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Neustar loses most of its Amazon back-end biz to Nominet

Amazon has switched two thirds of its large portfolio of new gTLDs over to Nominet’s back-end registry services, replacing Neustar. Judging by changes to IANA records this week, Amazon has moved 35 gTLDs to Nominet, leaving 17 at Neustar. A Neustar spokesperson confirmed the changes, telling DI: in an effort to diversify their back-end support, […]

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“Just give up!” ICANN tells its most stubborn new gTLD applicant

ICANN has urged the company that wants to run .internet as new gTLD to just give up and go away. The India-based company, Nameshop, actually applied for .idn — to stand for “internationalized domain name” — back in the 2012 application round. It failed the Geographic Names Review portion of the application process because IDN […]

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Neustar completes .in migration

The transfer of India’s suite of ccTLDs from Afilias to Neustar is done. NIXI, the .in registry, announced today: “The transition of .IN to its new Neustar-backed Registry platform is now complete.” With 2.2 million names, not counting names in NIXI’s plethora of localized transliterations, .in is the third-largest TLD migration, behind the 3.1 million […]

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New TLDs, five years in

  It was five years ago this month that the first domains under the new top level domain (nTLD) program started rolling out to consumers. The first Latin script general availability domains came out in early February 2014. Remember .guru? .Plumbing? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Here’s how I’d sum up the first […]

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Right of the colon? IDN getting killed over dot confusion

An internationalized domain name ccTLD is reportedly getting buried because of a confusion about how many dots should appear. Armenia’s .հայ (.xn--y9a3aq) today has fewer than 300 registered domains, well under 1% of the volume enjoyed by the Latin-script .am, apparently due to a unique quirk of the Armenian language. According to a report in […]

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Afilias sues India to block $12 million Neustar back-end deal

Afilias has sued the Indian government to prevent it awarding the .in ccTLD back-end registry contract to fierce rival Neustar. The news emerged in local reports over the weekend and appears to be corroborated by published court documents. According to Moneycontrol, the National Internet Exchange of India plans to award the technical service provider contract […]

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Emojis coming to another ccTLD

dotFM is to make emoji domain names available in the .fm ccTLD it manages. The company said today that it’s currently taking expressions of interest in ‘premium’ emoji inventory, and that such domains will be registerable at an unspecified point in future. It’s published a list of single-emoji domains it plans to sell. Emoji domains […]

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New gTLDs still a crappy choice for email — study

New gTLDs may not be the best choice of domain for a primary email address, judging by new research. Over 20% of the most-popular web sites do not fully understand email addresses containing long TLDs, and Arabic email addresses are supported by fewer than one in 10 sites, a study by the Universal Acceptance Steering […]

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.HK and .COM.HK are king in Hong Kong and IDNs are nowhere to be found

It has been twelve years since I have been to Hong Kong. In my early twenties I opened up distribution for Sonos in Hong Kong and used to be here all the time so it has been pretty exciting to see back and to see what’s changed and what has stayed the same. As usual […]

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Here is a chance to win $500

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