Domain Names

14 October 2019

12 Winners of the Inaugural .ORG Impact Awards Announced at Gala Event

12 individuals and organisations from around the world were named winners of the inaugural 2019 .ORG Impact Awards last Friday.

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Google Launches .NEW Sunrise This Week

On the same day that Google is making their big announcement of new and updated products, their Google Registry, aka Charleston Road Registry, is launching the Sunrise period for their .new gTLD, which is promising something… new! Google is billing their new gTLD as one that “must be used for action generation or online creation flows.”

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09 October 2019

Democracy(.com) Is Up For Sale

Many have said something along the lines that “democracy is for sale to the highest bidder”. And now it is. Well, is. Heritage Auctions is auctioning the domain name and will go to the highest bidder over $300,000 (plus a 15% buyer’s premium).

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08 October 2019

Radix Adds .UNO Taking Its Tally To 10 New gTLDs

Radix, the largest of the new gTLD registries by domains under management with over 5.1 million domain names, has added .uno to its portfolio taking its tally to 10 new gTLDs.

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03 October 2019

Europeans Around The World Can Register .EU Domains From 19 October

In what the .eu registry EURid is saying is the “biggest change yet” for the European ccTLD, citizens of European Union countries no matter where they live in the world will become eligible to register their very own .eu domain names from 19 October.

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ICANN Community Values Age Diversity, But Cost Major Barrier To Participation

Age diversity is beneficial to the ICANN community according to the results of a recent Age Diversity and Participation Survey conducted by ICANN whose results were released Tuesday.

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ICANN: Register Now to Participate in the 4th Eastern European DNS Forum

ICANN Tuesday announced that the fourth Eastern European Domain Name System Forum (EEDNSF) will take place from 11-12 October 2019 in Yerevan, Armenia, co-organized with the .am/.հայ Registry, ISOC.AM.

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02 October 2019

Nominet Increasing .UK Registry By 4%

The registry fee for .uk domain names is increasing 15p, or 4%, to £3.90 from 13 January 2020, Nominet announced Tuesday.

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25 September 2019

UCLA To Celebrate Internet’s 50th Anniversary With Former ICANN Chairs

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the internet with a public event that brings together the pioneers of the network with some of today’s leading visionaries including former ICANN Chairs Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker on 29 October.

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24 September 2019

Former auDA CEO Allegedly Falsified Academic Record and Misled Investigators

It’s been revealed that former auDA CEO Cameron Boardman “faced allegations of falsifying his academic record and misleading those investigating his qualifications before his sudden departure” according to a report in today’s Australian newspaper.

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23 September 2019

Hurricane Dorian Features On Verisign List Of Top Trending Keywords For August

Hurricane Dorian, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded that destroyed parts of the Bahamas, featured prominently on the Verisign list of top 10 trending keywords in English for the month of August with “dorian” featuring on both the .com and .net list, while “hurricane” featured on the .com list.

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CIRA Asks Canada's Political Parties To Adopt Its Vision For The Internet's Future

Canada’s upcoming federal election takes place on 21 October and the country’s ccTLD manager has put forward its vision for the future of the country’s internet, asking political parties to get on board.

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19 September 2019

.AR Launches Second Level Domains

Argentina's ccTLD manager NIC Argentina launched second level domains this month in a 2 stage process with premium pricing before General Availability will see all remaining domain names released at standard prices. In addition, NIC Argentina now allows domain names with 1 to 3 characters for all third level domains (eg., but only 4 characters and more for second level domains.

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18 September 2019

PIR Rebrands As The New .ORG

It’s been a year in the making, and now Public Interest Registry has rebranded as The New .ORG, giving it a fresh new look “with a new, bold visual identity.”

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10 September 2019

ICANN Board Changes Sees Europeans To Hold Chair and CEO Positions

Maarten Botterman has been selected as the next Chair of the ICANN Board, the current Chair Cherine Chalaby announced in a post on the ICANN blog Monday, while León Felipe Sánchez Ambia has been selected Vice Chair. It means both the CEO and President, the Swedish Göran Marby, and Chair will be citizens of the European Union.

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09 September 2019

.BRAND Domains Grow 10% In 6 Months To Over 17,000: Neustar

There were 17,188 .brand domain names with 11,663 being used, both up 10%, according to the latest .brands Industry Report from Neustar covering the 6 months to 30 June. And over 4 in 10 of these domain names are registered in Germany.

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06 September 2019

As Global TLD Growth Slides, 100 Of Top 300 TLDs Contract: CENTR

The heady days of double-digit percentage growth in the domain name industry appear to be over forever as the industry matures and in many markets registrations reach what appears to be saturation levels. The latest CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q2/2019 reflects these trends, although there are still areas of significant growth with .com continuing to show considerable growth along with African ccTLDs, although these are coming off a low base.

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04 September 2019

.NYC Brings Back Best of Boroughs Competition For 2019

The best websites using a .nyc domain name stand to win a $5,000 cash prize, among other goodies, in the 2019 Best of Boroughs competition.

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02 September 2019

CentralNic Half Yearly Results See Organic Growth of 6%

CentralNic released their half yearly results for January to June Monday reporting both revenues and Adjusted EBITDA have tripled year-on-year, driven by a combination of growth through acquisition and underlying organic growth of around 6%.

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30 August 2019

Global Domain Name Count Surpasses 350 Million Mark: Verisign

The number of domain names registered around the world passed 350 million in the second quarter of 2019, totalling 354.7 million as of 30 June, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief from Verisign. During the quarter there was an increase of 2.9 million domain name registrations, or 0.8%, compared to the first quarter of 2019. Domain name registrations have grown by 14.9 million, or 4.4%, year over year and are up 74.7 million, or 26.7%, in 5 years.

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29 August 2019

Donuts Reducing Prices For 1.1M Unsold Premium Domain Names

Donuts is to reduce the price for approximately 250,000 of their premium domains and more than 850,000 premium domains will move to standard pricing on 5 November across their portfolio of new gTLDs.

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28 August 2019

.PL Registrations Down, Renewals Up, in Second Quarter

Renewal rates are going up, but total registration numbers are down for Poland’s ccTLD .pl, according to their latest Domain Name Market quarterly report for the second quarter of 2019.

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22 August 2019

Independent Review Finds NZ’s Domain Name Commission "A Sound And Competent Regulator"

An independent review into the body responsible for regulating New Zealand’s ccTLD, the Domain Name Commission, has found “there is much for current and past DNCL staff to be proud of” and that it “is a sound and competent regulator of the .nz space.”

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In 3 Weeks auDA Goes From Boasting of 2LDs Readiness To Not Ready. What Gives?

It was only 3 weeks ago that auDA’s CEO Cameron Boardman “resigned” and in a glowing announcement on his ‘achieving many goals’, the Board crowed that one of these was “the development and implementation of new Licensing Rules for .au second-level domain names, and the introduction of direct registration of .au”. Now the Board has given an update on second level registrations saying they aren’t ready for deployment. So what’s changed in 3 weeks?

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20 August 2019

One In 5 .NZ Domains Now Registered At The Second Level

Down in the Antipodes, InternetNZ has begun to release a quarterly report of life in .nz in a new easy-to-read format, and the first of these reports for the period April to June 2019 shows that almost one in 5 .nz domain names are now registered at the second level.

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