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December 14, 2018 16:36

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XYZ relaunches .storage with $2,200 price tag

XYZ.com has reopened .storage to registrations with a new, much higher price tag. A confusingly named “Trademark Holder Landrush” started yesterday and will run for three weeks. It’s not a sunrise period — .storage already had its ICANN-mandated sunrise under its previous management — and it appears that it’s not actually restricted to trademark holders. […]

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.storage to have pricey second sunrise

The .storage gTLD is to get a second sunrise period after being acquired and repurposed by XYZ.com. The registry will operate a “Trademark Landrush Period” for three weeks from November 7 as the first stage of .storage’s reboot as an open-to-all gTLD. It’s not technically a “sunrise” period under ICANN rules — that phase was […]

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Chinese to invade .africa? CEO thinks so

While .africa finally went on sale last week after years of legal fights, it seems Africans may find themselves in the minority of registrants. A combination of awareness, pricing and anticipated interest from Chinese domain investors, means that Africans could account for as few as 1 in 10 .africa registrations, according to Lucky Masilela, CEO […]

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After shaky start, .blog launches today

The new gTLD .blog goes into general availability today, after some mild controversy about the way the registry allocated reserved domain names. Knock Knock Whois There, the registry affiliated with WordPress maker Automattic, last week apologized to some would-be customers for declining to honor some landrush pre-registrations. Some registrants had complained that domains that were […]

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.london launch day biggest yet for new gTLDs, but did it miss targets?

Dot London Domains’ .london had just shy of 35,000 domains in its zone file this morning, after its first partial day of general availability. That’s an addition of 12,421 domains over yesterday’s number, making .london the 11th most-registered new gTLD. This makes .london — which in my opinion has had one of the best launch […]

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Radix’s first gTLD landrushes only risk-free if you shop around

Radix Registry has gone into landrush with its first new gTLDs, promising a “risk-free” experience for buyers who want to get into .website, .press and .host early. But different registrars are handling the phase in different ways — with a staggering range of prices — so you could still lose money on domains you don’t […]

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Crazy housing market reflected in .london landrush

The world’s insatiable appetite for property in London is being reflected in applications for domain names during .london’s landrush, according to the registry. Just a few days before the landrush ends, over 30 applications have been filed for properties.london, Dot London said, and apartments.london and houses.london “are among the most sought after” domains. The registry […]

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.co.com launch compares well to new gTLDs

The subdomain service .co.com, which is being managed more or less like a proper gTLD, reckons it outperformed every new gTLD earlier this week. CEO Ken Hansen and president Paul Goldstone made the claim in a couple of Facebook posts yesterday. Hansen clarified today that while the company is not releasing precise numbers, .co.com had […]

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Clinton.democrat sold to some guy in Kansas

Some guy in Kansas registered the domain name clinton.democrat before Rightside’s new gTLD went into general availability today. It’s one of 38 .democrat domain names in today’s zone file — a mixture of trademark protections registered during the sunrise period and names sold during a three-week landrush. Judging by the registration date, the name clinton.democrat […]

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TLD Registry sells $584k of new gTLD domains, expects million-dollar sale next month

TLD Registry, the company behind two Chinese new gTLDs, says it has sold over $584,000 of premium domain names already and expects to make a seven-figure sale next month. The Finnish-founded company is launching .中文网 and .在线, which mean “Chinese web site” and “online” respectively. Marketing director Simon Cousins told DI this week that the […]

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