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China’s MySpace trainwreck sells its gTLD

A once-hot Chinese social networking company that now sells used cars instead has offloaded its gTLD. The registry contract for .ren, the Pinyin for the Chinese “人”, meaning “people”, has been transferred from Beijing Qianxiang Wangjing Technology Development Co to ZDNS International. The original registry is better known by the name Renren. At the time […]

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Junk drop cuts .xyz in half, .top claims volume crown

The .xyz gTLD has seen its zone file halve in size, as millions of free and cheap domains were not renewed. The former volume leader among new gTLDs started this month with a tad over 5.2 million domains in its zone. But its July 17 zone contained 2.5 million, much less than half as many, […]

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With Almost 10% Of New gTLD Registrations In Upcoming Delete Status; The Peak Of 28.8M May Stand Until .Web

According to ntldstats.com almost 10% of all registered new gTLD domain names are in upcoming delete status; meaning for at least a while new G’s domain name may have peaked out. On  March 24, 2017 the number of new gTLD domain registrations sat at 28,854,146. As of yesterday the number is 28,818,819. However the number […]

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CentralNic Passes 2 Million Registrations of New gTLD

CentralNic Group PLC has over 2.0 million domains registered using its platform representing 21% of all new gTLD domain names. Of the 2+ million new gTLD registered through CentralNic 1,552,903 are .XYZ domain names.  The only other extension using CentralNic that has 100,000+  is .website, although .online is quickly approaching with just about 95,000 domain […]

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XYZ to put global block on domains banned in China

XYZ.com plans to slap a global ban on domain names censored by the Chinese government. Chinese words meaning things such as “human rights” and “democracy” are believed to be on the block list, which an industry source says could contain as many as 40,000 words, names and phrases. (UPDATE: Gavin Brown, CTO of XYZ back-end […]

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XYZ to rethink China gateway plans

XYZ.com has withdrawn its request to start selling .xyz and .college domains into China via a local gateway service provider. The company has said it will amend and resubmit its plan to ICANN, which had told it the idea “might raise significant Stability or Security issues”. The registry wants to be one of the first […]

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XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers

XYZ.com is trying to become one of the first non-Chinese gTLD registries to be able to sell unhindered into the Chinese market, in the face of Draconian government regulations. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN — the first of its kind — that would let it use a gateway […]

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The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion

The Chinese-script gTLD .网址 powered to the number two spot in the new gTLD rankings by zone file size this week, but it’s doing some things very strangely. .网址 is Chinese for “.site”, “.url” or “.webaddress”. The registry is Hu Yi Global, ostensibly a Hong Kong-based registrar but, judging by IANA’s records, actually part of […]

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