.blog Landrush: Domain open to the general public as of 21 November

WordPress.com owner Automattic is making .blog available to the general public as of 21 November, following a somewhat controversial landrush period. Earlier this month, the registry opened domain registrations to non-trademark owners for the seven-day landrush period, but was accused of pre-registering and keeping the best keywords for itself. Automattic responded to the criticism on …

.shop domains go live

More than 600 new generic top-level domains—the characters that appear after the dot in website addresses—have been released to the public since 2014, but few have been of broad interest to online retailers. The addition of  .shop and .shopping may spark retailers’ interest. Both go on sale to the general public later this month—.shop on …

South Africa’s ZACR reportedly suspends thousands of org.za domains

South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) the company tasked with administering second-level domains of the .ZA namespace  that includes .org.za has reportedly suspended thousands of org.za domains this week due to them not being transferred from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars. The suspended domains all org.za names that had not migrated across to new Registrars  …

US Court throws out ZACR as Non-Party to .Africa: Denies its Reconsideration, Moves on with DCA vs ICANN

DCA Trust has scored its 3rd victory in the .Africa case, this comes after a US court denied ICANN and ZACR’s Motion for Reconsideration regarding the Court’s Order that granted DCA Trust a Preliminary Injunction preventing ICANN from delegating .Africa until the case had been fully determined.     The court had on 14th June …

New Top Level Registrations Hit 21 Million Mark, .XYZ Leads

TheDomains has reported that there are  now 21,060,309 new gTLD’s registered, just under 5 million more and with that .XYZ passed .info but did not have the actual number of registrations. Today we know the actual number of registrations for .XYZ is 5,580,532 through the last zone update.   .info according to registrarstats.com currently has 5,509,571 …