Dot-Brands

    • Neustar ditches .biz for .neustar

      Registry operator Neustar has migrated all of its web sites to its .neustar gTLD, abandoning its original home at .biz. The company announced today that its main site can now be found at home.neustar. Its old neustar.biz already redirects to the dot-brand domain. It’s also using domains such as marketing.neustar, security.neustar and risk.neustar to market its various services.

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  • “We own your name” government tells Amazon in explosive slapdown

    … to decided what is public policy, it is for the governments to decide,” Iran’s Kavouss Arasteh said. During a later session today the GAC, talking among itself, made little progress in deciding how to formally respond to the ICANN board’s resolution. A session between the GAC and the ICANN board on Tuesday is expected to be the next time the issue raises its increasingly ugly head. Tweet Tagged: abu dhabi, amazon, dot-brands, gac, ICANN, icann 60, irp, new gTLDs, peru …

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  • 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…

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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

    … The online ticketing arm of the French national railway operator SNCF has revealed plans to migrate away from .com to its dot-brand gTLD, .sncf. The web site voyages-sncf.com will become oui.sncf in November, the company has confirmed following press reports at the weekend. The existing site, despite the cumbersome domain, processed €4.3…

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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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  • The biggest dot-brand in the world has 50,000 domains, but are they legit?

    … of the term. I usually take “dot-brand” to mean any new gTLD that has Specification 13 — which allows registries to ignore ICANN policies such as the otherwise mandatory Sunrise period — in its Registry Agreement. There are 463 gTLDs that have Spec 13 so far. They’re being used to a greater or lesser extent by the respective registries to promote…

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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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  • 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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  • Infosys withdraws dot-brand bids

    … Indian consulting giant Infosys has dropped its bids for two dot-brand new gTLDs. It withdrew its applications for .infosys and .infy this week, leaving it with no remaining applications. Both bids were straightforward dot-brands applications with no objections or contention. Both had passed Initial Evaluation and were just awaiting contract…

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