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africa_comCentralNic, the registry specialised in second level extensions like .eu.com and .uk.com, has just announced that there will be a simultaneous sunrise/landrush for .africa.com domain names starting August the 1st. It does very much look like CentralNic is doing its very best to get this launch done before people notice that soon there will be a possibility for registrations under the real TLD .africa.

There clearly was a need for a simple downloadable spreadsheet of all new gTLD’s. We have updated all information to include recent results made available by ICANN. With the information at hand, we also made an estimate of the earliest possible start of the sunrise for each TLD. This does assume the first sunrise does actually start October 5’th and that ICANN will actually release 20 new TLD’s every week, as they announced earlier.

Most accessed TLD'sTo asses the impact which adding over 1000 of new domain name extensions will have on current systems, ICANN has asked Interisle Consulting to analyse the log files of one of the internet root-servers.

The review of the logs revealed that a surprisingly large amount of requests is for domain names under extensions that actually do not yet exist, but that might be created in the future. Most requests where for .com en .net, but in third place there already is the first non-existing extension: .local. This even received over twice as much requests as .org. Problems with .local were however already foreseen as that extension has been blocked from being requested.

bpnoj0mcaaizeav_largeICANN just released actual dates for when they expect the first new gTLD’s to launch. The first TLD’s should be put in the root zones September 5’th 2013. From then on, it will however still take a month before the first sunrises actually start.

Do keep in mind that the first TLD’s will all be IDN TLD’s. So those are the extensions in for example Cyrillic or Chinese script.

The SIDN (.nl-registry) reported earlier today that one of their servers had been compromised. Malicious software had been installed and the hackers even had access to a list of user-names of registrars and encrypted passwords. The registry hasn’t revealed how safe this encryption was, but abuse of these passwords isn’t ruled out.