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.BERLIN, Germany's second new geographic extension (after .RUHR) enters Sunrise on 14 February.
This Sunrise is a bit special – it's similar to a Landrush, but it's first-come, first-served, just like Berliners at your local bakery. That means that while you must possess the corresponding trademark from TMCH (more info in this post) to be able to register the domain, if someone else owns the same trademark, the first one to register the domain wins!
Of course, it just wouldn't be German if there weren't a few rules:
One of the domain's contacts (other than the billing contact) must have an address in Berlin. Gandi doesn't (yet) offer a local contact for this extension, so you'll need to make the necessary arrangements,
The administrative contact must be an individual, and
The domain must be activated within 12 months of its registration (website, redirection or email addresses; in the case of a website, it must have some relationship to the city of Berlin).
The Sunrise price for a .berlin is $312.18 at A rates.
There will be no Landrush phase for this extension.
General Availability starts the day after the Sunrise phase ends, 18 March at 10am UTC, at which point the price will be $52.18/year.
Please note that invalid applications submitted during Sunrise will not be refunded.
The new .CEO extension is entering Sunrise today, where it will remain until March 11th. The Landrush phase will follow, from 17 to 24 March.
General availability is scheduled for March 28th, 2014.
The primary purpose of this extension is apparently to verify the domain owner's status as a real CEO, where he or she can be free to express their views and opinions without worrying about those troublesome parody social media accounts. It’s apparently short for "Credible. Exceptional. Official." and will help with "branding the cult of the CEO." Also, .ceo is, and we quote, "The only address on the internet to convey Authority and Power." Well, we think .guru would beg to differ!
The Sunrise price of this new gTLD will be $258.68 USD, which includes the Sunrise application as well as 2 years of registration.
During Landrush and General Availability, the price will be $89.68 per year.
Similar domains registered during Sunrise or Landrush will be subject to an auction organized by the Registry.
Okay, so they might not be the most highly anticipated new extensions, but it is what it is: The sunrise phase for .codes, .farm, and .viajes has begun, and they are available for pre-registration as of today, Tuesday 11 February.
The Sunrise period of these three extensions will last two months, ending 12 April. As usual, the last three days of the Landrush phase, which will end 23 April, will be available on our website; if you want to drop the thousands of dollars needed to get in on the first four days of the Landrush, contact our support team. (The Donuts-style Landrush, or EAP, is explained in detail in our blog post.)
Finally, the opening of the General Availability phase is scheduled for 23 April, 2014, when regular prices kick in:
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