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ICANN Release Video That Explains New gTLDs In Plain English

Posted June 26th, 2011


As posted to Blacknight.com: “ICANN has released a video which explains in simple terms what new TLDs are all about and what is going to happen”

Click HERE to watch the video.

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Contract to Sell Social.com for $2.6 Million Signed in Deal Co-Brokered by Moniker & Marksmen’s NameQuiver.com

Posted June 21st, 2011


As reported by Ron Jackson of DnJournal.com: A contract to sell Social.com for $2.6 million has been signed by both the buyer and seller in a deal co-brokered byMoniker.com’s John Mauriello andMarksmen Inc.’s Cyntia King on behalf of that company’s new sales division atNameQuiver.com. Once transfer of the domain has been completed that will become the highest sale of the year to date, easily topping the current leader -DomainName.com – that was sold for $1 million last month.”

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Holy Auctions Batman! $2.6 Million Social.com Sale

Posted June 21st, 2011


As reported by DomainNameWire.com: “I’ve been tracking the potential sale of Social.com for a couple weeks now. The domain name was listed in Moniker’s live domain name auction for Barcelona (which actually ended up taking place online only last week).

A legitimate $2.5 million dollar bid was placed in the auction, and sources tell me there may have been other interested parties. Then the domain was omitted from the extended auction that ends tomorrow, prompting more speculation.”

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Questions for Brand Owners Considering New gTLDs

Posted June 21st, 2011


As reported by Adam Smith for News.dot-nxt.com: “ Most of the brand owners I’ve interviewed think that new gTLDs are the brainchild of a parasitic domain name industry whose members will laugh all the way to the bank.

And they are crying because they believe that their advice is ignored by the ICANN community, which has certainly been frosty to their input. Let’s step outside of this hostile atmosphere for a moment and consider who’s going to have the last laugh.”

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Now Begins the Third Stage of ICANN’s TLD Triathlon

Posted June 21st, 2011


As posted on CircleID.com by Steve DelBianco: “The ICANN community here in Singapore is celebrating after the historic vote to expand top-level domains (TLDs). And while I wouldn’t begrudge anyone a few Singapore Slings, I think it’s a little early to start celebrating. The marathon effort ICANN began 5 years ago isn’t even close to reaching the finish line.

Actually, marathon is probably the wrong analogy. Try this:

A month from now, our host city of Singapore will welcome competitors to the 10th International Triathlon. What makes a triathlon so uniquely challenging is that after you complete a grueling swim and punishing bike race, you still have the hardest stage ahead of you: a long-distance run.”

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ICANN Approves Historic Change to Internet’s Domain Name System Board Votes to Launch New Generic Top-Level Domains

Posted June 20th, 2011


As posted to ICANN.org: “ICANN’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System. The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

During a special meeting, the Board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of Internet domain name endings — called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) — from the current 22, which includes such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net.

“ICANN has opened the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind,” said Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.

New gTLDs will change the way people find information on the Internet and how businesses plan and structure their online presence. Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language, offering organizations around the world the opportunity to market their brand, products, community or cause in new and innovative ways.”

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New gTLD Application Opening Date Announced

Posted June 19th, 2011


Happening now at ICANN Singapore:

We are very happy to announce that  January 12, 2012 has been named as the opening date for the first round of New gTLD applications. You may now commence crying and jumping up and down.

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“.brands” Approach With Internet Name Shake-Up

Posted June 17th, 2011


The domain industry has made mainstream news without any mention of the Playboy Mansion!

As reported by Reuters: “After years of preparation and wrangling, ICANN, the body that coordinates Internet names, is expected to approve the move at a special board meeting in Singapore on Monday.

Today, just 22 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) exist — .com, .org and .info are a few examples — plus about 250 country-level domains like .uk or .cn. After the change, several hundred new gTLDs are expected to come into existence.

The move is seen as a big opportunity for brands to gain more control over their online presence and send visitors more directly to parts of their sites — and a danger for those who fail to take advantage.”

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GoDaddy Unveils Its Take On Cloud Computing

Posted June 16th, 2011


As reported on Gigaom.com: “It looks like web hosting giantGoDaddy is now in the cloud computing business with a new service called Data Center On Demand, which could potentially make a dent in the market share of providers such as Amazon Web Services or Rackspace. The service is currently in a limited-release phase and is expected to launch in July.”

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NameSmash Has Landed In Singapore For ICANN 41

Posted June 16th, 2011


We are on the ground in Singapore for ICANN 41 and ready for what promises to be an interesting meeting. Say hello to NameSmash writer Kelly Hardy on the conference floor.

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