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#8 of 2017: Brands lukewarm to dot-brand domain names

This is the third in a series covering the top stories on DNW in 2017, as ranked by pageviews. The seventh most-viewed story on DNW in 2017 was about McDonald’s bailing on the new top level domain name program. The company had applied to operate .mcd and .mcdonalds. In the summer it informed ICANN that […]

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Direct visits lead to spectacular domain prices in China

Kassey Lee examines direct navigation in China. China has stunned the world in recent years. It’s the place where you can expect spectacular prices of domains sold, such as Le.com for $10m, JD.com for $5m, and Vivo.com for $2.1m. Why? One reason may come from consumer behavior: people in China like to directly visit a […]

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DomainAnimal Removed from Domaining.com

FYI – DomainAnimal.com has been removed from the Domaining.com feed due to being sold. The owner of Domaining.com demands repayment of the “setup fee” once a site included on the feed changes hands (even if no settings change). As we ...
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Mason Cole joins Perkins Coie as Internet Governance Advisor

After nearly six years at Donuts, Mason Cole moves to law firm. Mason Cole has joined the law firm Perkins Coie as Internet Governance Advisor in its Trademark, Copyright, Media & Brand Protection practice. He will work with Partner Fabricio Vayra, who leads the firm’s ICANN activities. Cole is not a lawyer but has been […]

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Donuts (finally) wins .Charity dispute, clearing path to .charity domain names

Panel denies community objection against Donuts’ .charity top level domain name application. New top level domain name company Donuts is officially back in the running for the right to run the .charity top level domain name, clearing the way to finalize an operator for the string. If you have an excellent memory, you might recall […]

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Own any .AG domain names? Beware

Domain investor says company is taking back single letter .ag domain after seven years. Yesterday I wrote about a problem with the .CD (Democratic Republic of Congo) registry. Now comes a warning about .AG (Antigua and Barbuda). The domain investor that goes by the name kriss05 on NamePros explains that the .ag registry is taking […]

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People are registering cryptocurrency domain names in droves

.Com is a hot cryptocurrency. Verisign released its list of top trending words in .com domain name registrations last month. Usually, there are a few related terms in the list. But for last month, they’re almost all related. 9 of the top ten trending keywords are related to cryptocurrency: 1. Coin 2. Crypto 3. Bit […]

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