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November, 2009

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 5 November

    Singapore to introduce Chinese IDNs

    The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC), operator of the .sg ccTLD, has announced the availability of Chinese-character domains starting November 23. Unfortunately, only government applications for the new names will be accepted at that time. The .sg registry will use the following schedule for IDN adoption: Phase 1: Government Applications …

  • 3 November

    PokerBonus.com sells for $85,000

    The slow sales trend of last week seems to be continuing on into this week. Topping all other recent sales is PokerBonus.com, which just sold at auction for £51,851. A number of ccTLDs have also sold as of late: blackcard.es- €9,000 europalace.eu- €7,000 direkt-versicherung.de- €7,000 auberges.fr- €6,000 zazzle.com.ar- $5,500 ftp.co.uk- …

September, 2009

  • 4 September

    New Zealand creates .health.nz extension

    In a move reminiscent of Argentina’s creation of .banco.ar for banks, New Zealand’s Minister of Health Tony Ryall has created the .health.nz domain extension. The second-level name can only be used by hospitals, clinics, ambulances, and the like. Part of the reason for launching the extension is likely to prevent …

  • 1 September

    African ccTLD operators careful to avoid ICANN

    Most domain extension operators around the world, especially American TLDs, work with ICANN on some level, but a recent InfoWorld article shows that most African ccTLDs do not wish to work with the California organization, opting not to join its Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO). Many of these domain …

August, 2009

  • 26 August

    Malaysia's .my registry seeks to increase registrations

    According to the Mynic, the administrator of Malaysia’s .my domain, most of the country’s businesses operate websites online. Less than half use a .my domain, however, preferring other extensions like .com instead. Faced with this reality, Mynic is now pushing companies to get on the .my bandwagon. To help lure …

  • 20 August

    Germany's .de gains position of top ccTLD

    Germany is not only the most populous country in Europe, but is now the operator of the Internet’s most popular ccTLD with more than 13 million registrations on its .de domain. For years Germany held the number one spot, but recently lost its position to China’s .cn extension, which experienced …

  • 19 August

    Guatemala to open up .gt domain

    Like many countries, Guatemala does not allow registrations on its .gt domain. Instead, registrants can choose between .com.gt, .net,gt, and other second-level names. The country has decided to change the rules, however, and will start accepting top-level registrations on the .gt domain. The new registration option will be available by …