Verisign are on the ropes, trying to flex their once gloss all American brand. It's Verisign that is tarnishing their name and openen the weakness card for com
Verisign is up to its old tricks again, having sued XYZ.com, the owner of the .xyz registry a second time. Barely a day after XYZ.com got a boost when Alphabet, Google's new parent company, set up shop at abc.xyz, details emerged of a suit filed by Verisign against XYZ.com, its CEO Daniel Negari, and CentralNic, XYZ.com's back …
Some brown envelopes will change hands. A couple of Verisign execs will resign 'for family reasons'. Later they will quietly appear on the ICAAN board. ICAAN will decided that .com is so important that all alternative TLDs have to go through a more detailed (slower and expensive) examination process
Because "you need a .com to be taken seriously as a business" is as yet a valid statement. The fact that .com will be losing its effective business monopoly in the near future does not change the facts as they are here-and-now. And Alphabet, despite its pedigree, still has to play the Game in that respect.
I've never liked Verisign's approach in general - like getting Microsoft to force developers to use their code-signing certificates, rather than equally valid but cheaper ones from their many competitors. To me, that alone is reason enough to avoid dealing with them in any other situation: I'm heartened to hear it seems others feel the same way.
the days of .com's unquestioned dominance are all but over
They are? Who aside from hipsters and idiots is actually taking gTLDs seriously? Sure, Larry and Sergey grabbed a .xyz for their new toy, and Larry in particular has some kind of fetish for gTLDs; but that's no guarantee that serious businesses will be deserting the .com TLD in droves.
The land rush for gTLDs thus far is clearly speculation, and largely unsuccessful speculation at that. All signs suggest the vast majority of Internet users neither know nor care what gTLDs are, and many of the people who do know what they are find them annoying.
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