As we reported earlier, last October Nominet (the .uk-registry) was contemplating opening up for registrations directly under .uk. For now, only registrations on the third level (like under .co.uk or .org.uk) are possible. They received lots of feedback on this idea and now have to conclude that just opening up the second level wouldn’t be that straight-forward.
First the not so surprising news: ICANN today officially found “hotels” too similar to “hoteis” (which means “hotels” in Portuguese) and they found “unicorn” too similar to “unicom”.
The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will open its doors on March 26th 2013. The TMCH will play an important role during the sunrise phase of the release of the new gTLD’s.
The .me extension (Montenegro) is doing well regarding registrations. .me is a rather young extension, registrations are only possible since 2008. But the amount of registrations under this domain is clearly rising.
On June 11th 2013 DNS.be (.be-registry) starts offering the possibility to register IDN .be names. IDN names are domain name that may also contain non latin characters.
Fadi Chehade, ICANN’s CEO, has announced that on April 23rd 2013 the first new gTLD’s will be approved. After months of waiting, there’s now a first concrete date regarding those new extensions.
When the Pope announced earlier this week that he would resign, the domain name market reacted quickly at this news. We saw a rush on domain names which contain the word ‘pope’.
The sunrise of the new extension .pw has just been extended by a week. .pw is the official extension of Palau but can also be used as abbreviation for professional web. Like that it’s a nice extra to put your professionalism and online expertise in the spotlight.
At the moment ICANN is evaluating all applications which were filed for the management of a new gTLD. Although not a single application has already been approved, there are already several problems. Critical questions arise about the filed applications.