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September 25, 2017 13:34

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WordPress recommends you get a .COM domain name

WordPress and Automattic, the parent company of WordPress and the new .blog extension, are recommending that you should get a .com domain name if both the .com and .blog domains are available. Automattic has setup a registrar at https://wordpress.com/domain/. The registrar seems to be a Tucows reseller and at first glance seems a bit on […]

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Fashion.nyc that sold in a domain auction for $37,000 was never paid for

It seems that a few of the domains that were in the 3 .NYC auctions in the past year were not paid for. I got a tip that the highest selling domain name from the 3 auctions, Fashion.nyc, that sold for $37,000 was never paid for. So I did a little research and found that […]

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Engine.xyz raises $200 million

A company operating on a .xyz has raised $200 million according to Bloomberg. A venture fund started by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called The Engine has financed its first seven companies after raising $200 million from investors.  The selected companies are working in fields such as aerospace, advanced materials, genetic engineering and renewable energy, […]

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Okay, pedants, only 36% of new gTLDs are shrinking

Thirty-six percent of non-brand new gTLDs are shrinking, DI analysis shows. According to numbers culled from zone files, 156 of the 435 commercial gTLDs we looked at had fewer domains yesterday than they did a year earlier. On the bright side, that means the majority of them are still growing, but… You: Wait, Kev, didn’t […]

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Do city-specific domains like .BOSTON have any hope?

It’s no secret that a lot of the new gTLDs are struggling. At the same time some new gTLDs have found a solid path to success with extensions like .CLUB, .LOAN, and .ONLINE seeing real interest from end-users. I’ll be honest in saying that I thought .CITY domains were going to take off like a […]

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L’Oreal is using “closed generic” .makeup in an interesting way

What do you call a registry that defensively registers names on behalf of the very people that would be its most likely customers if the TLD weren’t so hideously overpriced? L’Oreal, apparently. About half of its .makeup new gTLD comprises the names or nicknames of social media “influencers” in the make-up scene, and they all […]

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Four in 10 new gTLDs are shrinking

Forty percent of non-brand new gTLDs are shrinking, DI analysis shows. According to numbers culled from registry reports, 172 of the 435 commercial gTLDs we looked at had fewer domains under management at the start of June than they did a year earlier. On the bright side, that means the majority of them are still […]

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.Boston Domain Extension Off To Slow Start With Just 170 Domains Registered in Sunrise

Today we received a Press release proudly announcing that over 150 Brands registered a .Boston new gTLD domain in the Sunrise period which was opened to trademark holders and certain rights holders in Boston. The PR has a subtitle “Strong pace with .BOSTON domains! – More than 150 brands getting ready with their .BOSTON web […]

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Will ICANN punt on .amazon again?

Amazon is piling pressure onto ICANN to finally approve its five-year-old gTLD applications for .amazon, but it seems to me the e-commerce giant will have a while to wait yet. The company sent a letter to ICANN leadership this week calling on it to act quickly on the July ruling of an Independent Review Process […]

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.Build registry (Plan Bee LLC) has been suspended in California (can’t conduct business)

Plan Bee LLC, the company operating the .build top-level domain, has been suspended in California. The Beverly Hills based company has been suspended by the California Secretary of State AND the Franchise Tax Board. The double suspension was caused by the company’s failure to file the required Statement of Information at the California Secretary of State […]

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