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.XXX Could Change Browsing Habits

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It is my understanding that the adult industry has been at the forefront of various industry changes. I have heard that the adult video business spurred the quicker adoption of in-home VCRs, and I also understand that online adult businesses helped to bring credit card processing online more quickly.

I am wondering if .XXX domain names could change browsing habits in the future and pave the way for the public adoption of gTLD domain names. Hear me out for a minute.

At the moment, adult websites can be found on a wide variety of extensions... com, net, org, info...etc. There really are no rules in place for where people can find adult websites. As far as I am aware, that will not change with .XXX domain names. People will still be able to visit adult sites on the same extensions as they can now.

As some websites migrate to .XXX domain names, and other new adult websites are developed on .XXX domain names, it's likely more people will directly navigate to .XXX domain names for their adult pleasure. Frank Schilling has said → Read More


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.XXX Sunrise Period Extended – Over 70,000 Applications Received

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Last night, I posted a reminder to people that the Sunrise period to reserve .XXX domain names was going to end on October 28, 2011. According to an email I just received from Moniker, the Sunrise period has been extended to October 31, 2011.  The email stated:

"Great News! ICM Registry, responsible for the Dot Triple X sTLD (sponsored Top Level Domain), has extended Sunrise A and Sunrise B registration periods for an additional three days to conclude on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 16:00 UTC (Noon ET). This extension provides prospective registrants valuable time to secure their domains and protect their brands."

Although the ICM Registry website still says the end date of the Sunrise period is October 28, I have confirmed this information with them. According to Vaughn Liley, Sales Director for the ICM Registry, the  extension is "due to incredible last week demand and at the request of several Registrars who wanted the weekend to process their backlogs of applications."

In addition to this confirmation, Liley also informed → Read More


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Tomorrow Last Day for .XXX Sunrise B Applications

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ICM RegistryThe ICM Registry is currently accepting Sunrise B applications for .XXX domain names, and the final day to reserve one is tomorrow, October 28, 2011. If you want to opt out of .XXX for a trademark, tomorrow will be the last day to do it.

The landrush period will begin on November 8 and run through November 25. This phase of the release is for members of the adult community who do not have trademarks but do want to purchase .XXX domain names.

According to Andrew Allemann, the registry has grossed over $10,000,000 already, and they haven't even hit the landrush or general availability domain sales yet, which will likely be the company's bread and butter (main revenue stream). It's an incredible story, and while the topic may be polarizing for many people, it is getting people to talk about domain names and gTLDs (although this is not a gTLD).

More information about Sunrise B is available on the ICM Registry website. → Read More


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.XXX Purchases “All Cash”

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One thing is for sure with regards to this year's Traffic conference - a lot of people are talking about .XXX domain names. You really can't help but notice the presence of .XXX and the ICM Registry, and that has people talking.

In public and private, I have heard a number of people asking if the publicly announced deals have been all cash.  Gay.XXX was reportedly sold for $500,000, Frank Schilling bought a small batch of .XXX domain names for seven figures, and Mike Berkens bought three .XXX domain names.

Of course, there is a BIG difference between someone writing a check for (or wiring) $500,000 USD vs. someone providing in-kind services like public relations or having some type of rebate in lieu of actual cash.

I saw ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley this afternoon and I asked him about the deals. I was told that the deals have been entirely cash, with no refunds, rebates, or anything else. That should settle that question many people have been asking. → Read More


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