Thursday, October 31, 2013

ICANN’s tangled web

Gretchen Olive explains the latest twists and turns in the New gTLD Program and suggests how trademark owners can respond.

Famous Four Media: Statement concerning .SPORT

The Panelist demonstrates a large number of inconsistencies from both procedural and argument points of view, poor conclusions and displays a perceptible bias towards the Objector even prior to any conclusions being drawn.

Search all new gTLD collision block lists

DI PRO subscribers can now see which strings appear most often in new gTLD registries’ block-lists and search for strings — such as trademarks or premium strings — that interest them.

Technical Viability of Dotless Domain Names

Testing Search Lists and Dotless Names.

Confusion Test Nets Different Results For .SHOPPING and .SHOPYOURWAY New gTLD Applications

The pool of bidders for the .SHOP new gTLD got a little bigger as the ICDR upheld an objection to the .SHOPPING new gTLD made by an applicant for the .SHOP registry

Fear of a .Brand Planet

After watching the “Team Schilling vs. Team Schwartz” gTLD debate video – at least, the first part which was updated today – I am about to share a few thoughts on what was accomplished by that debate.

GoDaddy sends out its first big email blast about new TLDs

Registrar invites customers to follow their favorite top level domains.

Here They Come

Something has shifted. I think it might be the end of the holding pattern we as new gTLD applicants/followers/enthusiasts and generally speaking, the entire community, have been caught up in.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trademark Clearinghouse now accepting previously Abused Domain Name Labels

“Trademark +50”, newly titled the Abused Domain Name Label (Abused DNL) service, is now live!

Die neuen Domain-Endungen kommen!

chon jetzt Ihre Wunschdomains kostenlos vorbestellen.

Typical name collision block list for Donuts’ TLDs under 1,000 names

Registry won’t have to block many names per TLD, but some of them are good ones.

gTLD DOMAIN COLLISIONS - Resources & Research

With the impending authorization of nearly 2,000 new top level domains (gTLDs), many stakeholders believe there are significant risks of "domain collisions" occurring.

Three gTLD Community Objections rejected

International Chamber of Commerce panelists have recently rejected three Community Objections against new gTLD applications.

New gTLDs landing page at Godaddy

Find the right name, right now.

GoDaddy signs its 1st Registry-Registrar Agreement with New gTLD .UNO: Paid Pre-Registrations Start In Nov

According to a press release we just received, Dot Latin LLC announced today that the world’s largest domain registrar, GoDaddy, has signed the Registry-Registrar Agreement for the .UNO domain extension, specifically designed for the Hispanic and Latino communities, worldwide.

Impending Launch of .CLOTHING and Other Fashion-Related gTLDs: Is Your Company Prepared?

Are companies prepared for .CLOTHING domain names? Has Spent Over $50 Million On Television Ads; But Are They Over? has spent more than $50 Million dollars on its television advertising campaign promoting pre-registrations for the new gTLD program.

BreatheAccord wins community objection against .Breathe top level domain name

An International Chamber of Commerce panelist has upheld a community objection brought by BreatheAccord against dotBreathe LLC’s top level domain name application for .breathe.

.XYZ Internet domain manager to set up shop on East Tropicana

Registry operator has acquired a 13,000-square-foot office on East Tropicana Avenue to become the hub for the new .xyz and .college Internet domain extensions.

Google+ starts offering custom URLs

In addition to the slew of Google+ updates today, Google has announced one more: custom URLs are now rolling out to almost everyone.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fantastic Voyage: The Launch of First 9 New Generic Top-level Domain Name Spaces (gTLDs)

These first nine domain spaces to join existing gTLDs like .com and .net are: .camera, .clothing, .equipment, .guru, .holdings, .lighting, .singles, .ventures and .voyage. Up to a thousand more new gTLDs are expected to launch in the following months.

InterNetX Presents DomainShop At Europe’s Most Important Conference For New GTLDs

InterNetX is a sponsor at newdomains and will be presenting its award-winning white label shop solution for new gTLDs.

New gTLDs: A New Era for Brands on the Internet

CentralNic CEO on video about new gTLDs.

State of the Net for the Week of October 28

Web hosting company 1&1 has spent over $50 million on TV, print, and online marketing for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and has increased its web traffic by 200 percent because of it. 1&1 officials disclosed these numbers at the Munich newdomains2013 (#newdomains13) conference held from October 27 – 29. FairWinds Partners is on the scene.

Risk vs reward of owning a new gTLD

During ICANN47 in Durban I spoke with a cross section of applicants involved in the new gTLD process. I asked one question “Will your gTLDs be successful?”

Donuts successfully defends .reisen community objection

Panelist says German-speaking travelers qualify as a community, but objection fails on other grounds.

The .ninja advantage

A TLD as fun as .Ninja will appeal to a wide audience across various industries and demographics.

Monday, October 28, 2013

United TLD becomes accredited new gTLDs registry

It’s an important day here at United TLD as we announced we’ve been awarded the contracts necessary to become an ICANN accredited registry!

Demand Media Moves Forward in Historic Internet Domain Name Expansion

DMD subsidiary United TLD becomes accredited new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) registry;
DMD subsidiaries eNom and endorse 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA).

.Club Domains Selects Sedo to Bring New Social Domain Extension to Market

Sedo, the world’s largest premium domain marketplace and monetization provider, and .Club Domains, LLC, the company formed to own and operate the new “.Club” generic top-level domain name (gTLD), have announced today that Sedo has been selected to run the “sunrise” and “landrush” auctions, manage its premium reserve list and broker premium sales of .Club domains.

Team Schwartz vs. Team Schilling. LIVE From T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Video Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 part video that was shot live at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. just exactly one week ago today. Almost to the hour. Whichever side of gTLD's you come down on, you will love it! At least I think you will.

Six more gTLD contracts signed

ICANN signed six more new gTLD Registry Agreements on Friday, bringing the week’s total to eight.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

DCA Trust raises ethical questions, writes to newly elected African Union Leaders on .africa debacle

DotConnectAfrica (DCA) Trust has written to the new AU leadership raising ethical and accountability issues on how the endorsement process was handled from its inception within the African Union institution.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Which New TLDs are launching first?

Release dates are still fluid, but a couple IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names) are expected to launch in 2-3 weeks, and a handful of gTLDs will launch shortly thereafter (we're thinking it'll be within 30 days, but again, it's fluid).

First of the new gTLD Sunrise registration periods scheduled to open later this month

One new Registry, Donuts, Inc, announced last week that it plans to commence accepting Sunrise period applications for the following 9 new gTLDs on 29 October 2013.

.在线 (.ONLINE Chinese IDN)

New gTLDs Brought to you by Donuts

Video by Donuts, applicant for 300 new gTLDs.

Three new gTLDs makes it through evaluation

Three new gTLD applications passed either Initial or Extended Evaluation this week, according to ICANN’s latest updates.

Community Objections to .Islam and .Halal Denied By ICC

Two separate ICC panels have denied the objections to the new gTLD’s .Islam and .Halal finding that although there “opposition to Respondent’s application to some extent, but such opposition is not substantial”.

Friday, October 25, 2013

ICANN signs contracts for .wang and .democrat

The new gTLD applicants behind .wang and .democract are the latest to sign Registry Agreements with ICANN.

New gTLDs to Launch This Month

The long-planned introduction of hundreds of new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), kicks off later this month, when the first set of new domain names will be issued to domain name registry Donuts, Inc.

First URS case decided with Facebook the victor

Facebook has become the first company to win a Uniform Rapid Suspension complaint.

.PARIS new gTLD Pioneer Program

  1. Devenir un pionnier du pointparis;
  2. Devenir titulaire d’un mandat de noms de domaine.

gTLDs: what your business should know about new domain names

There are other sector-related gTLDs that could appeal.

Russia Leads With New Internet Domains

Finding a restaurant in Moscow or protecting your Russian-speaking children from inappropriate information on the Internet could get easier soon thanks to this week's additions to the list of domain extensions.

ICANN Announces New gTLDs as Brands Battle for Naming Rights

ICANN has announced four new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) designed to help organize the expansive internet. The four new non-Latin strings—in Arabic, Chinese and Cyrillic—signify ICANN's move towards globalizing the web.

And so it begins: ICANN delegates new gTLDs (IPPro The Internet)

Each registry can now launch the sunrise periods for their gTLDs, allowing trademark owners to begin requesting their rights as second-level domains.

Plural and Singular Versions of the Same String

Letter from Elisa Cooper to New gTLD Program Committee regarding plural and singular versions of the same string.

3.5 Million pre-reservations New gTLD’s Pre-Reservations Pass 3.5 Million & Top 30 New gTLD List Is Revealed.

Protecting your domain: the challenges and opportunities of new top-level domain releases

The Internet is presently undergoing substantial change with the release of thousands of new top-level domains, providing alternatives to the existing top-level domains such as “.com” and “.net”.

New gTLDs Are a Waste of Time and Money

Today marks the biggest expansion of the domain name system (DNS) ever, with over a thousand new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) introduced into the Internet’s Root Zone, but who does this move benefit?

What is The Dot Big Bang ?

The Dot Big Bang is a 'reset' of the internet addressing system. All internet users and businesses should learn how best to prepare for this evolutionary event !

> ICANN: Introducing the Language Services Team

In response to the growing demands of the ICANN community, we have embarked on a plan to restructure the Language Services department, which includes the addition of four language experts and head interpreters.

ARI Registry Services powers first new Top-Level Domains

ARI Registry Services is at the forefront of the new Top-Level Domain program as it supports شبكة. to become one of the first of 1400 new domains introduced to the web.

Gareth Dickson

Gareth Dickson, an intellectual property attorney in Edwards Wildman's London office, discussed how ICANN has cleared the first four generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to go live on the Internet in World Intellectual Property Review.

Genius new TLD marketing plan: Harness the brain power of a college class

In the realm of new marketing techniques, Bill Doshier, president of dotStrategy, .BUZZ's registry, may have other registries beat.

ICANN schaltet in Kürze erste generische Top Level Domains frei

Die ICANN hat am Mittwoch die ersten vier von geplanten 1400 neuen Webadressendungen, sogenannte generische Top Level Domains (gTLD), in die Internetstruktur integriert.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Applicant questions how .Cars collision can be cleared

One applicant for .cars has good questions about how exactly it can resolve its contention set.

On day one, Donuts in breach of new gTLD contract

Ooops! Donuts accidentally broke the terms of its first new gTLD Registry Agreement last night, just hours after its first string, .游戏, was delegated to the DNS root.

ICANN Clears First Four gTLDs For Delegation

This week (21 October) ICANN announced they have cleared the first four gTLDs to proceed to delegation meaning they could be live within a couple of weeks.

First New Generic Top-Level Domains Delegated

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) today announced that the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from its New gTLD Program were delegated. This means they were introduced into the Internet's Root Zone, the central authoritative database for the Internet's Domain Name System.

Donuts wins .lawyer, .fish, .discount

Donuts won the other three contention sets auctioned this week — .lawyer, .discount, and .fish — and will be compensated for withdrawing from .website.

ARI Registry Services drives new TLD applicants to activate launch strategy

The new Top-Level Domain (TLD) program entered the critical delegation phase today as the first batch of what will eventually be around 1400 strings were added to the root servers of the Internet and applicants began executing their launch strategies.

Verisign Delegates Four New gTLDs to the Root Zone

Verisign received authorization instructions from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to delegate four new gTLDs into the root zone, which we are responsible for maintaining per the Cooperative Agreement between Verisign and NTIA. 2013: Why You Should Be There

Afilias is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the2013 newdomains event, running 28-29 October 2013 in Munich.

Slides of the last ICANN new gTLD webinar

Slides of the last new gTLD applicant webinar are online and available for download.

Root Zone Database

The Root Zone Database represents the delegation details of top-level domains, including gTLDs such, and country-code TLDs such as .uk. As the manager of the DNS root zone, IANA is responsible for coordinating these delegations in accordance with its policies and procedures.


The Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS) is ICANN's solution for scaling zone data transfer as hundreds of new gTLDs are added to the Internet.

First new gTLDs added to the root (Techworld)

Four new top-level domains were this morning added to the root zone of the Domain Name System

First new gTLDs to hit the Internet

Jean-Christophe Vignes, director of operations of Artemis Inc, which applied for .secure, said it was an "exciting time" for the Internet.

Verisign: Update on New gTLDs Will Be Seen

While these applications are expected to open new revenue streams, no significant revenue from these new gTLDs (if any) is forecast before 2014.

> Dawn of a New Internet Era

Today marks an historic moment, not only for the New gTLD Program, but for the Internet as a whole. Today, the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated, or introduced into the Internet’s Root Zone.

Radix Wins the .Website New gTLD

Radix is pleased to announce that it has won the rights to operate the .website generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). The right to operate .website was won for an undisclosed amount on the basis of a private auction conducted today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Let’s Learn IDNs !

The eagle-eyed regular DI reader will have noticed earlier today that I published an article claiming the first new gTLD had already gone live. Not only that, it already had a resolving web site!

.GOP plans revealed

Republicans are moving one step closer to claiming unique territory on the Internet: Websites that end in “.gop.”

COMLAUDE: New gTLDs Coming Soon

Although TLD launch date announcements remain tentative, registry operators are indicating that they plan to launch several during Q4 2013.

First "tokens" for accessing the Root Zone Management System distributed

ICANN distributed the first tokens for accessing the Root Zone Management System yesterday. The following Registries are eligible to initiate the Delegation process.

Anti-Consumer ICANN Can Not be Trusted To Protect Domain Registrants' Property Interests

Domain name registrants who purchase a name in any of the present or pending generic (gTLD) top level domains should think twice before entrusting a domain name property interest to ICANN, even though ICANN levies a money tariff on each domain registration.

Domainer of the year is a new gTLD applicant

"I voted for Frank Schilling, aware that three time’s a charm but four time’s a true recognition of a man’s worth".

Blocking service now available for many new generic top-level domain names

In the coming months, the first of more than 1,000 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) names, ranging from .beer to .phd, will be launched. Some new gTLDs will be restricted to certain brand owners or have other eligibility requirements, but about 600 will be open to the public.

Blocking service now available for many new generic top-level domain names

In the coming months, the first of more than 1,000 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) names, ranging from .beer to .phd, will be launched. Some new gTLDs will be restricted to certain brand owners or have other eligibility requirements, but about 600 will be open to the public.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The debate over new TLDs at TRAFFIC

Yesterday at the TRAFFIC conference, domain investors Rick Schwartz and Lonnie Borck squared off against new TLD backers in a debate over what new TLDs will mean for the domain name industry.

ICANN using PRISM as excuse to break from the US

ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, with backing from government leaders, is using the recent revelations about the PRISM mass surveillance program to try to speed up ICANN’s split from the US.

Verisign Vs ICANN Round 3

In a letter sent to ICANN yesterday by Verisign’s Chuck Gomes, Vice President, Policy of VeriSign, Inc. responded to the response he received from his initil letter to ICANN seeking to “set the record straight”.

ICANN addresses name collision consequences

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has devised a solution to manage some of the problems name collisions can cause fornew generic top-level domain (gTLD) applicants.

Today is a Historical moment for "the ICANN ROOT"

Not true: "Only applicants that can meet the requirements outlined in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook will be given an opportunity to operate a gTLD."

New Domain Name Association To Represent Industry Launching October

For too long the domain name industry has relied on ICANN to defend commercial interests .

Monday, October 21, 2013

Domain Conferences: Do we need more or less?

Many domain investors are eager to participate in domain conferences, such as TRAFFIC and DomainFest Global (now dormant, after renamed to Webfest global).

Are gTLDs the digital ‘hoods of the future?

As I continue my quest to consider innovative ways for marketers to use the new gTLDs, I often look back to business books from 10-15 years ago to review the trends of the day.

Financing your new gTLD application in Round 1

Looking for new gTLD financing (for auctions and working Capital) ?
Contact CentralNic.


After several months of work including input from numerous members of the ICANN community, the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) has taken action on two key issues affecting applicants of the program – GAC Category 2 Advice and Name Collision.

Pré-réservations chez OVH.COM

À partir de fin 2013, de nouvelles extensions seront disponibles. Extensions génériques (.mail, .help, .download...), géographiques (.paris, .bzh, .nyc...), ou relatives à des marques (.google, .sony, .ferrari...) : en tout, l'ICANN a reçu près de 2000 dossiers de candidature.

>>New domain names: will they do it? (new gTLDs)

New domain names will soon be here. They will offer the possibility for any interested party to have a web address such as or

4 reasons why .Brand will NOT Replace in the Foreseeable Future

Here are 4 reasons why .brand will not replace in the foreseeable future.

Why India Matters (new gTLDs)

Innovations and Opportunities in India’s New gTLD Marketplace with ICANN

It’s official: Verisign has balls of steel

Verisign has spent the last six months telling anyone who will listen that new gTLDs will kill Japanese people and cause electricity grids to fail, so you’d expect the company to be a little coy about its own activities that (applying Verisign logic) endanger life and the global economy.

ICANN’s Plan to Privatize the English Language: Dot Gay

The current issue is whether a small group of the Internet elite understand the problems with delegating a single company as the gatekeeper and censor for the global “gay community,” and if a company that has objected to .lgbt can still be considered credible community representatives.

ICANN is Corrupt. Here’s Why…

For somewhere in his grave, he must be enjoying the newest version of his invention, his scheme, as hatched by the thugs over at ICANN.

First collision block-lists out now. How painful will they be for new gTLDs?

ICANN has published the name collision block-lists for the first four new gTLDs, and they making pretty interesting reading.

Donuts and Uniregistry sign more new gTLD contracts

ICANN has signed eight more Registry Agreements with new gTLD applicants, six of them with Donuts.

Newcomer Stymied By ICANN and ICC’s Process

I welcome the long overdue chance to highlight my attempts to participate in ICANN’s new gTLD process.

Pushback On The United States’ Internet Role

In the wake of NSA spying revelations, a global push to move the United States out of its leading role in overseeing the Internet.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Bid for .RADIO may limit new domain

Internet addresses sought after by broadcasters won’t be first-come, first-serve if a bid by the European Broadcast Union (EBU) to win the rights to license the dot-radio top level domain name is successful.

New gTLD financing services

CentralNic now offers financing services for new gTLDs, so if you are a new gTLD applicant requiring financing for a forthcoming auction or seeking investment for working capital, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

New gTLDs, New Opportunities

The web is about to undergo one of the biggest changes it has ever seen – the launch of new generic top level domains, which begins in 2013, will dramatically increase the number of available domain name extensions.


Registry Operators (ROs) and applicants who have been invited to Contracting may request an exemption from the requirements of the "Registry Operator Code of Conduct," as set forth in Specification 9 of the Registry Agreement.


.BIBLE - Scott Wennermark, American Bible Society

Why Should I Register My Trademark with ICANN”s Trademark Clearinghouse?

Many are asking the question “Why should I register my trademark with ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse?”

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Will Uniform Rapid Suspension Be a Substitute for Defensive Domain Name Registrations?

Many law firms and Intellectual Property departments in charge of managing brands and domain names for their customers or businesses must have had that same question: "how do I protect a brand online under the ICANN new gTLD program?"

.RUGBY domain names

2013/2014 will be a great year for rugby on Internet, domain names dedicated FOR rugby will become available to register.

Buyer Beware: New Alt Root Domain Name Registration Service Launches Promise Any Domain Name For Free

In an apparent attempt to grab a market share with the new gTLD s coming out, launched today according to a press release that promissing the users can “submit any domain name and extension that one wishes and that too for free.”

RALPH LAUREN defeated in .POLO new gTLD case

An ICC arbitrator has upheld an objection filed by the US Polo Association against Ralph Lauren’s application for a top-level domain for .polo.

4 Good Reasons Why New gTLDs Are Essential

The Internet is only weeks away from undergoing its biggest, most exciting change in years. Starting soon, the new set of domain extensions will lay the groundwork for the Internet of the 21st Century. By offering descriptive new names and better Internet real estate, these New gTLDs will soon open up more opportunities online.

Make a .WEBCAM suggestion and Win A Prize!

Starting right now, Famous Four Media is running a competition to find the coolest web address you can think of for the new .Webcam generic Top Level Domain (TLD).

Name collision block-lists to be published this week

ICANN will begin to publish the lists of domains that new gTLD registries must block at launch as early as this week, according to an updated name collisions plan released last night.

l’ICANN publie ses dernières recommandations sur les mécanismes de protection des droits

Cette version finale contient des changements importants.

Reminder: Expert Determinations at the ICC (new gTLDs)

All Expert Determinations rendered by the Expert Panels having acted in new gTLD related disputes pursuant to the New gTLD Dispute Resolution Procedure set out by ICANN and the ICC Rules for Expertise.

Donuts’ .Shopping found too similar to .shop, will be placed in contention set

Once again, who the string confusion panelist is determines the outcome of an objection.


On 7 October 2013, the New gTLD Program Committee of the ICANN Board adopted a Resolution for Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions. The decision cleared the way for new gTLDs to move forward to Delegation, while addressing concerns about Name Collision raised by the community.

What is a top level domain used for?

How to use your new top-level domain name (from Wolfe Domain).

With New gTLDs Comes New Cybersquatters

It’s coming like a freight train. 400-600 new gTLDs will become available very soon and with them comes new opportunities for companies to build their brands online like never before.


On 7 October 2013 the ICANN Board's New gTLD Program Committee approved resolutions directing staff to implement theNew gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan ("The Plan"). 7 October 2013

The Philosophical Basis for ICANN

This is in very early development. But enjoy and pass it around. Just don't edit it yet except for fixing spelling and grammar.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sur Internet, le Vatican est officiellement « .catholic »

L’Icann, l’autorité en charge de la gestion des noms de domaine sur Internet, a officiellement confié au Conseil pontifical pour les communications sociales la gestion de la nouvelle extension de domaine en « .catholic ».

Divorcing ICANN and the US won't break the 'net nor stop the spooks

The Montevideo statement on Internet governance, and Brazil's intervention in the governance debate, has set a cat among the pigeons, by reviving the debate over globalization of the Internet's core technical administration.

Del Monte responds to strange new top level domain lawsuit

Del Monte Corporation has responded to Del Monte International’s lawsuit over the .delmonte top level domain name.

Inside .XYZ Headquarters

So TechCrunch does a regular series called TC Cribs where they visit the offices of a cool tech startup. It’s 2013 and that means it’s about darn time we do the same thing for the domain industry.

IP: New gTLD committee responds to governments' issues with new gTLD program

On Sept. 12, the ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) reported on its September meeting where it reached a decision regarding the Government Advisory Committee’s (GAC) issues concerning certain particular applications for new gTLDs and overarching issues with consumer choice, safety and security on the Internet.

Andrea Beccalli from ICANN explains new gTLDs

New gTLD conference with Andrea Beccalli

PDDRP update

The Rules for the Trademark Post-Delegation Dispute Resolution Procedure (Trademark PDDRP) and Registry Restriction Dispute Resolution Procedure (RRDRP) are now available for download.

.PINK by Afilias

.pink - Roland Laplante, CMO, Affilias

Trademark+50 costs $75 to $200 a pop

The Trademark Clearinghouse has started accepting submissions under the new “Trademark+50″ service, with prices starting at about $76.

‘The whole idea of determining one’s gayness to get a .gay is kind of offensive,’ says Merriam

One of the competitors for the .gay internet domain is speaking out against the sole community-based bid, alleging that it would harm the worldwide LGBTQ community.

Announcing .CAREER

Second Generation LLC, the Embrescia Family investment firm, is pleased to announce completion with ICANN of the registry agreement to launch the new .CAREER domain name extension onto the Internet.

When will the first new gTLD launch?

As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) prepares for its third and last meeting of the year (#ICANN48) in Buenos Aires, new gTLD registries have picked up the pace in pushing forward with their launch plans in a variety of ways.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Second dot-brand gets ICANN contract

.中信 is actually the third dot-brand with a contract.


Congress has an obligation to take a hard look at ICANN's new generic top-level domain (gTLD) programs, said Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., at a Wednesday event sponsored by the Coalition Against Do- main Name Abuse (CADNA).

Reconsideration is not an appeals process: ICANN delivers another blow to Amazon’s gTLD hopes

Amazon has lost its appeal of a ruling that says its applied-for new gTLD .通販 is “confusingly similar” to .shop, with ICANN ruling that its Reconsideration mechanism is not an appeals process.

‘Dot Scot’ internet domain given go-ahead

SCOTLAND is set to receive its own internet domain after an international authority gave permission for the country to have its own unique web addresses.

Major benefits of .LONDON domain names

.london - Antony Van Couvering, CEO, Top Level Domains Holding LTD.

Pope Francis and the Vatican are at the helm of an internet name revolution

The Vatican bags “.Catholic” in four languages, as the industry opens the doors to tens of thousands of personalised websites.

Uniregistry Beats Back Google’s Objection To .Cars: Different Decisions On The Same String Is ICANN’s Problem

Uniregistry, Corp just beat back an objection from Google’s Charleston Road Registry (CRR) Inc. on the new gTLD .cars in a decision handed down by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (“ICDR”)

NEUSTAR: Domain Name Registry

The only thing tougher than getting a custom TLD is everything after.

ICANN publishes new TLD applicant videos

All new TLD applicants invited to participate in recorded videos.

Do You Really Need a .Com?

Switching to a different domain name extension could give you a better URL--and some valuable visibility.

Three Ways to Protect Your Trademark During the Top-Level Domain Expansion

Rights protection was of key concern when forming the New gTLD Program. ICANN met extensively with IP experts and community members to determine how to support trademark holders faced with the largest expansion of the DNS, ever.

.NYC Expects To Go Live in 1st Half of 2014

According to a mailing from the offical site of the .NYC new gTLD domain name extension, the city expects that the .NYC extension will go live in the 1st half of 2014.

Nouveaux gTLDs: Google lance son site officiel

Google, candidat à de multiples nouvelles extensions Internet, vient de lancer le site Internet de ses "Registres".

The .Club Top Level Domain (TLD)

There were originally three applications filed by companies seeking to create the .Club TLD: Koko Manor, LLC (a Donuts company), Merchant Law Group LLP (a Canadian Law firm) and .Club Domains, LLC. A private auction was held between the parties in June 2013 and .CLUB Domains won the auction. After the auction both Donuts and Mechant Law withdrew their applications for .CLUB, leaving .CLUB Domains as the only applicant.

What is a gTLD?

What is a new generic Top-Level Domain?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DotGreen Is No More

As you can see from the reactions to his post a lot of people are surprised, shocked and even quite upset that the DotGreen application has been withdrawn.

.GREEN calls it quits with “impossible” gTLD auction looming

DotGreen, the first public and easily most visible applicant for the new gTLD .green, has withdrawn its application, saying it has become “impossible” to continue.

ICANN bad Attitude

Correct me if I'm wrong: those who applied for nTLDs (non-community) were basically of one of two minds.

Rewind Two Years: Would You Apply for a New gTLD?

Regardless of where you get your domain name related news and information, you’re bound to see plenty of articles and threads about the new gTLD domain names.

Do you really know what "GTLDs" stands for? (joke of the day)


New contracting stats = 1200

ICANN has sent Contracting Information Request notifications to applicants holding priority numbers 1 – 1200.

3 million pre-registrations (...) New gTLD Pre-Registrations Top 3 Million Domain Names.

Friday, October 11, 2013

.google? .family? .style? .what?

You’ve heard about these new top level domains, but what makes sense for your business? Won’t this just confuse people?

More Extended Evaluation passes this week

Four new gTLD applications passed Extended Evaluation this week, and two that were stuck in Initial Evaluation finally made it through, ICANN just revealed.

Facing Competition From .Kiwi ...

The Council of InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) which operates the ccTLD for New Zealand approved today to allow domain names to be registered at the second level in the .nz domain name space.


Abused Domain Name label service for Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) Verification is now available. It was created to help rights owners protect labels that have a history of being abusively used or registered in the Domain Names Space.

Google launched its official RegistrieS website

Welcome to Charleston Road Registry, Google’s domain registry. We’re really excited about the domains we’ll soon be able to offer.

.Wed becomes one of the first new TLDs to submit a new registry service request

Company wants to let second level domain registrants transition to third level domain names.

The first new gTLD launches will start on October 29

The Donuts Inc. registry has just announced the beginning of the Sunrise for 9 new gTLDs on October 29. The Sunrise for all TLDs will last 60 days.

Some gTLD applicants welcome ICANN’s clash plan

Some new gTLD applicants, including two of the bigger portfolio applicants, have grudgingly accepted ICANN’s latest name collisions remediation plan as a generally positive development.

How Much Traffic will gTLD’s Cost Google? Traffic Google gets Today!

Right now Google is getting the majority of all gTLD traffic by default. Go try any phrase with a .whatever, put it in the search bar and voila google sweeps you up.

.MUSIC : concerns over New gTLD Program

Letter from Constantine Roussos to Dr. Steve Crocker, Fadi Chehadé, Susana Bennett, Akram Attallah, Christine Willett, Cherine Chalaby, Heather Dryden, John Jeffrey, Hannah Tümpel, Ana Sylvia Prado and Špela Košak.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The ICANN’s And CANT’S Of New gTLDs

A domain name offers a business an address in the global marketplace known as the internet. It is not surprising that the limited options available in existing top level domains (TLDs), has grown increasingly problematic.

ICANN Sends Out 1st Community Priority Evaluation Invitations; .Immo & .Taxi

ICANN has invited eligible community applicants to elect Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) as a potential method to resolve string contention.

Signed new TLD registry contracts have a wide range of priority numbers

Priority numbers helped companies at the beginning of the process but do not correlate closely with signed registry contracts.

Nouveaux gTLDs: les RINDD, dossiers .WINE & .VIN (en Français)

J'étais aux RINDD ce matin, une conférence sur les noms de domaine et les nouveaux gTLDs, à ne pas manquer à mon sens. Il est dommage que ce ne soit qu'une fois par an. RINDD veut dire: "Rencontres Internationales des Noms De Domaine", un équivalent du très couru "gTLD Strategy Congress" mais en France et...en Français.

Uh-oh: ICANN will be forced to act after conflicting .cars decisions

A conflicting opinion over .cars leads to an interesting contention set problem.

Brazilian Senate Formally Opposes Amazon’s Application For .Amazon

In a letter sent from the BRAZILIAN EMBASSY in Washington today to ICANN, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Brazilian Senate formally opposed the application of Amazon to the new gTLD .Amazon

Moving Forward with Delegation of Top-Level Domains

ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) has approved resolutions allowing us to move forward in expanding the Internet’s name space while mitigating possible issues in the expansion.

Your privacy matters to EuroDNS

In this blog post our in-house legal expert, Luc, shares his thoughts on the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA). This is the contract that forms the basis of the relationship between ICANN and it’s accredited domain registrars, signing this contract is necessary so we can offer new gTLDs to our customers.

In the house: a partial solution

The Internet community has been following the launch of new generic top-level domains since 2010 and has eagerly awaited the launch of the Trademark Clearinghouse.


ICANN is inviting eligible community applicants to elect Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) as a potential method to resolve string contention.

New gTLD Program Sunrise Periods

New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applications will be able to offer Sunrise registrations on a first come first serve basis, differing from the usual model which sees all registrations pushed through at the end of the Sunrise period.

New top-level domains to trump .com in Google search results

The introduction of new website suffixes (known as new top-level domains) such as .ibm, .afl, .law, and .shop is set to cause a shake-up in search engine land.

ICANN Releases New gTLD Name Collision Proposal

ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) approved an updated proposal for dealing with the consequences of name collisions on Monday.


  • Applicants of 10 applications indicated that the applied-for TLDs will be operated as exclusive access registries.
  • Applicants of 35 applications indicated that their applications currently state that the applied-for TLDs will be operated as exclusive access registries, but the applicants will not operate them as exclusive access registries.
  • Applicants of 138 applications indicated that they do not intend to operate the applied-for TLDs as exclusive access registries and that their applications are currently consistent with this intent.
  • Applicants for 3 applications did not respond to the inquiry.

Google Backs Off On Closed Generic Strings Including .Search So Does L’Oréal

It looks like Google has given up operating new gTLD generic stings as a close registry, even for .Search which at one point it wanted to operate as a Dotless Domain.

In A UDRP With Wide Implications In New gTLD’s Domains, Panel Awards to Tesco

In a very interesting case having implication for the new gTLD’s domain names, Tesco Stores Limited of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, UK was just awarded the domain name on the basis of having a trademark on the term Tesco.

Do You Have a New gTLD?

What are gTLDs? This is the last part or the suffix of a domain name. The most popular gTLD is .com.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New gTLD Launch Dates

New gTLD Launch Dates: the calendar according to Key-Systems.

What is .WEBCAM TLD domain registry?

The new .WEBCAM generic Top Level Domain (TLD) name contains the best sources of global webcam-related content, making it the first choice for those with an interest in webcam products and services.

Brand gTLD Subdomain Strategy: Navigating the New Technology Platform

Brand gTLD applicants like Apple, Microsoft, McDonalds and Johnson & Johnson, to name just a few, are planning how they will use their brand gTLD(s) in 2014.

.UNO To Help Marketers and Companies Directly Reach the Hispanic Consumer More Simply

Latinos, both in the U.S. and abroad, can soon look forward to a more friendly and relevant Internet.

Programme des RINDD 2013

« Nouvelles extensions : pur racket ou réelles opportunités ? »
Les noms de domaine en 2014 : un nouveau mode de gestion pour de nouveaux risques

56 new TLD contracts signed, Donuts has more than half

New top level domain contracts are slowly (but surely) being executed.

Dot Latin, LLC Lays Out Its Plans For .Uno

Dot Latin LLC which announced on Wednesday, September 11, that it had formally entered into an agreement with ICANN to operate the .UNO, the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .Uno today issued a press release to lay out its plans for the extension.

NGPC Resolution for Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions

At its 18 May 2013 meeting, the ICANN Board adopted a resolution to commission a study to identify the levels of potential impact posed by each applied-for new gTLD on the use of TLDs that are not currently delegated at the root level of the public DNS.

Beyond the dot


New gTLD Program Committee On Collision Report: Registries Can Launch If They Block A Lot Of Domains/Calls For More Study/.CORP & .HOME Are Doomed

The New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) made its recommendations tonight to the ICANN Board on the Collision report and its pretty messy.



Over Half of The Most Innovative Companies Also Invested in New gTLDs

Since one of the “next big things” in technology is the introduction of hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) to the Internet, we decided to do a little research: What percentage of these successful, envelope-pushing companies applied to run their own new gTLD?

If You Own the .Com You Can, and if You Don’t, You Can’t! Sorry.

If you own the .com, you can use any domain or any gTLD you like and not be hurt by it. It can even help.

Fairwinds Partners Rolls Out To Cover New gTLD’s which is a brand consultancy firm and also represented many Brand new gTLD applications, rolled out today a site to “let consumers know what to expect” from the launch of the new gTLD’s.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Linguistic Analysis of Facebook Could Contain Clues About New gTLD Popularity

According to Business Insider, University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the Facebook status updates of over 70,000 volunteers and found interesting linguistic patterns that align with certain personality traits

Recommendations for Securing Names in new gTLDs

Last week’s post regarding pre-registration resonated with a lot of readers, and it also sparked a conversation internally about where pre-registration fits in the bigger picture.

The Impending Explosion of the Internet

In the near future, the number of available Web domain names will soar by 6,000 percent. Here's why it matters to your business.

New TLD Spotlight: .IMMOBILIEN

Very soon, United TLD will bring online a distinctive solution — .IMMOBILIEN

First-come, first-served sunrise periods on the cards

New gTLD registries will be able to offer first-come, first-served sunrise periods under a shake-up of the program’s rights protection mechanisms announced a week ago.

The .XYZ Generation: Youngest Applicant Spends $555,000 on 3 TLD Applications

Most investors in the domain name industry would be nervous to invest $185,000 in a single premium domain name.

Why You Should Care About New gTLDs

If you are hesitant, we understand. After all, much of the buzz around gTLDs is speculation.


After hearing from many Registrars, we have decided to provide any ICANN accredited Registrar access to the Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise and Claims Database Operational Test and Evaluation Platform (TMDB OT&E).

New gTLDs -- pre-registration, costs?

A lot of registrars are saying its FREE to pre-register for these new gTLDs. And seem to guarantee they will secure it for you when they become available. But I doubt that.

New Domain Names: What To Expect

ICANN's plan to expand available Internet addresses is finally coming to fruition. Learn more about the plusses and minuses of the new generic top-level domain names.

Monday, October 7, 2013

What Happens When Multiple Parties Have The Same gTLD String?

A question that I have been researching and trying to answer is what actually happens when two or more parties have the same string.

First gTLD Extended Evaluation results published

ICANN has delivered the first three results of Extended Evaluation for new gTLD applications, all passes.

55 New TLD Applicants Sign Registry Contracts

8 new contracts for new TLDs have been signed with ICANN, bringing the total number of applicants for new TLDs to sign Regisry Agreements with ICANN to 55.

The History of newgTLDs

No delays mentionned in the history ofnew gTLDs :-)

What is .LOAN TLD domain registry?

Loan relies on trust between 2 or more parties; a commodity that is in short supply on the Internet, where both the lender and the borrower are faceless and never meet.

Registrars given access to Trademark Clearinghouse

Accredited registrars on older contracts can now get access to the Trademark Clearinghouse for testing purposes, ICANN announced last night.

First 3 Applicants Pass Extended Evaluation

.LTD - .LLC - .EXPRESS have passed Extended Evaluation.

Domain Name Registrar Allows Completely Blank WHOIS

In a very casual and low-key footnote over the weekend, ICANN announced it would be further bypassing the Affirmation of Commitments and ignoring the WHOIS Review Team Report.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Accusations about ICANN not operating as a multi stakeholder accountable organization

We can agree that ICANN’s multi stakeholder process does not guarantee that all parties, including those contracted by ICANN to provide registry and registrar services (even one as significant as Verisign), will be happy with every outcome.

Further issues and developments for the new gTLD programme

ICANN’s new Generic Top-level Domain Name (gTLD) programme is due to launch before the end of the year. However, there have been several recent issues surrounding the programme, the accumulation of which may affect this start date, and the programme as a whole.

ICANN Names Inventor Of DNS As Security Advisor To The Generic Domains Division

ICANN today announced that Paul Mockapetris, inventor of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), has agreed to serve as Senior Security Advisor to the Generic Domains Division and its President, Akram Atallah.

The Latest on GAC Advice

ICANN is now allowing applicants for generic-termed top-level domains (TLDs) – unbranded extensions such as .MUSIC or .SHOP – to move forward if applicants are willing to sign the current Registry Agreement (RA) “as is”. But there’s a catch.

The Sad, Sad State of the New gTLDs has found that of those working in the advertising and marketing industry (or their clients), awareness of the upcoming launch of the new generic top-level domains is impressively low.

If you Own the Keyword Left of the dot, You Win!

Pretty simple. If you own a SINGLE keyword LEFT of the dot and there is a new matching gTLD to the right of the dot, your traffic will soar.

شبكة. (shabaka), 1er New GTLD du monde arabe

Le point .shabaka (شبكة) qui signifie « réseau internet » devrait être le tout premier « nouveau TLD » de la série des nouvelles extensions à venir.,1874

Friday, October 4, 2013

The New Global Top Level Domains (gTLDS) – .why?

TLDs with two letters have been established for over 240 countries and external territories and are referred to as “country-code” TLDs or “ccTLDs.”

Bill Doshier is creating Buzz around .Buzz

After signing ICANN contract, .buzz is readying its rollout plans.

Are New gTLDs Just Another Headache for IT Departments?

If you are in the IT department of a company that applied for a new top level domain, you are likely already developing a headache just thinking about what it will take to maintain not only the existing thousands to millions of pages you have in your existing web sites.

Bientôt un nom de domaine «.spa» pour... Spa?

Avoir un nom de domaine internet «.spa» serait une belle occasion pour la Ville de se faire connaître.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Planet .Eco, LLC

Planet Dot Eco LLC plans to be the next wave of consciousness by facilitating care to actions that protect the environment and combat climate change; while supporting economic and social prosperity.,_LLC

Schilling’s Uniregistry Is Positioned To Become The Most Successful New gTLD Registry

We think the Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry is uniquely positioned to become, pound for pound the most successful new gTLD operator.

.pink and two other gTLDs get contracts

ICANN has signed Registry Agreements this week with three new gTLD applicants, covering the strings .wed, .ruhr and .pink

Oltre 1.000 domini in arrivo per opportunità senza precedenti

Crea gratis e senza vincoli di alcun tipo la tua Watchlist (la lista dei domini che preferisci).
Ti informeremo sulle tempistiche e modalità di registrazione dei domini che ti interessano.

.TEST removed from the DNS

ICANN will soon remove 11 experimental internationalized domain name TLDs from the domain name system.

Get the latest .XYZ gear

XYZ Store :

New gTLDs: The Best Offense is a Good Defense

Webinars: New gTLDs: The Best Offense is a Good Defense (10am NYC) & (3pm NYC)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Angry gTLD applicants lay into ANA and Verisign “bullshit”

They’re as mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more.

Lanzamiento de los nuevos dominios gTLDs

Con la a aparición de las nuevas terminaciones de dominio se abren muchas oportunidades para tus proyectos o negocios.

Applicant Auction Announces Next Private New gTLD Auctions To Be Held On Oct 21

Applicant Auction announced today that is would be holding its third set of new gTLD private auctions.

Préréservez votre nom de domaine avec les futures extensions

À partir de fin 2013, de nouvelles extensions seront disponibles. Extensions génériques (.mail, .help, .download...), géographiques (.paris, .bzh, .nyc...), ou relatives à des marques (.google, .sony, .ferrari...): en tout, l'ICANN a reçu près de 2000 dossiers de candidature.

Premium Domains at Donuts

A premium name ( is a name selected by Donuts for non-standard pricing. Premium names are available on a first-come, first-served basis. At Donuts’ discretion, names may be moved from premium priced to standard priced.
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Still no closure on GAC new gTLD advice

ICANN board members met again to discuss the Governmental Advisory Committee’s advice on new gTLDs at the weekend and, again, made baby steps towards addressing it.

"Decision to decide" on .WINE & .VIN delayed to November 2013

After months waiting, this story could have ended in 3 different ways.

Welcome To The .CLUBHouse!

This is the premiere issue of the .CLUBHouse newsletter, where we will keep you updated about .CLUB and other important developments in the new Top Level Domain (TLD) space.

NGPC Considers Remaining Beijing and Durban Advice on New gTLDs

The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC) met on 28 September 2013 and, among other things, adopted a scorecard of remaining advice from the Beijing and Durban GAC Communiqués.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dotcom 2.0 Will Produce Many New Millionaires Says Internet Business Expert

The second version of the internet also being called the GTLD based Internet will be like the dotcom boom on steroids and create multiple new millionaires and successful companies providing all types of services.

Looking Internally for the Success of Your TLD Strategy

While in my previous blog I discussed why a .brand TLD strategy is important, let's now delve deeper into engagement strategies and why this is the key to a successful .brand.

ICANN publishes final Rights Protection Mechanisms for new TLDs

Final RPMs create two types of sunrise periods and leave room open for special treatment of geo domain names.

What is a .TRADE domain name?

Trade is defined as ‘the exchange of goods, services and currencies between two or more parties’, and for most countries worldwide, international trade forms a significant element of their gross domestic product.

The preferred domain extension for small business is .com

The preferred domain extension for small business is .com: In the U.S., nine out of 10 (89 percent) small businesses with an online presence prefer a .com domain name for their company website. Globally, that number is 61 percent.

.BANK Endorsing Organizations

The following organizations have endorsed fTLD’s community-based applications.

New gTLD Release To Spur Stock Price Of Top Level Domain Holdings?

A little discussed aspect of the New gTLD program is the effect it may have on the stock prices of some of the larger portfolio players.

The .Shop Top Level Domain (TLD)

There were nine applications filed from companies seeking to create the .Shop TLD. The applicant list for the .Shop TLD is as follows:

New gTLD delegations probably not delayed by US government shutdown

If the US government shuts down tonight, would that delay the delegation of new gTLDs?