Bright.md : Medical startup secures millions of dollars in funding on a ccTLD

Start up Bright.md secured $8 million dollars in Series B funding round led by B Capital Group. Based in Portland, Oregon, Bright.md provides software automating care and communications between physicians and patients. “Bright.md’s SmartExam acts as a virtual physician’s assistant – think of it as the best automated medical resident ever – that enables primary […]

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Entire Slovak ccTLD .SK was stolen, claims Czech technocrat

Czech technocrat, Ondřej Caletka, alleges that the Slovak ccTLD, dot .SK, was stolen in 1999. After the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into the Czech Republic (now Czechia) and Slovakia, both countries were given new ccTLDs: .CZ and .SK respectively. While the Czech Republic’s ccTLD management history seems normal and boring, that wasn’t the same […]

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Chinese domain market report : China’s investment in .CN explodes

In January, during NamesCon, the Chinese domain registrar CNNIC proudly announced that .CN is the largest ccTLD in the world. At the time, more than 14 million .CN domains were “in circulation,” having surpassed Germany’s .DE registrations. The number is considerably higher now, as the domain market and investment in .CN domains has exploded. According […]

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What are “Generic Country Code Top Level Domains” to Google?

There are more country code top level domains (ccTLD‘s) than actual countries in the world. In fact, there are several active ones for obsolete countries, such as dot .SU for the former Soviet Union. When it comes down to search engine visibility of ccTLD domains, not all are created equal. Google, the quintessential search engine, […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1990’s

Last week we shared the country ccTLDs that were allocated in the 1980’s, the pre-commercial days of the Internet. As the use of the Internet expanded beyond the academic cycles, more countries around the world jumped in, claiming their national two-letter domain. In the 1990’s, the list of countries staking their “domain flags” into the […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1980’s

With dot .com celebrating its 31st anniversary with Symbolics.com yesterday, it’s about time to dig into the domain name history overall. The first ccTLD domains were allocated in the 1980’s and one of them predated the registration date of .com. Dot .US was the first country TLD ever to be allocated, on February 15th, 1985. […]

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DomainTools sidekick : Technical glitch at WHOIS.sc ?

If you’ve been using DomainTools for more than a decade, you’ll probably familiar with its sidekick URL – whois.sc. Set up in the Seychelles under the local ccTLD dot .sc, this shortcut has nourished generations of domainers, and definitely performed millions of WHOIS queries. While we advise everyone to use DomainTools.com/example.com when querying a domain, […]

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Question and Answer: Dot .QA sales on Sedo are not allowed

A year ago, we reported the opening of the Qatari ccTLD, .QA to the general public, which was rolled out as a “Question & Answer” vanity namespace. There was a catch, however, and we pointed that out with plenty of emphasis: .QA domains cannot be resold. Some did not listen, and ended up registering dozens […]

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Single letter non .com domain sells for mid five figures

These days, it’s impossible to keep track of every single sale; some transactions are kept under the blanket of NDA or simply slip through the cracks. In February, the domain name k.to was reportedly sold for $40,000 – and now it’s the turn of yet another single letter ccTLD domain from Tonga that sells for […]

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.Qatar now available to the public

The Qatar Domains Registry (QDR) which is managed by ictQatar, has officially made the Qatar-specific Arabic Internet domain names (.Qatar) available to members of the general public through accredited registrars. According to the Qatar Domains Registry: “The introduction of Arabic domain names is a major milestone in making the Internet accessible for all. Businesses and […]

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Qatar opens up the .QA Domain Namespace – But there is a catch!

The country of Qatar opened up the .QA ccTLD to the public yesterday. The unrestricted availability of the .QA domain will be a huge benefit for Qatar businesses, as well as for one of the most active online populations in the Middle East: despite its population of 1.4 million, there are 930,000 Internet users! The […]

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Best adult domain name in the world to be registered in South Sudan!

Forget about the .xxx and its controversial entry in the adult TLD namespace! Due to some serious clashing in the African nation of Sudan, the best adult domain name in the world is currently available for registration. How so? Here’s some background information. South Sudan – the newest nation in the world – split away […]

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