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    • Numeric .xyz names plummet despite dollar deal

      XYZ.com’s effort to sell over a billion numeric .xyz domains at just $0.65 each does not appear to be gaining traction. The number of qualifying domains in the .xyz zone file has plummeted by almost 200,000 since the deal was introduced and dipped by over 4,000 since the blanket discount went live. The $0.65 registry fee applies to what XYZ calls the “1.111B Class” of domains — all 1.

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  • XYZ relaunches .storage with $2,200 price tag

    … XYZ.com has reopened .storage to registrations with a new, much higher price tag. A confusingly named “Trademark Holder Landrush” started yesterday and will run for three weeks. It’s not a sunrise period — .storage already had its ICANN-mandated sunrise under its previous management — and it appears that it’s not actually restricted…

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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…

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  • XYZ slashes $10 million a year from premium stash

    … hypothetical value of the full list was $15.3 million a year, it’s now at $4.4 million a year. Of course, they’re not worth anything unless somebody is willing to pay the price, and the domains still seem to have end-user price tags on them. Premium renewal fees have so far proved unpopular in the domain investing community due to the large carrying cost. XYZ’s full list can be obtained here. Tweet Tagged: .xyz, new gTLDs, premium, xyz.com …

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  • CentralNic extends XYZ deal until 2032

    …, and .xyz If we tally up the number of domains in only count those six TLDs, we get to about 4.2 million, per their zone files. The company’s third reporting unit, Enterprise, contributed £800,000 ($1 million) in the half, of which £360,000 ($471,000) came from premium domain sales. Tweet Tagged: .xyz, centralnic, earnings, financials, instra, internet.bs, xyz.com …

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  • .storage to have pricey second sunrise

    … The .storage gTLD is to get a second sunrise period after being acquired and repurposed by XYZ.com. The registry will operate a “Trademark Landrush Period” for three weeks from November 7 as the first stage of .storage’s reboot as an open-to-all gTLD. It’s not technically a “sunrise” period under ICANN rules — that phase was already completed…

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

    … decline ever since. Domains generally take 45 days to drop, so it’s entirely possible XYZ.com will see further losses over the next month or so. There’s nothing unusual about seeing a so-called “junk drop” a year after a TLD launches or runs a free-domains promotion. It’s been well-understood for over a decade and has been anticipated for .xyz…

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  • .xyz sets price for numeric domains at $0.65

    … to Bitcoin, with reference to how Chinese domainers trade worthless domains as a kind of virtual currency. I must confess I don’t get this idea at all. In my mind, owning a domain that has no possibility of an end-user buyer is more of a liability that an asset. Still, it’s interesting to see a registry attempting to market domains for non-traditional purposes, so I’m curious to see how it plays out. Tweet Tagged: .xyz, 1.111b, new gTLDs, xyz.com …

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  • XYZ acquires .storage, its 10th gTLD

    … today about .storage as a “premium” vertically-focused TLD along the lines of its $3,000 .cars or $750 .theatre. The company said that it will not hold back reserved names at higher, premium pricing. Even nice-looking domains such as cloud.storage will be available at the base fee, it said. The new acquisition becomes the 10th that XYZ has…

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

    … The Chinese government has granted licenses to operate in the country to its first tranche of new gTLDs — .vip, .club and .xyz. The agreements mean that Chinese registrars will be able to give their Chinese customers the ability to actually use their domains for web sites. It also means the companies will be obliged to censor domains…

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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

    … a process to get ICANN approval for its Chinese gateway, operated by ZDNS, a year ago, and set up the mandatory Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise in January. The company said in a blog post that it expects to get its Chinese accreditation “very soon”. Zhang’s former employer, .top, is second only to .xyz in terms of new gTLD registration volume, also due to Chinese sales. It has about 3.7 million names in its zone file, compared to .xyz’s 6.1 million. Tweet Tagged: .xyz, china, new gTLDs, xyz.com …

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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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