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Tucows Follows Uniregistry & Withdraws Two gTLD Applications .Media & .Marketing Leaving Donuts The Only Applicant

Three more new gTLD applications were withdrawn with ICANN today and two are very interesting.

Tucows, Inc. withdrew two of  its new gTLD applications one for .Media, just one week after another applicant Uniregistry dropped their application for .Media. and .Marketing just a little over a month after Uniregistry dropped their application for .Marketing.

Tucows application for .Media had prioritization number of 407 and .Marketing had a prioritization number of 793 and both had passed ICANN Initial Evaluation (IE) meaning that Tucows will only receive a 35% refund of its application fees on those two applications.

So here is where it gets interesting:

There were originally three applicants for .Media;  Tucows, Uniregistry and the now the last one standing, Grand Glen, LLC an application filed by Donuts.

There were originally  three applicant for .Marketing; Tucows, Uniregistry and now the last one standing, Fern Pass, LLC an application filed by Donuts.

It would appear there was some deal between Tucows, Uniregistry and Donuts however Uniregistry has gone on record to say they would not participate in any private auctions and Donuts on the record to say that would not be engaging in joint ventures with other applicants.