Pinky of DomainDiction put out a short tongue in cheek "trailer" earlier today. Enjoy: It uses some of our graphics from DotWhat.co :) The "draw" is taking place today in LA Related articles New gTLD lottery tickets now on sale (domainincite.com) … [Read more...] about New TLDs The Movie
Google has withdrawn 3 of its new TLD applications. Its applications for .and, .are and .est are now listed as "withdrawn" on the new TLD application status page: As Kevin pointed out, the three strings break the rules, as they appear on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 list and are the codes for the United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Andorra. A fourth application, for .ksb … [Read more...] about Google Withdraws 3 New TLD Applications
Rumours were flying around last night that the Dot Nxt conference scheduled for London next week had been cancelled again. Michael Berkens posted about the rumour over on his blog. Now this appears to have been confirmed by one of the attendees: https://twitter.com/ausregistryint/status/238539841585967104 Cancelling at this short notice will mean that a lot of … [Read more...] about Dot Nxt Cancelled
The Argentinian GAC member speaking in the ICANN public forum today forcibly voiced their objection to a new TLD application. The application that has been submitted for .patagonia that has been received by ICANN was made by a company and not by the region of Argentina. … [Read more...] about Argentinian GAC Opposes New TLD Application
Trying to make sense of the nearly 2000 new TLD applications is not something that anyone can do quickly. Sure, you can look at the list and see who has applied for what, but it's only when you actually read the "public" part of their submission that you can get an insight into their plans. Let's call a spade a spade. If a big brand wants to get its own TLD then it's pretty … [Read more...] about Big Brands Trying To Corner Generic Namespaces?
Last night ICANN published a timeline for the new TLD process moving forward. They also revealed that there were currently 500 new TLD applications that had not been completed. Whether they will be completed by 2359 UTC tonight remains to be seen, but I doubt if they'll all get done in less than 24 hours. So here's the new timeline.. 30 May 2012 Application window … [Read more...] about ICANN Publish New TLD Timeline
Kevin reported in detail about the letter that ANA (Association of National Advertisers) sent to ICANN where they threatened to sue over the launch of new TLDs. ICANN chief, Rod Beckstrom, has replied in detail and while the response is polite it's a bit of a slap down, as Beckstrom points out why ICANN believes that ANA's arguments do not hold water. You can grab the PDF … [Read more...] about ICANN Chief Slaps Down ANA
George Sadowsky voted against the launch of new TLDs in last Monday's ICANN board meeting. I'd been meaning to re-read the transcript, as I found a lot of what he said was very well thought out and logical. Here it is: >>GEORGE SADOWSKY: Thank you, Peter. This is one of the most important votes in which I will participate within ICANN. I have agonized over it, and … [Read more...] about George Sadowsky’s Explanation of His No Vote
This morning's board meeting in Singapore didn't bring too many surprises. The board voted in favour of launching the new TLD program, though not all board members voted in favour. They've also put out a timeline for applications, which should make quite a few people happy. What is interesting is what the board members said both in favour of the decision and against … [Read more...] about ICANN Board Votes in Favour of New TLDs
Later this morning, during the ICANN meeting in Singapore, ICANN's board will meet. This is not a "normal" board meeting, as it has only one item on the agenda: Consideration of New gTLD Program. That single line says so little and yet so much. For the last few years the new gTLD program has dominated ICANN meetings. This meeting could be the one … [Read more...] about D-Day For New TLDs?