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  • This is the biggest week yet for new TLDs (16 domains!)

    1. BY - Sep 15, 2014
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    16 domains hit the market this week.

    At the end of last month, I wrote about how the next 50 days would be important for new TLDs.

    Within that 50 days, this week is perhaps the biggest: 16 domain names will enter general availability.

    Call it Launch Week, and it’s really big for two of the portfolio applicants who launch their first owned-and-operated batches.

    Let’s get to it. …Click here to read about this week’s new TLD launches

  • Watch .Luxury Founder Monica Kirchner on Bloomberg

    1. BY - Sep 12, 2014
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    .CEO co-founder talks .luxury and new domain names on Bloomberg TV.

    Monica Kirchner, co-founder and CEO of Dot Luxury, was on Bloomberg TV this week talking about .Luxury and new top level domain names in general.

    It’s really hard talking about top level domain names to an audience that’s never even heard of ICANN, and I think she does a pretty good job.

    Kirchner says the company has already sold over 1,200 domain names. Although small compared to other TLDs, the registry is charging $400 for post-sunrise domain name registrations. Registrars are marking this up to about $800/year. (This is for all domains, not just “premiums”.)

    Kirchner also mentions a company that has rebranded to a .luxury domain name.

    You can see the interview below after sitting through the pre-roll ad.

  • Here are the numbers for this week’s TLD launches

    1. BY - Sep 11, 2014
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    .London steals the show.

    6 new top level domain names launched this week. A simple way to describe the results: .London. everything else is just details.

    .London added 12,421 to the zone on the first partial day and another 695 on the second day to bring its total to 35,663.

    After that, .digital had the second best launch in terms of registrations. It added 2,159 domains to reach 2,648.

    .Digital is a bit more generic than Donuts’ other domain name launches this week: .accountants, .finance and .insure. It was also cheaper.

    I examined the .digital zone file and didn’t find any one registrant responsible for the bulk of registrations. So just a decent launch for .digital.

    .Accountants added 260 domains to hit 371, .finance added 783 to reach 1,057 and .insure added 567 to reach 788.

    Accountants will soon have a lot of options for domain names, including .accountant and .cpa.

    .Global, which launched Tuesday, now has 1,816 domains in the zone after adding another 179 yesterday. That seems pretty good for a domain priced above $50 with a limited use case. For how many companies would .global make sense, and don’t these companies already have an existing domain name?

  • New TLDs this week: .London, .Global and more

    1. BY - Sep 08, 2014
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    .London headlines this week’s new top level domain name releases.


    A GoDaddy advertisement in London for .London.

    One of the most-watched TLDs on the docket is launching this week as .London goes into general availability on Tuesday.

    It will have to compete with Apple for news coverage, but I suspect that tech journalists will be clamoring for something to write about other than “10 ways the new iPhone will blow your MIND!”

    Based on registrations during the priority period, this domain should do well out of the gate. The domain name is open to everyone; you don’t have to live or work in London to register a .London domain name.

    Expect to pay about $50 for a one year registration. …Click here to continue reading

  • .Hotel applicants question CPE panel decision

    1. BY - Sep 04, 2014
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    Companies question result of panel decision that eliminated them from competition for .hotel domain name.

    Six companies that saw their bids for the .hotel domain name die as a result of a Community Priority Evaluation decision in favor of HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l have asked ICANN for information regarding the decision.

    The applicants filed a Document Information Disclosure Policy Request (DIDP) with ICANN on August 4. The DIDP requests resumes for people that served on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) panel, as well as communications between the panel and ICANN and HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l.

    The DIDP was signed by representatives of Donuts, Fairwinds, Fegistry, Famous Four Media, Minds + Machines and Radix.

    ICANN has rebuffed the request (pdf), noting that EIU was contracted as a third party and that ICANN doesn’t have information about the specific panelists on the .hotel case. It declined to release other requested information on the grounds that it would violate non-disclosure provisions in the contract between ICANN and EIU.