Reader Complains About Minds + Machines New gTLD Pre-Paid Reservations

I got this email from a reader yesterday complaining about 4 reserved domain names in .casa, .horse, or .cooking during the Minds + Machines Priority Reservation Phase. The reader says that the 4 domains he pre-ordered and paid fully were guaranteed last
Autumn.

“For technical reasons ICANN, which regulates the domain name space, disallowed the Priority Reservation program after you made your reservation.”

“We agreed with them to put your name(s) into our Landrush phase instead. There is no additional charge and you do not need to do anything. But there’s a chance that someone might apply for the same name as you and, if that happens, there will be some additional steps.”

This means that he funds have been withheld from Minds + Machines for all these months and will continue to be reserved until .casa, .horse, or .cooking go out of the Landrush phase in a few months. And of course there is a chance he will not get the “guaranteed” domain names. Continue reading

.CLUB Featured By German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) During ICANN 50

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During the ICANN 50  meeting in London, the .CLUB team was visited by a crew from Germany’s leading International broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) who was there to cover the way web addresses are changing and diversifying. Continue reading

.XXX Registry Offers Free .XXX Domain Names To Models

ModelCentro, a hosted pay site CMS for creating and running fan membership sites, has teamed up with ICM Registry, the .xxx registry, to offer Models.xxx. Verified models using the ModelCentro platform are able to register one .XXX domain free of charge.  Another benefit for participating models will be promotion on the Models.xxx directory, which has been created to drive quality affiliate traffic to the model sites on the ModelCentro affiliate program. More information about the global affiliate program can be found on ModelCentro.xxx/affiliates.

“We’re excited to bring top-level names to web performers on the ModelCentro platform,” said Stan D’Aman, ModelCentro CEO. “Our collaboration with ICM provides a great opportunity for our models to create a brand name for themselves.”  Continue reading

Domainer Doesn’t Yet Own The Domain e.Ninja That He Won At Go Daddy 3 Weeks Back

Go Daddy run a .Ninja, .Reviews and .Futbol New gTLD premium auction 3 weeks ago that sold 9 domains. The domains were sold by their registry which is Rightside.

A reader complained the other day that the domain e.ninja that he won for $1,580 has not yet been given to him. He paid the winning immediately to Go Daddy and now it is 3 weeks and he has not received it.

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DK Hostmaster continues to manage .dk domain names

Following a public consultation, the Minister of Business and Growth has decided to extend DIFO’s permission to be registry for the .dk domain names.

Since 1999, Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) has had the license to manage all dk domain names and maintain the DK-zone in DNS. This task is handled by DK Hostmaster A/S, owned by DIFO. On July 1st, The Danish Business Authority announced that the Minister of Business and Growth has awarded DIFO permit for six more years.

Chairman of DIFO, Henrik Udsen says: Continue reading

12 Registries Have Requested 2-Character New gTLD Domains: .DEALS, .CITY, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .WORLD

So far 12 registries have requested ICANN to allowed to sell 2-character New gTLD domains names: .DEALS, XN–FJQ720A, .CITY, .XYZ, .COLLEGE, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .HEALTHCARE, .WORLD, .BAND.

ICANN opened a comment period yesterday 8 July 2014: Continue reading

.EU Registrations Grow By 2.2% In Q1 2014

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 2.2% in Q1 2014, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.

“This relatively high growth rate is thanks, in part, to our high renewal rate of above 80% and the higher than expected level of new registrations,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“The latter is especially comforting as it shows that the popularity of.eu is further growing in a crowded market place, even as the many new gTLDs jostle for position.”

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 27 of the 28 EU member states. Croatia and Portugal both saw growth of more than 10%. Continue reading

New .UK Domains Hit 100k Registrations

.UK domains were launched by Nominet on the 10th of June. Today Nominet announced that these new, short .uk domains have passed the 100,000 registrations milestone, contributing to the biggest-selling month Nominet – the internet company behind the .uk internet infrastructure – has seen in almost 14 years.

June 2014 saw almost 225,000 new registrations across .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk, second only to March 2000, when registrations nudged 250,000.

“Given that the domain name market is more competitive than ever before, this is a fantastic endorsement of the power of the UK brand,” Eleanor Bradley, Nominet’s Chief Operating Officer said.

“We’re pleased not only that our new .uk domain has hit this milestone, but that other .uk domains such as .co.uk and .org.uk continue to be so popular as hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) hit the market.  It shows that highlighting your UK connection continues to be a compelling prospect for businesses and individuals online.” Continue reading

Who Cares About New Domain Names? Google Does And You Should Too!

Google had a presentation on New gTLDs called “Who cares about new domain names? We do. If you want happy users, then you should too.” at the Google I/O in San Francisco.

This is how the New gTLD session was described by Google:
“The first new generic top-level domains are coming online, from .photography to .みんな. Who cares, you say? We do. We’ll tell you how the explosion of new domain names means cool things for the future of the web. But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. New domain names also creating unique challenges for developers. In fact, they may be impacting your products already. Join us to find out what’s happening, get a glimpse at what’s coming, and learn how to prepare.”
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Afilias Announced Start Of .BLACK Sunrise Period (General Availability on August 26)

Global registry services provider Afilias announced that July 22, 2014, is the sunrise start date for its newest generic top-level domain (gTLD): .BLACK. Following the close of sunrise, general availability is scheduled to commence on August 26, 2014.

The .red, .blue and .pink launches were not so successful so Afilias will probably needs to work harder on .black. People had trouble finding a registrar to get their .red, .blue and .pink domains: Looking to buy .red, .blue and .pink domain names? Here are the registrars…

Afilias said that “Black is always in style because it is associated with sophistication, elegance and understated authority. Consequently, an address in the .BLACK domain adds this element of style to every website. Like the classic style of a little black dress, a .BLACK domain instantly gives a site effortless chic. Continue reading