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December, 2009

  • 15 December

    Google launches URL shortener on .gl domain

    Most people have heard of Greenland, but few ever think about it’s .gl domain extension. Apparently Google does, however, because the Mountain View firm just launched a URL shortener under the ccTLD called goo.gl. The tool is not intended for direct public use, but is instead only available via Google …

  • 9 December

    .Asia domain registration

    .Asia is a regional TLD intended for Asia, Australia, and the Pacific region. Considering it only became available last year in 2008, is it an extension worth registering? First off, it’s important to note that the TLD can technically only be registered by Austro-Asians, but this restriction is easy to …

  • 8 December

    McAfee: .CM is "“Most dangerous country domain”

    In its yearly Mapping the Mal Web report, computer security firm McAfee rated Cameroon’s .cm domain as the “Most Dangerous Country Domain.” How could what was once a relatively unknown extension obtain such a ranking? A year ago, very few domainers cared about .cm because the government restricted public registration …

November, 2009

  • 26 November

    900,000th .at domain registered

    Austria’s .at domain has reached 900,000 registrations. Over the last ten years, the ccTLD has grown at a steady rate of 10% per year. Many Austrians prefer .at over TLDs like .com because of its local affiliation. Firms in the country believe building a site on the .at domain will …

  • 25 November

    MSB.se sells for $141,550

    A Swedish government agency, the Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap (MSB), has purchased the domain MSB.se for 950,000 SEK ($141,550 USD). The ccTLD’s sale is the second-highest ever on the .se extension. The number-one name is Spel.se, which garnered a price of $264,442 USD– almost double MSB.se’s cost. While Sweden …

  • 18 November

    Never get a country extension wrong again with the VisiBone Country Chart

    A company by the name of VisiBone has released a rather unique world map. Besides listing the obvious– major cities, oceans, and mountain ranges– it also displays each country’s ccTLD next to its name. On the sides of the map is a chart listing the same information as well as …

  • 12 November

    18.de sells for €16,500

    In keeping with .de’s heavy growth, 18.de recently sold for €16,500 in an online auction. This is a great domain for a number of reasons. First and foremost, 18 is the age of adulthood in many countries. It is the minimum age for such things as drinking, driving, voting, and …

  • 11 November

    Domain sales up by 15%

    While economic activity in most industries is stagnant, the domain market continues to show growth. A report recently released by a large domain auction house shows a 15% increase in its sales. Other auction sites don’t always report their growth, so it’s hard to tell if this increase has occurred …

  • 10 November

    Canary Islands might seek .ic ccTLD

    The Canary Islands parliament will meet tomorrow to discuss whether or not to petition ICANN for the .ic ccTLD. Currently, the extension is an exceptionally reserved code element and unavailable for general use. The island will have to convince the IANA to permit its use. The government claims .ic will …

  • 9 November

    Preregistration for .eu IDNs now open

    Those itching to get their hands on a non-Latin character domain will be happy to know that .eu registrars are now accepting preorders for IDNs. The names cost the same as a normal .eu and are available on a first come, first serve basis. IDN registration will go live on …