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Three companies using new TLDs – DNW Podcast #190

Why these three people chose new top level domain names. How do people learn about new top level domain names? Why do they decide to register them rather than go with a .com? What are their experiences using the domains? On today’s show, we talk with three people who registered new TLDs: Kristi Kohut, an […]

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Vacation.rentals domain name sells for record $500,300

Sale of vacation.rentals eclipses home.loans sale. A vacation rental company has paid $500,300 to acquire the domain name vacation.rentals from registry Donuts in an all-cash transaction. This is the highest publicly reported sale of a second level domain under a new top level domain name to date. Vacarent, LLC is a vacation rental company that […]

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3 more dot-brand top level domains to be cut

Companies decide against operating dot-brand top level domains. Two more companies have requested to cancel their registry contracts with ICANN after abandoning plans to operate their dot-brand top level domain names. Sony Mobile Communications AB has decided to abandon .xperia. Xperia is a line of mobile phones. The company is still releasing phones under this […]

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Donuts (finally) wins .Charity dispute, clearing path to .charity domain names

Panel denies community objection against Donuts’ .charity top level domain name application. New top level domain name company Donuts is officially back in the running for the right to run the .charity top level domain name, clearing the way to finalize an operator for the string. If you have an excellent memory, you might recall […]

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Epik #domain registrations : #Boston is getting closer to #Africa

The beauty of new gTLDs: they can grow in separate verticals, registered by a common subset of registrants. For example, domain investors from Africa might also register .Boston domains, due to the city’s cultural appeal as a New England metropolis. Back in November, we pointed out how fast dot .Boston grew, thanks to the apparent […]

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Amazon.com launches .Bot domain names on Tuesday

Bot it won’t be easy to register them. Amazon.com is making .bot domain names available to the public on Tuesday starting at 6 a.m. The company has been testing different business models for its new top level domain names and this domain is no exception. Registration of the domain names will be severely restricted. The […]

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Donuts’ numbers show promise for new TLD business model

Company reports solid growth and metrics. Keep an eye on it as discounted domains come up for renewal. These donuts keep stacking up. Donuts has summarized data about its progress in 2017 and there are some interesting tidbits: Year-over-year growth in new registration volume (excluding new TLD launches) has increased by 34% One million new […]

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Donuts files opening brief in .Web appeal

Company believes covenant not to sue is invalid. New top level domain name company Donuts, through its company Ruby Glen, LLC, filed its opening brief (pdf) last week in an appeal over the .web domain name. Donuts was one of the applicants for the .web domain name. Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million […]

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Yes, people are using new top level domain names

Not a lot, but you can’t ignore that some people are choosing .com alternatives. It’s no secret that usage of new top level domain names has been far below industry expectations. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t using them and using them in greater numbers. I’m at the Podcast Movement conference in Anaheim promoting my […]

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EFF whitepaper compares registry policies, disses new TLDs

Paper points to questionable rights protection mechanisms in new TLDs. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have released a whitepaper comparing policies across various domain name registries, and warning domain registrants to be wary of new top level domain names. The whitepaper points to added rights protection mechanisms in new top level domains, such […]

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