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17 Sep 2014

#Itsgotime

Hey #GenXYZ!

Just one week into general availability, Daniel Negari and the rest of us on the XYZ team packed up our bags – along with a ton of .xyz t-shirts – to go on an epic GoDaddy road show. And what better way to go on an epic road trip than to rent an epic RV, complete with a bedroom, full bathroom, and extendable kitchen and dining area?

rv

Before we get into the juicy details of our trip, it’s worth mentioning that folding and packing all these goodies was a much more ambitious task than anyone could have ever imagined. It took a dozen highly skilled XYZers, plus some very thoughtful friends, and roughly 23 hours to handle all of the logistics. We’re not kidding – it was all hands on deck this past Saturday from 10 am until we packed the last box into the RV at 1 am. Have a look at what a couple hundred shirts looks like:

shirts

Several cases of Red Bull later, we hit the road in the XYZmobile. In just two days, we met thousands of GoDaddy employees in their Scottsdale HQ, as well as their offices in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona. Each individual’s enthusiasm and passion was immediately evident, and getting to experience the sales reps’ excitement with them after helping their customers register the perfect .xyz domain was priceless. A number of GoDaddy employees registered .xyz names on the spot, even upgrading their .com’s to shorter and more memorable .xyz domains.

GoDaddy and .xyz were fortunate enough to share not one, but two HUGE milestones together this week. Upon first arriving in Scottsdale, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving stopped by with a tip that some big news was about to be released. By now, everyone has heard about the company’s IPO for $100 million. Congrats Blake and the entire GoDaddy team!

godaddy

Channeling the excitement and energy from the big news, the sales team at the Gilbert office was able to help us reach our own .xyz milestone today. Just eight days after our general availability launch, .xyz became the first new domain extension to cross the 100,000 registration mark. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than by blowing the ceremonial horn with the wonderful people at GoDaddy.

The team is now in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the last stop of the GoDaddy road show. We’ll do a full recap upon our return, but in the mean time, check out some of the great photos and footage we’ve posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all of our entertaining updates while on tour.

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17 Sep 2014

.xyz is Taking Industry-Leading Measures to Prevent Fraud and Spam

As an industry-leading registry operator, .xyz has spent quite a bit of time prepping for anything that might go wrong in a namespace that’s as popular as we’ve become. So even though we’re busy promoting the next big thing, we’ve been just as proactive behind the scenes to monitor and block spam, plus other forms of abuse.

Sure, ICANN requires all registries to do some self-monitoring. But at .xyz, we have taken things waaay further by not only securing partnerships and direct data feeds from some of the world’s most trusted anti-spam and anti-malware providers, but we’ve taken our innovation skills to the max by developing our own in-house abuse technology – all in an effort to protect internet users everywhere.

So what kind of voodoo magic are we doing behind our shiny purple logo? In short, we’re proactively tracking down spam, analyzing it in a heartbeat, then promptly blocking any domain that we confirm is a source of abuse. We can ramble all day about this, but it’s probably just easier to check out our Acceptable Use and Anti-Abuse Policy for more info on what will get someone canned.

We’ve promised to bring innovation to the internet and we’re delivering in a big way. Whether you have a .xyz website or are one of the millions of people who visit one, rest assured that you’ll be safe in our namespace.

Got questions? Want to stay up-to-date on all things XYZ? Follow us on all the usual sites @XYZ.

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17 Sep 2014

.xyz is Global

مرحبا,  Γεια σας, שלום, ສະບາຍດີ,  Алло,  สวัสดี,  こんにちは,  안녕하세요 and hello, #GenXYZ!

We’re a little over a month old and we’ve truly gone global – twice over.

First, we’re excited to announce that we fully support IDNs! What does that even mean? IDN is short for “International Domain Names”. You can now get your perfect .xyz domain names in additional languages and scripts, opening the doors to connect with users in every corner of the world. www.サッカー.xyz? That’s “soccer” in Japanese. Pretty cool huh?

And there’s more. Register .xyz domains in any of these 10 languages and scripts:

  • Arabic
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Latin
  • Lao
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Chinese (coming soon)

.xyz has gone global in another big way. If you check out the homepages of major domain name retailers (also known as registrars) like GoDaddy, you’ll find us prominently featured all over the place.

godaddy-hp-7.9.14.xyz on GoDaddy (US)

It’s like a .xyz scavenger hunt. Can you spot us on these websites? We’re highlighted all over the world through these registrars, in locations like the US, UK, Japan, China, Russia, Africa, and even Luxembourg.

nowcn-hp-7.9.14.xyz on now.cn (China)

webnamesru-hp-7.9.14.xyz on webnames.ru (Russia)

123reg-hp-7.9.14.xyz on 123-reg (UK)

onamae-hp-7.9.14.xyz on onamae.com (Japan)

EuroDNS 5.28.14.xyz on EuroDNS (Luxembourg)

Keep looking out for us, #GenXYZ – we promise to work hard and have .xyz domain names available to you all over the world. If you see us out there in the wild, give us a shoutout @xyz on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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17 Sep 2014

.xyz Websites in the Wild

Our last post was about .xyz going global and being available through all corners of the world. But are any of you wondering who are all these .xyz users and what are they doing with their spiffy new domain names?!

Day to day, we’re blown away by the number of innovative .xyz websites that are popping up everywhere. Fresh new sites are being developed everyday – everything from personal blogs, informational sites, official band websites, to even a multiplayer chess game.

Right when we think we’ve seen them all, you guys surprise us with exciting new sites. Clearly, #GenXYZ, you are hitting it out of the park with creative ideas.

We have something special in the works for you, but in the mean time, let us proudly highlight two amazing new websites we’ve found.

First up…

Stiletto Me Up
by Egreis Gjergjani
www.stilettomeup.xyz
(she even picked up stilettos.xyz for fans to find her more easily)

stilettomeup

Widely known as the Shoe Queen, a fashionista, and multitasking entrepreneur, follow Egreis on her glammed up blog as she enters a new phase of her life: being a mom to her newborn, Gio.

“My life has shifted from heels and purses to diapers and baby bottles, and I couldn’t feel any more complete.

I’ll be blogging about mommy, baby, fashion, beauty and my overall lifestyle. I hope you enjoy it and I hope we learn from one another.”

Be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram (over 270k followers!) for peeks into what she’s cooking up, wearing, work-out tips, and more – she’s got you covered.

And then there’s…

Ishibe Dance
by Ryuta Ishibe
www.ishibe-dance.xyz

ishibe

Ryuta Ishibe is a 24 year-old, dedicating his .xyz page to one mission: to dribble a soccer ball around the entire world, hoping to make as many people smile along his journey.

Sound impossible? He already completed this feat lengthwise down the country of Japan – and it took him a full year and 2 months.

He’ll embark on his epic journey in March of 2015, kicking-off on .xyz’s home turf of sunny Los Angeles. Keep tabs on him as he trains for his mission and recruits faithful travel buddies through his website and Facebook page (even if you don’t read Japanese, you can’t deny his infectious energy).

There are barrel-loads more of .xyz websites we want to share with you, #GenXYZ, but we’ll save them for future posts.

Can’t wait? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more awesome (and more frequent) .xyz updates!

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17 Sep 2014

More .xyz domains sold than .org and .net @Hover

Great news, #GenXYZ! While we’ve been highlighting awesome .xyz websites the past few weeks, we also wanted to break the news of a huge milestone that we hit with one of our innovative registrar partners, Hover. Hover is part of the Tucows family and is famous for their no-fuss and top-notch customer support.

It started earlier this month, when Hover kicked-off a special .xyz promotion:

There was an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from Hover’s customers and after the first week of the promotion, we debuted on their Top 20 gTLDs list at #7. When the second week rolled around, we hopped over a couple to #5. And then the third week happened…and tweet! We wake up to the sweet sound of a Twitter notification that:

According to Michael from Hover, “For the first time, the #2 spot is not being taken up by the classic TLDs .ORG or .NET, with newcomer .XYZ taking over that coveted spot.”

To say that taking over the #2 position from .net and .org is “big news” is an understatement. We’re still shy of 3 months old and we’re quickly proving that we can play ball with the big players. And as NPR said, a “contender to take on .com”.

We had a feeling that great things were happening when a giant like Hover, believed enough in .xyz to offer their customers such an amazing promotion. And even more rewarding is seeing live websites from users who bought their .xyz domains at Hover like www.chs.xyz (which we featured in last week’s #WebsiteWednesday).

We’re excited to be working with our awesome partners to grow #GenXYZ, and we can’t wait to break more news and world records with them!

If you haven’t already, don’t miss out on a brand new posting on CEO Daniel Negari’s blog, and drop us a line through the wonderful world of social media @xyz on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Welcome to the next generation of the internet.

Powered by .xyz

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17 Sep 2014

#WebsiteWednesday

How many times do you have to repeat something before you can say you’re on a roll? With so many creative sites ending in .xyz, we’re back with another episode of .xyz Websites in the Wild. On another Wednesday. Do I sense a theme here? We’re definitely on a roll.

The entire XYZ Team was excited to find this little gem of a website:

www.ishe.xyz

ishe1a

This handy-dandy site is a free URL shortening tool that not only does the obvious, but it instantaneously generates a QR code. It also gives you cool options like setting an expiration date, view click statistics (privately or publicly), or even customizing your shortened URL for a personalized touch.

Look how long that URL is! Plug it into ishe.xyz and BAM:

ishe1b

And good news for all our #GenXYZ developer friends out there – ishe.xyz offers its powerful API for free.

Test drive this amazing tool (no sign-in required) and share the knowledge (with a tweet)!

Another .xyz user is flexing his developer muscles with:

www.chs.xyz

chs

chs.xyz eliminates the hassle of downloading apps or lugging around your chess set (yes, I’m sure someone out there does). It’s a free multiplayer chess game that you can play straight from your browser!

Make sure to follow @chsxyz on Twitter to find out when a new chess game is about to start. You can even start one yourself 🙂

It’s so awesome to see sites like this that not only entertain, but also connect users across the vast world of the internet. The Generation XYZ community truly is growing day by day, and we’re excited to see how it will evolve by the next time we have our #WebsiteWednesday.

If you have any leads on other .xyz websites you recommend (even your own), drop us a line through Twitter @xyz or Facebook. Until next time, #GenXYZ!

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17 Sep 2014

The spiffiest infographic of all

Hey there, #GenXYZ. We can’t believe August is almost wrapping up and Fall is right around the corner. What was the highlight of your summer? Ours was hands down launching .xyz in June, and watching it continue to expand as the world’s largest and fastest growing new domain extension. And that’s all thanks to your support, #GenXYZ!

As we’re getting a little nostalgic this time of week (it must be all the #tbt going on), we can’t think of a more appropriate time to walk down memory lane. And we’re taking it way back.

We know infographics are all the rage, so we took it a step further. Team XYZ is very excited to present our #tbt timeline infographic (timelinographic? infographline?): the Past, Present and Future of the Internet.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together! After you throw down some impressive statistics about #selfies to your friends, don’t forget to spread the rest of the knowledge by sharing the infographic high and wide (conveniently with that link, just for you).

What are some other awesome facts about the internet that you know? Send us some nuggets of information through the usual social media channels of FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. We always look forward to hearing from you!

[Dive in! Click the image to enlarge.]

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17 Sep 2014

#WebsiteWednesday: International Edition

Happy Wednesday, #GenXYZ!

We’re back to showcasing some of the amazing .xyz websites in the wild, and we’re delivering a special installment this week. We’re kicking off the fall with #WebsiteWednesday: International Edition.

One of the greatest things about the internet is how it connects people without hopping on a plane. Our first stop? Japan.

www.rumor.xyz
by DeNA

rumor

Brought to you by the mobile gaming giant, DeNA, is www.rumor.xyz. DeNA runs the largest mobile social networking platform with over 30 million users – and they’re introducing their freshest app (only 3 days old) with a .xyz domain name.

It reminds us a bit of Whisper, but it throws in the “social” aspect of social media that we all love. Ever feel like anonymously sharing a little secret or asking your friends something to see their reaction? Rumor lets you do just that. Check-out their promotional video for a glimpse into the newest app in Japan!

Our next stop is…Romania (did you see that coming?)

www.advertigo.xyz
by Advertigo

advertigo-3

Advertigo is a modern branding and advertising agency that specializes in the building materials market. Their expertise in architecture and construction shines through in their sleek, newly designed website.

Even though they’re based in Romania, their reach is massive – their audience includes English, German, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Russian, AND Chinese speakers. They’re also part of the E3 International Agency Network, which brings together the brightest in branding and communication from over 30 countries.

We have a lot in store for the fall, so stay tuned and drop us a line through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And last but not least, we’d like to give a special shout out to all of our Facebook followers. Each and every one of you helped us leap over the 3,000 follower milestone! Here’s to many more to come.

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16 Sep 2014

2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine

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Mazda3

With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company’s spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder as finally being available with a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the previous six-speed automatic. The automaker had promised the row-your-own gearbox with the bigger engine back when it first announced the new Mazda3, but it waited a model year to actually put the combo on sale.

According to Mazda’s specs, the manual gearbox trims 40 pounds off of a hatchback or 54 pounds off of a sedan in s Touring and s Grand Touring trims. However, shedding that weight doesn’t necessarily boost fuel economy. The six-speed hatch is rated at 26 miles per gallon city and 35 mpg highway, compared to 27/37 for the automatic. The manual sedan is rated at 25/37 city/highway mpg, versus 28/39 with the auto. Buyers can save a little money by opting for the manual, though. Regardless of body style, it’s about $1,050 cheaper than the automatic. There are two, other minor 2015 model year changes, as well. The Mazda Connect infotainment system and rear camera are now standard on the i Touring model, and all buyers can get Mazda Connect upgraded to include navigation for $399.95 from dealers, if they don’t already have nav.

Autoblog reached out to Mazda and learned that the 2.5L 6MT models started hitting dealers in August. The 2.5 wasn’t initially available with the stick because, “We had to prioritize engineering resources and the 2.5L 6MT was not a high priority combination. Globally, smaller engines are preferred in terms of sales,” a Mazda spokesperson explained via email. The automaker also notes that Austrailia will probably be the only other market outside of North America to get the six-speed gearbox with the larger engine.

2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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15 Sep 2014

Mahindra studying bringing Ssangyong to US

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A South Korean employee talks on his pho

After a valiant effort, Indian automaker Mahindra eventually had to give up its attempt to bring a small, cheap pickup truck to the United States, but it hasn’t completely given up. Korean automaker Ssangyong, which Mahindra controls, might have a confusing name, but it’s taking the first, tentative steps toward bringing its inexpensive SUVs across the Pacific.

Though an American launch is still years away from actually happening, Ssangyong and Mahindra are investigating whether the Korean automaker has a chance of succeeding in the US market. “Right now what we are doing is very early feasibility study of which products will make sense for the US, what will it take to make those products work, whether it will be financially viable to launch in the US,” said Pawan Goenka, president of Mahindra’s automotive business to Reuters.

Goenka didn’t specify to Reuters when this analysis might end, but he indicated once it was done, the move into the US would still need to be ratified by the company’s board. From there, it could be another two-and-a-half years or more to actually put an SUV on sale.

Mahindra had reportedly been considering the Ssangyong expansion as far back as 2012. Earlier this year, the Korean company began working with consultants to determine a more American-friendly name and determine which vehicles from its range might work best here. The two most likely candidates at the time were the Korando and SLV crossovers.

According to Reuters, Ssangyong has been investing into its products and expanding further into China, possibly even building a factory there. Still, Mahindra already learned from experience that launching in the US was no small task. Can it get things right the second time?

Mahindra studying bringing Ssangyong to US originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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