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#Neustar : The existing operating contract for dot .US has been extended for another 10 years

Neustar announced that their existing contract with NTIA to operate the dot .US TLD has been extended for up to 10 years, until 2029. Dot .US is the official ccTLD of the United States of America, and Neustar – a kind sponsor of DomainGang – sent us the news in a press release. Said Lori […]

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Domain petition : Need only 99,998 more signatures to drop .US nexus requirements

The dot .US Registry, operated by Neustar, is the official country code top-level domain (ccTLD) provider for the United States of America. Dot .US is also the first allocated ccTLD, ever. Restrictions to .US domain registrations include US citizenship or residency and other “nexus” rules: Who can register a .US domain? Any U.S. citizen or […]

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Non-COM domain sightings : BriggsEquipment.US and a surprise about the .COM

We keep track of non-COM domain sightings, names of companies and brands “in the wild.” The popular myth that dot .com domains is the only way to go, is dispelled in the case of BriggsEquipment.us. Briggs Equipment is one of the oldest and most trusted materials handling equipment providers in the US, providing short and […]

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Who will be the 45th (dot) US President?

The debate over who will be the 45th President of the United States, will be settled in November. Whether it’ll be Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, the decision will not be based on the popular vote, as Al Gore found out in 2000. Domain investors eager to capitalize on the popularity of political domains are […]

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Domain hacks : Olympus, you’re doing it wrong!

Domain hacks can be used for a variety of purposes, but their primary function is that of shortening the URL in mind. For example, Julie’s Freebies got Freebi.es – a Spanish ccTLD domain – for its business. While this was aweso.me, some domain hacks can be outright infringing on trademarks; just ask the former owner […]

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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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Domain party like it’s 1985 : Happy 31st birthday, Symbolics.com

It’s been 31 years since March 15th, 1985 – the date that the domain Symbolics.com became the first ever .com to be registered after a company applied for it. Through the years, Symbolics.com was used as a temporary placeholder for ancient software, and eventually domain investor Aron Meystedt acquired it, for an undisclosed amount in […]

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Angela St. Julien nails two more non-COM sightings!

Domain investors aren’t all about work and no play. Angela St. Julien, founder of Brand.Bar, has been busy locating and documenting non-COM domain sightings in the wild. She finds this activity of snapping pictures of non-COM domains – primarily in Texas – very entertaining. Our list is expanding, for sure; check out the previous installment […]

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Neustar ups pricing of dot .US domains on July 1st

Those of you that put faith in the good old American ccTLD, dot .US, better take notice. Neustar, the .US registry, has scheduled a price increase for these domains on July 1st. The prices go up by 50 cents, both for registrations and renewals. Most domain registrars will increase the price of dot .US domains […]

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