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October 20, 2019 16:09

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These two ccTLDs drove two thirds of all domain growth in Q2

The number of registered domain names in the world increased by 2.9 million in the second quarter, driven by .com and two ccTLDs. That’s according to the latest Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief, which was published (pdf) overnight, and other data. The quarter ended with 354.7 million domains. Verisign’s own .com was up 1.5 million […]

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.blog registry handover did NOT go smoothly

The transition of .blog between registry back-end providers ended up taking six times longer than originally planned, due to “a series of unforeseen issues”. Registry Knock Knock Whois There today told registrars that the move from Nominet to CentralNic took 18 hours to complete, far longer than the two to three hours anticipated. An “unexpected […]

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Donuts slashes prices on a million domains

Donuts is to overhaul the pricing on 1.1 million registry-reserved “premium” domain names, taking hundreds of thousands out of premium status altogether. The company said today that it has decided to reduce the registration cost of 250,000 domains across its 242 new gTLDs. Discounts as deep as 90% are possible, judging by the company’s pricing […]

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.tech gTLD startups “raise $2 billion”

Tech startups using domain names in the .tech gTLD have raised $2 billion in venture capital financing over the last two years, according to Radix. The registry looked at startups listed on Crunchbase as of June and found 650 companies using .tech domains. Of these, 170 of them had raised $2 billion in funding. About […]

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CIRA replaces CORE as emergency backup registry

ICANN has switched around its line up of emergency registry providers, swapping out CORE Association for CIRA. The organization last night announced that its three newly contracted Emergency Back-End Registry Operators are Nominet, CNNIC, and CIRA. EBEROs are failsafe registries that will take over any gTLD that has failed or is on the verge of […]

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China’s MySpace trainwreck sells its gTLD

A once-hot Chinese social networking company that now sells used cars instead has offloaded its gTLD. The registry contract for .ren, the Pinyin for the Chinese “人”, meaning “people”, has been transferred from Beijing Qianxiang Wangjing Technology Development Co to ZDNS International. The original registry is better known by the name Renren. At the time […]

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Second-level .au names delayed

If you’re champing at the bit to grab yourself some second-level .au domain names, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Australian ccTLD manager auDA said today that it is delaying the controversial release by three months, to give it more time to carry out public outreach. In a statement, interim chair Suzanne […]

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“We’re Irish!” claim Brits as .eu shrinks yet again

British companies are moving their .eu domain names to their Irish branches in an effort to keep them after Brexit, according to the speculations of EURid. .eu regs in Ireland grew 18% to 47,781 in the second quarter, according to the registry’s Q2 roundup. EURid said: The high increase in Ireland could be related to […]

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Mystery .vu registry revealed

Neustar has been selected as the back-end domain registry operator for the nation of Vanuatu. The company, and the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator, announced the appointment, which came after a competitive tender process between nine competing back-end providers, last night. The ccTLD is .vu. It’s unrestricted, with no local presence requirements, and currently costs […]

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.gay gets rooted

The new gTLD .gay, which was often used as an example of a controversial TLD that could be blocked from the DNS, has finally made it to the DNS. While no .gay domains are currently resolving, the TLD itself was added to the root zone over the weekend. Its registry is Top Level Design, which […]

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