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    • Forget emojis, you can buy Egyptian hieroglyph .com domains

      Call them the Emojis of the Ancient World. Egyptian hieroglyphs were once the cutting edge of written communication, and it turns out Verisign lets you register .com domains using them. Internationalized domain names expert Andre Schapp discovered a couple months ago that the Unicode code points for the ancient script have been approved in 16 Verisign gTLDs, and apparently no others.

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    • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

      The debate over the age of the emoji domain name ☮.com may have been settled. It probably is as old as it was claimed to be. You may recall that last week I blogged about the €3,400 ($3,816) sale of the domain to an end user. It wasn’t a big sale or a big story, but it’s so rare to see an emoji name sell I thought it was worth a few paragraphs.

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    • India to have SIXTEEN ccTLDs

      While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, .بارت, .भारतम्, .भारोत, and .ڀارت.

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  • Companies losing $10 BILLION by ignoring new gTLDs — report

    … gTLD support means $3.6 billion of activity is lost, with lack of IDN support costing $6.2 billion. Despite “new” gTLDs being around for a decade and a half, there are still plenty of web sites and apps that incorrectly assume that all TLDs are either two or three characters. Others don’t support non-Latin scripts. This leads to internet users…

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  • New ccTLDs may have to block name collisions

    … ICANN is thinking about expanding its controversial policy on name collisions from new gTLDs to new ccTLDs. The country code Names Supporting Organization has been put on notice (pdf) that ICANN’s board of directors plans to pass a resolution on the matter shortly. The resolution would call on the ccNSO to “undertake a study to understand…

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  • Here’s how the new number two new gTLD got so big so quick

    … figured it out. .网址 is the Chinese for “.url”. Its rapid growth — hitting 352,000 names today — can be attributed primarily to two factors. First, these weren’t regular sales. The registry, Knet, which acquired original applicant Hu Yi last year, operates a keyword-based navigation system in China that predates Chinese-script gTLDs. The company…

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  • The new massive number two new gTLD has me paralyzed with confusion

    …. The registry’s official nic.网址 site doesn’t even have any information about how to buy one either. ZDNS hasn’t sold a single domain in any other gTLD. News reports in China, linked to from the registry’s web site, boast about how .网址 is the biggest IDN TLD out there. So what’s going on here? Are we looking at a Chinese .xyz? A bunch…

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  • Pinyin to beat IDN? .wang ready to overtake .在线

    … The .wang gTLD has seen great success, relatively, in its first week of general availability, crossing the 30,000 mark yesterday and entering the top 10 new gTLDs by registration volume. At its current rate of growth, the Zodiac Holdings domain is going to overtake .在线, the highest-ranking Chinese gTLD so far, this week. .wang went to GA June…

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