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gTLD Statistics & Business Implications – 1st Quarter 2015 in Review

Building off an inaugural presentation on the gTLD Statistics and Business Implications at the 2015 NamesCon held in Las Vegas, .TBA (@dottba) and TLDwatch collaborate once again to provide an update for the first quarter of 2015. The audio presentation will briefly walk you through the slides and the presentation is also attached for at-will viewing.  The […]

What happened to .FAN?

.FANS is delegated without launch information yet, but has two SLDs in its zone.  But what happened to the singular .FAN? In a previous analysis of Donuts and Rightside, TLDWatch had included .FAN as a string that remained in contention under Covered Donuts.  That was an error because it was never in contention with .FANS, […]

.FYI your .PHD .MOM & her .FAMILY can watch the .TUBE for .FREE

What seemed like an unusually quiet week for contention set resolution, ICANN updated its NewGTLD Micro site late Friday revealing six contention sets being resolved. .FAMILY – Covered Donuts prevailed over Google and Uniregistry.FREE – Amazon prevailed over Dozen Donuts, Google, Uniregistry and Minds & Machines.FYI – Dozen Donuts prevailed over Google.MOM – Uniregistry prevailed […]

Donuts & Rightside Sitrep

Both Donuts and Rightside can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Granted it may take a while for their remaining contentions to be resolved and if won delegated, but based on this latest review, the deployment of new gTLDs are a reduced focus.  No doubt their application and deployment processes are well […]

New gTLDs Not Re-Approving CZDS Requests

Increased and unnecessary overhead! Over the 2014 holidays and in to the new year of 2015, we’ve had many zonefile access requests expire.  Some registries are bypassing this issue by giving us access without expiration and a few others are very quick to re-approve our request.  However, many Registry Operators fail to be responsive and […]

TLDWatch & DotTBA at NamesCon

For the last day of the NamesCon conference, DotTBA and TLDWatch joined for a in-depth presentation on gTLD statistics and business implications. The presentation includes: A review of the 2014 gTLD activity Discussion of the Tier concept to rank gTLDs Projections for 2015 & beyond Drafting plan for lower tier gTLDs The presentation is attached New […]

And they’re off! Afilias’ color gTLDs

Afilias applied for and were approved for four gTLDs in the color genre.  Three are approaching the first turn with one still at the starting gate. BLACK – no advertised Sunrise/General Availability dates – New gTLD Startup Info BLUE – General Availability 17 April 2014 PINK – General Availability 15 April 2014 RED – General Availability 15 April […]

Donuts Appears to be Cleaning House

It is good to see by some of today stat’s that Donuts and/or their partner Registrar is actively managing names that may appear to have been abusive or at the very least the registrations have questionable WHOIS records.  Or perhaps, these are just tests for future monitoring activities.  Given the list of SLD names and […]