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December 11, 2018 02:30

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Two controversial new gTLDs launching in January

Five years after the first batch of new gTLDs hit the market, registries continue to drip-feed them into the internet. At least two more are due to launch on January 16 — .dev and .inc. .dev is the latest of Google’s portfolio to be released, aimed at the software developer market. It proved controversial briefly […]

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Failure to launch: 10 years-old gTLDs that are still dormant

Over six years after the last new gTLD application window closed, more than one in 10 new gTLDs have yet to launch, even though some have been delegated for over four years. Once you filter out duplicates, withdrawals and terminations from the original 1,930 applications, there were a maximum of roughly 1,300 potential new gTLDs […]

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EnCirca partners with PandoraBots to push .bot names to brands

Specialist registrar EnCirca has partnered with bot development framework vendor PandoraBots to market .bot domains at big brands. The two companies are pushing their wares jointly at this week’s International Trademark Association annual meeting in Seattle. In a press release, the companies said that PandoraBots is offering bot-creation “starter kits” for brand owners that tie […]

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Google’s $25 million .app domain finally has a launch date

One of the questions I get asked fairly regularly is “When is .app coming out?”, but until today I haven’t had a good answer. Now I do. Google has finally released its launch timeline for the could-be-popular new gTLD. .app will go to sunrise March 29, the company said last week. Trademark holder exclusivity will […]

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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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.radio set for November launch, weird tiered pricing

The European Broadcasting Union plans to operate the forthcoming .radio gTLD in such a way as to discourage domain investors. It yesterday set out its launch timetable, registration restrictions, and expects registrars to charge companies between €200 and €250 per domain per year ($213 to $266). Interestingly, it’s also proposing to charge different, lower prices […]

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Squabbling drug peddlers drag .pharmacy into brand bunfight

The .pharmacy new gTLD has been dragged into the ongoing trademark dispute between two pharmaceuticals giants called Merck. Germany-based Merck KGaA has accused the .pharmacy registry of operating an unfair and “secretive” process to resolve competing sunrise period applications. The domain merck.pharmacy was awarded to US rival Merck & Co, which was spun off from […]

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.blog gets 600 applications halfway through sunrise

WordPress developer Automattic has received over 600 applications for .blog sunrise registrations halfway through its sunrise period. The company’s registry subsidiary, Knock Knock Whois There, said Friday that it has passed the 600 mark with about another 30 days remaining on the clock. While it’s a poor performance by pre-2012 standards, if all the applications […]

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