Friday, July 29, 2016

$135 million for the .WEB new gTLD

We now have a winner for the .WEB new gTLD auction and it appears that he paid 135 million dollars for this acquisition. The .WEB looks like an attractive TLD but there are many generic new gTLDs such as .WEBSITE - .SITE - .ONLINE, etc... We track registration figures of these generic new gTLDs at Jovenet Consulting. The report is updated on Friday.

  1. Winner - Has Verisign bought .Web domain for $135 million?
  2. We have a winner for the .WEB new gTLD auction and he paid $135.000.000,00 for it;
  3. Four Sunrise Periods were just announced:
    1. The .BLOG new gTLD
    2. The .DOCTOR
    4. The .嘉里大酒店 (kerryhotels)
  4. Report - What about the .GAY new gTLD?
  5. Why ICANN chose the wrong applicant for .RADIO;
  6. Rich - What Will ICANN Do with the $135 Million It Just Got for .WEB?
  7. Vistaprint Ltd prevailed with a price of $1 for the .WEBS gTLD;
  8. .VIP end user development not ready yet;
  9. Article - Explore, Benchmark, Launch your Dot Brand;
  10. Multiple Registry increases billing thank to the Chinese market;
  11. Coming - the release all ".link", ".click", ".help", ".mom", and ".lol" domain names in September;
  12. FrenchComment innover dans le monde des extensions Internet ("how to innovate in the new gTLD space");
  13. Neustar and Verisign release earnings, don’t mention .web;
    New gTLD expert Simon Cousins to write about new gTLDs in the Chinese market;
  14. Article - .PHOTOGRAPHY Clicks for a Growing Number of Photographers;
  15. A nice attempt to promote .com domain names :-)
  16. Registration volumes:
    1. Singular VS Plural versions of a new gTLD;
    2. French new gTLD applications;
    3. New gTLDs related to RELIGION;
    4. New gTLDs related to GENERIC TLDs;
    5. New gTLDs related to CARS;
    6. New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
    7. Reports - The complete list of reports can be checked here.
  17. Why I changed to a .SALON new domain name;
  18. Why Verisign paid $135 million for the .web top level domain.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Innovation in the new gTLD space? (in French)

Si le registre reste le point de départ de tout nom de domaine, ne peut-il pas en plus devenir un point focal de l’industrie qu’il convoite ? Un carrefour de la communauté qu’il représente ? 

Dans ce contexte, ne peut-il pas proposer au titulaire une valeur ajoutée supplémentaire au nom de domaine et proposer l’enregistrement de son site Internet dans un annuaire des utilisateurs de son extension?

Rappelons que le registre est aussi propriétaire de la base de données des titulaires et que cela ne représente pas un problème de s’adresser à eux.

Un annuaire des utilisateurs d’une même extension est un projet facile à réaliser, mais d'autres idées peuvent également être mises en oeuvre. Le registre propriétaire du ".email" ne pourrait-il pas par exemple proposer une solution d’email cryptés et celui du ".directory" une solution d’annuaire?

Lire l'article complet dans le Journal Du Net.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Resolving the .WEB / .WEBS contention set

Today is the day of the .WEB new gTLD auction and numbers will probably be published tonight or tomorrow. There 2 good reads today: "New gTLD .WEB "Last Resort" ICANN Auction: and the Winner Is" and "Inside the High Stakes Auction for .WEB.

  1. Geographical Review - A Global Approach to the Spatial Diversity and Dynamics of Internet Domains;
  2. Official page for the .WEB new gTLD auction;
  3. New gTLDs' health explained;
  4. Good read - New gTLD .WEB "Last Resort" ICANN Auction: and the Winner Is?
  5. No surprise - The EBU is proud to have been delegated the .RADIO Community Top Level Domain name (TLD) by the ICANN;
  6. Happening today - The .WEB new gTLD auction;
  7. New Registration Data Directory Services Requirements for gTLD Registries, Registrars to Take Effect in February 2017;
  8. Update - Independent Review of Trademark Clearinghouse Services Draft Report;
  9. HOT - Inside the High Stakes Auction for .WEB;
  10. Poll - How much will .WEB sell for?
  11. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    2. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
    3. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE.
  12. Google - How google handles Top-Level Domains;
  13. Domain name market in China: a piece of gem buried in a .club presentation;
  14. Donuts .web claims “discredited”, ICANN tells court;
  15. Official - "The Court concludes that Plaintiff is not entitled to the injunctive relief it seeks. The Court therefore denies the Application for TRO";
  16. ICANN reveals little use of gTLD sunrise periods at TMCH.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

New gTLD applicant sues ICANN

The ICANN recently rejected a request to postpone the .WEB new gTLD auction. This time, one of the multiple applicants concerned by the auction sues the ICANN for lack of investigation on auction rival.

  1. Six new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. The .DUNS new gTLD
    2. .MSD (added to the HEALTH new gTLD report)
    3. .BOOKING
    4. .AMFAM
    5. .ESURANCE
    6. .CITADEL (added to the FINANCE new gTLD report)
  2. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
    3. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY (the .SONY new gTLD has entered the report).
  3. Interesting - What was done with the highest selling new gTLD domains; 
  4. French - .BIBLE : Deus ex machina?
  5. Paid add (see Twitter link) to promote .VACATIONS domain names;
  6. Getting Paid $10 To List Your Names?
  7. Colin Campbell and Jeff Sass: speakers at The Domain Conference;
  8. HOT - Donuts files $10 million lawsuit to stop .WEB new gTLD auction;
  9. Review - IANA Transition and ICANN Corruption (capture and control).
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Friday, July 22, 2016

More and more new gTLDs are delegated

You probably noticed that many new gTLDs are (and keep) being delegated during the holidays. According to each new delegation,we add gTLDs to the right report. The .SWIFTCOVER new gTLD was added to the CARS report and the awaited .DOCTOR was added to the HEALTH report. The .LUNBECK (a Trademark) just has its first domain name registration listed.
The Generic new gTLD report (see link below) was updated to day and we are happy to see that the .INTERNATIONAL new gTLD receives more registrations than previous weeks before.

  1. Registration volumes:
    1. HOT - Generic new gTLDs with a potential to replace ".com" domains;
    2. New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
    3. New gTLDs related to CARS;
  2. dotBrand - Barclays new domain name strategy and operations decrypted;
  3. COOL - data on domain growth: geographic top level domains are more popular than IDNs, at least in terms of registration volume;
  4. The .WEB auction goes ahead after ICANN denies new gTLD applicant's appeal;
  5. Article - 8 companies saying yes to new gTLDs;
  6. dotBrand - New gTLD benchmarks: how do your brands compare?
  7. Nine new gTLDs were delegated:
    1. the .DUCK new gTLD (nothing to do with the animal);
    2. .RAID (nothing to do with the French Police élite forces);
    3. .SWIFTCOVER (added to report)
    5. .IEEE
    6. .OFF
    7. .DOCTOR (added to report)
    9. .TIAA
  8. ICANN Publishes gTLD Statistics and Trends Report, Asks for Community Feedback;
  9. If you missed a new gTLD newsletter,they are archived at
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What should the role of a new gTLD Registry be?

We are preparing an article on the kind a role a new gTLD applicant should have for the community it has decided to represent. DotBrand new gTLDs are not concerned but generics are. It will be published in French first and adapted to English. There is a lot of innovation that we rarely find with new Registries. We will present what we believe is the real role of a Registry.

  1. HOT - The owner of multiple new gTLD applications was acquired by another company;
  2. Branding - What factors did you consider before choosing for your brand?
  3. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
    2. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
    3. COOL - New gTLDs related to SPORT.
  4. Facilitating a Trusted Web Space for Financial Service Professionals;
  5. Revised Report on DNS Abuse and New gTLD Program Safeguards Now Available;
  6. 52 new TLD sales over $5,000;
  7. Donuts and Radix still miffed over .Web applicant;
  8. New gTLD Breakdown according to Verisign (Registry of ".com" domain names);
  9. Release of Country and Territory Names within the .SOFTBANK, .ART and .CARAVAN TLDs;
  10. gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta): Call for Comments;
  11. Three new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. the .LPL
    2. the .LPLFINANCIAL
    3. the .BESTBUY
  12. Getting a handle on spam emanating from generic top-level domains.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Is The Future of Norman in .YOUTUBE ?

Most French know who Norman and Cyprien are. They are two funny persons doing funny videos on YouTube. They are a lot to do this on Internet actually, so in fact, this post is for anybody who has a big audience (page views) on YouTube.

If I personally like both of them, I need to select one of them for my example below so I'll use...Norman.

The ".YOUTUBE" extension
The .YOUTUBE new gTLD, from Google, was delegated in August 2014. At the moment, it is still not really in use and Google gives no info about its plans for its new domain name extensions. I found a "" indexed in Google but it does not point to anything.

Question 18(a)
The question 18(a) of the ICANN new gTLD application is informative and sometimes gives an idea of the Registry's future plan to develop its domain name extension. Here is what the application says:
The proposed gTLD will introduce a dedicated Internet space in which select YouTube channel providers can link to the content hosted on their respective YouTube page.

Question 18(b)

Point 18.b.i.1 says:
Charleston Road Registry (Google) intends to apply for an exemption to ICANN’s Registry Operator Code of Conduct and operate the proposed gTLD with Google as the sole registrar and registrant.
This means that Google will own all domain names.

But point 18.b.ii.2 also says:
The .youtube gTLD will provide select registrants with the opportunity to differentiate their YouTube video offerings from other media distribution services by virtue of its branded gTLD.
It remains unclear how Google will select third parties to be allowed to use ".youtube" domains but ...

...Point 18.b.ii.3 says:
The concentration of Internet users seeking digital video content in the .youtube gTLD space, moreover, will likely invite user comparison among second-level domain sites, encouraging second-level domain registrant content innovation as a point of differentiation.
This is to me a clear sign that the future of ".youtube" domain names is to become available to anybody having a YouTube page.

Point 18.b.iv confirms that:
Given the proposed limited scope and use of the gTLD, Charleston Road Registry believes that there is a reasonable case for such an exemption. Should ICANN not condone this proposed exemption, Charleston Road Registry will make access to Registry Services, including the shared registration system, available to all ICANN-accredited registrars.
Google keeps repeating that it will be sole Registrant (sole owner of ".youtube" domain names) but then, why add things like: "Charleston Road Registry will attempt to prevent the misuse of WHOIS data for improper purposes such as spam, intellectual property theft or phishing." or "Google will follow ICANN rules for attributions of trademarked second-level domains and will offer other protections for trademark owners, including but not limited to an extended Trademark Claims Service of indefinite length"?

What does it mean for Norman and Cyprien?
If it is totally impossible to say when this happens, it is possible to give an idea of what it means for end users with audience.

Norman posts his videos on an ultra long and ugly URL. People visit to watch his shows so...would Norman become a "selected content distributor", and would he own a Trademark (or not), he might be able to use a domain name. Nicer isn't it?

A lot of new gTLDs were "just" delegated

Many new gTLDs were delegated recently, which means that more are going to launch. Most of them are Trademarks. Some of these .BRANDs were added to the new gTLD reports.
  1. "ICANN Secretly Colludes With New gTLD Registry Operators";
  2. SEO expert says “.com”. Other expert says “It depends”;
  3. Registration volumes:
    1. HOT - New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
    3. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY.
      (was added to the ".panasonic" new gTLD to the report)
  4. Just noticed: there is an listed in Google;
  5. A conversation with Matt Mullenweg about .BLOG domain names;
  6. A History of .SCOT: An Interview with Chris Jones;
  7. Which celebrity has registered its ".club" domain name? There is a directory for Celebrities.
  8. Starting soon: the .QUEST Sunrise Period;
  9. Patent: system and method for modifying a domain name system template;
  10. New gTLDs which were just delegated (and which shall launch soon):
    1. .BBT
    3. .BEAUTY
    4. .LUNDBECK
      (was added to the HEALTH new gTLD report)
    5. .TJX
    6. .SMART
    9. .STAPLES
    10. .MARSHALLS
    11. .LANCOME
    12. .TKMAXX
    13. .HOMEGOODS
    14. .PFIZER
    15. .VIVO
    16. .WINNERS
    18. .TJMAXX
  11. To subscribe to the new gTLD' newsletter: it's here.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Today is ".RIP" Nice

For the second time recently, France is facing another terrorist attack. Today is a sad day and all my thoughts go to these families in Nice whose kids were murdered. I strongly believe that one of the reasons why France is hit so hard is because our Government is so slow at taking the right decisions: our forces are not even allowed to react when they are thrown rocks at during demonstrations. French are seriously pissed by this situation.

  1. Auction - ICANN: please postpone the .WEB auction;
  2. Is Verisign .web applicant’s secret sugar daddy?
  3. Registration volumes:
    1. HOT - GENERIC new gTLDs (".com" challengers);
    2. New gTLDs related to CARS;
    3. New gTLDs related to HEALTH.
  4. Rightside reveals premium and .live stats, date for 2-character release;
  5. Just delegated:
    1. the .INTUIT new gTLD;
    2. the .MINT new gTLD;
      (was added to the FINANCE new gTLD report)
    3. the .MACYS new gTLD;
    4. the .LEFRAK new gTLD;
      (was added to the REAL ESTATE new gTLD report)
    5. the .ALLSTATE new gTLD;
    6. the .GOODHANDS new gTLD.
  6. Article - 5 Things You Should Advise Your Client to Do with That Defensively Registered Domain;
  7. The .MOI new gTLD Sunrise Period ends today.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yesterday was on .FIRE (new gTLD)

It happens that we don't send our Newsletter: the reason of this can be a lack of info that day (so it is added the next day) or it can be a fire next to the place where I reside and it is what happened yesterday. No worry, family and Jovenet Consulting headquarters are fine.

There are a lot of different NEWS today: BREXIT, good reasons to use new domain names with a relation to SEO, The Amazon acquisition of Premium ".club" domains, Sunrise Periods ending, the fantastic weekly update of the awaited new gTLD report on Singular VS Plural new gTLDs. We even talk about old".com" domains ;-)

  1. Article - Google and "dotless" domains;
  2. $109,269.75 - Amazon Buys, &;
  3. Article - Why You Should Use Unique Domain Names for Shortcuts and Microsites;
  4. Brexit - What about .london?
  5. Article - The ".brand" state of play;
  6. Three Sunrise Periods are ending soon:
    1. the .STCGROUP new gTLD
    2. the .STC
    3. the .VIVA
  7. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to RELIGION;
    2. HOT - Plural vs Singular new gTLDs;
    3. New gTLDs related to FRENCH applications.
  8. Article - Companies still love descriptive ".com" domain names;
  9. URS - Was complaint an abuse of process in
  10. 27 July 2016: Discussion on BREXIT - Challenges for the Domain Industry;
  11. Will governments get new rights to own 2 domains in new gTLDs under new ICANN policy?
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There are more new gTLDs to be launched

The Trademark Clearinghouse regularly hosts webinars inviting registries to introduce their TLD's to trademark holders. We invite you to join the following webinars for more information on the purpose & benefits of the TLD and its registration policy. These webinars are free and open for the general public. Connection credentials will be shared after registration. The following webinars will focus on .SHOP (Sunrise Period ends on August 29th):
  1. Tuesday July 19th at 15:00 UTC - register here
  2. Tuesday July 19th at 23:00 UTC - register here
  1. Some new gTLDs have not launched yet, here is the list;
  2. Cool - New Top Level Domain Industry First Half 2016 Analysis & Insights (Infographic);
  3. Dot Brand - What Are They?
  4. The 5 key Benefits of a Branded Top Level Domain (according to the Brands Themselves);
  5. Interesting - Digital Marketing for Brands: .BRANDs;
  6. First .CAM sale: $20,000;
  7. .手机 new gTLD cranks up renewal prices by 5;
  8. Domain leasing at scale and building on new TLDs;
  9. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to COMPANIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    3. New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
    4. New gTLDs related to COLORS.
  10. It's All About Growth:
  11. Poll - How Much Will .Web Sell For?
  12. More tonight.
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Monday, July 11, 2016

The new gTLD info for Monday, July 11th

There is info coming about the awaited .BLOG new gTLD. Interesting too, the recent delegation of the .NIKE new gTLD which will enter the .SPORT new gTLD report updated each Wednesday.
  1. How much will it cost to register a ".blog" domain name?
  2. Interesting - A new domains early warning system for TLDs;
  3. 647 registrations on day 1 for .TUBE new gTLD;
  4. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
      (was added the ".coffee" new gTLD)
    3. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY;
  5. Two new gTLDs were just delegated:
    1. .NIKE
    2. .SES
  6. Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes;
  7. More coming by the end of the day.
Most recent Trademark Clearinghouse Sunrise Period announcements

Friday, July 8, 2016

Is the ".com" old gTLD losing appeal?

This week, the GENERIC new gTLD report - a report focusing on challengers of the ".com" domain name extension, shows that there are less ".com" registrations than the week before: it also means that the ".com" Registry is losing registrations. Is the increasing volume of new domain name registered the reason of this?

  1. 12 Reasons Why Chinese TLDs Are Good For Brands and Businesses;
  2. Article - Following ".republicans" and ".democrats" everywhere!
  3. $0.99 for ".club" domains until the end of July;
  4. Six new gTLDS were just delegated:
    1. The ".GODADDY" domain name extension;
    2. .XFINITY
    3. .COMCAST
    4. .GODADDY
    6. .FUJITSU
  5. HOTGENERIC new gTLDs registration volumes;
    (for the first time".com" domain name registration volumes are in the red)
  6. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to HEALTH;
    2. New gTLDs related to CARS.
      (a new dotBRAND new gTLD has entered the report)
  7. Do you even need keywords on the page to rank anymore?
  8. The World's Most Abused TLDs;
  9. I Owned 17 Single Letter/Number .TUBE Domains Today Until The Registry Took Them Back;
  10. More coming.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Is "" registered already?

The .TUBE new gTLD is launching today and we are not talking about the Sunrise Period but the so called "GA" period. "GA" stands for "General Availability": in one word, anyone can come and register a domain name ending in ".tube".

  1. HOT - Keeping an eye on domain name trends;
  2. The .TUBE new gTLD opens to all today;
  3. The New TLD Market Brief – July 2016;
  4. Cool - Some additional thoughts on the .BLOG launch;
  5. The .MIT new gTLD was just delegated;
  6. Registration volumes:
    1. Second update of the "Singular VS Plural" new gTLD report;
    2. New gTLDs related to French new gTLD applications;
    3. New gTLDs related to RELIGION.
  7. Article - Moving to "NOT .COMs";
  8. 50 ".tube" domains registered in Sunrise;
  9. New gTLDs als SEO-Faktor;
  10. Joke of the day - Meet the domain master of dot .Games;
  11. Another blow for ICANN in .AFRICA;
  12. More coming.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2 new reports: "Generic" & "Singular VS Plural"

Check our reports page to check about updates. The "Singular VS Plural" report is updated tomorrow and the "Generic new gTLDs" is updated on Friday.

We've noticed that many new gTLD Registries have their own page to introduce their Premium domain names. "Premiums" are often use to launch a Registry and generate income fast, giving the advantage to Registrants with the intention to be first t register a short, memorable, generic domain name.
Also, we just added the ".juegos" new gTLD to the Sport report (means "games" in Spanish).

  1. Part 1 - A Serial (new gTLD) Entrepreneur’s Lessons Learned;
  2. Q&A - The .PHARMACY new gTLD;
  3. Must read - The Difference Between "Domain Names", "Business Entity Names" and "Trademarks";
  4. A mighty collectible toy studio uses .ROCKS domains for empowerment;
  5. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to SPORT;
    2. New gTLDs related to ALCOHOL;
    3. New gTLDs related to REAL ESTATE;
  6. Uniregistry is the new home for Minds + Machines customers;
  7. Who will acquire ""? At what price, and what for?
  8. Article - Domain Name Disputes in Russia;
  9. Complaint - Spammers and malware attackers have taken over the new DNS top-level domains;
  10. Joke of the day: someone registered the official name of "Le Tour De France" using a ".bike" domain name.
  11. More coming.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New gTLDs: a new indicator

(am not so sure about that one :-)
There are more entries in the latest new gTLD reports. From time to time, I discover that a new gTLD belongs to a report so I add it. For example, I added ".ACCOUNTANT and .ACCOUNTANTS to the Finance new gTLD report recently, as well as the dotBrand .PNC extension. I still wonder if .VENTURES should be added to the COMPANY new gTLD report as well as .DELOITTE to the LAW one.

I am pretty much excited by the "Singular VS Plural" new gTLDs report: a good indication on consumers' choice. Some plural versions of a TLD were launched before the singular version but some examples have clearly demonstrated that consumer preferred the singular version. Will it be the same when the plural version cost less than the singular version? Time will tell.

  1. Article - What’s in Store for Geo Top-Level Domains?
  2. Article - The .TECH new gTLD explained;
  3. 70$m - Multiple Registry Rightside rejects Donuts' offer;
  4. Podcast: The upcoming launch of the .BLOG new gTLD;
  5. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to the LAW;
    2. New gTLDs related to FINANCE;
    3. HOT - New gTLDs related to COMPANIES;
    4. New gTLDs related to COLORS.
  6. The .STORAGE Sunrise Period has starts today;
  7. Almost 200,000 domain name registrations for .GDN;
  8. More coming.
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Sunrise Period for .STORAGE new gTLD starts

Today is day one in the life of the ".storage" new generic Top Level Domain: the Sunrise Period begins.

  • START: Tuesday, 5 July, 2016 - 16:00
  • END: Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 16:00

According to the Registry:
A new .STORAGE domain name can help bring more customers to your website and only domain names within .STORAGE immediately tell the customer that they've come to the right place for storage-related products and services. Also, only in .STORAGE can you find the widest variety of available domain names, because so many that you'd like to have in .COM are already taken.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Did you check the plural version of your extension?

I came out to wonder how many plural versions of a singular new gTLD do exist. Actually, the list was not so difficult to create and I first thought that there would be very few. In fact, there are 25 of them and this raises questions:
  1. Is there a plural version of the domain name extension I just registered my domain name with?
  2. Should I consider registering my domain name in the plural version of it extension?
  3. What if...I don't do it.
Of course, my answer to question 2 is "yes" and if you want my answer to question 3, "squatting" is the first word that comes to my mind. I build a weekly new gTLD report entitled "Singular and Plural new gTLDs". The report lists all extensions' domain name registration volumes week after week.

  1. The .MOI new gTLD Sunrise Period ends soon;
  2. Court denies ZACR motion for reconsideration on preliminary injunction for DCA;
  3. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to CITIES;
    2. New gTLDs related to CATERING;
    3. New gTLDs related to PHOTOGRAPHY;
  4. Report - The CENTR report on ICANN56 in Finland;
  5. The Startup Summit:
    1. Listen to Director General for .GDN Registry;
    2. Listen to CMO of .CLUB Registry.
  6. URS Final determination - The Examiner finds that the Complaint was neither abusive nor contained material falsehoods (;
  7. Study - gTLD pilots paving the way for roll-out;
  8. Six new gTLD were just delegated:
    • ".shangrila" new gTLD;
    • ".zippo";
    • ".香格里拉" (".shangrila" in Chinese);
    • ".cbre";
    • ".ikano";
    • ".pnc".
  9. More coming (you can subscribe here).
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Friday, July 1, 2016

As many ".gdn" domains as ".com" registered

This week is interesting: The GENERIC new gTLD report (updated on Fridays) was improved. As  like to say it, I am no web designer and for this reason, the report is ugly...but figures are there. This week, there were 46,628 new ".gdn" domain names registered" and 48,818 ".com"...only.
  1. The .GAY new gTLD to lose its third appeal;
  2. HOT - GENERIC new gTLDs: registration volumes;
  3. MPAA's domain name "policing" results in first suspensions;
  4. .BRAND - has launched;
  5. Registration volumes:
    1. New gTLDs related to CARS (coming);
    2. New gTLDs related to HEALTH (coming).
  6. Donuts reveals positive results from MPAA partnership;
  7. ICANN - GAC Communiqué from Helsinki, Finland:
    1. Protection of Geographic Names in New gTLDs;
    2. Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services;
    3. Community-based gTLD Applications;
    4. Future gTLDs Policies and Procedures;
    5. Two-letter country/territory codes at the second level (ie:;
    6. Use of 3-letter codes in the ISO-3166 list as gTLDs in future rounds (ie: www.whatever.and);
    7. Protection of IGO Names and Acronyms;
  8. Article - ICANN will not terminate new gTLD Registries;
  9. More coming.
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