Dot-Brands

    • HTC dumps its dot-brand

      Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has become the latest dot-brand operator to get out of the new gTLD game. The $4.3 billion-a-year Taiwanese firm has told ICANN that it no longer wishes to run .htc as a dot-brand registry and ICANN has signaled its intent to terminate the contract. It becomes the 27th dot-brand, from the hundreds that have entered contracts o ...

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  • As .boots self-terminates, ICANN will not redelegate it

    … The dot-brand .boots may become the first single-dictionary-word gTLD to be taken off the market, as The Boots Company told ICANN it no longer wishes to be a registry. Boots, the 168-year-old British pharmacy chain, told ICANN in April that it is unilaterally terminating its Registry Agreement for .boots and ICANN opened it up for comment…

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  • $5 billion e-commerce site to dump .com for dot-brand

    … domain, oui.sncf, is already online. It currently redirects to an FAQ about the rebrand, at the .com site Parent company SNCF is France’s government-owned rail operator, with overall revenue of €32.3 billion ($36 billion). While ICANN’s new gTLD program produced hundreds of dot-brands, only a handful to date have moved substantially away from their original domains. Tweet Tagged: dot-brands, new gTLDs, sncf …

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  • Richemont kills off two more dot-brands

    … Luxury goods maker Richemont has decided to ditch two more of its dot-brand gTLDs. The company has asked ICANN to terminate its registry contracts for .chloe and .montblanc, according to documents published by ICANN late last week. Chloe is a fashion brand; Mont Blanc sells pens, jewelery and such. No reason was given for either termination…

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  • India’s biggest bank switches to dot-brand

    …-Chinese bank, uses .bnpparibas for almost everything, particularly in its native France. It has three domains in the Alexa top 100,000 most-visited web sites. Others with dot-brands in use include Barclays and Citi. Tweet Tagged: banks, barclays, dot-brands, new gTLDs, sbi …

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  • GoDaddy gets its dot-brand

    … GoDaddy has become a new gTLD registry with the delegation yesterday of .godaddy. It’s a dot-brand, so domain name registrations will not be made available to the general public. In one of the shortest mission statements found in new gTLD applications, the company describes .godaddy like this: The mission or purpose of the .GODADDY gTLD…

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  • Amazingly, .blockbuster will soon be a gTLD

    … a fairly straightforward dot-brand application, even though the brand itself is pretty much dead. Blockbuster, which at its peak in 2004 had 9,000 rental stores in its chain, was rescued from its Netflix-induced bankruptcy by TV company Dish Network back in 2011. Dish applied for .blockbuster in 2012 when the brand was still, if only barely, a going…

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  • Two more dot-brands self-terminate

    … The dot-brand dead-pool is now up to three gTLDs. FLSmidth, which supplies machinery to the cement industry, and Emerson Electric, which also makes industrial machinery, have both decided that they don’t need their new gTLDs. The affected gTLDs are .flsmidth and .emerson. Both companies have filed cursory notices of termination with ICANN…

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  • Amazon files appeal on rejected .amazon domain

    …. Amazon has been in ICANN’s Cooperative Engagement Process — an informal set of talks designed to avoid the need for too many lawyers — since July 2014. Those talks have now ended and Amazon has told ICANN that an IRP is incoming, according to ICANN documentation published on Tuesday (pdf). The IRP documents themselves have not yet been published by ICANN. Related posts: Amazon’s bid for .amazon is dead GAC to kill off .amazon Amazon’s dot-brand likely doomed as US withdraws geo objection …

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  • ICANN tests emergency registry with dead dot-brand

    … ICANN is running a test of its Emergency Registry Back-End Operator program, using the dead dot-brand gTLD .doosan as its guinea pig. Doosan Group, a large Korean conglomerate, decided to kill off its gTLD, .doosan, last September. ICANN revealed the news in October. The dot-brand had never been put to productive use and really only ever had…

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  • Baidu, China’s Google, gets its dot-brand gTLD

    … Chinese web giant Baidu had its dot-brand gTLD, .baidu, go live in the DNS root zone today. With the extraordinary amount of focus on China in the domain industry currently, this could be one of the dot-brands to watch in 2016. There are no active domain names in .baidu just yet, but we will likely see nic.baidu put to some use or another over…

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  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … with Morocco is to blame. While Tata Group is a 150-year-old, $100 billion-a-year company, Tata is also a province of Morocco with a population of about 120,000. Under the rules of the ICANN new gTLD program, the string “tata” is therefore a protected geographic name, for which the applicant needs to show the unequivocal support or non-objection…

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  • .apple goes live

    … Apple’s .apple new gTLD was delegated today. It’s going to be a strict dot-brand gTLD, in which only Apple can register domain names, but could wind up being highly influential. While .apple now appears in the DNS root zone, no second-level names (not even nic.apple) are yet resolving. Should Apple actually use its new TLD in a prominent way…

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