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July 17, 2019 02:19

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The internet is about to get a lot gayer

Seven years after four companies applied for the .gay top-level domain, we finally have a winner. Three applicants, including the community-driven bid that has been fighting ICANN for exclusive recognition for years, this week withdrew their applications, leaving Top Level Design the prevailing bidder. Top Level Design is the Portland, Oregon registry that already runs […]

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Registry bosses to talk ICANN “tax cuts” at private meeting

The CEOs of 20 or more gTLD registries are due to meet privately this month to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a reduction in their ICANN fees. The Registry CEO Summit is being held in Seattle at the end of September, I’m told. Jay Westerdal of Top Level Spectrum (.feedback etc) and Ray […]

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Five more new gTLDs, one in English, get the nod from China

Top Level Design’s .ink has become the sixth new gTLD in the Latin alphabet to be approved for sale in China. It was one of four new gTLDs given regulatory approval to begin operating properly in the country late last week. The others were all in Chinese script. From Finnish-founded TLD Registry, .中文网 (“Chinese web […]

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Network Solution Is Stuffing .Design Domains Into Customers Accounts As “Brand Protection”

Network Solutions which stuffed .XYZ domain names into customers account for free, is at it again this time with the new gTLD .Design. Customers of Network Solutions are receiving notices that they are being given a free .Design domain, matching a domain name owned by the customer in a Network Solutions account, under the premise […]

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Are new gTLD registries ripping off brands with unfair sunrise fees?

Forget .sucks — several less controversial new gTLD registries have come under fire from the likes of Google, Facebook and Adobe for charging sunrise fees as high as $17,000 for domains matching famous trademarks. According to figures supplied to DI by ICANN’s Business Constituency, the domain instagram.love carries a $17,610 “Premium Name Fee” during the […]

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Ditch that .COM for good : Four reasons, by Raymond King

Raymond ‘Ray’ King, CEO of Top Level Design, LLC, has put together an interesting article on Entrepreneur.com. Citing how start-up founders begin their quest to find the perfect dot .com, only to find out these domains are ‘held ransom’, King explores the alternatives offered today. Entrepreneurs today are in a position of taking advantage some […]

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This week’s new TLDs: .Design and four Early Access

.Design enters GA and Donuts releases four more domain names. Only one top level domain name enters true general availability this week: .Design went live this morning U.S. time. The domain name is being offered (fittingly) by Top Level Design. You can read more about the hotly contest auction for this top level domain, and […]

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Domain Name Wire Podcast #1: Ray King of Top Level Design

I’m very excited today to launch the Domain Name Wire Podcast. Each week’s podcast will include an overview of the previous week’s domain name industry news followed by a guest from the Domain Name Industry. The podcast will soon be available on iTunes, Stitcher and other services. Until then, you can play it directly on […]

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Top Level Design wins .design contention set

Hotly contested top level domain name goes to Portland company. The .design top level domain name will be run, fittingly, by Top Level Design. Top Level Design beat out six other applicants in a private auction to win the domain. Given the number of applicants, I suspect the final price for the domain was near […]

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