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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.

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)


Even in uncertain financial times Moniker has in the last few minutes just completed a live auction with 101 names selling ro $2,966,000

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MSM takes a look at the domain for sale .biz In an article titled How to profit from domain names the London Times looks at a couple examples of quick domain flips for profit.

“Two years ago Mark Richards noticed that no one had registered the .com and addresses for “latelicence” and “latelicense”. He bought the domains for £20 and sold all four as a package one month later for £6,000.

“And Peter Savage whose best return was He registered the address for $20 after watching the success of, which sold in April for a record $2.6 million. A month later he sold his address on, the website marketplace, for $5,600, earning him £3,122.

ICANN has written back to Afilias confirming it does not see any signifcant competition or security and stability issues with Afilias’ request for a Phased Equitable Reallocation of Non-Compliant .INFO sunrise Domain Names and has requested Afilias submit a proposal for Public Comment. The Proposal and the Public submission will then be submitted to the Board for consideration.

ICANN letter to Afilias
Re: Proposal #2008008, Phased Equitable Rellocation of Non-Compliant .INFO Sunrise Domain Names (.pdf)

Afilias the company which run the .info gTLD have submiitted an application for new Registry Services to ICANN. The application is called the Phased Equitable Reallocation of Non-Compliant .INFO Sunrise Domain Names (pdf) and is a request for the Registry to be allowed to allocate names to developers and/or auction domain names which have remained suspended since the launch of .info in 2001.

Most if not all of the names in question show a registration date between 25th July 2001 to 27th August 2001, usually have a status marked “HOLD” and “TRANSFER PROHIBITED”.  Any many of these names have the Registrant Name marked as “Afilias Ltd / Sunrise Pending Reallocation” who run the .orgistry announced yesterday that more than 7,000,000 .org domains have been registered.

From the .org press release

“This is a significant milestone for .ORG, as it has consistently grown 20% percent year over year since its management by Public Interest Registry,” says Alexa Raad, CEO.  “.ORG continues to be the domain of choice for individuals and organizations who seek to brand their efforts under a globally trusted and respected address.”

NeuStar today announced that two million domain names have been officially registered within the .BIZ Internet domain. has the NeuStar Press release

DotCooperation LLC  have applied to ICANN to be allowed to release one and two character domains etc

ICANN has just posted their proposed service application 
“Release / Allocation of Single Character Names”

On the same day as .mobi applied to be allowed to release their .mobi single character domain names. has just released the 2008 .info gTLD market share map as with the the 2007 .info gTLD market share map it provides a visual snap shot of where .info is beginning to dominate and countries where there is more interest in other gTLD extensions. 

In two of the largest markets Canada & the UK, the number of .info registrations have now passed .org