DNS.PT (the .pt-registry) would like a qualitative Whois. So they want the data which are linked to .pt domain names are correct. That’s why they’ll start verifying the Whois-information at the beginning of June.
The .blog TLD had been requested by 9 registries, amongst them big names like Google, Donuts, Minds and Machines and Afilias. To determine who would be allowed to actually run this TLD, an auction was held last February. The company with the winning bid was “Primer Nival S.A.” from Panama. A company nobody had heard of before. They paid “about $19 million” for the right to run .blog.
For about two decades CentralNic has been known as the registry operator of alternative extensions like .eu.com, .gb.net or uk.net. Since the launch of the new gTLD’s, CentralNic jumped also on that bandwagon and now is one of the larger back-end providers for such new gTLD’s. Apparently they have decided to focus only on the more lucrative extensions and they will be sunsetting 8 of their less popular SLD’s: .AR.COM, .GB.COM, .HU.COM, .KR.COM, .QC.COM, .NO.COM, .SE.COM, and .UY.COM.