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.nz second-level names now available
The New Zealand Domain Name Commission has started making second-level domains under .nz available for the first time. Like .uk, which opened up the second level this year, .nz names have previously only been available at the third level, under, and over a dozen other extensions. But from this week, existing registrant... - 1 hr 21 min ago
“Frustrated” Morocco denies it supported .tata gTLD
The Moroccan government claims that it did not give its support to the .tata dot-brand gTLD, which was granted to Tata Group, the massive Indian conglomerate, in July. According to Boubker Seddik Badr, director of digital economy at Morocco’s ministry of trade, .tata “did not receive any endorsement from any Moroccan auth... - 3 hr 52 min ago
OVH to give away 50,000 new gTLD names for free
France-based registrar OVH is to make up to 50,000 domain names in its new gTLD .ovh available for free. According to its web site and a bulletin send to customers today, the regular price of £2.69 ($4.35) will be waived for the first year and renewal pricing will be discounted. The first 20,000 names registered […] Related po... - 15 hr 32 min ago
.bayern starts GA with almost 20,000 names
Bayern Connect took its .bayern new gTLD into general availability yesterday and secured close to 20,000 registrations. This morning’s zone file count shows that at least 19,121 domains were registered during .bayern’s combined sunrise/landrush period, which ended a few weeks ago. GA kicked off at 1300 local time yesterda... - 18 hr 45 min ago
Phishers prefer free ccTLDs to new gTLDs
Domains in free and cheap ccTLDs are much more likely to host phishing attacks than new gTLDs. That’s one of the conclusions of the latest report of the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which found that Freenom’s re-purposed African ccTLDs were particularly risky. The first-half 2014 report found 22,679 “maliciously reg... - Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:14
Safeway pulls all four new gTLD apps
Retail giant Safeway has removed itself from the new gTLD program entirely, last week withdrawing all four of its applications. The $139-billion-a-year company had applied for the dot-brands .safeway, .vons, .justforu and the generic .grocery, but all four bids are now showing as withdrawn. Now that Safeway has withdrawn, the only re... - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 15:0
Korean registrar suspended
ICANN has suspended the accreditation of Korean registrar Dotname Korea over failures to comply with Whois accuracy rules. The company was told this week that it will lose the ability to sell names for three months. “No new registrations or inbound transfers will be accepted from 7 October 2014 through 5 January 2015,” IC... - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 5:11
Iraq to get IDN ccTLD
Iraq was this week granted the right to use a new Arabic-script country-code top-level domain. ICANN said the war-torn nation’s request for عراق., which is Arabic for “Iraq”, has passed the String Evaluation phase of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track program. Like .iq, the registry will be the government’s Communicatio... - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 5:0
Brewers Association backs .beer
Continuing its strategy of getting well-known anchor tenants involved in its new gTLD launches, Minds + Machines has recruited the Brewers Association to back its just-launched .beer. The BA represents over 2,300 independent breweries in the US, according to its web site. .beer hit general availability yesterday. Due to delays with I... - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:40
Second new gTLD round “possible” but not “probable” in 2016
If there are any companies clamoring to get on the new gTLD bandwagon, they’ve got some waiting to do. Based on a sketchy timetable published by ICANN this week, it seems unlikely that a second application round will open before 2017, and even that might be optimistic. While ICANN said that “based on current estimates, [&... - Friday, September 26, 2014 - 2:24
Is Verisign’s .net in trouble?
The zone file for Verisign’s .net gTLD has shrunk by almost 100,000 domains in the last few months. I’ve been tracking .com and .net’s zone numbers since mid-March, shortly after the current wave of new gTLDs started going live, and while .com seems to be still growing strong, .net is definitely trending down. The b... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 6:18
Afilias loses Chinese .info as seven more new gTLD auctions conclude
Today news has reached us via various channels that seven new gTLD contention sets have been settled, all is seems via private auction. Notably, Afilias has lost the opportunity to run the Chinese-script version of its 14-year-old .info TLD to Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co, the only other applicant. The Beijing company̵... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 5:12
M+M turns profit on the back of gTLD auctions
Minds + Machines posted an operating profit of almost £3 million ($4.9 million) for the first half of the year, almost entirely driven by the proceeds of losing new gTLD auctions. The registry record a profit to June 30 of £2.9 million on revenue of $68,000. The “profit on gTLD auctions” line item that permitted […]... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4:26
.ooo sales targets are batshit crazy
New gTLD registry and e-commerce network Infibeam, which is taking its .ooo TLD to sunrise today, has been bandying around some truly wacky registration predictions in the Indian press today. The company’s founder told one local paper, the The Hindu’s BusinessLine, that .ooo will have volumes that dwarf .xyz and a literal... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 13:36
Multiple live gTLDs will be auctioned in October
Exactly 11 months after the first new gTLDs were delegated to the DNS root, DI has learned that a batch of live gTLDs are heading to auction for the first time. There’s now officially an aftermarket for top-level domains. “Multiple” delegated 2012-round new gTLDs will be auctioned off next month, with the exact date... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 12:31
Comcast users report name collision bugs
US cable ISP Comcast has become the latest company to experience problems caused by name collisions with new gTLDs. In this case the gTLD in question is .network, which Donuts had delegated at the end of August. Users of Comcast’s Xfinity service have been complaining about various issues linked to collisions ever since. It tur... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:45
Donuts snatches four new gTLDs at auction, beating Amazon to .video
Donuts has emerged the victor from four new gTLD auctions this week, getting its hands on .money, .video, .sale and .legal. Notably, Uniregistry, Minds + Machines and Amazon have withdrawn from the .video race, leaving Donuts the winner. .video was one of the gTLDs Amazon had originally applied for as a “closed generic” t... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 5:52
Fight over ICANN’s $400,000 Hollywood party
Corporate sponsors raised $250,000 to fund a $400,000 showbiz gala for ICANN 51 next month, but ICANN pulled the plug after deciding against making up the shortfall. Sources tell DI that the lavish shindig was set to take place at Fox Studios in Los Angeles on October 15, but that ICANN reneged on a commitment […] Related post... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 18:20
Verisign plans TLD standards group
Verisign is trying to form a new industry standards-setting association for domain name registries and registrars. To be called the Registration Operations AssociationTM (yes, according to its web site it is apparently already trademarked), Verisign wants potential members of the group to meeting in October to figure out whether such... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:58
Accent wins .tickets auction after $1.6m CentralNic investment
Accent Media, one of four applicants for .tickets, has won the new gTLD at auction after receiving a $1.62 million investment from CentralNic. As part of the deal, Accent has dumped Afilias as its back-end provider and will switch to CentralNic instead. Competing applicants Donuts, Famous Four Media, Shubert Internet and Tickets TLD ... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:35

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