Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday: the new gTLD info of the day

The Natural Club
Geographic Domain Extensions for Place Marketing
With an estimated 1 billion websites in late 2015, you can easily get lost in the world wide web. Imagine a domain name that makes you feel at home right away: geographic domain-extensions bring local identity to the web. The new domain extensions .nyc, .london and .berlin are the three biggest of that kind, with 87,169 (.nyc), 70,131 (.london) and 57,142 (.berlin) registered domain names until today.

.AFRICA new gTLD: The Hope for Realising Africa's Digital Presence
During the original WSIS process, Africa’s domain name situation was fairly dire. Most of its country code top level domains (ccTLDs) were not operated by entities within the African countries represented by the ccTLDs. During the preparatory process for WSIS, African governments recognised the need to develop capacity so the region could build and manage its own ICT infrastructure. Part of the ICT infrastructure identified as critical to the region’s economic development was related to the Internet

13,000 ".club" domain names are released
On December 16th, 2015 we will be releasing an additional 13,000 registry reserved names into the registrar channel as tiered premiums, including many never before available names.

Webinar: the TMCH to introduce .CAR - .CARS and .AUTO new gTLDs
Thursday 17 December 2015, 17:00 [UTC]
The Trademark Clearinghouse regularly hosts webinars inviting Registries to introduce their TLD's to trademark holders.

More domain choices than ever before
Henry Ford once wrote, “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.” This quotation describes the domain industry pre 2013. Any customer can have any domain name they want as long as it is .com. There were, of course, other options at that time...there are always options.

Twitter and Justin Timberlake targeted by This.sucks
This.sucks, a company with close ties to .sucks registry Vox Populi, has started registering domain names matching famous brands to itself.

Google: new gTLDs are not easier to find
New gTLDs “are not treated any differently than traditional domain name endings like .com or .org”, according to Chad Lancaster, product marketing manager at Google Domains.

NamesCon 2016 Sponsor Spotlight on Donuts
This afternoon’s NamesCon sponsor spotlight interview is with Mason Cole, Vice President of Communications and Industry Relations at Donuts. This interview is part of a series of interviews with NamesCon 2016 exhibitors and sponsors.

.Eco loser files trademark application for .Eco
A company that appears to be out of the running for the .Eco top level domain name has filed an intent-to-use trademark application for “.Eco”.

Company says new TLD is “cool”, but comes with drawbacks
Classic Engineering has a cool domain name, but founder Eduardo UmaƱa sometimes has to explain it to people.

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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