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Train Wreck: ICANN Name Collisions Prevent Many Useful Foreign Domains from Being Registered

Nov 07, 2013 No Comments by

The most popular and useful generic foreign terms are being blocked from use due to a technical issue known as name collisions (“NGPC Resolution for Addressing the Consequences of Name Collisions”) which ICANN has been unable to resolve. Terms such as movie (кино), game (игра) and news (новости) are on the blocklist for the 2 […]

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Will ICANN Clarify How IDNs Should Work?

Sep 19, 2013 No Comments by

It is critical that owners own the same equivalent to avoid massive user confusion. However, ICANN has still not yet incorporated this point in their draft proposal. For instance, it is imperative that the owner of פרחים.com should own פרחים.קום. Otherwise, there will be brand dilution, and two different owners will essentially own […]

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Exclusive: Hiro Hotta Discusses IDN.JP Aliasing to IDN.日本

Jul 01, 2012 1 Comment by

This brief IDNBlog exclusive is with Hiro Hotta, who is speaking on behalf of JPRS, which is the registry governing .jp domain names. He provides an update on the status of aliasing to IDN.日本. Hiro Hotta, was recently asked about the current likelihood of JPRS obtaining an alias of .日本 for .JP, whether this […]

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Exclusive Q&A with Verisign: Verisign Is In Discussions to Correct Hebrew gTLD Application

Jun 21, 2012 3 Comments by

A Verisign spokesperson participated in a Q&A with IDNBlog to address a few burning questions regarding Verisign’s recent gTLD applications. While we understand the confidential nature of Verisign’s future plans, below please find questions and answers on four key new gTLD topics. Q: It surprised some that Verisign applied for קוֹם. (punycode: xn--hdb9cza1b) but not […]

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What Will Happen to the Variant of Verisign’s Hebrew Application?

Jun 13, 2012 1 Comment by

Verisign applied for 12 IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) transliterations of .COM, but it was Verisign’s Hebrew application that stood out. Verisign applied for: קוֹם. (punycode: xn--hdb9cza1b). Some natives hoped for a Verisign application for: קום. (punycode: xn--9dbq2a). While both קוֹם and קום are correct Hebrew transliterations of “.COM”, Verisign’s application includes a dot (a Hebrew […]

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Amazon’s Hefty IDN Investment

Jun 13, 2012 1 Comment by

Amazon continued to solidify its forward thinking reputation with a significant portion of its new gTLD applications devoted to IDNs (Internationalized Domain Names). At $185,000 for each application alone, plus maintenance costs this represents a substantial investment. It is clear that Amazon expects a great deal of IDN demand now that IDN.IDNs are available. Among […]

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.COM Has Been Translated Into Several Languages

Jun 13, 2012 3 Comments by

Verisign has applied for the following transliterations of .COM: คอม / xn--42c2d9a, Transliteration of dot com (Thai) コム / xn--tckwe, Transliteration of dot com (Japanese) קוֹם / xn--hdb9cza1b, Transliteration of dot com (Hebrew) كوم / xn--fhbei, Transliteration of dot com (Arabic) 点看 / xn--3pxu8k,Transliteration of dot com (Simplified Chinese) 點看/ xn--c1yn36f, Transliteration of dot com […]

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What is the Most Searched Keyword on Snapnames?

May 25, 2012 No Comments by

You might be surprised by this month’s leading keyword on Snapnames’ most searched keyword list. It is “xn--”, which is used as the beginning of any punycode equivalent of an IDN. For instance мрамор.com ( in Russian) has a punycode equivalent of Either the IDN (мрамор.com) or the punycode ( will navigate to the […]

IDN Read more Relaunches: Why it is an Opportunity You Can’t Afford to Miss

Mar 27, 2012 1 Comment by

Opportunities abound in our new fixed price marketplace that was just launched. Many top 50 terms, such as “Flowers, Doctors, Hotels, Games” are listed at historically low fixed prices. Here’s why you should take a serious look at investing in IDNs from the newly launched marketplace: *Quality. Many listed domains are category leaders with […]

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Linsanity: Jeremy Lin (林書豪) and Yao Ming (姚明) IDNs

Feb 13, 2012 1 Comment by

Jeremy Lin is the Chinese-American basketball sensation who has led the Knicks to five straight wins. Lin’s underdog story began when he was an undrafted Harvard graduate who was sleeping on his brother’s couch and was without a guaranteed contract. He rose rapidly to become the starting point guard for the New York Knicks and […]

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