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December, 2009

  • 10 December

    .eu IDNs launch

    Today is a big day for Europeans with the availability of .eu IDNs. Interestingly, so far most of the names registered are German. Here is a list of the first ten IDNs registered. All of them are in German and contain umlauts. 1. ärzte.eu (doctors) 2. börse.eu (stock exchange) 3. …

November, 2009

  • 27 November

    Ukraine submits application for Cyrillic .ukr domain

    Yesterday, The Ukrainian Network Information Center (UNIC) announced that it had submitted the necessary paperwork to ICANN for the creation of the a .ukr Cyrillic IDN. The extension is expected to be available for registration by February or March 2010. Once the extension goes live, Ukrainians will be able to …

  • 19 November

    .Asia to be IDN-ready by 2010

    DotAsia has announced that it will be ready to accept IDN registrations on the .asia TLD in the second half of 2010. Because of the diverse nature of Asia’s languages and the wide variety of characters each uses, .asia will benefit immensely from IDN technology. Edmon Chung, CEO of DotAsia, …

  • 12 November

    Russia to apply for.рф IDN

    Russian President Dimitry Medvedev has announced that Russia will apply for the .рф Cyrillic IDN as soon as ICANN begins accepting proposals for the new extensions on November 16. According to Medvedev, registration for the IDN will be available at the end of the month, though trademark holders and government …

  • 11 November

    Arab countries eager for IDNs

    ICANN just recently announced its plans to fast-track IDNs, but the organization estimates that so far only 50 countries are interested. Of these, nearly one fifth are Arab-speaking nations. Nine out of twenty-two Arab countries have expressed interest in Arabic domains: the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Libya, Morocco, …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 2 November

    Google CEO: Internet will be dominated by China

    The introduction of IDNs will certainly increase the number of Chinese Internet users, but Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a much more optimistic view of web adoption in the Asian country. According to him, cyberspace will be dominated by Chinese content within 5 years. Though Western nations have had more …

October, 2009

  • 30 October

    Acceptance of IDN applications to begin next month

    ICANN has just announced that starting November 16, nations will be able to start applying for IDNs. This comes after a promise from the agency to speed up the creation of an IDN system. Rod Beckstrom, CEO of ICANN, stated: This is only the first step, but it is an …

  • 26 October

    ICANN announces delay of gTLDs, expediates IDNs

    For more than a month now rumors have been rampant that ICANN’s new gTLD program would be delayed. Today, the agency made the news official, stating that the new extension approval policy will be delayed beyond Q2 2010. ICANN cited controversy and varying opinions about gTLDs as the main reasons …