Crikey! There’s gold in them .au domain names!

Welcome to Australia, the land of Oz—Down Under! For the past 8 days, new domain names are being allocated to Australians; they are shorter by dropping the “.com” before the “.au” part. It’s now open season, as existing com.au registrants who did not participate in the priority allocation process that ended are coming to find […]

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Bitcoin.com.au: Domain sold for $3 million Australian dollars

In 2014, Domenic Carosa spent “just” $60,000 AUD (Australian dollars) and acquired the domain Bitcoin.com.au. Fast forward eight years later, the founder of Banxa.com, a multi-national fintech company, sold it for a massive $3 million AUD; approximately $2 million USD. This marks the biggest sale of a .com.au domain name ever recorded! This fascinating story […]

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G’day #domain granted grace in #UDRP Down Under

G’day mate. Australians use this greeting on a daily basis, as our friend Mike Robertson can confirm. It makes sense that an Aussie registered the matching domain, Gday.com.au Down Under. Not so fast, said Discovery Holiday Parks Pty Ltd of Australia, filing a UDRP: G’DAY is their registered mark. The Complainant is a proprietary company […]

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Grays.com: #Domain sold as Aussie company brand gets upgrade

Grays.com is operated by the Australian company Grays. According to their website: Grays is the largest industrial, auto and commercial eCommerce business in Australasia, offering a huge range of industrial, auto, consumer and commercial goods, direct from manufacturers and distributors. Crikey, mate. This is a company formed in New South Wales in 1922, selling cattle. […]

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LLL .com.au : AuDA can hand over your domain if associated business is terminated?

If you own an Australian domain ending in .com.au, which was registered in association with a business, that domain might be re-allocated should the business shuts down. The registrant of a LLL .com.au domain found out the hard way, after his 15-year old three letter domain was given to a different business. The key element […]

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Aussie #domain registry seeks to enforce restrictions to .AU registrations

Apparently auDA, the Australian domain registry, is seeking to enforce a number of restrictions to the .AU namespace. According to the web site Vote.com.au, the Policy Review Panel final report to auDA “includes startling recommendations that stand opposed to the Australian Spirit of enterprise, democracy, entrepreneurialism, and basic common sense.” What are these dramatic changes […]

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Aussie dollar for #domains : Escrow.com launches services in #Australia

Escrow.com, a premium sponsor of DomainGang, announced its expansion in Australia and the use of the Australian dollar for payments. According to their latest press release, Payments Australia Pty Ltd – trading as Escrow.com – provides the escrow service in Australia. Here is the full press release: Escrow.com, the leading provider of secure online payments and […]

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#AusRegistry shared its #domain registration data for May

AusRegistry, the Australian domain name Registry, shared its latest domain registration report for the month of May 2018. Each report contains information on registration, transactions, renewals, transfers and drop-offs. Also included in the reports is the overall number of .au domain names registered in the Australian name space and a breakdown of each zone; com.au, […]

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AusRegistry : Rebranding to celebrate 30 years of .AU domains

AusRegistry, the Australian domain registry managing the national ccTLD, dot .AU, is rebooting its brand. The change in brand visuals incorporates a star in place of the dot in “.AU” – a brilliant move. Inspiration for the star was sourced from Australia’s national flag, which features them: “The flag of Australia is a defaced Blue […]

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G’day mate, and cheers to 30 years of Aussie domains !

G’day mates! 😀 It’s the 30th year anniversary of the Australian national ccTLD, dot .au this year. According to our records, dot .au went live on March 5th, 1986. Dot .Au was only the 4th ccTLD to be allocated, making Australians proud early adopters of the Internet. Famous Aussie domain industry icons, such as Mike […]

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Australians prepare for the “Death of the .Com”

Australians are passionate about their nationality; the land of the Oz has its own ccTLD: dot .AU. Only problem is, you can’t register domains in .AU directly, you’d have to register a .com.au, which is also restricted to Australians. Australia’s regulatory body for domain names, (auDA), recently announced its 2015 Names Policy Panel proposal. Australian […]

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Misinformed Aussie writer yelps ‘Cybersquatters’ over bought domain

An  Australian construction company called BHP Billiton, recently announced the name of its spin-off company – South32. They could have named the company anything really, after checking for the name being available as a .com, but they opted for this name. The .com was registered in 2012, long before BHP Billiton’s choice of a name […]

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