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EnCirca offers trademark holders a shortcut to Amazon’s .Bot

Service creates a bot for companies, making them eligible to register .bot domain names. Amazon’s .bot top level domain name has been open for registrations since December, but registering them hasn’t been easy. Amazon has restricted registrations to companies and people that have an existing bot built on one of a handful of bot platforms. […]

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EnCirca partners with PandoraBots to push .bot names to brands

Specialist registrar EnCirca has partnered with bot development framework vendor PandoraBots to market .bot domains at big brands. The two companies are pushing their wares jointly at this week’s International Trademark Association annual meeting in Seattle. In a press release, the companies said that PandoraBots is offering bot-creation “starter kits” for brand owners that tie […]

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The biggest dot-brand in the world has 50,000 domains, but are they legit?

The biggest dot-brand gTLD active today has about 50,000 domains under management, but the vast majority of them may not be compliant with ICANN rules. Real Estate Domains LLC runs .realtor in partnership with the National Association of Realtors, a US-based real estate agent membership organization. RED/NAR has an ICANN policy exemption that means it […]

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.xxx to sell at .com prices to pump .porn launch

ICM Registry is to offer .xxx domain names at dramatically reduced prices, which could be in line with .com pricing at some registrars, for the month of April. At least one registrar plans to offer .xxx names at about $13 for the duration of the offer. .porn and .adult are set to go to general […]

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Registrar suspends all domain names transferred from terminated registrar

EnCirca finds that domains were used for nefarious purposes. ICANN terminated the accreditation of domain name registrar ABSYSTEMS INC (dba yournamemonkey.com) in December for multiple contract breaches. ICANN transferred the domain names to another registrar as ICANN does in cases of a de-accreditation. In this case, EnCirca was the (not so) lucky registrar. EnCirca got […]

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Weirdest new gTLD launch yet? .wed launches with a single registrar

The new gTLD .wed went into sunrise yesterday with the strangest pricing model yet and a stringent Registry-Registrar Agreement that seems to have scared off all but one registrar. Atgron is positioning .wed as a space for marrying couples to celebrate their weddings, but only temporarily. It seemingly has little interest in domain investors or […]

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Calzone makes monitoring new TLD launches easier

Did you know that there are about 60 top level domain names in sunrise right now? Yes, 60. This many domain name launches at once is difficult to track. Add to it early access programs, landrush, general availability, trademark claims periods, etc., and it is quite confusing even for domain name experts. Enter Calzone, a […]

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Barrett launches new gTLD launch calendar

EnCirca’s Tom Barrett has launched a collaborative calendar to help spread the word about new gTLD launch dates. Leveraging Google Apps, the service can be found at Calzone.org and is currently in a short beta open only to applicants and registries. All new gTLD sunrise dates published by ICANN will be incorporated into the service, […]

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