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Official data show effects of Chinese domain investment bonanza

What happened in December, the one year anniversary of the Chinese investment bananza. ICANN just published data from Verisign about .com activity in December. This was the one year anniversary of lots of Chinese speculative registrations, and the deletions were massive. eName had 794,258 domains delete. HiChina saw 532,231 names delete. 22net had 125,766 deletions. […]

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China approves more Donuts, Afilias gTLDs

Donuts and Afilias have had two batches of new gTLDs approved for use in China. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved five Afilias TLDs and six Donuts TLDs last month. This means customers of Chinese registrars will now be able to legally use those names in China. Afilias was approved for .info, .mobi […]
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Chinese buy another 200,000 .VIP domain names

Bulk orders boost .VIP top level domain name. MMX (Minds + Machines) reported today that it has received orders for 200,000 additional .VIP domain name registrations. The sales will generate $1.3 million in income over the life of the contracts, and this dollar figure includes 61 names sold in eName’s recent auction. The deals seem […]

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Are Capital Controls Behind China’s Move Into the Domain Market?

It is an undisputed fact to anyone involved in the domain name aftermarket that a significant upswing in overall pricing trends of certain categories of domain, namely short 2 and 3 character .com as well as strong one-word .com, have been realized over the past year due to a strong influx of Chinese buyers into […]
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