The Norwegian registry NORID carried out some small alterations to their terms and conditions. One of which is to also allow the usage of the accented letter ï (i umlaut) in .no domain names. Apparently they only now discovered that this letter is being used in one of the official languages spoken in Norway, exactly 13 years after allowing the usage of accented letters for .no domain names.
After about 5 years of bickering behind the scenes and over 3 years after the first new gTLD’s went live, .africa is finally ready to launch. It took so long before the launch was possible because there were two applicants for this TLD. Both claimed to have support from African countries, but reasonably soon it became clear that the bid coming from the registry also running .co.za (ZACR) was the more sound bid.
On Saturday February 11th DNS Belgium will switch their technical system for registering and managing domain names to the Amazon cloud (AWS). The migration will start at 9am and it will probably take until late afternoon before all services will be available again.