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Insights from ARI's New TLD Workshop

Never let it be said that group therapy isn't effective. Prior to hosting a new Top-Level Domain (TLD) workshop for a group of Australian applicants last week, the only therapy I would have advised for new TLD applicants was electroshock therapy - given the confidence-sapping delays and the catastrophic impact of constant changes to the program such as Digital Archery, Name Collisions and GAC Advice. more»

The ANA and Hand-Wringing

The Association of National Advertisers is at it again, this time spelling the death of new gTLDs barely after they emerge from the gate. In 1982, at the dawn of the video age, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti infamously told Congress, with more than one unfortunate reference to various types of violent crime, that the advent of the VCR would spell immediate and irrevocable doom to the motion picture industry, and that the device should certainly be thrown to the scrap heap even before its arrival. more»

A New Way to Value Registry Business

There's a new site on the web - nTLDstats.com - that has a ton of valuable information about the new gTLD program. It shows numbers of registrations by registry, registrar, registry service provides - all the "Rs" in the domain name industry. It has quickly become the place where people go to measure how the industry, and the competitors in it, are doing. There's only one problem - not all domain registrations are created equal. more»

Do You .RUN?

I am not such a good runner but I have decided to run early in the morning. It is what I just started to do today and to be honest, I hated it. But it does not matter, I will run again tomorrow morning... So what is the market for .RUN? Do runners communicate on Internet? Do they need to communicate because they are runners? Is .RUN for runners only? more»

Is racing.com a Half-Million Dollar Mistake for Racing Victoria?

What's a domain name? What business function do they serve? Can a domain name generate ROI? I imagine these were the questions the Board of Racing Victoria asked before signing off on the purchase of racing.com to support a Victorian racing industry joint initiative to establish a digital media and content platform similar to that of the AFL. more»

Call for ICANN to Educate and Not Mislead GAC

I read with interest the recent blog written by Theresa Swinehart a Sr. Advisor to the President on Strategy. She wrote: "The most critical element of this [ICANN Transition] process is trust and alignment. To ensure success on this accountability track, we must as a community work closely together to make sure that the final process is meaningful. There is plenty of work to be done in an ambitious period of time." more»

The .nyc Landrush Auctions: Adding Injury To Insult

New York City is in the midst of a two part Landrush for its .nyc domain names. First is a 60 day application period (August 4 – October 3) during which anyone with nexus -- basically city residents -- can purchase an available .nyc domain name... It doesn't even matter if a name has a NYS Trademark or d/b/a registration, those names too are fair game... There are significant problems with this process. more»

Website Usage Analysis in the New gTLDs

A recent study, by EURid and the Leuven Statistics Research Centre, set out to better understand the most common usage of websites that are linked to domains, and we thought it would be an interesting exercise to extend similar analysis to the new gTLD market. So, we analyzed all second-level domains registered in new gTLDs according to published zone files on June 29, 2014.  more»

Google Domains: Give Me More

The Buzz seems to be about Google Domains at the moment: Google is launching as a Registrar and will soon offer plenty of fantastic things to do with domain names. But... is there anything new with Google Domains? I checked the features but... I found nothing that other Registrars do not already offer and I admit I expected to be a little more impressed. more»

Is ICANN's .IR Response at Odds with the ACPA and ICE Domain Seizures?

An initial review of ICANN's response to litigation seeking it to turn over control of the ccTLDs of Iran, Syria and North Korea led to the conclusion that it had opened a "legal can of worms". A few more just wriggled out, and they threaten the basic assumption that underlies the U.S. statute governing cybersquatting and the practices engaged in by Federal officials seizing domain names engaged in intellectual property infringement. more»

"Requiescat in Pace" - the new .RIP Generic Top-Level Domain

I thought "RIP" stood for "Rest In Peace". I thought it was an acronym used in English only and a TLD that would be understood by the next generation; because no one would ever register such a domain name ending in .RIP today. When you say "RIP", it makes you think of death... I have also said that such a TLD was something... typically American and that no other culture would consider buying such domain names because promoting death online is something a bit odd. more»

New Internet Domain Names Need a Backstory to Succeed

If web address registrations are any indication (and they may not be), the hundreds of new Internet domains (where .guru competes with .com and .berlin intrudes on .de) are seeing slow, but steady success. By one count, there are about 2 million new online addresses. Slow and steady may wind up being the best business model, but if the effect of the top level domains is to be felt in business, culturally and socially, there needs to be more done than create the opportunity to register a new name... more»

ICANN's .IR Response Opens Legal Can of Worms

ICANN has filed its initial response to writs of attachment issued by U.S. Courts that seek to have ICANN transfer control of the country code top level domains (ccTLDs) of Iran, Syria and North Korea to plaintiffs in various legal actions. The lawsuits were brought under a U.S. law that permits victims of terrorism and their family survivors to seek the assets of governments that provided support or direction of the terrorist acts. more»

A Financial Back-Up to Win .WINE?

Still want to protect wine Geographical Indications (GIs)? A hot potato! Where the bucket ends is still to be found and the launching of both .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs is still an issue. At least some of the three applicants are following the ICANN new gTLD applicant guidebook, working with parties interested in bringing better protection mechanism to protect wine GIs. There seems to have been an attempt which has not worked... more»

Who's Who in the New Dot Brandscape - And Why Should You Care?

Let's go to the scoreboard. There are 1751 applications for new top-level domains. Nearly 1/3 (635) are brands. The rest are generics (e.g. .Buzz) and geographies (e.g .NYC). So, brands are definitely interested in new TLDs - and a handful of major industries have jumped into the lead. If you're in any of those verticals, it's time to pay attention. Your competitors may be giving your customers new ways to reach out, learn and buy from them. more»

News Briefs

Global Domain Name Registrations Reach 276 Million, Increase of Over 19M From Last Year

EURid Compensates Carbon Emissions With Wind Turbines

Video Interviews Highlighting ICANN 50 in London

Impartiality of Dot Pharmacy TLD Questioned

Scotland's New TLD .scot Goes Live

Website Usage Trends Among Top-Level Domains

The Digital Strategy and DotOps Congress (Amsterdam, September 2014)

Australians Prefer .au Domain Names, Usage on the Rise

France Protesting ICANN Over Approval of .Wine TLD

AFNIC Examines the 50/50 Theory for New TLDs

50K .uk Domains Registered on Opening Day, Nominet Reports

DCA Receives an Injunction It Requested in Its IRP Proceedings

New York City Mayor Announces Next Step For Public Launch of Dot NYC (.nyc) Domain

China Favouring Digits Over Letters When It Comes to Internet Addresses

DCA's Sophia Bekele Blocked from ITU Event by AUC Over dotAfrica Dispute

Neustar Acquires .CO Internet

gTLD.club, New Site Focused on New gTLDs

CENTR Reports on Latest ccTLD Stats

Google Launches First Japanese IDN

Asia Pac Digital Marketing & gTLD Strategy Congress to Be Held in Hong Kong on May 14-15

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TLDH Announces Sales Channel and gTLD Portfolio Update

Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM: TLDH) today announced the following updates on further development of its sales channels to consumers, Minds + Machines' OPEN Priority Reservation program, and progress within its portfolio of gTLDs. ›››

TLDH Group Signs 6 New Top-Level Domain Contracts With ICANN

Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM:TLDH) has signed contracts with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN") for five new top-level domains (gTLDs) wholly-owned by the Company: .horse, .cooking, .casa, .fishing, and .budapest. ›››

TLDH Launches Registrar Business and Priority Reservations Platform

Top Level Domain Holdings announces a major expansion of the Group's activities with the launch of a Priority Reservation service available to consumers through its wholly-owned registrar business, Minds + Machines Registrar Limited. ›››

TLDH to Realise US$4.81 Million in Cash From .website and .lawyer Private Auctions

Following the private auctions for .website and .lawyer, which concluded late on 23 October 2013, Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM:TLDH) will add £2.97 million (US$4.81 million) to its cash reserves. ›››

First Private Auction and .购物 Update

Top Level Domain Holdings announce that the Company has secured the sole application rights for .fishing and .casa after winning last week's private auctions for the two strings. The Company was outbid on .guide and .网址 ("web address" in Chinese). ›››

First New gTLD Private Auction Participation

TLDH will be participating in four private auctions starting Tuesday, 13 August for the contested strings .guide, .casa, .网址("web address" in Chinese) and .fishing. In each instance the Company will be bidding against single competitors, there being just two companies participating in each of the four auctions. ›››

Tucows Agreement: .store, .tech, .group

The directors of TLDH announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Tucows, Inc., a leading global domain name and Internet services provider, to partner in the anticipated auctions for the .store, .tech and .group top-level domains. ›››

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