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xyz-logo-purpleDaniel Negari, CEO of .xyz, had a Q&A with me after I accepted to be a judge on The Challenge domain name registration contest.

What is this contest about? Is there a point to be made?

The contest challenges internet users to search for and register the best .COM or best .XYZ domain out there. The idea came to mind when .COM responded to my interview with L.A. Biz, saying that “there are plenty of great .COM domain names available,” and “seven out of 10 .COM domain availability checks are successful.”

I wanted to ask real internet users to see what they can find in 2015. For each domain, we asked the entrants to complete a short survey so we could assess the data and better understand the quality of available .COM and .XYZ domain names.

If you were eligible, what domains would you submit? Continue reading

Most People Think That XYZ Registry Gave ABC.XYZ To Google For Free

abc-xyz-googleAfter Google announced that it is creating a new holding company, called Alphabet and the new website is using the domain name abc.xyz I ran a poll asking readers what they thought the domain abc.xyz was sold for.

The domain name abc.xyz was sold by the XYZ registry to Google for Continue reading

Minds + Machines Get $3.5 Million For Withdrawing Its Applications For .Data & .Art

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines got $3.5 Million for withdrawing its applications for .Data & .Art and they report that there is strong interest for their multiple super-premium names in the past couple of months.

Minds + Machines Group Limited (LSE:MMX), announced that its unaudited results for the six months ended 30 June 2015 will be published on Tuesday 22 September. An analysts’ briefing will be held by management at 10.00am on the day at the offices of the Company’s broker, N+1 Singer, in London.

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines Group Limited, commented: Continue reading

.Online Ends 1st Day With 35,172 Domain Name Registrations

radix-online.Online ended its 1st day in general availability with 35,172 domain name registrations in its zone files according to NameStat. .Online gained 33,473 domain names in the past 24 hours.

(Please keep in mind that the first 24 hours of general availability have not yet completed. The latest zone file update includes some hours from the EAP too.)

Radix's much awaited & probably its biggest TLD, .online entered General Availability with a launch record by Continue reading

Above Launches Brand Repositioning Initiative For Registrar, Marketplace & Monetization Services

above-comAbove.com announced the hiring of Aaron Kvitek as SVP Strategic Marketing to spearhead the brand repositioning of Above.com.

Above.com, which provides domain investors with free tools designed to minimize the daily challenges associated with the monetization, registration and selling of their domains, announced today the launch of Continue reading

.Online Gets 26,000 New Domain Registrations In First 15 Minutes (+1000 EAP Orders)

radix-onlineRadix Registry, the .Online registry, announced on Twitter that .Online had 26,000 domain name registrations in the first 15 minutes of General Availability (GA).

The Early Access for .online ended on 26th August, 15:59 and general availability started at 16:00 on 26th August.

.Online had 15,000 domains in the first Continue reading

.Music Applicant Sends Over 100 New Letters To ICANN To Support Its Community Application

dotmusic-logoConstantine Roussos, founder of DotMusic Limited that is one of eight .music applicants, send out a letter to ICANN and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The letter intents to support the .music community application-based application at the .MUSIC Community Priority Evaluation (“CPE”) process.

The letter (dated August 12, 2015) includes, as an additional attachment to the community application, over 100 new letters Continue reading

8 NamesCon Volunteers Can Get Free Conference Passes

NamesConThis year NamesCon is opening its doors to volunteers for the very first time.

"We think this is a great opportunity for newcomers to the domain name industry to get their feet wet, meet the NamesCon crew, and interact with attendees in a helpful and direct way. Whether you’re new or old to the industry, volunteering for a Continue reading

Chinese Domaining Masterclass: The Number Four (4)

Chinese-Domaining-Masterclass-The-Number-SevenTLD Registry, the registry of Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) top level domains, is releasing the third installment of their Chinese Domaining Masterclass blog series.

TLD Registry presented the world’s first, and still currently the world’s only Chinese Domaining Masterclass, at the industry-leading domain investing conference, NamesCon 2015. After several months of research, development, writing, and refining, they created a 120-page curriculum for western domain investors to use as a resource to help them confidently invest in Chinese-specific domains, without knowing a single word of Chinese.

I attended the "Chinese Domaining Masterclass" in NamesCon and I wrote a blog post about it: 10 Things I Learned About Chinese Domain Names.

Now, TLD Registry is releasing Continue reading

What Do Google Employees Think Of The Creation Of Alphabet Inc?

abc-xyz-googleQuora asked a question targeting current and former Google employees.

What do Google employees think of the creation of Alphabet Inc?

So far there have been 14 responses. Here are a few of the most interesting quotes from various current and former Google employees: Continue reading

Uniregistry Launches New Website (.Game & .Cars Coming Soon!)

uniregistryA new website for the Uniregistry registry was launched today at uniregistry.link. Frank Schilling announced the launch on Twitter.

He said that the new website has the "same heart, passion and ambition". He added: "We want to make naming a better experience. Love to all extensions". Continue reading