Donuts to administer Chinese domain name for ‘games’

Bellevue startup Donuts has received approval from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to administer .游戏, an internationalized domain name that translates to “games” in Chinese characters. It marks the first domain name that Donuts plans to release over the next year, with the agreement signed at ICANN’s 47th public meeting in South Africa. “The current… Read More


Domain name operator Donuts passes background checks, names new CTO

Donuts, the heavily-funded Bellevue startup, has made it through initial evaluation tests conducted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The evaluation included a look at the company’s financial and technical fitness, as well as background checks of the company’s staff. The initial tests were conduced in this instance around Donuts’ efforts to… Read More


From .art to .microsoft to .zappos: Applicants revealed in domain name land grab

Some of the biggest names in technology, as well as some prospecting upstarts have entered applications with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for hundreds of new Internet domain name extensions. The list includes common words, such as .auto, .attorney, .baby and .beer, as well as well-known proper names such as .Google. .FedEx and… Read More


Weird: Microsoft is now the owner of ‘’

Sorry, but this was too strange to ignore: Domain name watchdog reports that Microsoft has obtained the sites “” and “” as part of an acquisition spree possibly related to the release of Halo 4 this fall. Whois records confirm it. Fusible suggests that “clicktohump” is a reference to an unsavory practice in Halo multiplayer games, but… Read More


Amazon gets ‘KindleScribe’ domains, dropping more hints

Everything does these days is being scrutinized for ties to its expected Android tablet launch, a possible offshoot of its Kindle e-reader. Over the weekend we spotted Amazon’s trademark filings for its Lab126 unit, the group that makes the Kindle, wondering if it could be connected to the upcoming announcement. Now a couple of domain-name… Read More