regardless of renewal fees

The controversy surrounding the timing of the sale of PIR, managers of .ORG, is ongoing. Time will tell whether there was an underlying agenda in how the acquisition of PIR by fresh corp Ethos Capital followed the uncapping of .ORG prices, with the blessings of ICANN. For now, it seems that renewal fees are of […]

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Girl #Scouts of America and the #YMCA protest the sale of .ORG registry to Ethos Capital

The Girl Scouts of America and the YMCA have joined numerous organizations, protesting the sale of PIR – the Registry for .ORG domains – to Ethos Capital. According to a BBC article, the Internet Society has been sent almost 7,000 letters asking it to halt the sale of PIR to Ethos, as part of a […]

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Dot .ORGy : #PIR confirms Fadi Chehade link, defends sale of company to Ethos Capital

PIR, managers of the dot .ORG TLD, have launched a new website, called “Key Points about .ORG.” The web site, at KeyPointsAbout.ORG, contains some new information about its acquisition by for-profit company, Ethos Capital. PIR also confirms the link to former ICANN president, Fadi Chehade: Is Fadi Chehade involved in this transaction? Fadi Chehade’s company, […]

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#Motherisk .ORG : Someone spent $6k to spoof a defunct Canadian hospital project

The domain Motherisk.org went to auction at DropCatch, where it ended at $6,050 dollars. Motherisk was a clinical and research program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, providing safety information on exposures in pregnancy and lactation. The domain is now being hosted on a Cypriot web server, displaying content taken via […]

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Non-com #domain sightings: #OneBlood .ORG

Very often, we encounter domain names emblazoned on vehicles; we attempt to photograph these “domains in the wild” while we’re stationary. That’s right, we won’t compromise safety in order to produce a photo of these “domain sightings!” Such domain names are grouped in two categories: dot .COM domains, and all the rest. The latest encounter […]

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Hard bidding for Soft dot .org #domain at #DropCatch auction

The auction for the dropped domain Soft.org led to a particularly hard bidding battle at DropCatch.com, involving several bidders. As many as 34 bidders acknowledged the dropped domain’s quality, that was originally registered in 2000 but was let expire by its Korean registrant. In the end, the winning bid of $6,051 dollars was made by […]

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Zombie .ORG #domains were allowed by PIR to be registered!

Can’t make this up: Zombie .ORG domains were recently allowed to be registered, after a glitch at the PIR registry created duplicate registrations. Several domain registrars were affected by the zombie domain glitch, one of which was Dynadot. According to their part of the story, PIR allowed the registration of domains that were about to […]

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Number 8 : Single digit .ORG in the hands of a domain investor

PIR, the .ORG domain registry, launched Project 94 a few years ago; the allocation of one or two letter/number .ORG domains to benefit communities. When .ORG first emerged in 1985, certain policies and recommendations required that a registry “set aside” a select number of domain names for future registration. Among this group of reserved names […]

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PIR Registry raises .ORG domain prices once again

Taking advantage of its contract with ICANN, the .ORG Registry, PIR, is rising prices once again. On August 1st, wholesale prices will be increased by 10% and the cost will be passed onto the consumers, naturally, by their respective Registrars. PIR is not the only domain Registry to raise prices per their ICANN agreement; Verisign, […]

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PIR Facebook ad: Do people really trust dot .ORG domains?

A new online campaign by PIR – the domain Registry behind the dot .ORG domain extension – appears to be focusing on “trust“. Stating, “With .org domains, organizations instill trust and credibility – sometimes even inspiration“,  the Facebook campaign presents a photo of mountain climbers that are apparently “inspired” to climb the highest peaks. Great […]

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