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GMO Registry is to offer .shop domain registrants a free one-year SSL certificate with every purchase. The company said yesterday that the deal, made via sister certificate company GMO GlobalSign, should be in place by the end of the month. The certs on offer appear to be the of low-end “Domain Validation” variety.
… GMO Registry has recorded one of the most successful new gTLD launch days to date, selling over 45,000 .shop domain names in the first hours. The company said it sold 45,427 .shop names in the first two hours after general availability started yesterday afternoon at about 1600 UTC. The total at that point was 51,755, including about 5,000…
… The nine-way fight for the .shop gTLD has raised $41.5 million at auction. It’s the most-expensive reported new gTLD sale to date. The victor was GMO Registry of Japan, which runs a few Asian geographic gTLDs and acts as service provider for over a dozen dot-brands. GMO wanted .shop so badly it actually applied twice for the gTLD in the 2012…
… The Somalian government has switched registry provider for its .so ccTLD from GMO Registry to soNIC, apparently a local provider. The IANA records for .so were updated yesterday to indicate that Mogadishu-based soNIC is now the technical contact. According to the current GMO-managed registry web site, new registrations were halted June 9…