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.Melbourne wins the day, but not by much.
The .Melbourne domain name launched Wednesday in Australia — Tuesday night in the United States — and had 2,775 domain names registered at the close of business on day one of general availability. That does not include landrush domain names that are still in contention.
The zone file for .melbourne is a bit tricky, given that the domain launched close to midnight UTC. So these numbers are straight from the registry.
Donuts also launched three domain names yesterday, and one of them got very close to matching .Melbourne’s first day. Click here to continue reading…
A big geo among this week’s new TLD releases.
I’ve been a bit remiss about my weekly new TLD posts, perhaps because the past couple Mondays have been busy news days. That, and new TLD rollouts have slowed down to a trickle.
But I’m not late this week, as all the TLD launches I can find are Wednesday releases.
The biggest is .Melbourne (see picture of ribbon cutting below), which launched Wednesday local time in Australia (technically 23:00UTC on November 11). This will be an interesting geo domain to watch.
Three of Donuts’ domain names revert to regularly priced general availability today: .restaurant, .gifts and .sarl. Click here to continue reading…
Comedian pokes fun at Michael Bloomberg’s domain names, which Domain Name Wire revealed last week.
Last week I wrote a story about Michael Bloomberg’s 400 .nyc domain names. The over-the-top defensive registrations included everything from MichaelBloombergisaWeiner.nyc to MikeIsTooShort.nyc
The story got picked up broadly, making it to the Wall Street Journal and even CNBC’s Squawk Box. It also just got some hilarious play on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight. (Unfortunately, it didn’t mention Domain Name Wire.)
The John Oliver clip mentions several funny Bloomberg domain names the show registered and encouraged viewers to go register more.
I just reviewed the .NYC zone file and found a couple more domains Oliver registered, each of which links to a website containing just a photo. Click here to continue reading…
Amazon wins 9-way battle for .book domain name.
Amazon.com has won an auction for rights to run the .book top level domain name.
The company went head-to-head with 8 other applicants for the domain name, including Google, but ultimately agreed to pay the most to run the domain name.
Although my money was on Amazon.com to win this domain name, its victory was by no means assured. Yes, Amazon.com got its start with books. But it just lost an auction for .cloud, despite being the largest cloud hosting company.
The .book auction was private, so the final price will not be disclosed. Amazon.com has paid as much as $4.6 million for a domain name in a public auction (.buy), but .book was likely more expensive.
Even though it’s called the Echo, Amazon also registered Alexa domain names related to new device.
Amazon announced the Amazon Echo, a sort of home personal assistant similar to Ubi, last week.
Although it’s called the Echo, owners can name their device whatever they want. And in a video promoting the Echo that has been seen over a million times, the family called it Alexa. (Alexa is also the name Amazon.com’s web analytics/ranking company.)
Using this name in the video caused Amazon.com to feel compelled to register a bunch of domains including “Alexa”. I count dozens of domain names including Alexa, such as: Click to continue reading…