ICANN Halts .Org Sale To Private Equity Group

ICANN Halts .Org Sale To Private Equity Group

ICANN Halts .Org Sale To Private Equity Group

Domain supervisor ICANN ‘withholds consent’ for the sale of the .org domain registry to a private equity firm, following months of protests

Internet supervisor ICANN has confirmed it is withholding ‘consent for a change of control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR).’

Arguments have been raged since November 2019, when it was revealed the current owner of the .org registry, the Internet Society, planned to sell the domain to newly formed equity group Ethos Capital for a $1bn endowment.

In December 2019, ICANN said it “does not have the authority” to act on the matter, since its role is only to “assure the continued operation of the .org domain”.

Consent withdrawn

The Internet Society, for its part, had said the sale of the .org registry would provide it with “sustainable funding” to continue its work on internet-related standards, education, access and policy.

But protesters of the deal including California’s Attorney General, warned that changes to the .org Registry Agreement could allow the registry’s owner to do significant harm to the global NGO sector, intentionally or not.

Also, many protestors were unhappy that Ethos Capital never fully disclosed who its directors or investors were.

And some of the world’s largest non-profit organisations, were worried their online addresses were going to be exploited for profit.

But now ICANN’s board has announced it decision to withhold consent for the sale.

“Today, the ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR) submitted to ICANN,” it said.

“After completing extensive due diligence, the ICANN Board finds that withholding consent of the transfer of PIR from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital is reasonable, and the right thing to do,” it said.

The Board said that the proposed sale impacted one of the largest registries with more than 10.5 million domain names registered.

“After completing its evaluation, the ICANN Board finds that the public interest is better served in withholding consent as a result of various factors that create unacceptable uncertainty over the future of the third largest gTLD registry,” it said.

Google Pixel 4a to go on sale on May 22, claims report - Latest News

Google Pixel 4a to go on sale on May 22, claims report – Latest News

Google’s next smartphone — expected to be Pixel 4a — launch date has been revealed by a German website Caschys. As per the report, which cites internal documents of Vodafone Germany, the handset will be available for purchase starting May 22

The sale date does seem probable as the Pixel 3a too went on sale on May 22, 2019. To recall, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were launched at Google’s annual developer conference Google I/O last year. This year, however, Google has cancelled the event due to coronavirus pandemic.

Since Google gave India a miss for its flagship smartphones last year, Pixel 4a is expected to make the company’s mark in the Indian smartphone market.

A recent report by 9to5Google suggests that Google is expected to launch Pixel in just one screen size — 5.8-inches. Last year, the Pixel 3a came in two screen sizes, 5.6-inch and 6-inch but the bigger XL variant might not launch this year.

As far as other specs are rumoured, it has been alleged that the Google Pixel 4a may offer full HD+ display and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of storage.

For imaging duties, it is said to offer a single 12.2MP camera on the back whereas the front camera is expected to have an 8MP sensor. The Pixel 4a is rumoured to have a 3080mAh battery which could be supported by an 18W fast charger. There will be no wireless charging support on the Pixel 4a, as per the 9to5Google report.

10 best-selling gadgets that are all on sale this week

10 best-selling gadgets that are all on sale this week

Feeling a bit down about the current state of the world? Spending your unexpected downtime at home obsessively scanning the news between trips to the fridge? Take your mind off of the coronavirus outbreak by taking advantage of these limited-time deals on some of the best and most popular gadgets online right now. Ranging from smart chargers and security cameras to Bluetooth trackers and VPN hubs, there’s something on this list for you. 

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Keep an eye on your belongings and your loved ones with this best-selling XC security camera, which comes with 360-degree panning capabilities along with automatic sound detection, HD video streaming, and Alexa compatibility.

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This all-in-one tool will help you stay safe on the road in the event of an emergency. Featuring an LED flashlight, S.O.S light, seatbelt cutter, glass breaker and more, this emergency car tool is a must-have for frequent drivers.

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Keep your iWatch powered up on the go with this pocket-sized 950mAh charger, which makes it easy to eliminate wires and bulk from your pockets. It even comes with four LED lights that indicate its charging status, and you won’t have to worry about over-charging thanks to built-in safety features.

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Power up to three devices at once with this Qi wireless charger that sports a supremely sleek and stylish design. You’ll be able to charge everything from your phone to your laptop using the hub’s two USB ports, and it’s easy to toss this portable hub in your bag at a moment’s notice.

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Check on your home and loved ones any time with this HD WiFi security camera that boasts a pan function, instant WiFi connectivity, and night vision technology for 24/7 surveillance. You’ll even be able to send yourself notifications when motion is detected in your home.

9. SYFER: Complete Cybersecurity VPN Router

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Safeguard your data and privacy with this comprehensive VPN router. You’ll be able to implement a specialized VPN and next-generation firewall across your entire home connection, and it’s easy to protect your IoT and smart home devices as well.

10. ChargeHub X5: 5-Port USB Charger

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This 5-port USB charger will keep all of your devices powered up in style, thanks to a 40W hub that features smart-charging technology and a variety of safety protocols that protect your devices from unexpected power surges.

Prices are subject to change.

Tamil Nadu: After huge sale of fruits, e-thottam to become app - Latest News

Tamil Nadu: After huge sale of fruits, e-thottam to become app – Latest News

Having ramped up vegetable and fruits procurement and sale from 300 tonnes to 3,500 tonnes, the horticulture department now plans to make its e-thottam platform a full-fledged mobile app which will work on android and iOS mobiles. Having so far door-delivered 1,000 tonnes of fresh fruits and 2,500 tonnes of vegetables in cartons through food aggregators in the city, sales through the app will after the lockdown help about 1.5 lakh registered farmers sell their produce directly to consumers.

An assorted pack of fruits including apple costs Rs 500 as does an exclusive five kg of Alphonsa mangoes pack and an assorted pack of vegetables.

An official said anyone can order through https://ethottam.com/shop/ that had begun sales on March 26, two days after the lockdown began. The horticulture department has about 6,000 Farmers Interest Groups (FIG), each with at least 20 members, supplying their produce to district horticulture offices.

Director of horticulture and plantation crops N Subbaiyan told TOI, “We are not enrolling new members for FIGs and have set up a control room at our headquarters in Chennai which can be reached on 9500091904, 044-22253496, 044-22253884, 044-22253885.”

All the 2,500 staff members of the department have been roped in to help the initiative, said an official. In Chennai, the delivery is made through Uber autos and cabs, while in the districts, it is done through cycles. There are 102 farms and parks, 600 depots apart from 385 horticulture offices and 7,500 mobile vendors, who collect fruits and vegetables from the horticulture offices.

Farmers from Krishnagiri and Salem send mangoes, guava, and watermelon, while muskmelon comes from Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram, and jackfruit from Villupuram.

“We hope the people will patronise this initiative even after the lockdown is lifted,” he said.

Vodafone: TIM, Vodafone launch sale of 8% stake in Italy's INWIT - Latest News

Vodafone: TIM, Vodafone launch sale of 8% stake in Italy’s INWIT – Latest News

MILAN: Telecom Italia (TIM) and Vodafone said on Wednesday they had agreed to launch the sale of an 8% stake in Italy’s biggest mobile tower company INWIT on a pro-rata basis as part of their efforts to cut debt.

After the 80 million share sale, Vodafone and TIM, which hold a 37.5% stake each in INWIT, will continue to retain joint control and an equal stake in the tower group, the two companies said in separated statements.

The shares will be placed with institutional investors through an accelerated bookbuilding process, starting immediately. Both phone carriers said they intended to use the cash proceeds from the sale to reduce their debt.

BofA Securities, Banca IMI, Goldman Sachs International and UBS are joint global coordinators of the offer.

INWIT’s shares closed up 0.56% at 10.73 euros on Wednesday.

Telecom Italia and Vodafone agreed in July to fold their Italian mobile tower assets in Italy into INWIT and said they would later sell up to a combined 25% stake in the mast company.