Showing posts with label dotbank. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dotbank. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

UPDATE: Orange is launching a Bank

Orange is the name of a fruit, but it is also a major French Trademark in telecommunication: the largest telephone operator in France and probably in many other countries in the world.

Orange is a ".BRAND" applicant
Orange is also a .BRAND new gTLD applicant who applied for the .ORANGE new gTLD. At the moment, the Trademark has two domain names indexed in Google and they are redirections:
The traditional "" redirects to a ".com". The Whois seems to redirect to a ".orange" domain name.

Welcome to "Orange Bank"
Orange is the majority shareholder of Groupama Banque which is rebranding to "Orange Bank". The explanation is available here. One will wonder why a French company rebrands to an English name, in particular when Groupama has probably more French clients than English ones. I have a few doubts:
  • Could this change of name to an English one have something to do with the withdrawal of the ".BANQUE" new gTLD*, in which case "Orange Banque" could also have been a good name and orange.banque a fantastic domain name to use? I doubt it.
  • Could another reason be that the Orange Trademark is also managed by the UK? The .ORANGE new gTLD application was submitted by Orange Brand Services Limited, a company based in the United Kingdom, not in France. Come on...
  • Orange is the Registry for its own domain name extension: will it consider a for the French version of its website and a for the English one? And...has someone noticed what"s behind "Good Lord"...
I had a look at the Whois to check about the owner of the "" domain name and the Registrant is the Orange County Trust Company. The Registrant has an email ending with the domain name and this does not look like it belongs to the telecom company that I use for my mobile. In one word: one of the most important telecom company is launching a new product named "Orange Bank" and the exact same domain name belongs to...some sort of competitor.

Considering the .ORANGE new gTLD?
I am confident that this long time project already has a person in charge of thinking about securing the right domain names upfront and just "naming" in general, but isn't this the perfect moment to demonstrate innovation and start using domain names ending in ".orange"?

It seems that Orange, a French Bank, will be using an english word in its second level domain...with a ".fr" extension: I will keep crying during the next two weeks.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The new gTLD info for Friday, May 6th

You probably did not find how search for .TRADEMARKS new gTLD application in the official search engine provided by the ICANN. There is a reason for this: it is just because the filter does not allow to do that. I sent an email to ICANN in this regard and - as it is often the case - they answered the next day.

There is an updated list but it is a very long one with 525 entries and I wonder if I will have the time to update its registration volumes once a week on the Jovenet Consulting reports section. Registration volumes are interesting when they grow or decrease: the problem with .BRAND is that very few use large number of domain names so I am not sure about the interest here.

  1. Cool - The list of Trademarks to have applied for their own domain name extension;
  2. The .BANK Mission to Create a Safer Online Space;
  3. Chinese investor's have a preference for short, numeric names;
  4. Bookmarks - lists all links to new gTLDs;
  5. Coming: the .CAM new gTLD;
  6. Just added - The .EAT and .CITYEATS new gTLDs were added to the CATERING new gTLD report;
  7. Long - This is the longest article about new gTLDs that I have ever read;
  8. Added too - The .WEBCAM new gTLD was added to the PHOTOGRAPHY new gTLD report;
  9. More coming during the day.
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Friday, January 22, 2016

The new gTLD info for this Friday

Do New TLDs Affect SEO?
Ranking high in search results is a top priority for any website, and so a common question I see all the time is will a domain name with a new TLD rank as well as .com?

The rise of .BANK
The financial industry is rapidly adopting a new tactic in the fight against cybercrime. Plus: the state of frequent flyer perks.

Work for a French Registry
The Afnic is hiring. The Afnic is the back-end Registry for the .PARIS new gTLD.

Taxi software company goes with .Taxi domain name
Wright said he became aware that .taxi domain names were available through his registrar, .Taxi is offered by Donuts, which has a couple hundred top level domain names and must rely on the registrar channel to help get the word out.

Why Automotive Domain Names Matter
(I apologize for the stupid pop-up)
Automotive digital marketing started in earnest back in the mid-to-late 1990s. For those who jumped in early, the first item on the to-do list was to get a website, and that meant getting a URL to anchor it. For many, that means they have a website URL or domain name that is close to 20 years old—ancient in Internet years.

HOT: DomainWire Global TLD Report Q4/2015
The latest of CENTRs 'DomainWire Stat Report' is available (Quarter 4, 2015). The report provides a global status update on top level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs) with a focus on European ccTLDs.

Donuts Launches .WINE and .VIN gTLDs
“With more than 38.4 billion bottles of wine produced worldwide annually, it is no surprise that wine is a critical piece of the social fabric of cultures across the globe,” said Donuts co-founder and CEO Paul Stahura. “I can’t think of a more appropriate community to have its own trustworthy domain names. .wine and .vin will enable wine connoisseurs and the businesses that serve them to build identities and vibrant communities where commerce and ideas can flow freely.”

What is a Kitemark?
Old post - but interesting - from the .TRUST new gTLD
The Internet is in dire need of a kitemark based on security. However, no simple standards exist that clearly identify to the user of the website that the site meets security standards and indeed that the site belongs to the people the user expects it to belong to.

The .TIFFANY new gTLD is live
For more than 175 years, Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with luxury and style. Few American companies have such an illustrious history. It began with a founder’s vision of
beauty that was brought to life through unassailable standards of excellence. As awards and accolades accrued, Charles Lewis Tiffany led his company to grow from a New York
City legend to a jeweler of international renown.

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday: the new gTLD info of the day (updated)
Curiosity of the day
The .BROTHER new gTLD (see application here) uses two letter second level domain names. The new gTLD applicant guidebook is not supposed to allow this.

ICANN Appoints MFSD as First European Uniform Rapid Suspension System Provider
ICANN today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MFSD Srl (MFSD) establishing MFSD as a new Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) provider.
.Club has sold 2,000 premium domain name so far today
.Club registry gets solid results from release of 13,000 premium names.

.BANK By the Numbers: Domestic Impact
To date*, 5,165 .BANK domain names have been registered in the U.S. by 2,534 banks. Outside the U.S., 560 domain names have been registered. An infographic from last month provides additional insights into the international impact of .BANK.

new gTLDs 2015: Wachstum und Prestige-Projekte
In ihrem zweiten Jahr haben die neuen Domain-Endungen ihre Position auf dem internationalen Markt gefestigt – dank kontinuierlich steigender Registrierungszahlen und öffentlichkeitswirksamen Projekten.

British businesses fall victim to 'cybersquatters' amid domain name rollout
However, new research reveals that some of the UK’s biggest companies are failing to protect their intellectual property, with many domain names relating to British brands already being bought up by third parties.

The Com Laude & Valideus Gazetteer of Top Level Domains
The purpose of the Gazetteer is to help brand owners and IP professionals navigate the new world of domains which emerged when ICANN launched its new gTLD programme three years’ ago.

Two Sunrise Periods started today
the .SECURITY new gTLD;

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Friday, December 4, 2015

The new gTLD info of the day (Friday)

Tough times for Donuts
Since the application fee was $ 185,000 per TLD, they have invested around $ 34 million for those TLDs alone, and in addition, any auction fees, as several of these TLDs were applied for by other companies as well. The annual fee to ICANN for operating a TLD is $ 25,000, which means that they will pay over $ 4.5 million just to ICANN this year.

Analysis of .CLUB and the New gTLDs
With the crossing over the 10 million mark for the total number of new gTLDs registered I thought that it would be worthwhile conducting an analysis of what is happening in this new market. As is typical of any new market, quite a number of new gTLDs are struggling but as registrations increase, time is on the side of those that have the cash to survive.

ICANN security advisor predicts “hundreds” of new gTLDs will “go dark”
A security company led by a member of ICANN’s top security committee reckons that “hundreds” of new gTLDs are set to fail, leading to web sites “going dark”.

How a creative agency switched from .Com to .Rocks
A New York web design agency took precautions when it decided to switch to a .rocks domain name.

Why .bank matters to you
Today, hackers and online fraudsters can clone bank websites and put them online with web addresses similar to an actual bank. From there, a fraudster could drive traffic to the fake website via spam emails, fraudulent advertisements, or by making the web address of the fake site similar to the name of the real bank.

Brand Registries and Gartner’s Technology Priorities for CIOs in 2016
Brand Registries aka dotBrands are new Internet entities. Over 500 brands are beginning to rollout, with more brand use case evidence every month. Most C-Levels have yet to fully comprehend what they are, what the digital implications are and how the Brand Registry will add value to improve the P&L.

Registries could wind-down unprofitable gTLDs
New gTLD portfolio registries may one day decide to wind down some of their gTLDs if they fail to reach profitability.

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Global data for .BANK new gTLD

Nameshield Corporate Registrar: Corporate domain name portfolio management
The Nameshield Group: Registry, Corporate and Retail Registrar

Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

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