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It is not often that domain registrations make the headlines but on Friday 12 May, a 22 year old cybersecurity researcher from the UK stopped a global ransomware attack by registering a domain name.

15 May 2017   Read more...

Asia: Charter Eligibility Requirement Policy Update
 
DotAsia Organisation Ltd., the registry operator for .ASIA, has announced that from 15 July 2017 the Charter Eligibility Declaration (CED) contact, Charter Eligibility Administrative (CEA) and Operations and Notifications (OPN) contact will become optional for .ASIA domains.  As a result, .ASIA domains will not be required to be associated with CED or CEA contacts after this date.

Written by Kirsty Holmes   3 May 2017   Read more...

.CREDITUNION

Registry operator CUNA Performance Resources, LLC has announced the launch schedule for its new restricted TLD, .CREDITUNION, as follows:

Sunrise opens

Sunrise closes

Sunrise Type

General Availability

04-May-2017
(16:00 UTC)

03-Jun-2017
(16:00 UTC)

Start Date Sunrise
(first-come, first-served)

06-Jun-2017
(16:00 UTC)

 
During the Sunrise Phase, trade mark rights holders meeting the Eligibility Requirements below may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse.
Written by Kirsty Holmes   3 May 2017   Read more...

.AFRICA
 
Registry operator ZA Central Registry NPC trading as Registry.Africa has announced the launch schedule for its new gTLD .AFRICA as follows:

Sunrise opens (TMCH and MVS)

Sunrise closes (TMCH and MVS)

Sunrise Type

Landrush Phase 1 (EAP)

Landrush Phase 2 (EAP)

Landrush Phase 3 (EAP)

Landrush Phase 4 (EAP)

03-Apr-2017
(22:00 UTC)

02-Jun-2017
(21:59 UTC)

End Date Sunrise
(not first-come, first-served)

04-Jun-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
09-Jun-2017
(21:59 UTC)

11-Jun-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
16-Jun-2017
(21:59 UTC)

18-Jun-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
23-Jun-2017
(21:59 UTC)

25-Jun-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
30-Jun-2017
(21:59 UTC)

 

General Availability (GA) Start Phase

GA Price Reduction Phase 1

GA Price Reduction Phase 2

03-Jul-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
31-Jul-2017
(21:59 UTC)

01-Aug-2017
(22:00 UTC)
to
30-Jun-2018
(21:59 UTC)

30-Jun-2018
(22:00 UTC)
ongoing

 
During the Sunrise Phase, trade mark rights holders meeting the Eligibility Requirements below may register their domain names, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH - using a Signed Mark Data (SMD) file) or the registry’s own Mark Validation System (MVS - using a Validation Token (VT)).
Written by Kirsty Holmes   3 April 2017   Read more...

Donuts Chinese IDN TLDs - EAP and General Availability Update
 
Registry operator Donuts has announced that the launch schedule will now resume with the 7-day Early Access Program for the following Chinese IDN TLDs, commencing on 15 March 2017 with domains available on a descending pricing scale, followed by General Availability on 22 March 2017:

  1. 游戏 (games) .xn--unup4y
  2. 企业 (enterprises) .xn--vhquv
  3. 娱乐 (entertainment) .xn--fjq720a
  4. 商店 (shop/store) .xn--czrs0t
Written by Kirsty Holmes   14 March 2017   Read more...

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