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06|29|2012 04:47 pm EDT

Registration for ICANN 45 in Toronto is Open

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Just as the 44th ICANN meeting in Prague ended yesterday, ICANN has opened  registration for the 45th ICANN meeting in Toronto, to be held Oct 14-19th 2012. Even though the site says “Prague is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world“, I’m pretty sure it’s still in Toronto with CIRA, the .CA registry being the host.

[Hat tip to Frank Lemire for noticing the copied text on the site.]

06|22|2012 12:09 am EDT

ICANN’s new gTLD Program Director Resigns

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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As announced by ICANN today, the new gTLD Program Director Michael Salazar has resigned. Kurt Pritz has been appointed to take on direct oversight of the entire New Generic Top-level Domain Program in an interim capacity. He will assume the responsibilities of New gTLD Program Director in addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President for Stakeholder Relations. Pritz will remain in the interim role until a new Program Director is appointed.

The announcement goes on to say that “He is authorized to bring the full resources available to ICANN to bear on the application evaluation process to improve customer support, applicant communications, security and reporting.” Some applicants had pointed out that it takes ICANN more than five working days to respond to questions in the new gTLD program.

Kurt Pritz will be reporting to COO, Akram Attalah, in his new role in addition to his current responsibilities for which he reports to the CEO. In the announcement, ICANN also promises the introduction of “several new tools” that will “help applicants with any issues or questions about the evaluation process“.

06|21|2012 09:20 am EDT

First Snapnames/Moniker and Afternic Auction ends today

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Auction, Up to the Minute

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The first joint Snapnames/Moniker and Afternic auction ends today at 3:15pm EDT. Here are the current domains & bids.

Domain NameBiddersCurrent BidReserveRangeReserveStatus
citytrade.com7725$201 - $500Reserve Met
hipsters.com416500$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Met
throat.com38000$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
cookinghealthy.com32000$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Met
hikers.com211000$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
microsurgeon.com12550$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
quotesoftheday.com11001$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
dogdoctor.com11000$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
forbiddenapple.com1300No ReserveReserve Met
worldstatistics.com1300No ReserveReserve Met
airportsolutions.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
ambitious.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
audiomix.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
authorization.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
beachspa.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
bookflights.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
brandnewcars.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
callcentersystems.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
cats.com00$750,001 - $1MMReserve Not Met
cheerleadertraining.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
composed.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
computerclinics.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
customanimation.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
dairies.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
delicacies.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
dentureinsurance.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
directgames.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
fastbanner.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
filmcareers.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
freewebservices.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
funvideo.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
gametraders.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
gangstamusic.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
geographers.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
greatfilms.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
gunslingers.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
haggler.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
healthymeals.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
housefinancing.com00$100,001 - $250,000Reserve Not Met
hybridforums.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
lappad.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
logoapparel.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
martinilounge.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
mexicanradio.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
mixingmachines.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
movieexperts.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
naturesremedies.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
networkupdate.com00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
officecomputer.net00$201 - $500Reserve Not Met
paranormal.com00$50,001 - $100,000Reserve Not Met
patiofirepits.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
pensionsecurity.com00No ReserveReserve Not Met
petbreeders.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
phoneplan.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
postdoctoral.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
postgraduates.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
powerstrip.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
pregnancycare.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
projected.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
proprietary.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
qualityshoes.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
rentalequipment.com00$25,001 - $50,000Reserve Not Met
retailservice.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
schmoozing.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
securebanking.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
skatecamp.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
sportscamps.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
sportsforkids.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
stilettoshoes.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
subcontracts.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
supportcentersoftware.com00No ReserveReserve Not Met
surplusfurniture.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
taxdebtrelief.com00$25,001 - $50,000Reserve Not Met
teaching.com00$250,001 - $500,000Reserve Not Met
teaguide.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
techchannel.net00No ReserveReserve Not Met
techfaq.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
techinvestment.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
telecasts.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
therapyservices.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
thermalwear.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
ticketdiscounts.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
ukcareers.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
ultraserver.com00$501 - $1,000Reserve Not Met
vacationsales.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
vehiclesecurity.net00No ReserveReserve Not Met
vintagesofas.com00$2,501 - $5,000Reserve Not Met
wineguides.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
wirecash.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met
wirelessamplifier.com00No ReserveReserve Not Met
womenscollege.com00$1,001 - $2,500Reserve Not Met
workdesigns.com00No ReserveReserve Not Met
younglovers.com00$5,001 - $10,000Reserve Not Met
zipdrive.com00$10,001 - $25,000Reserve Not Met

06|21|2012 09:10 am EDT

Sedo’s no Reserve auction ends today

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction, Up to the Minute

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Sedo’s no reserve auction ends today at noon EDT. Here are  the current bids and domains:

DomainPriceBidsCategory
watchlivesoccer.com330 EUR13Sports/Soccer
dubaitrips.com310 EUR21Recreation/Outdoors/Other
golddubai.com120 EUR3Science/Technology/Mining
einzelgaragen.de110 EUR2Business/Human Resources/Outplacement
zinssatz.org110 EUR2Business/Financial Services/Mortgages
vacancyscanner.com110 EUR2Recreation/Radio
marvin.de110 EUR2Computers/History
saunatuch.de100 EUR1Shopping/Home and Garden/Swimming Pools and Spas
fahrradnaben.de100 EUR1Sports/Cycling/Other
motorradlampen.de100 EUR1Recreation/Motorcycles
vierfarbendruck.de100 EUR1Business/Publishing and Printing
einweggrills.de100 EUR1Shopping/Home and Garden/Barbecues
zigarrenbinden.de100 EUR1Business/Automotive/Car Rentals
norwegenurlaub.net100 EUR1Recreation/Travel/Other
sportsuppliers.com100 EUR1Sports/Resources
elektrolocher.deBusiness/Electronics and Electrical/Other
lederkrawatte.deShopping/Clothing/Leather
plastikperlen.deShopping/Jewelry
demenzerkrankungen.deHealth/Conditions and Diseases/Neurological Disorders
radfahrerkleidung.deShopping/Clothing/Other
hantelablage.deShopping/Sports/Fitness
perlweine.deBusiness/Customer Service
toreinfahrt.deSports/Equestrian
handscheren.deShopping/Health/Beauty
kaminroste.deBusiness/Electronics and Electrical/Engineering
schufaeintrag.comBusiness/Financial Services/Loans
kfzankauf.orgRecreation/Autos/Other
darlehen-rechner.comBusiness/Financial Services/Loans
pcschrank.comComputers/Hardware
pokerkarten.orgGames/Gambling/Poker
schindeln.netRecreation/Collecting/Other
gesundheitsreisen.orgRecreation/Travel/Other
eventplanung.netBusiness/Business Services/Event Planning and Production
autotelefon.orgRecreation/Autos/Other
uhren-damen.comShopping/Jewelry
atomkatastrophe.comSociety/History/Other
pvc-banner.netComputers/Graphics
securityprotection.orgComputers/Security
kirstin.infoArts/Visual Arts/Other
newtalent.orgBusiness/Arts and Entertainment/Other
log-cabins.infoArts/Architecture/Building Types
thehospital.netHealth/Medicine/Facilities
perfectcare.netBusiness/Healthcare/Other
powerplatestudios.netBusiness/Electronics and Electrical/Power Supplies
powerplatestudios.comBusiness/Electronics and Electrical/Power Supplies
oakchips.comBusiness/Food and Related Products/Snack Foods
budget-wedding.netSociety/Dating and Relationships/Weddings
princessbedroom.comShopping/Home and Garden/Furniture
hotelstorquay.netRecreation/Travel/Lodging
caravan-aerials.comRecreation/Outdoors/Camping
angkor-wat.net
penthaus.orgShopping/Home and Garden/Other
appcards.comGames/Trading Card Games

06|19|2012 06:12 pm EDT

New gTLDs: Competition or Concentration? Innovation or Domination?

by Phil Corwin in Categories: new gTLDs

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This guest post was writting by Phil Corwin. Mr. Corwin is Founding Principal of the Virtualaw LLC consultancy and serves as Of Counsel to Greenberg & Lieberman and as for the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), all located in Washington, DC. This post is his personal opinion.

Expect the unexpected. Because it will happen. And it has just happened in the application phase of ICANN’s new gTLD program, with potentially profound consequences for the future of e-commerce.

During the three year period between the June 2008 ICANN Board approval of the new gTLD program and its June 2011 vote to proceed to the application stage, and even beyond then in the context of continuing GAC-Board discussions, only one competition issue ever became the subject of heated and protracted debate. And that was whether ICANN’s requirement for registry-registrar separation should be relaxed in concert with the new gTLD program, a question that ICANN eventually answered in the affirmative notwithstanding resistance from some members of the GAC.

But the consequences of that decision will hardly be a ripple across the Internet. While the consequences of what has happened could be a landscape-sweeping tsunami. And that is because the dominant search engine, Internet data aggregator, and Internet advertising provider, along with the leading online retailer, have emerged as the number two and three applicants for new gTLDs. Not just for their trademarks/brands, but for dozens of key generic terms. And, in a process that culminates in auction whenever any other non-community applicant for the same ‘string’ elects to stay in the fight, they have the bulging wallets to shove others aside and acquire their desired gTLDs. If they secure their bids the nature of Internet search and commerce could be permanently transformed in a manner far afield from the ‘competition and innovation’ mantra used to justify this massive roll of virtual dice.

The reaction has already started. In an article published in the June 14thWashington Post just one day after ICANN’s “Big Reveal” event in London, titled “Google, Amazon lead rush to secure dot-dominance”, the perceived stakes were described:

Amazon and Google are staking claims to large swaths of the Internet under a new system for labeling Web domains, bolstering their ability to control traffic as the Web expands beyond the realms of “.com,” “.gov” and “.org.”

The bids by those companies to acquire new domain names such as “.book,” “.shop” and “.movie” renewed fears among competitors that a powerful few will dominate the Internet marketplace of the future…

If Internet users embrace the new domains, the companies that control them could bear considerable influence on Web traffic.

Amazon has applied to control the “.book” and “.movie” names, for example, meaning that anyone else selling those items would have to get the company’s permission to be listed within that domain.

The National Retail Federation had urged that oversight of such generic domain names be given to impartial entities rather than individual companies.

The results for now are as potentially unfair to businesses and consumers as we feared they might be,” said Mallory Duncan, general counsel for the trade group…

Duncan said consumers may not realize that the new domains are under private control and that the open competition that prevails within the “.com” realm may not exist within, say, “.grocery.”

Consumers going to that domain may not realize that all of their shopping is being done with one company instead of a competitive market,” Duncan said.

Google was among the most prolific applicants, seeking to register 101 names at an application cost of $18.7 million. Never lacking in its quest for virtual completeness, the company is seeking to control “.mom,” “.dad” and “.kid.”

Amazon applied for 76 new names, including “.amazon” and “.zappos.”…

Others, however, are bracing for the giants of the Internet to seize even more power over its commerce.

It would be wrong on so many levels for Amazon to acquire either the ‘.book’ or ‘.author’ top-level domains,” said Paul Aiken of the Author’s Guild. “Their ambitions to extend their monopoly in bookselling have long been abundantly clear, and with their cash, their technical knowledge, this could be yet another way in which they’ve extended their control over the book market. This really makes no sense.” (Emphasis added)

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06|18|2012 11:01 am EDT

The most valuable new gTLDs according to Sedo

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Sedo’s published a quantitative analysis today on which new gTLD applications may be most successful, worth the investment and in demand by end users.  According to statistical analysis by Sedo, the top 10 most valuable domains being sought are:

1 SHOP
2 WEB
3 SITE
4 MUSIC
5 HOTEL
6 ONE
7 BLOG
8 ECO
9 SPORT
10 LOVE

The analysis was calculated by economist, researcher and domain pricing expert, Thies Lindenthal.  In addition to serving as Product Manager for Domain Pricing Strategies at Sedo, Lindenthal is also the creator of IDNX, a domain price index.

Study Screenshot

“Many factors make domains unique and difficult to compare side by side, but analyzing hundreds of thousands of domain transactions on Sedo’s marketplace – and applying real estate pricing methodologies – has provided significant insight into the factors that determine domain value,” said Lindenthal. “New gTLDs are actually not that new, they’re really just traditional domain names on steroids. We should evaluate their fundamental strengths in a similar way to how we traditionally price domain names.”

Cost Versus Value

Considering the substantial cost associated with applying for and managing a new TLD, this research can help companies justify their potential investment by identifying extensions with the best chance of success. The cost involved in the new TLD process includes an $185,000 application fee, on top of a $25,000 annual fee and any operational costs that will be assumed by whoever is awarded the registry. In addition, gTLDs that have multiple organizations applying for them could go to auction, driving the cost up even more.

In addition to providing insight for companies competing to manage new TLDs, this ranking also gives end users a better idea of the domains in which they should invest their time and marketing budgets once the new extensions are launched.

Research Methodology

The ranking to predict new gTLD effectiveness is derived from a formula of five criteria that typically affect a domain’s value. Those criteria are:

  • Number of applicants for the new gTLD
  • Number of Google searches for keywords or terms within the new gTLD
  • Expected Cost-per-Click of online advertisements that include the gTLD as a keyword
  • Number of registered .COM domains that include the gTLD at the end of the keyword (e.g. MyShop.com as compared with My.Shop)
  • Number of pre-registrations per gTLD according to UnitedDomains.com

The first indication of which factor matters the most comes simply from counting the number of applications for each gTLD. If there are a lot of investors trying to secure a particular keyword, it’s a strong indication that the word will be a valuable top level domain. For example, thirteen applicants paid at least $185,000 trying to win .APP, indicating a high valuation.

For others extensions, competition is not as strong. Only Google and Microsoft stepped into the ring to acquire .DOCS, for example. The fact that most companies expected these heavyweights to vie for this TLD will have deterred their own application, suggesting that an exclusive look at total applications will be a misleading factor.  However, statistical analysis overcomes this difficulty.

Exploratory research helped derive weights for each of the five factors by means of a regression analysis. Technically, the number of applicants per domain is explained by the TLDs’ scores along the other four dimensions. Using these weights, each new gTLD was ranked according to its fundamental strength. Using these estimates and the data collected in each category, a ranking of the intrinsic quality of each new extension is created.

For an additional breakdown explaining how the ranking was derived, including a Top 10 list for each of the five criteria used, see the full study (PDF)

06|16|2012 11:03 am EDT

Microsoft reveals their new gTLD strategy

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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In the official Microsoft blog, Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Office at Microsoft, writes more about the company’s goals and movitation when participating in ICANN’s new gTLD application round.

Microsoft applied for 11 new gTLDs “most of which correspond to [Microsoft’s] existing trademarked products, services and brands“:

  • .microsoft,
  • .windows,
  • .xbox,
  • .office,
  • .docs,
  • .bing,
  • .skype,
  • .live,
  • .skydrive,
  • .hotmail
  • .azure.

Mundie goes on to say: Our goal for our new TLDs is to promote responsible utilization of the Web and ultimately better experiences for consumers. Although we’re not yet talking about specific plans for the TLDs for which we’ve applied, we believe that – properly used – this expansion of domains can help deliver new services and capabilities to consumers and the Internet community as a whole. Appropriately utilized, the new TLDs can also protect the rights of trademark holders and brand owners, while promoting a safer and more secure computing experience.

As for the applications submitted by others, such as by Google for .search, Mundie writes that Microsoft is “just now reviewing all of the applications by other companies and organizations. We will work closely with ICANN and others to ensure competition and innovation are preserved for the industry, while also helping protect the rights and expectations of other stakeholders.

06|13|2012 06:11 pm EDT

Revelations of new gTLDs drive dotTLD.com domain purchases

by Adam Strong in Categories: new gTLDs

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On news of the applicants for new gTLDs today, speculators were still alive and well.  It appears that some in the domain space saw value in registering  .com domains that included the word “dot” and the TLD.  It’s unclear if all of these new registrations were speculators as some could be new TLD applicants.

At the time of this writing, a small handful of “dotTLD” domain name registrations were grabbed up in .com including domains that are brand oriented.  The list is below :

dotaccountant.com
dotbeats.com
dotboots.com
dotcimb.com
dotcleaning.com
dotfarmers.com
dotfinish.com
dotfyi.com
dotgratis.com
dotgrocery.com
dotguitars.com
dothangout.com
dotketchup.com
dotmobily.com
dotmotorcycles.com
dotmutual.com
dotmutualfunds.com
dotplumbing.com
dotsoy.com
dottaobao.com
dottmall.com

dotaigo.com and dotyoutube.com were registered yesterday

Surprisingly, there are over 500 corresponding .com domains that were not registered. After this post, I’m sure many will be snapped up quickly.  Anyone got a godaddy coupon code ;)

 

dotaarp.com
dotabarth.com
dotabb.com
dotabbott.com
dotabbvie.com  >>>  Rest of the list published after “Continue Reading”

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06|13|2012 05:49 pm EDT

Will new gTLDs drive up value of corresponding .com domains?

by Adam Strong in Categories: new gTLDs

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Some domainer owners watching the news about the new gTLD applications may have had a pleasant surprise today. Domain owners that own a .com domain that has a corresponding new TLD application may just have learned about increases in traffic and possibly value to their .com holding.

Clearly many of the applicants for new TLDs such as ABC, IBM, FedEx, or Google already own the matching .com domain names, but with this announcement we’ve learned of hundreds of new generic TLD applicants that do not own the corresponding .com.

New TLD proponents will argue that it is unneccessary and maybe even counter-intuitive for an applicant to purchase the .com corresponding to a new TLD that they are applying for, but others in the domain space point to confusion that already exists between other domain extension.  As new TLDs market themselves, a resulting confusion in the marketplace drives more traffic to the .com

A perfect example of this can be seen with the .xxx domain extension and the xxx.com domain name.  The .xxx sunrise ended October 2011. According to Compete.com the traffic to the domain began to increase shortly after the sunrise and has doubled from levels seen prior to the .xxx extension approval.

Domain name broker Andrew Rosener told DNN that the increased visibility, promotion & traffic going to xxx.com has significantly raised the value of his clients domain name. He also stated, “I have several clients with matching .com domains who were very excited to hear the news today.”

Elliot Silver weighed in recently with this prediction on his blog :

Owners of the keyword string .com names are going to be very happy. Some registries will feel the need to buy the corresponding .com names and pay a lot of money for them. In addition, there will likely be a ton of error traffic that pays well.

While millions of dollars are being pumped in to the domain space to set up new TLDs, a handful of .com domain owners may benefit as well. Those with comparable .com domain names should see gains in traffic and exposure from the marketing efforts of the new TLDs launching in 2013.

06|13|2012 01:12 pm EDT

36 Fortune 100 Companies that applied for new gTLDs

by Adam Strong in Categories: new gTLDs

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When the idea of new gTLDs were introduced, it seemed logical that big brand owners would be the first to adopt.  The cost to own one’s own “dotBrand” is somewhat restrictive because of the application price of $185,000 in addition to the costs to run the new TLD.  Among the Fortune 100 though, one would assume the costs would be seen as minimal in comparison to the advantages of protecting a brand or expanding services and offerings.

From the list of the 1930 applicants released today, DNN has compiled a list of 36 Fortune 100 companies that have applied for new TLDs.  Of those, 20 companies are applying for more than one new gTLD and 16 of them are merely applying for their brand name in a new extension.

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are applying for the most new TLDs from this list, which would make sense based on their respective brand and product positions on the internet.  All of these companies can be considered pioneers of a new way of using brands on the internet.

Several of these corporations are being assisted by legal or brand management agencies such as Fairwinds, CSC and MarkMonitor. This information came from the ICANN filings and we have also noted in the list below.

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