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Alt-root blockchain domains discussed at recent ICANN meeting

Why are they gaining steam and what does it mean for “real” top level domains? There was a bit of discussion about blockchain-based domains at ICANN 73 this month. The concept of an alt root is as old as ICANN, and previous iterations of these have failed to obtain the popularity necessary to compete with […]

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Top 5 stories: Web3, blockchain domains, Canvas.com and more

Miss any of last month’s domain name news?  Here are the top five posts on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by pageviews. 1. Judge orders Canvas.com to stop using its domain name – this is an ongoing story that will have some fireworks this week. Canvas continues to use canvas.com after a U.S. District […]

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Blockchain domains and the big challenges they face

It will take a lot to overcome the challenges of previous alt-root naming attempts. Right now, there’s a lot of talk about blockchain-based, decentralized naming systems. The pitch for blockchain-based domains usually covers two things. First, these domains can be used as easy-to-remember wallet addresses. Much like how domain names are easier to remember than […]

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ICANN warns about alt-root blockchain domain names

Organization is worried that consumers will be confused. ICANN has published a warning to consumers about alt-root domain names. Alt-root domains are domain names that aren’t compatible with the existing domain name system (DNS). They require special software or browsers in order to resolve. Attempts at creating top level domains that compete against the main […]

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Namecheap begins selling blockchain-based domain names

Namecheap is now offering 11 alt-root domains based on blockchain technology. Namecheap has become the largest domain name registrar to begin offering blockchain-based domain names. The company is offering a selection of 11 alt-root Handshake domain names: .p, .pgp, .sox, .elite, .ill, .saas, .creator, .oh, .oo, .oot, .orb. It says it plans to add more […]

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Unstoppable Domains launching 8 new alt-root blockchain domains

Company will also airdrop $100 million + for people to buy the domains with. Unstoppable Domains, a company that offers an alternative, blockchain-based domain name system, is releasing 8 new top level domain names. The new domain extensions are .blockchain, .888, .wallet, .x, .bitcoin, .coin, .nft, and .dao. Unstoppable Domains recently applied for trademarks or […]

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Opera to support alt-root .Crypto domain names

Opera users can now visit alt-root .crypto domain names from their browser. Unstoppable Domains, a blockchain-based domain name system alternative, announced today that the Opera browser for Android will support its .crypto domain name. .Crypto is an alternate-root domain name, meaning it’s not part of the domain name system that most people use. Users need […]

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Unstoppable Domains raises $4 million for blockchain domain names

Domains-on-blockchain company gets major funding boost. Unstoppable Domains, a company that is launching domain names on blockchain technology, has raised $4 million in a Series A financing. Draper Associates led the round. Previous investor Boost VC also participated in the round. The company has raised $4.7 million to date. Unstoppable Domains founder Matthew Gould explained […]

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