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IDN Blog has an interesting interview with John Kane of Afilias on International Domain Names (IDNs) which examines how well the Internet can currently support IDN solutions for IDN domains, IDN TLDs and IDN Emails around the world.
83% of the world’s population is estimated to be non-English speaking, yet for years they have been unable to communicate in their own languages via Web and e-mail addresses. Afilias is currently beta testing IDN E-mail a software package that is standards-based and allows people to use almost any language in their e-mail address.
Sedo has just conducted a small auction for prime .me domains. The closing prices for the top domain name sales were as follows
$ 8,600 keep.me
$ 8,200 shop.me
$ 7,600 movie.me
$ 7,350 send.me
$ 7,100 try.me
$ 6,700 health.me
$ 6,250 indentify.me
$ 6,206 hotels.me
$ 6,105 refer.me
$ 6,099 employ.me
$ 5,600 look.me
$ 5,500 finance.me
$ 5,350 fund.me
$ 5,300 browse.me
$ 5,300 smile.me
$ 5,100 shopping.me
$ 5,100 track.me
$ 5,005 list.me
$ 5,000 law.me
The like.me domain auction attracted 78 individual bids.
Afilias has just released its .info Annual Report for 2009.
With over 5 million .info domains registered .info is the 7th largest TLD in the world. Over 70% of .info domains resolve to real content and more than 1 million unique Web sites are based in the .info extension will millions more resolving to useful content.
.info domains now account for 40% of all domains registered in new TLDs. This chart from the report shows the relaltve size of new TLDs.
Our chart here compares the number of new gTLD pages indexed by Google which gives an indication of usage rather than just simple registration numbers of the first chart from the report.
The US Government has digitally signed the .gov gTLD the General Services Administration has announced.
“On Feb. 28, 2009, DNSSEC became operational on .gov after the program successfully completed all required DNSSEC testing,”
“The .gov DNSSEC public key was registered [Feb. 28] with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Interim Trust Anchor Repository (iTAR) and became available for use as the published trust anchor for .gov validation,”
“The .gov Top Level Domain is now considered an active DNSSEC signed zone.”
The next step in the government wide effort to better secure its DNS is for agencies to begin deploying DNSSEC within their second-level domains, such as gsa.gov, by the end of the year.
What is DNSSEC? – http://www.dnssec.net/
The Moniker Live Auction in Holywood as just sold $604,700* of domain names.
.. 20000 errors.com
…. 3500 smokin.com
…. 1000 vote.info
…. 1500 heatingequipment.com
…. 3500 rumours.com
…. 5000 europe.travel
…. 5000 laptopskins.com
…. 1500 famouschefs.com
.. 15000 antidepressant.com
.. 10000 contact.me
…. 7500 petbirds.com
…. 5000 devotion.com
…. 3000 free.travel
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How big is the Internet? Is a question which is often asked. There isn’t a single answer but there are lots of measures which give a feel for the scale of things out there. Pingdom, have an interesting blog post which draws together quite a few statistics that measure the size of the Internet in differnet ways, Things like
- How many emails are sent around the world?
- How many websites are there in the world?
- How many web servers are there?
- How many domain names are there?
- How many users are there? And where are those users?
The UAE is hoping to become the first country worldwide to offer complete internet domain names in a language other than English by late next year.
China have already achieved partial success however the .com or .info part of the domain must still be in English. ICANN’s ccTLDs (country code top level domains) initiative will allow for the first time the complete domain name to be in non-English letters.
In Q3 09 ICANN hopes to launch these new ccTLDs and “We will start implementing the Arabic domain names,” Mohammad Al Zarouni, chief technology officer at the .ae Domain Administration of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) told Gulf News.
dotMobi announced yesterday .mobi domain registrations have passed 1,000,000 in just over 2 years since the TLD was launched.