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Eight more new gTLD contracts signed, six by Donuts

Kevin Murphy, September 14, 2013, Domain Registries

ICANN has brought up its number of contracted new gTLDs to 32 with the signing of eight new Registry Agreements yesterday.

Six belong to Donuts:: .graphics, .technology, .reviews, .gallery, .guide and .construction.

Two IDN registries have also signed contracts: .我爱你 (Tycoon Treasure), which means “I love you” in Chinese, and .集团 (Eagle Horizon), which means “group” or “conglomerate” in Chinese.

The prioritization numbers for the 32 newly contracted application ranges from eight to 496. Almost all of the non-ASCII strings with contracts to date belong to Donuts.

dotShabaka Diary — Day 10, TMCH Troubles

Kevin Murphy, September 12, 2013, Domain Registries

The tenth installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.

Wednesday 11 September 2013

It is great to see the Trademark Claims functionality available in the TMDB from 9 September. As we previously posted, we had to put TMCH Integration Testing on hold as we couldn’t download the DNL File or upload the LORDN File. We are now able to download the DNL File but cannot upload the LORDN File. We have reported this to IBM and look forward to wrapping up TMCH Integration Testing soon. Stay tuned for the next update.

Read previous and future diary entries here.

Four more new gTLDs, including .sexy, get contracts

Kevin Murphy, September 12, 2013, Domain Registries

ICANN signed four more new gTLD contracts with four different registries yesterday.

The lucky recipients of Registry Agreements are:

  • .uno (Dot Latin LLC) — a general-purpose, open gTLD aimed primarily at Spanish and Italian speakers.
  • .menu (Wedding TLD2, LLC) — also open, though the registry plans to run second-level portals corresponding to types of food (italian.menu, etc).
  • .sexy (Uniregistry Corp) — signing a Registry Agreement with boring old ICANN doesn’t strike me as particularly sexy, but Uniregistry went ahead and did it anyway.
  • .世界 (Stable Tone Ltd) — this Chinese string means “.world”. It will also be open and obviously targeted primarily at Chinese-speaking registrants.

The deals mean ICANN has now signed contracts covering 26 new gTLD applications. It’s slow going so far, but the pace is definitely picking up.

As of last week, DI PRO Application Tracker allows you to search for only gTLDs that have signed contracts, along with 23 other search criteria.

Wine gTLDs get a pass as GAC fails to agree

Kevin Murphy, September 12, 2013, Domain Registries

Applicants for wine-related gTLDs will no longer be opposed by the Governmental Advisory Committee, it has emerged.

Writing to ICANN chair Steve Crocker this week, GAC chair Heather Dryden said that the GAC had failed to reach an agreement on whether to issue formal Advice against the applications.

Three .wine applicants and one .vin applicant are affected.

Some governments are concerned about strings at the second level because quite often a word many people associate primarily with a type of wine is also the protected name of the wine-producing region.

Champagne is probably the best-known example of this.

Nevertheless, the GAC couldn’t reach agreement on whether to provide formal advice to ICANN on this topic, so the applications will be free to proceed along the new gTLD program’s track.

Donuts signs three more new gTLD contracts

Kevin Murphy, September 10, 2013, Domain Registries

Donuts today signed Registry Agreements covering the new gTLDs .land, .plumbing and .contractors, according to ICANN.

The deals mean ICANN now has contracts covering 40 gTLDs, 22 of them as a result of the new gTLD program and 16 of which are to be managed by Donuts.

Like all the gTLDs Donuts applied for, they’re to be operated with an “open” registration policy.

It’s therefore ironic that the company should become the contracted registry for .plumbing and .contractors — both regulated industries where I come from — on the same day we find out that it can’t have .architect because architecture is a licensed profession.