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dotMobi announced yesterday .mobi domain registrations have passed 1,000,000 in just over 2 years since the TLD was launched.

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ICANN has opened an area on its website to discuss their proposed new GTLD process. The public comment forum for the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook is divided in to 6 parts

The 6 doucments availiable for commnent are
Full Draft Applicant Guide book (.pdf)

Introduction to New gTLDs Application Process  (.pdf)
Evaluation Procedures  (.pdf)
Dispute Resolution ProceduresDispute Resolution Procedures (.pdf)
String Contention Procedures  (.pdf)
Transition to Delegation  (.pdf)
Application Terms and Conditions (.pdf)

Telnic, the registy for the .tel top level domain TLD has released APIs, toolkits, APIs, a developer forum white papers and the .tel code base. Telnic’s resources for developers will allow developers to create applications and web services around the .tel TLD.

If .tel is new to you CNNMoney.com has brief article The Google of online phone books which explains how .tel works and why .tel is different from other top level domains like .info and .mobi

Google has presented to Ad Agencies new options to show different ads in response to searches made from iPhones. The change will allow advertisers will be able to create an iPhone ad group as part of their existing campaign.

Adweek has more

Compared with the first half of 2007, online ad spending grew 15.2 % to $11.5 billion in the U.S., the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced Tuesday.  The rate of Growth slowed forn from 27% in the first half of 2007 compared with the same period in 2006.

As a percentage of total revenue

Search advertising increased from 41% to 44%
Display ads (Banners, video & rich media) increased from 32% to 33%
Classified ads decreased from 17% to 14%

ICANN has just written to all the Goverments of the world seeking an expression of interest for IDN ccTLDs.
Each country manages its own ccTLD; the United Kingdom has .uk and China has .cn etc. The existing domain name system is predominantly ASCII based.  IDN ccTLDs will allow part of a domain name to the right of the dot to be written in languages not based on the ASCII character set.

Some countries have been very keen to implement IDN ccTLDs and ICANN has been working on testing their implementation. ICANN has now reached the stage where it is seeking expressions of interests from Governments which would like to be included in the fast track process.

Once implemented this will be a huge step in the development of the internet and will significantly increase the number of domains the Domain Name system will be able to address.

The annoucement can be found here
http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-02oct08-en.htm