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    • .xyz back on sale in China

      Chinese registrars have started to carry .xyz domains again, about five months after a Chinese government ban. West.cn and Net.cn are two of the China-based companies that appear to be selling .xyz names at the yuan equivalent of a US dollar, based on a spot check this morning. West.cn flagged the “restoration” of service on its blog today, saying it was “overjoyed” to resume sales. XYZ.

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  • XYZ slashes $10 million a year from premium stash

    … XYZ.com has slashed the asking price of a few thousand “premium” .xyz domain names, in some cases by many thousands of dollars. Overall, it looks like the company has dropped prices by a total of $10.8 million. At the top end of its reserved list, several single and double-character domains previously priced a $55,000 per year have been…

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  • CentralNic extends XYZ deal until 2032

    … to run about five years. It even lasts 10 years beyond the expiration of XYZ.com’s own ICANN contracts (though renewal of these is a near-certainty). The deal covers all .xyz domains, as well as all of the other TLDs in XYZ.com’s portfolio. That currently includes the likes of .rent, .storage and .college. CentralNic said it “will receive…

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  • .storage to have pricey second sunrise

    … the need for paperwork. XYZ has previously said that all domains will be available at the same price, regardless of their previous “premium” status. I can see some intellectual property interests being uneasy with how this relaunch. Under its former management, .storage was set to be tightly restricted to the physical and data storage industries…

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  • Junk drop cuts .xyz in half, .top claims volume crown

    … falling out with its original “real name verification” provider, ZDNS, which was tasked with verifying the identities of Chinese registrants per local government regulations. I’ve never been able to confirm with either party the cause of this split, but everyone else involved in the Chinese market I’ve asked has told me it related to a dispute…

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  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65

    … XYZ.com has announced that it will charge just $0.65 wholesale for over a billion numeric domain names in .xyz. The revelation came as part of a confusing launch of what the registry calls its “1.111B Class” domains. That’s because the pricing affects all 1.111 billion numerical domains of six, seven, eight and nine digits in .xyz. These…

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  • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

    … XYZ.com said today that it has acquired the half-launched new gTLD .storage from its original owner. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CEO Daniel Negari said in a blog post that it has been funded using some of the “excess of cash flow” from sales of .xyz domains. The original .storage registry was ExtraSpace Storage, which rents…

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  • .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

    … new gTLD domains in existence today are Chinese-owned. However, Chinese citizens need a government license if they want to launch a web site, and the government only issues licenses for approved TLDs. In addition to .cn and China-based gTLDs, which were the first to be given the nod, Verisign was approved earlier this year for .com. Hall said…

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  • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

    … NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected…

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  • XYZ hires .top guy as first China employee

    … XYZ.com has hired its first Beijing-based employee, as part of its ongoing plan to formally enter the Chinese market. The company said yesterday that it has appointed Mason Zhang, until recently chief marketing office at .top gTLD registry Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co, as its new director of business development for China…

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  • Industry lays into Verisign over .com deal renewal

    … Some of Verisign’s chickens have evidently come home to roost. A number of companies that the registry giant has pissed off over the last couple of years have slammed the proposed renewal of its .com contract with ICANN. Rivals including XYZ.com (sued over its .xyz advertising) and Donuts (out-maneuvered on .web) are among those to have filed…

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  • These might be the top 10 biggest new gTLD daily growth spikes

    … With news seeping out this evening that XYZ.com’s latest market blitz has very possibly added half a million domains to its .xyz gTLD today, I thought I’d knock out some data on the previous largest one-day growth spikes in new gTLDs. With some caveats, which I’ll get to, I think these might be the top 10 growth days for new gTLDs…

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  • West.cn to prop up .xyz renewals with $1.5 million subsidy

    … Leading Chinese registrar West.cn has said it will subsidize .xyz renewals to the tune of $1.5 million. According to a West.cn press release, CEO He Xiaojiang made the announcement alongside XYZ.com counterpart Daniel Negari at meeting in Beijing on Friday. The registrar’s .xyz customers “are going to get high rebate back from West.cn so…

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