Google and one .brand applicant withdraw applications.
Thus far four applications have been withdrawn, including three by Google.
The three by Google should not come as a huge surprise. ICANN Senior VP Kurt Pritz previously announced that three application had been withdrawn, and you can thank Kevin Murphy for that. Murphy earlier reported that three Google applications wouldn’t be accepted, and later surmised that Google accounted for the three applications Pritz referred to. (Something tells me Google won’t send a check to Murphy for his assistance.)
Google withdrew applications for .and, .are, and .est, all of which are protected three-letter country codes.
The fourth withdrawn application is a brand application for .ksb by KSB Aktiengesellschaft. Frankly, I don’t see any reason that the company needs the .ksb top level domain. It already owns KSB.com.
I reached out to KSB’s consultant on its application, which declined to comment.