Epik #domain registrations : #Boston is getting closer to #Africa

The beauty of new gTLDs: they can grow in separate verticals, registered by a common subset of registrants. For example, domain investors from Africa might also register .Boston domains, due to the city’s cultural appeal as a New England metropolis. Back in November, we pointed out how fast dot .Boston grew, thanks to the apparent […]

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ICANN : Almost 100 new delegated gTLDs during the past 60 days!

These days, almost any word, string or phrase even, has gTLD potential, at a starting price of $185,000 dollars paid to ICANN. Applications go through the approval process, that includes a lot of lobbying before a gTLD is accepted. Sometimes, different parties compete for the same gTLD with multiple applications, which might lead to an […]

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Uniregistry: Spending $9,990,000 is only the gTLD beginning

The coming months will increase the temperature underneath the gTLD cauldron to a scorching boil! 😀 The biggest players in the game have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some millions; while the application fee of $185,000 per gTLD is (partially) refundable if the application is not approved, it’s still a lot of money […]

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Inside information: the .Canon gTLD

During TRAFFIC 2012 in Ft. Lauderdale, we were able to seek out those involved in the gTLD rollout process, and its advisers. Although we decided to keep the source of this information private, it is 100% true. Why would brands such as Canon seek out the registration of gTLDs – in this case, dot .Canon? […]

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Eleven years ago: ICANN Announces New Domains

Breaking news: “An Internet oversight board gave the Web a new batch of domain names Thursday, choosing .biz, .name and five other suffixes to help ease the dot-com name crunch. The decisions by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers capped a half-decade of discussion about how to relieve the crowded field of addresses […]

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A collection of brand new gTLDs to be introduced by ICANN

Currently ICANN has pushed back the introduction of gTLDs into 2011 – a smart move, as there are a lot of questions to be answered and lots of ‘bugs’ to be squashed. But which potential gTLD applicants will be the first ones to fork out the exuberant fees needed to sustain such an exotic introduction […]

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NASA secures .moon and .mars TLDs

In a move reminiscent of the early dot com years, NASA has secured two much-coveted TLDs – after a secret, 30-day-long negotiation with top ICANN executives. The new TLDs, .moon and .mars, will be active in the coming weeks. Now that NASA’s mission to the Moon delivered the fantastic news of water existence in the […]

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Use them or lose them: New ICANN law effective soon

The news is huge and it’s creating bigger waves than Google or the Samoan tsunami: ICANN is about to announce a new rule related to how domain ownership is perceived. It’s a known fact that domains are leased each year for a fee, and the maximum lease cannot exceed 10 years. This method loosely ensures […]

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