Dot-Brands

  • India’s biggest bank switches to dot-brand

    … State Bank of India has announced plans to migrate all of its web sites to its new dot-brand gTLD. The company has been responsible for .sbi since it was delegated by ICANN last April, but bank.sbi is its first live domain name. Currently, while bank.sbi is live and resolving, the old domain sbi.co.in appears to still be its primary address…

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

    …. Another option, buying a .realty domain from Top Level Spectrum, is not possible either because, 18 months after delegation, it also has not launched. Then there’s .homes, a restricted gTLD operated by Dominion Enterprises, but that has virtually no registrar support and fewer than 100 names in its zone eight months after general availability started…

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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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 17 readers -
  • Amazingly, .blockbuster will soon be a gTLD

    … concern. However, since that time all of its remaining Blockbuster stores have been closed down and the Blockbuster-branded streaming service has been renamed Sling. The web site at blockbuster.com is a husk that hasn’t been updated since 2014. And yet the brand will shortly be at the cutting edge of online branding by having its own new gTLD. A dot-brand without a brand? Surely this will be among the most useless new gTLDs to hit the ‘net. Tweet Tagged: blockbuster, dish dbs, dot-brands, new gTLDs, trademarks …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 21 readers -
  • Two more dot-brands self-terminate

    … in the root. FLSmidth’s dot-brand has been live since September 2014, but the company never made the transition away from its .com. While registry reports show that six domains have been registered, its latest zone file shows only the obligatory nic.flsmidth domain is active. The first new gTLD to cop out was .doosan, the dot-brand for Korean…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 10 readers -
  • Amazon files appeal on rejected .amazon domain

    … Amazon has appealed the rejection of its proposed .amazon new gTLD. The company this week told ICANN that it has invoked the Independent Review Process, after 18 months of informal negotiations proved fruitless. Amazon’s .amazon application was controversially rejected by ICANN in May 2014, due to advice from the Governmental Advisory Committee…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • 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…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Paid Search Google- 9 readers -
  • Tata’s bid for .tata gTLD scuppered by Morocco

    … Tata Group, the humongous Indian conglomerate, has been told its flagship application for a dot-brand gTLD has been refused. ICANN on Friday changed the status of the application for .tata from “On Hold” to “Will Not Proceed”, a limbo state that is usually expected to lead to the application being withdrawn. It is believed that Tata’s row…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • .apple goes live

    … for one of its apps, however. .apple could wind up being purely defensive, at least in the near term. Apple’s 2012 application to ICANN describes its plans in literally one sentence, repeated five times: Apple seeks to obtain the new .apple gTLD in order to provide consumers with another opportunity to learn about Apple, and its products…

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  • First dot-brand gTLD calls it quits

    … The South Korean industrial conglomerate Doosan has decided to formally abandon its new dot-brand gTLD, the first to do so. The news was announced by ICANN this evening, as part of the launch of a new web page for tracking gTLD contract termination requests. Doosan is a bloody big company with multiple billions of annual revenue, in no danger…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 7 readers -
  • Dozens of dot-brands finally sign ICANN contracts

    …. Those that have still not obtained RAs are expected to be flagged as “Will Not Proceed” and will have to apply to ICANN for the extension under its Application Eligibility Reinstatement process. Related posts: Dot-brands get another year to sign ICANN contract Flood of wait-and-see dot-brands expected this week Donuts and Uniregistry sign more new gTLD contracts …

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  • Neustar becomes “world’s largest registry” with $87m ARI buy

    … Consolidation in the domain name industry continued last night with Neustar’s $87 million acquisition of Bombora Technologies, the holding group for ARI Registry Services and AusRegistry. Bombora CEO Adrian Kinderis told DI that the deal makes Neustar the “biggest registry services back-end provider on the market”, as measured by the number…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 8 readers -
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