Last week the domain name voice.com was sold by MicroStrategy Incorporated for as many as 30 million dollars, fully paid in cash. This transaction is considered by DNJournal as the largest domain name sale this year and even the largest known domain name sale ever, paid for in cash.
Top Level Design (the .gay-registry) communicated that the .gay release will be postponed until 2020. Originally .gay would have gone live October 19th 2019, coming out day, but this won’t happen.
EURid, the .eu registry, is launching the .ευ extension. Nowadays everyone knows the .eu extension, the extension that shows your European roots. Within the European Union, we don’t only have different languages, we also have different writings. After the .eu launch, the Cyrillic writing .ею followed. Soon however, also the Greek .ευ will follow.
Last week over 350.000 .uk domain names have (finally) been claimed by their rightful owner. Over the last 3 weeks combined, there were even well over one million .uk domain names registered. That’s much more than for example the 271.000 .uk names registered during the 52 weeks of 2018.
Almost exactly 5 years ago, direct registrations under .uk were launched. Prior to that time, only registrations under subdomains like .co.uk or .org.uk were possible. Owners of a .co.uk (or .org.uk, .net.uk,…) however had their name reserved for them free of charge for the first 5 years. Because of this, most stuck with their .co.uk domain name and didn’t bother registering (and starting to pay for) the same name under .uk.
The .ie registry decided to release three special domain names. These domaine were previously restricted because they match other top-level domain name extensions. The three domains are …
EURid (.eu-registry) has announced that from October 19th 2019 onwards, it will be possible for all EU citizens to register a .eu domain name regardless of their residency.
Whoever wants to start a dispute resolution today because he thinks his trademark is being violated, better makes sure he has plenty of time and sufficient financial resources. The .ie registry believes this process can be simplified and therefore introduces an alternative process from July 1st 2019 onwards.
The Thai registry has decided to allow registrations under.th directly. Before you could only register domain names under .co.th and .in.th but that has changed and registrations under .th directly are also an option.