Mid January, a bill was filed in France regarding .fr registrations. This bill has now been passed to the Senate and a decision is expected within a few weeks. If the Senate approves this bill, this would mean an important change regarding the registrations of .fr domain names.
Mid January CNNIC (the Chinese registry) held a meeting to review what happened in 2010 and to inform everyone about the upcoming changes that may occur in 2011 regarding the .cn domain.
From now on, .mk registrations (Macedonia) are temporarily impossible due to the fact that the organisation which was responsible for .mk registrations (.mk registry) no longer has the permission of the Macedonian government to register .mk domain names. Why they don’t have this permission any more isn’t clear.
On Wednesday 19th 2011 the 750.000th .cz domain name was registered (Czech Republic). Obviously the .cz-registry is very pleased about this milestone.
We just received a message of the Somalian registry (.so) to inform us that the landrush for the .so extension will be postponed by 1 week. The landrush, which would originally have started on December 16th, has already been postponed once. The reason for this postponement was the hugh success of the sunrise period for this extension which made the registry decide to extend this sunrise period by 1 month. Because of this extension the sunrise ended on December 31st instead of on November 30th. At that time the registry decided to postpone the start of the landrush from December 16th until January 10th.
Norid (the Norwegian registry) had a head-up start this year. Yesterday the 500.000th .no domain name was registered. The domain name linge-compagniet.no was registered by the company with the same name. Of course the Norwegian registry is very pleased with this milestone.