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  • .guru First New gTLD to 50,000 Names

    April 18, 2014 @ 6:15 AM

    Donuts’ pioneering .guru yesterday became the first new gTLD to surpass 50,000 domain name registrations, according to today’s zone files. DI PRO makes today’s total 50,210, having added 209 names yesterday. Technically, that means .guru passed the 50k mark on Wednesday, but I’m excluding some infrastructural domains used by the registry. The gTLD went into…

  • First .london Anchor Tenants Named

    April 18, 2014 @ 5:53 AM

    The forthcoming .london gTLD has earmarked its first 28 domain names, most of which are going to some famous, and not-so-famous, local brands. Judging by the list of names, registry Dot London Domains is going for a relatively classy bunch of anchor tenants, which is probably why I wasn’t invited to the launch event earlier…

  • Afilias' New Top Level Domain Names Have Very Slow First Day

    April 18, 2014 @ 5:31 AM

    Color me surprised. Afilias launched its first six new top level domain names yesterday, and I’d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant. I’m basing this on changes to the zone files. Here are the six domains Afilias’ launched in general availability yesterday with how many domains they added to…

  • Blockchain.info Makes Five-Year Deal to Exclusively Manage Bitcoin.com Domain Name

    April 17, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

    Domain names can be prime property if they meet certain criteria. They can sell for millions of dollars if they’re just right. And since bitcoin has become an international phenomenon, you can bet that “bitcoin.com” would be in high demand. Indeed it was, and on Thursday, Blockchain.info announced they’ve struck a five-year deal to exclusively manage the bitcoin.com domain name.

  • Rightside's First Two Domain Names Enter Landrush

    April 17, 2014 @ 7:44 AM

    After supporting dozens of Donuts’ launches, Rightside is finally ready to play its own hand. Rightside’s first two top level domain names are getting closer to market. The company, currently part of Demand Media, launched .democrat and .dance in landrush today. Although these are the first two of its own domains to enter landrush, Rightside’s…

  • Panelist Digs Up Key Fact in Massy.com UDRP

    April 17, 2014 @ 7:19 AM

    Intent-to-use trademark does in complainant. Neal & Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name Massy.com. Massy.com is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks. Ricks defended himself without counsel in the UDRP. He made a good defense, pointing out that the domain name is…

  • .marketing and .holiday Each Pick Up 2,000+ Domains On First Day

    April 17, 2014 @ 6:24 AM

    First day .Marketing numbers seem rather low. Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day. .Marketing picked up 2,564 domains to hit 2,970 and .holiday added 2,125 to reach 2,341. These numbers are from the zone files,…

  • .rich Promises New Marketing After Pitiful Launch

    April 17, 2014 @ 5:59 AM

    I-Registry’s .rich may have taken the ignominious title of Worst New gTLD Launch Yet, but the company says it’s not in any rush and is planning to start its marketing campaign in about a month. According to zone files, .rich has 22 registered names, despite the fact that it’s been in general availability for a…

  • How One Guy Games New gTLD Sunrise Periods

    April 17, 2014 @ 2:26 AM

    Wanna buy a SOCIAL brand pen for a dollar? No? How about social.web or cloud.guru or direct.flowers? One intellectual property lawyer closely associated with a number of new gTLD registries has been using a flimsy online pen-selling business in order to obtain potentially valuable domains during sunrise periods. Thomas Brackey of Beverley Hills law firm…

  • Dotbest Cancels Landrush

    April 17, 2014 @ 1:27 AM

    PeopleBrowsr has decided to cancel the landrush phase for its forthcoming .best new gTLD, citing “very little engagement” from registrants. The TLD is due to go to sunrise today. Two days after it ends on May 19, it will go directly to general availability. VP of operations Michael Deparini said in an email: Many of…

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