Top-Level Domains



Only One Week Left to Submit Nominations for PIR Board of Directors (Closes Nov 30)

If you would like to help guide the future of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .ORG, .NGO and .ONG domains, the deadline for nominations is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2015! After reading the information about the PIR Board requirements, you are welcome to nominate either yourself or anyone else using the PIR Nomination Form. Nominations close at 23:00 UTC on November 30, 2015, so don't delay! more»

Another Day, Another Two Million Dollars

ICANN just published the results of the auction for .HOTELS and .HOTEIS. The high bidder (I'm not sure "winner" really applies here) was, who will use .HOTELS. The $2.2M they paid, along with the prior results, notably the $25 million Google paid for .APP, brings the total in ICANN's auction pot to about $60.5 million. There's a few more auctions scheduled for CAM, PHONE, and SHOP/SHOPPING, along with yet to be scheduled auctions for DOCTOR, INC, LLP, and LLC. more»

Verisign Should Clear Up the Paid "Analysts" Controversy

In recent days it was revealed that analyst Zeus Kerravala, who had written a dozen-some articles, over many years, for Network World promoting Verisign's pro-.COM point of view and disparaging new top-level domains as a bad idea, was in fact a paid Verisign consultant. None of that was disclosed when Mr. Kerravala wrote these articles from January 2013 through October 2015. more»

Consumer Trust? Not at ICANN Compliance

Every person and every entity must have a philosophy if they are to be successful. Consumer trust is one of the key issues at the heart of keeping the Internet open as well as prosperous. The ICANN Affirmation of Commitments was signed in 2009 and has been the guiding principle for ICANN's activities going forward. The title of section 9.3 is Promoting competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. This section is in essence the embodiment of the commitment of ICANN. more»

Nominations Now Open for Public Interest Registry (PIR, Operator of .ORG) Board of Directors

Would you be interested in helping guide the future of the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit operator of the .ORG, .NGO and .ONG domains? If so, the Internet Society is seeking nominations for three positions on the PIR Board of Directors. The nominations deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015. Find out more information about the positions and the required qualifications. more»

Our Vision for Advancing and Growing the Domain Industry

ICANN 54 is upon us, and to commemorate it, we've got loaded up with friendly places to network, take advantage of the city's comedy and music scene, and possibly even enjoy a pint. With so many issues to discuss and address this week, a .PUB address wouldn't be the appropriate destination for the entire conference, but for a microsite discussing the cultural and social opportunities that Dublin has to offer, we happen to think it's perfect, especially in the place that gave the world the Irish pub. more»

Generic Top Level Domain Insights for Q3 2015

Participants in the recently released Global Consumer described new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) as being "innovative", "trustworthy", "interesting", "informative", and "cutting edge". With such impressive descriptions, it appears that the industry has made significant progress in reaching the tipping point. Although Q3 reflects growth, it also highlights the varying degrees of performance and need for further advancement in developing consumer awareness and in turn, the health of the industry. more»

.WINE New gTLD is Here, Thanks to Politicians

It is no news that the .WINE and .VIN new gTLDs are to be announced soon by Donuts and if the month of November is the very month everybody has been waiting for, at the beginning of the Sunrise Periods, many questions arise regarding the protection of wine geographical indications... There is a lot to say regarding the length of time it took to launch .wine and .vin new gTLDs and, most of all, how difficult it has been to protect its wine Geographical Indications (also called "wine GIs"). more»

The Social Responsibility Imperative - TLDs Leading the Charge

Last month at CIRA's annual general meeting, I had the pleasure of meeting Tracy Axelsson, the executive director of the Vancouver Community Network. Her organization is working to connect street-involved citizens in downtown Vancouver with critical life-saving information via SMS messages. Chatting about her program was a vivid reminder for me of what many technology companies around the world have recognized, that the benefits of our wares can have a profound impact on our economies, culture and social fabric of our countries. more»

More Than Just Forwarding: How .brands Like Apple Can Use Defensive Registrations

The domain industry media was abuzz last week with speculation that tech giant Apple may be gearing up to launch its .apple brand TLD. Rumours began when it was discovered that Apple registered 29 .com domain names that to the untrained eye, appear to be strangely worded. These include the likes of, and, providing hope to many industry pundits that they could potentially be defensive registrations designed to protect Apple from losing traffic when it begins to utilise its .apple TLD. more»

Global Domain Registrations Edge Closer to 300M: Verisign

The number of domain names registered around the world grew by 2.2 million, or 0.8 percent, to 296 million at the end of June according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. With similar growth, the 300 million mark should be reached around the end of 2015. Worldwide registrations have grown by 16.4 million, or 5.9 percent, year over year. more»

Challenges for .brands - Launching Your .brand

One of the consistent themes of this blog series is that despite similarities across .brand TLDs, no two brands will settle on the exact same strategy and process for moving their TLD to launch. As I discussed last week, an implementation plan ensures that each required action is documented, responsibility for it is assigned and a more detailed project plan can be developed to take this process further. more»

Online Reviews Provide Insights into gTLD Customers' Needs

There is a high degree of uncertainty when launching a product, and new gTLDs are no exception. However, registries that have introduced them -- or will introduce them in the second round of new gTLDs -- can improve their odds. A key move: go to established domain name forums and check out their specialized sections for new gTLDs. What users say there can help companies refine tactics and strategy. more»

Challenges for .brands - From Strategy to Implementation Planning

While your strategy and objectives speak more broadly to why you're launching a .brand TLD, your implementation plan covers the all-important 'how'. Once you complete your strategy workshop session to agree upon objectives and approach, how do you actually launch a .brand TLD? You need an implementation plan to guide you from strategy to launch, and beyond. At its core, the implementation plan is a checklist; just like a pilot landing a plane, you need to run through your checklist to ensure you don't miss any crucial elements. more»

Do New gTLDs Disrupt .com?

This post examines whether the new gTLDs program is a disruptive innovation to the dominance of .com. I then use the idea of disruptive innovation to explain the relative adoption failure of previous generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs), such as .biz, .info and .mobi. Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen's theory of disruption explains battles between market entrants and incumbents. Examples of markets transformed by disruptive innovations include classified ads (Craigslist), long-distance calls (Skype), record stores (iTunes), research libraries (Google), encyclopedias (Wikipedia), and taxis (Uber). more»

News Briefs

Sony Uses Brand TLD '.sony' for Bond Game Site

Application for .gay TLD Rejected for the Second Time

Apple Uses the .NEWS TLD for Its News Platform

Rio Becomes First Latin American City to Offer Its Own TLD

ICANN Announces Results of New gTLD Universal Acceptance Analysis

ICANN Assigns Tor's .Onion TLD as Special-Use Domain Name

Google Restructures Under New Company Name, Puts .XYZ TLD on the Map

Neustar Acquires Bombora Technologies, the Holding Group for Ari Registry Services and AusRegistry

Auction to Sell .versicherung Top Level Domain

Lack of ccTLD Growth in Africa Only Partially Due to Internet Penetration

Last Days to Register for TLD Operator Webinar

FTC Puts Burden Back on ICANN Concerning .Sucks Dilemma

2017, Year of Consolidation for Domain Name Market, AFNIC Study Suggests

Vox Populi Registry Says "Enough" About .SUCKS Accusations

Another Letter Filed Against .sucks TLD for Extortion

A Look at the Current State of ccTLDs, Particularly in Europe

ICANN Asks U.S. Federal Trade Commission Whether .SUCK is Violating Any Laws

Dot-Sucks TLD Accused of Predatory, Exploitative and Coercive Practices

Internet Grew by 4 Million Domains in 4Q 2014, Reaching 288 Million Worldwide

Google Wins .APP New gTLD Auction for $25 Million

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The ".law" Domain Gains Momentum Throughout the Legal Profession

Minds + Machines has announced that the .law domain names may be applied for by qualified lawyers on a first-come, first-served basis at standard rates. The seven-day Early Access Program, during which .law domain names were priced higher to accommodate initial demand, ended at 1600 UTC on October 19. ›››

Portfolio Update: October Launches and Renewal Rates

Minds + Machines Group Limited announces the highly successful launch of .MIAMI, the start of the Early Access Program for .law, and initial renewal rates for its geo portfolio. ›››

City of Miami 3rd in U.S. to Launch Dedicated TLD

Today, City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado announced that starting Oct. 2, Miami will become the third city in the U.S. to have a dedicated top-level Internet domain name. .MIAMI will join New York (.nyc) and Las Vegas (.vegas) in creating a global Internet identity through which the city's businesses, communities and residents. ›››

WeddingWire Joins Minds + Machines As New TLD '.Wedding' Pioneer

Minds + Machines (LSE:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announced today that WeddingWire, the wedding industry's leading global online marketplace, has joined Minds + Machines as the latest '.wedding' pioneer. ›››

Minds + Machines and ALM Media Announce Strategic Partnership on .law

Minds + Machines announces strategic partnership with ALM Media, LLC, one of the world's largest legal media companies, to collaborate on advertising and marketing content for the new top-level domain ".law" across ALM's legal media publications, conferences and digital platforms. ›››

Carlsberg Group Joins Minds + Machines Pioneer Program

After extensive consultation with Minds + Machines, Carlsberg has secured over 150 .beer domains, in a portfolio that includes their most popular brands such as,, and, as well as a variety of generic premium .beer names for use in future marketing projects and campaigns. ›››

New Top-Level Domain .fit Launches, Announces Partnership with the Arnold Sports Festival

Minds + Machines Group (LSE: MMX), the owner and operator of the new .fit top-level domain, announced today that the Arnold Sports Festival, one of the many inspiring organizations associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger. ›››

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