When You Can’t Tell Web Suffixes Without a Scorecard
The New York Times
By Natasha Singer, August 17, 2013

The New York Times is finally telling the world about the new gTLDs! Some of the quoted commentary reminds us of classic quotations like: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

However, they do grapple with some of the knottier issues of what this means in terms of the value to internet users:

“Advocates of Internet freedom contend that such an expanded address system effectively places online control over powerful commercial and cultural interests in the hands of individual companies, challenging the very idea of an open Internet. Existing generic domains, like .net and .com, overseen by Verisign Inc., a domain registry, have an open-use policy; that means consumers can buy domain names ending in .com directly from retail registrars like GoDaddy. With a new crop of applicants, however, Icann initially accepted proposals for closed or restricted generic domains, a practice that could limit competing views and businesses.”

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Secretaries of All 50 States Tells ICANN To Follow GAC Advice On INC, .LLC, .CORP and .LLP
TheDomains.com

By Michael Berkens, August 13, 2013

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), an organization that includes Secretaries of State and Lieutenant Governors of the 50 U.S. states and territories, has written to ICANN contending that the new gTLDs .INC, .LLC, .CORP and .LLP be managed in such a way that only “entities that are appropriately registered and in good- standing with the Secretary of State or other appropriate state agency” will be able to register domains with those TLDs.  

This makes sense to us.  A primary value to the consumer of these gTLDs is in a basic level of trust that the sites represent businesses who are what they say they are.

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Panelists are people too! This one got angry.

Land Rover found guilty of RDNH in scathing cybersquatting decision
DomainNameWire.com
By Andrew Allemann, August 19, 2013 

Land Rover has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a UDRP case it brought against a Montana dealer of old school Land Rovers that uses the domain MountainRovers.com. This is despite the car dealer not responding to the UDRP. Even more noteworthy is the scathing critique panelist Houston Putnam Lowry had for Land Rover.

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Have you been trying to follow the news on the new gTLDs and gotten confused by the ever-changing timeslines and guidelines? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one.

New gTLDs: If I Knew Then, What I Know Now…
CircleID.com
By Elisa Cooper, August 16, 2013

I really doubt that 5+ years ago, when this new gTLD journey began, that anyone could have predicted where we are now...