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Third .app gTLD applicant revealed

Kevin Murphy, June 4, 2012, 16:41:51 (UTC), Domain Registries

A Ukrainian software developer has become the third company to publicly reveal that it has applied for the .app top-level domain.

MacPaw’s main business is developing software for Apple platforms, as the name suggests. It’s formed a new company, Dot App Inc, based in California, to manage the gTLD bid.

The application imagines a very pro-developer space. Domainers, it appears, will not be welcome.

Some policies from its web site:

– Only application developers or publishers will be able to register domain names in this zone

– Misused domains will be analyzed and repurposed if found to violate the Registration policy

– No need to pay a small fortune for a great but squatted .com or .net domain.

– The rights of app creators will be protected in the same way trademark rights are

Top Level Domain Holdings and Directi both last week announced plays for .app among their large portfolios of gTLD applications.

More applicants will no doubt be revealed next week.

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Comments (5)

  1. Tom G says:

    Google and Apple are going to take them all off the map imo.

  2. Tom G says:

    And probably demand media

  3. Ray Marshall says:

    Any applicants for .wiki?

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      None that I know of. Bit of a surprise really. I don’t think I’ve seen a .forum yet either.

  4. Tom G says:

    big list of as-yet-to-be-announced strings here:

    http://www.newgtldsite.com/new-tld-pre-veal-update/

    There is still a lot left to be announced

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