Like other businesses, new TLD registries like to celebrate milestones. In the case of .quebec they are currently celebrating their 1st year in business, or as they like to put it, their first birthday: As .quebec is aimed at the French speaking community of Quebec they do most of their marketing and outreach in French, so choosing to launch the … [Read more...] about The .Quebec Registry Celebrates One Year
The guys over at the .cloud registry are currently ramping up their marketing in advance of their launch. In common with many other domain registries they're actively seeking out "early adopters" that will commit to using and marketing a .cloud domain name. The .cloud "pioneer" program is open to businesses that want an exact, or close, match to their company, brand or … [Read more...] about Want Early Access To .Cloud Domains?
Today the first 93 .gal domain names that have been assigned to "pioneers" are going live. The .gal TLD has been setup to serve Galicia and Galician culture and language. If you're not familiar with Galicia it's a region in northern Spain: They've also released a little video to celebrate the launch: http://youtu.be/jju8LqEHKEM Here's the full list of domains … [Read more...] about Galician TLD Pioneers Now Live
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
Earlier this evening I thought I'd try to submit a comment on a couple of new TLD applications. As I discovered the user experience and interface isn't exactly "friendly" To demonstrate this I did a short screencast of my efforts: Not a pleasant experience! … [Read more...] about Want To Submit A Comment On A New TLD? Good Luck!
SIDN, the organisation that runs .nl, has been awarded the contract to provide registry backend services for .amsterdam. The company that will be running the .amsterdam registry has already launched a public site where they're accepting pre-registrations. While I'd normally question anyone offering pre-registrations at this stage a .city TLD is a lot less likely to run into … [Read more...] about SIDN Get .Amsterdam Contract
CORE, which runs the backend for .cat and .museum, has been chosen by SportAccord, the International Sports Federation, to run the backend and administration for a .sport bid. In a press release issued earlier today Vincent Gaillard, Director General of SportAccord, spoke of the choice of CORE: "We are extremely happy to appoint CORE to apply and operate the … [Read more...] about CORE Wins Contract For .Sport Bid
ICANN have published the 4th version of the DAG. The DAG - Draft Applicant Guidebook - is like the "bible" for anyone aspiring to run a new TLD. Unfortunately the new TLD launch cannot take place until the DAG has been finalised - a point that seems to be always just over the horizon. … [Read more...] about DAG4 Released
The board has put forward a motion to decide vertical integration once and for all. There will no cross-ownership allowed. The board's decision is very interesting. They are, to quote Dennis Jennings, setting a baseline, but will bow to any policy decision that comes from the GNSO. There is now a GNSO PDP (Policy Development Process) to discuss vertical integration. … [Read more...] about ICANN Board – Vertical Integration
This morning the ICANN board is meeting in Nairobi On the menu this morning are a number of topics, but only a couple of them are attracting any serious attention. One of them, EOI (Expressions of Interest), was hoped, by some, to be a way to move the new TLD project forward. The board looks set to completely reject the EOI concept this morning. At present board members are … [Read more...] about ICANN Board Meets in Nairobi – EOI Is Dead