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.Asia Hot or Not Domain Appraisal Contest

DotAsia unveils first-of-its-kind Hot or Not Domains Appraisal Contest!
The contest has been soft launched through the www.think.asia and http://hotornot.domains.asia. The goal of the contest is to encourage mass market participation in domain appraisal and to promote the awareness and appreciation of .Asia domains.

To win, a contestant must pick domain(s) that receive the highest winning bid in both .Asia Sunrise and Landrush auctions AND hold the closest predictions to the actual auction winnings. We are giving out up to US$15,000 in Cash Prizes!

Weekly contest will start in May for special cash prizes; a Grand Prize of US$10,000 for the final contest winner will be given out during the ICANN meetings in Paris. Registrars are free to enter too!

more information can be found from www.dotasia.org

Domain Name Game Still Going Strong

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People scoffed when investment firm eCompanies paid $7.5 million for the Web address business.com in 1999 from a person who had paid $150,000 for it.

The purchase, though, shined a light on a secretive world where people actively and aggressively buy and sell Web domain names.

Thousands of Web addresses were bought in the early days of the dot-com boom on a hunch by people who expected Internet real estate would appreciate in value.

They were right, and still are.

In July, directory services firm R.H. Donnelley (NYSE:RHD) RHD bought business.com for … $345 million. Reportedly, Dow Jones and the New York Times NYT also were interested in buying the site.

The domain name business has matured since the early speculation days. Business.com, for example, wasn’t just an empty site. It’s a repository for ad-supported business-to-business e-commerce Web links, ranging from business travel and construction services to legal services and industrial goods. It claims sales of $50 million last year.

The domain name industry has largely consolidated into a handful of big players that have received hundreds of millions in funding in the past year. Companies or individuals are paying tens of millions for thousands of domain names sold in a single block. Last year, Seattle-based Marchex MCHX paid $164 million to the holder of some 100,000 domain names.

The best generic names were taken long ago, but that hasn’t stopped domain name seekers from coming up with ideas for new ones. One analyst estimates that up to 45,000 domain names are registered each day; 146 million domain names were in use as of Sept. 30, 31% more than a year earlier. So says VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) , which operates the Domain Name System servers that support the dot-com and dot-net top-level domains and provides services to companies that sell domain names to end users.

Domain names often sell for thousands of dollars into the many millions. In 2006, diamond.com sold for $7.5 million while sex.com sold for $12.5 million. Casino.com sold for $5.5 million in 2003. Computer.com sold for $2.1 million last year. In all, 33 sites have sold for $1 million or more, according to research firm Zetetic.

Bold Early Adopters

“This field got started by a group of very early adopters, bold business people willing to take the risk,” said Courtney Montpas, an executive vice president at Demand Media. The company buys and sells domain names and provides other services that help domain name owners build their business.

Demand Media, based in Santa Monica, Calif., received $100 million in a funding round last July, led by Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) GS. Demand Media has raised $320 million since its launch two years ago.

Another big player, Oversee.net, last month said it received $150 million in a funding round from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. Oversee.net owns 700,000 domain names and helps service and maintain another 2.4 million domains owned by others.

Oversee also has a $100 million credit line from Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) , says Lawrence Ng, Oversee CEO.

Full Article at http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/newstex/IBD-0001-22895497.htm

COM.AU Australian Property Boom

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    *Dot.au is the “Old Kent Road” to its dot.com “Mayfair” neighbour. But that could change soon, reports Stewart Carter.

AUSTRALIAN model, musician, dancer, actress and net entrepreneur Estelle Asmodelle is advertising her supermodel.net.au domain name for sale.

Her modelling agency business, Supermodel, already has a well-established website at supermodel.com.au, so she figures she’ll make an easy $10,000 from the .net equivalent.

It’s not going to set any records – not like, say, melbourne.com or perth.com which sold recently in the US for $US700,000 ($A762,000) and $US200,000 respectively, or bored.com which sold for $US4million earlier this month.

Strictly speaking, Estelle shouldn’t do it. It is illegal to advertise Australian domain names (those ending in .au) for sale – or more accurately, it’s prohibited under the rules of the industry regulator Au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA). A purely commercial trade of domains is also against the rules.

But Chris Disspain, chief executive officer at auDA, said people like Estelle needn’t worry. “The auDA board has recently accepted the recommendations of our review panel to lift the ban on advertising Australian domain names for sale,” he says. Work on implementing the change in policy has already begun and could be finished by as early as June this year. “We’ve got some administrative bits and pieces to work out first, and then there’ll need to be some changes made to the software and systems used at the registrars. We’re also mindful there’ll need to be a program of public education so the general public is aware of the new policy.

“I’m concerned to make sure that we don’t see a situation arising where domain name consumers are ripped off, and conned into paying too much for a com.au domain name. Likewise we want to make sure that we don’t get people conned into selling them for too little. In other words we want to make sure there’s going to be an informed marketplace.”

Industry experts say an informed marketplace is likely to be a real problem to start with, if only because the current auDA policy has been so restrictive.

Bruce Tonkin, chief technology officer at Australia’s biggest domain name registrar, Melbourne IT, says auDA’s current rules restrict transfers of domain ownership to a very specific set of exceptional circumstances.

“The current policy doesn’t allow domain names to be transferred or sold like other business assets. Essentially, you have to sell the whole business to sell the name.

“They have to apply to us for a transfer, and we have to check that the applicant has the authority to transfer the name, and there’s usually some sort of legal deed that has to be attached, along with a statutory declaration.

 Full Article at http://www.theage.com.au/news/biztech/the-coming-dot-au-property-boom/2008/02/26/1203788290820.html

Quarter of a million .asia domain names wanted

dotasia.jpgDotAsia, the organisation responsible for the new .asia top level Internet domain says it has received 266,000 applications for registration of .asia domain names in the first 24 hours of its ‘landrush’ phase.
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Launch of .Asia is being undertaken in three main phases: sunrise, landrush and general availability. The sunrise phase was for organisations that have legitimate claims to .asia domains as Government bodies or based on existing brand names and trademarks to register their claims. During the landrush period anyone can apply for any .asia domain not allocated during the sunrise period, and if two or more applications are received for the same name, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

DotAsia says it received 266,663 applications in the first 24 hours of landrush, and about 28,000 names received more than one request for registration. Including applications received during sunrise and other earlier phases, it has received close to 300.000 applications. .asia is due to go live in mid March.

DotAsia has also instituted a Pioneers program in which applicants are invited to submit a brief proposal for the domain of their choice with the best proposal winning the right to operate that domain.

DotAsia has talked up the expected value of such domains saying: “Imagine the value and potential for names like www.music.asia, trade.asia, mobile.asia, football.asia”, and many more! The value of domain names have risen to staggering new heights in recent years. Vodka.com fetched $US3 million, diamond.com took in $US7.5 million and poker.com…Business.com, acquired in 1999 for $US7.5 million is now estimated to be worth $US300-$US400 million.

“The appreciation in value is not constricted to .com domains anymore. Poker.de was sold for close to $US1 million earlier this year, while Flowers.mobi auctioned for $US200,000. With the world’s fastest growing and largest online and offline market, .Asia domains are poised to command even higher values.”

If so they have got a long way to go to reach these dizzy heights. The highest price paid for a .asia domain name to date was $US20,5001 for ace.asia, and only 10 have fetched more than $US4000. Al ist of upcoming auctions can be found here.

The DotAsia Organisation (http://www.dotasia.org) is a membership-based not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Hong Kong. It was created in March of 2004 for the purpose of submitting a proposal to ICANN to operate a new TLD registry for the .asia top-level domain. It has appointed over 100 registries around the world that can accept applications for .asia names.

ICANN and DotAsia signed the .asia registry agreement on 6 December 2006 at the ICANN annual meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil following the ICANN board approving the designation of the .asia sponsored top-level domain on 18 October 2006. DotAsia is the first gTLD registry with a headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Full Article at http://www.itwire.com/content/view/16850/53/

Global Domain Name Statistics

The following chart represents current statistics for many of the worlds most popular domains. 

Updated February 2008 from EuropeRegistry.com

Domain Amount Registered Country
.com 71.619.962 Global Generic
.de 11.673.388 Germany
.net 10.623.637 Global Generic
.cn 9.001.993 China
.uk 6.486.829 United Kingdom
.org 6.373.837 Global Generic
.info 4.948.539 Global Generic
.eu 2.715.101 European Union

.nl 2.695.568 Netherlands
.biz 1.903.406 Global Generic
.it 1.456.787 Italy
.us 1.375.779 United State
.br 1.230.870 Brazil
.ch 1.056.751 Switzerland
.ru 1.030.951 Russia
.au 1.007.458 Australia
.jp 988.886 Japan
.fr 988.421 France
.ca 943.341 Canada
.kr 930.485 Korea
.dk 864.845 Denmark
.es 805.327 Spain
.mobi 799.551 Global Generic
.pl 762.503 Poland
.be 736.499 Belgium
.at 722.193 Austria
.se 702.199 Sweden
.cz 370.642 Czech
.no 361.118 Norway
.nz 314.053 New Zealand
.mx 231.047 Mexico
.pt 184.650 Portugal
.fi 165.252 Finland
.hk 152.405 Hong Kong
.tr 146.083 Turkey
.sk 140.319 Slovakia
.ie 91.353 Ireland
.lt 65.944 Lithuania

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AsiaRegistry.com Ready for the .ASIA Landrush

    DotASIAMELBOURNE, Feb. 19 / Instra Corporation’s
AsiaRegistry.com, Asia Pacific’s leading Domain Name registrar, is ready
for the launch of the .ASIA Landrush scheduled on 20th February 2008, the
world’s first domain name extension for the Asia Pacific Region.

    Leona Chen, spokesperson for the DotASIA Organization anticipates a
Huge Landrush. Leona comments, “We are ready for something big. All of our
people and systems are in place, and we look forward to the commencement of
the .ASIA Landrush.”

    With already 30,780 .ASIA domains submitted during the Sunrise Period,
the Landrush is anticipated to be massive, with domain registrars globally
submitting hundreds of thousands of .ASIA domain names. Duplicate Domain
names submitted during the Landrush stage will go into a live domain name
auction.

    Chloe Li, Director of Operations for Instra Corporation, commented,
“Today is a special day for us. We have worked hard for this moment, and we
believe .ASIA will become a world leading domain name. We are pleased to
see that the Asia Pacific region finally gets its own unique online
identity.”

    The scope of the .ASIA TLD has been defined by ICANN, and includes over
70 countries, with coverage from the Middle East, to the Far East and
Oceania regions. Applications will only be considered from organizations
officially registered in one or more of these countries. AsiaRegistry will
provide a Local Address for clients outside of the Asia region, such as for
applicants that are located in America, Europe, or Africa.

    Phillip Parker from Instra Corporation’s AsiaRegistry said, “It’s an
important time for corporations around the world, especially with trademark
and brand infringement occurring on mammoth proportions. It is imperative
that these corporate brands protect their name in the .ASIA Name space.”

    Following the successful European .EU domain launch in 2006, .ASIA is
the next geographic region Top Level Domain to be introduced.

    .ASIA domain names can be registered online at:
    http://www.asiaregistry.com
    Additional details about the .ASIA domain name can be found online at:
    http://www.dotasia.org
    About Instra

    Instra Corporation is a worldwide player in the Domain Name and ENUM
industry, with its head office in Melbourne, and sub-branches across
America, Europe, and Asia. Instra Corporation is a pioneer of developing
convergence technologies for local presence services.

    Convergence. It is more than just a domain.

    For more information about Instra Corporation and Asia Registry, please
visit:

    http://www.asiaregistry.com

    For more information, please contact:

     Chloe Li
     Tel:   +61-397831800
     Email: media@instra.com

How Rampant is Cyber & Typo Squatting? Just Ask WIPO After Reviewing Wipo.com!

Enrico Schaefer imageby Enrico Schaefer
How prevalent is cybersquatting and typosquatting asks Enrico Schaefer in this article in Circle ID? He suggests taking a look at www.wipo.com, and then comparing it with the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s web site at wipo.org. Enrico goes on to say, “Ironically, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center handles a majority of the UDRP domain dispute arbitrations internationally. The very organization which is invested with the authority by ICANN to resolve cybersquatting and typosquatting disputes internationally under the UDRP is, by all appearances, being squatted.” Continue reading How Rampant is Cyber & Typo Squatting? Just Ask WIPO After Reviewing Wipo.com!

DotAsia Sunrise Period to January 31 & appoints Dispute Resolution Provider for .Asia Sunrise Challenge Process

DotAsia logoDotAsia has extended the Sunrise period for .ASIA domain names January 31 2008. This Sunrise period is for Sunrise 2b (General Marks), Sunrise 2c (Extended Protection) and Sunrise 3 (Registered Entity Names). The original closing date was January 15. This provides tardy brand owners with the last chance to protect their brand names in .Asia before the Landrush begins on February 20, 2008. Continue reading DotAsia Sunrise Period to January 31 & appoints Dispute Resolution Provider for .Asia Sunrise Challenge Process

MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition–Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007

MYNIC logoThe Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and MYNIC Berhad, the .my domain name registrar will be presenting MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition – Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007 on 6th September 2007 (Thursday) at Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru with the theme “Get Online: Empower Yourself on the Internet”. Continue reading MCMC-MYNIC Seminar & Exhibition–Southern Corridor Roadshow 2007