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December 16, 2019 04:26

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Emoji domains get a 😟 after broad study

Domain names containing emojis are a security risk and not recommended, according to a pretty comprehensive review by an ICANN study group. The Country-Code Names Supporting Organization has delivered the results of its 12-person, 18-month Emoji Study Group, which was tasked with looking into the problems emoji domains can cause, review current policy, and talk […]

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Over 50,000 names sold as .shop has successful launch day

GMO Registry has recorded one of the most successful new gTLD launch days to date, selling over 45,000 .shop domain names in the first hours. The company said it sold 45,427 .shop names in the first two hours after general availability started yesterday afternoon at about 1600 UTC. The total at that point was 51,755, […]

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.cloud passes 20,000 names on day one

The newly launched gTLD .cloud passed 20,000 domains under management one day after entering general availability. About 25 hours after the 1500 UTC launch yesterday, 20,347 domains had been registered, according to head of registry operations Francesco Cetraro. He said 17,991 of those names were registered in GA. The gTLD is priced around the $20 […]

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.sucks made millions from sunrise

Vox Populi could have made over $6 million from defensive registrations during its sunrise period. The company’s first post-sunrise zone file was published today, and according to DI PRO it contains 3,394 domains, the vast majority of which were newly added today. If all of these names were sunrise registrations, that would add up to […]

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ICM beats own annual projections with .porn on day one

ICM Registry says it managed to comfortably beat its own expectations for annual sales within the first eight hours of .porn and .adult going into general availability yesterday. CEO Stuart Lawley said that there were 10,038 .porn domains and 8,277 .adult domains in its registry at the end of yesterday. The company’s new gTLD applications […]

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Yeehaw! Bumper crop of new gTLD launches

There’s a definite wild west flavor to today’s crop of new gTLD launches, in a week which sees no fewer than 16 strings hit general availability. Kicking off the week, today Minds + Machines brings its first wholly-owned TLDs to market. Following the successful launch of .london, for which M+M acts as the back-end, last […]

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Slow start for .ceo with fewer than 400 names sold

The new .ceo gTLD has had a disappointing launch. In the first 30 hours of general availability, which began on Friday afternoon, the TLD has managed to scrape just 378 registrations, according to the latest zone file. That includes 100 names that were registered during the sunrise period. Jodee Rich, CEO of PeopleBrowsr, the .ceo […]

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Google’s first new gTLD racks up 2,300 domains

Google’s Charleston Road Registry reached 2,300 .みんな domain names on the new gTLD’s first day of general availability, immediately making it the biggest IDN gTLD by volume so far. The string is Japanese for “everyone”. As you might expect, it’s an unrestricted space. About 230 names — 10% of the TLD — are non-IDNs. I […]

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