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“dotMobi, a consortium to offer the first and only Internet address created for mobile phones, today announced that Visa International has made an investment in dotMobi and will have a representative on dotMobi’s Board of Directors. This investment adds Visa to a consortium that already represents 13 leading mobile operators, network & device manufacturers, and internet content providers. ” Press release here

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The BBC is reporting internet advertising in the UK during 2006 surged 41.2% to £2 billion to pass national newspaper advertising for the first time.

VeriSign has asked ICANN to permit a  new DNS Update Service for registrars and others.  Notice of new Service (.pdf) 

Rob Hall CEO of Momentous.ca made a very good presentation yesterday
at the ICANN Public meeting in Lisbon in which he looked at how the domain expiry process has evolved over the last few years.  

Momentous.ca ICANN Tutorial – Changes in the expiry process (.pdf)

Domisfera has interviewed Benjamin Blumenthal, Director of Marketing at Telnic the company behind .tel.

The interview explains what sets .tel apart from other tlds.

Interfax is reporting – MOSCOW. March 23 – The number of domain names registered in the .ru zone (www.name.ru) has reached 800,000, the company RU-Center, the largest registrar of Russian domain names, told Interfax.

Neustar has announced it intends to deploy IDNs for both Japanese and Chinese languages from the 21st April, 2007 – Press release here

TechWorld is reporting – Niue, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, claims that its internet domain, .nu, was stolen by an American businessman, and they want it back.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–News Corporation and NBC Universal will launch the largest Internet video distribution network ever assembled with the most sought-after content from television and film…

The video-rich site will debut this summer with thousands of hours of full-length programming, movies and clips, representing premium content from at least a dozen networks and two major film studios.

AOL, MSN, MySpace and Yahoo! will be the new sites initial distribution partners. Their users, who represent 96 percent of the monthly U.S. unique users on the Internet, will have unlimited access to the sites vast library of content.

This media alliance will offer consumers free long- and short-form video and create a compelling platform for advertisers, targeting the rapidly growing audience of online video consumers.

Charter advertisers include Cadbury Schweppes, Cisco, Esurance, Intel and General Motors.

Full press release here 

Afilias has just posted a press release confirming the number of .info domains as we reported last month has past 4,000,000 registrations.

The press release contains an analysis report which has some interesting stats
including a graph showing the number of registrations over time since 2002

The reports highlights include

•.INFO sites are active – 74 percent of .INFO sites are active, including over 1 million dedicated sites. This figure is an increase from 65 percent in 2004.

•Wide distribution channel promotes .INFO sales – .INFO’s availability is expanding as the domain is now available for sale through 183 registrars worldwide.

•.INFO is becoming characteristic of the global domain name market – North America is the top market for .INFO domain sales (51 percent) with Europe closely in second place (38 percent). The US is the top country for .INFO registrations (48 percent) followed by Germany (11 percent).

•.INFO is increasing in aftermarket sales – The highest aftermarket sale on record for .INFO was NewYork.info which sold for over US$46,000 in September 2006.