.London Tops 20,000 Domain Name Registrations And Priority Allocation Is Not Over Yet

london-domainsThe .London new extension went over 20,000 domain name registrations today as everyday more and more domain names are allocated to those who applied for .london domains during the London Priority Period that ended on the 31st of July. The registry is undertaking validation according to the priority rules for the London Priority Period. Names where there was only one applicant are in the process of being released for registration by applicants.

The .London New gTLD Priority Period was designed so that businesses and people with a London address would have priority over the rest of the world.

The .London registry has been allocating .London domains since Monday the 25th of August to the different allocation categories. The latest zone file update brings the total number of registered .London domains to 20,647. But it seems that allocation is not yet over. Here are the 7 different priority categories: Continue reading

.CLUB Is The 1st New gTLD To Reach 100,000 Sold Domain Names

club-new-gtld.CLUB Domains announced that it has sold its 100,000th new domain name today, setting a record as the first new generic top-level domain (gTLD) to sell 100,000 domains and continuing its streak as the best-selling new domain extension.

Other extensions that appear to have sold more domains than .Club have actually given out a lot of free domains. As many as 375,000 of them.

Namestat.org reports that that are 99,003 .club domains today and ntldstats.com 99,995 domains but that are a lot of domains that don’t have nameservers assigned and thus don’t appear in the zone files. These 2 websites are reporting domain name registration statistics based on zone files. The .Club registry numbers are certain to be more accurate.

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Nominet: 674 DRS Complaints in 2013 (complaints down 17%, 55% of domains transferred)

nominetNominet published a summary that shows that the number of domain name disputes handled by Nominet fell by over 17% in 2013. The summary provides an overview of all the complaints that were filed with the organisation’s lauded Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) in 2013, including an analysis of the outcomes and trends compared to previous years now that all the complaints have been closed. Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, Barclays and St Johns Ambulance.

Nominet established the DRS over 12 years ago to offer an efficient and transparent method of resolving disputes relating to .uk domain names which are administered by Nominet. The DRS seeks to settle disputes through mediation and, where this is not possible, through an independent expert decision.

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Loan.info Sells For $18,500 At Sedo (Sold For The 3rd Time In 2 Years)

infoLoan.info sold for $18,500 at Sedo after it was previously sold for $6,640 at Namejet back in November 2013.

The domain has been auctioned 3 times in the past, selling twice, before being sold at Sedo:

  1. loan.info $6640
    Namejet November 2013
  2. loan.info $6,200 (Reserve not met)
    Namejet May 2013
  3. loan.info $8,293
    Go Daddy December 2012

The domain was bought by Luc-Andre BIGGS (aka Federer) that is a very active .info seller especially at Flippa. It was sold by someone from China.

Loans.info also sold last month for

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Rightside Announces 2 Additions to Board of Directors

rightsideRightside Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq:NAME), today announced the appointment of Diane Irvine and Shawn Colo to its Board of Directors.

“Diane has directly relevant executive and board-level experience with public companies that are leaders in ecommerce and online marketing,” said Taryn Naidu, Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “I have worked with Shawn for more than eight years, and he brings critical experience in evaluating strategies and opportunities for growth in the domain name industry. Both new members will be great assets to me and to our board.”

David E. Panos, Chairman of the Rightside Board of Directors, commented, “We are pleased that Diane and Shawn are joining our board. Their knowledge and experience will complement that of our current directors. Both bring substantial financial expertise and general management experience to Rightside, and they are well-suited for a company focused on growth. Our board and management team look forward to their leadership and involvement.”

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.HOST Announces Pioneer Partners: MediaTemple, Bluehost, OVH, Arvixe, UK2 Group, OpenSRS, ResellerClub, InternetX

hostRadix announced some top companies of the global hosting community as Pioneers of the .host namespace, which rolled in to Landrush on 26th August ‘14.

The Pioneer lineup includes big international names like MediaTemple, Bluehost, OVH, Arvixe, and the UK2 Group, in addition to regional leaders such as Natro (Turkey) and UOL (Brazil), HostPapa (Canada), Blacknight (Ireland). Several top global wholesale registrars, such as OpenSRS, ResellerClub and InternetX have also signed on as Pioneer Partners.

“Jumping on the .HOST bandwagon was a logical choice for Media Temple and we are pleased to have a domain extension that specifically serves our industry,” said Jacob Shin, VP of Marketing at Media Temple, a premium web hosting subsidiary of GoDaddy, and one of the first companies to sign on to what has shaped into an elite roster.

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New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Hamburg 13793, .Discount 1819, .Fitness 1271, .HIV 127, .Black 153

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results of this week’s 7 New gTLD launches:

On Thusday the 16th of August .HIV entered General Availability and got 127 domain name registrations in the zone files after it’s first day. 67 of these domains were registered in sunrise are owned by the registry. So only 60 domains were registered in the first day. Here is what I think of .hiv.

Afilias launched another color New gTLD on the 26th of August with .Black. and got 153 domains after the first day. Here is the whole story.

.Hamburg entered general availability on the 27th of August and got 13,793 domain name registrations.

On Wednesday, 27th of August, 4 Donuts New gTLDs went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability: .Discount, .Fitness, .Furniture and .Schule (School in German)

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Minds + Machines Has Spend About $1.4 Million So Far Developing It’s Own Registrar

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines announced today that it has spent approximately £840,000 (or about $1.4 Million USD) to develop its wholly-own registrar, Minds + Machines Registrar Limited. And that is only payments to an external consultant named Needly.

As set out in the Company’s readmission document published earlier in March this year, the Company engaged Needly Inc. (“Needly”), a web-tool developer backed by a range of West Coast investors including Upfront Ventures, to develop the working registrar platform for Minds + Machines Registrar Limited (Ireland) which was initially launched in November 2013. Needly is providing a range of additional software development and support services to the Group, including developing Minds + Machines’ Premium Name database, designing and implementing dedicated registrar services for each top level domain launch, and has also developed a range of test online marketing initiatives to provide Minds + Machines with key insights into the market-place.

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Public Interest Registry Speaks About Upcoming Launch of .ngo and .ong Domains

pirWith the launch of the .ngo and .ong domains just around the corner, Rebecca Regan-Sachs, a representative of Public Interest Registry, will lend her expertise in online fundraising and brand identity at this year’s International Workshop on Resource Mobilisation (IWRM) Southern Africa. Hosted by the Southern African Fundraising and Leadership Academy (SAFULA) at Lagoon Beach Hotel on 26-28 August, IWRM stands as one of the preeminent events for the non-profit organisation community in emerging economies, helping organisations gain practical skills and learn best practices to help build fundraising capacity and local resource mobilisation.

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Paint It .Black: New gTLD Registries And Registrars Have A Long Way To Go

blackNew gTLD registries and registrars have a long way to go trying to make New gTLD domain names available to everyone. There is no consistency and every registrar has it’s own confusing  rules that most of the time are not endorsed by the registry.

Here is an example. I tried to pre-order some .black domains for the general availability that was starting yesterday. I went to the official .black website and clicked to see the list of registrars. I had to click twice on “more registrars” so I could see the whole list that is not so big. There are just 45 registrars offering .black domains out of more than 1000 ICANN accredited registrars. 8 of them are actually all owned by Go Daddy so there counted as 1 registrar in my book.

Then I visited most of them and about half were not offering .black pre-registrations. (Enom and Mesh Digital) I am not even sure that all registrars listed there are offering .black domains today.

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