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Crazy housing market reflected in .london landrush
The world’s insatiable appetite for property in London is being reflected in applications for domain names during .london’s landrush, according to the registry. Just a few days before the landrush ends, over 30 applications have been filed for, Dot London said, and and ... - Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:0
Amazon and Google deal on .talk, .play, .drive and others
Google and Amazon have started making deals to settle their new gTLD contention sets. Google won three contention sets against Amazon this week, judging by the latest withdrawals, while Amazon won two. Amazon won .talk and .you after Google, the only other applicant, withdrew. Neither company appears to have a “You” brand... - Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 6:59
NYC picks Panama registrar for reserved names
The City of New York is working with Panama-based registrar CCI REG to reserve government-related domains in the new .nyc gTLD, despite imposing residency requirements on registrants. CCI REG director Gerardo Aristizabal tells us it has already handled over 100 registrations during the “City Government-Affiliated Reserve List&#... - Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 8:46
ICANN looking for chief registrant advocate (but there’s a catch)
ICANN is looking for a Registrant Services Director — somebody to advocate for the rights of registrants within the organization. It’s a paid staff position, reporting directly to Global Domains Division president and ICANN number two Akram Atallah, not a part of the volunteer community. The catch is that the newly creati... - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:11
ccTLD anger over IANA group “capture”
Operators of dozens of ccTLDs are said to be furious that they don’t have representation on the group coordinating the transition of the IANA functions from US oversight. The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has been “captured” by members of ICANN’s country-code Names Supporting Organizatio... - Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:58
Domain “slammer” finally gets suspended by ICANN
The beneficiary of the long-running Domain Registry of America scam is finally at risk of losing its ICANN accreditation. ICANN has suspended Brandon Gray Internet Services, which does business as, due to the “deceptive” marketing practices carried out by its “resellers”. The company won’t ... - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 11:2
.tk passes 25 million domains
The .tk registry has become only the second TLD to pass 25 million domain names. Netherlands-based Dot TK passed the milestone at the weekend, according to statistics posted on its web site, and today has 25,068,128 domains under management. It’s grown by a whopping 837,703 names in the last 30 days alone. That means Tokelau, [... - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 8:25
That’s all folks! Final gTLD app gets approved
ICANN has finally finished evaluation all 1,930 new gTLD applications from the 2012 round. Indian conglomerate Tata Group’s dot-brand .tata passed Extended Evaluation (pdf) on Friday, having apparently secured the non-objection of Morocco, which has a province of the same name. Calculated from Reveal Day — June 13, 2012 &... - Monday, July 21, 2014 - 7:59
Dot-brands get another year to sign ICANN contract
ICANN has offered dot-brand gTLD applicants the ability to delay the signing of their Registry Agreements until July 29, 2015, nine months later than under the former process. The extension was offered by ICANN after talks with the Brand Registry Group, whose members felt pressured by the old deadline. All new gTLD applicants had pre... - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:22
New domain scam? ICANN issues vague warning
ICANN has warned internet users about a domain name scam that exploits the ICANN name and logo. Not giving away much information, ICANN said in a statement: It has been brought to ICANN’s attention that some online entities have attempted to sell fraudulent “certificates”, which they claim are required to protect ge... - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 9:5
Track all the popular new gTLD domains on DI
Want to get a full daily list of which new gTLD domains have Alexa rank? From today DI PRO subscribers can, with our new Popular New gTLD Domains feature. Updated once a day, the report comprises a list of new gTLD domains that are used by the top one million web sites on the internet, […] Related posts: Are these the 10 most-... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 8:29
.moscow beats .москва 22-to-1 in sunrise
The concurrent sunrise periods of .moscow and .москва have unsurprisingly seen the Latin-script new gTLD trounce the Cyrillic version. There were 154 registrations in .moscow, according to FAITID, the registry for both gTLDs, compared to just seven in .москва. They’re both pretty low numbers, but they’re quite typical for... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:18
The top 35 most-popular new gTLD sites
New gTLDs have been on the market for months now, and the slow process of building out sites is underway. As regular readers and DI PRO subscribers know, one way DI tracks the popularity of domain names, and therefore their corresponding TLDs, is using Alexa rankings. These scores are not perfect, but they’re a reasonable [R... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 9:22 launch compares well to new gTLDs
The subdomain service, which is being managed more or less like a proper gTLD, reckons it outperformed every new gTLD earlier this week. CEO Ken Hansen and president Paul Goldstone made the claim in a couple of Facebook posts yesterday. Hansen clarified today that while the company is not releasing precise numbers, ha... - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 11:21
Momentum offers free new gTLD show passes
Momentum Events is offering brands a free pass to its upcoming Digital Strategy & DotOps Congress in Amsterdam. The deal is only open to companies that have not already applied for a new dot-brand gTLD. Each eligible company gets one free pass for the two-day event. Additional tickets start at $299. For applicants and others [&#... - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:3
ICM scraps free .xxx porn star offer, starts new one
ICM Registry has partnered with a company called Model Centro to offer free .xxx domain names to porn performers. Model Centro offers porn models a managed fan site and social networking service. It’s free to the models, with the company taking a 15% slice of whatever subscription fees are taken from their fans. The arrangement... - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:59
Slow start for .christmas with under 500 sales
Uniregistry’s latest new gTLDs .christmas and .blackfriday seem to have stumbled out of the gates, both amassing fewer than 500 registrations in their first full day of general availability. In today’s zone files, .christmas has 501 names and .blackfriday has 445. Those numbers include dozens of sunrise registrations. The... - Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:4
Pinyin to beat IDN? .wang ready to overtake .在线
The .wang gTLD has seen great success, relatively, in its first week of general availability, crossing the 30,000 mark yesterday and entering the top 10 new gTLDs by registration volume. At its current rate of growth, the Zodiac Holdings domain is going to overtake .在线, the highest-ranking Chinese gTLD so far, this week. .wang went [... - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 8:32
Almost half of registrars “deficient” in compliance audit
Almost half of accredited domain name registrars were found “deficient” during a recent ICANN compliance survey. Results of an audit published today show that 146 of 322 registrars (45%) picked at random for the September 2013 to May 2014 study had to carry out some form of remediation in order to comply with their contra... - Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:16
ICANN puts porn gTLDs on hold for no good reason?
In a decision that seems to have come out of nowhere, ICANN has effectively put bids for three porn-themed new gTLDs on hold. In a June 21 meeting, the board’s New gTLD Program Committee discussed .adult, .sex and .porn, calling them “sensitive strings”. While it passed no resolution, I understand that ICANN legal s... - Friday, July 4, 2014 - 4:7

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