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    What's in .NAME? 5000+ .NAME Registrations Not Conforming to .NAME Restrictions | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 185 comments | Search Discussion
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    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Friday May 31 2002, @02:30PM (#6649)
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    Introducing Cappuccino, Brie, and Chili - New Internet Domain Registry Reveals Fashion for Nourishing Names

    London - March 21, 2002 -- The full impact TV’s celebrity chefs have over popular culture is revealed today - by an explosion in interest for food-based names.

    First names, including Gouda, Almond, Cappuccino and Iceberg are among the more unusual to have been registered for a .name - the new Internet domain for indivi duals. To date, there have been more than 165,000 annual .name domain and email product registrations since the service launched in January this year.

    Experts believe the new trend in food names has been fueled by America’s obsession with top TV chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Julia Child and Bobby Flay.

    "Fifty years ago, John and Mary often topped the popularity lists, but these da ys the need for individuality is making people increasingly turn to popular cult ure for help,” said Dr. David Lewis, a leading independent psychologist. “Over the last few decades, for example, our appetite for all things food has created a clear evolution in what we call ourselves. The increasing availability of inte rnational foods and ingredients, used by today’s ubiquitous TV chef, has opened up a whole new world of names."

    "While traditional food names, such as Basil, Rosemary and Ginger still survive, the popularity for exotic foods means that some people are seeking to spice things up by opting for names such as Chilli, Fig, Pepper and Brie".

    The current fad for healthy living is revealed by the presence of a number of fruity names. Among those already registered for a .name include Apple, Peach, Clementine, and Berry. By contrast, those who prefer cocktails have opted for names such as Wine, Sherry and Champagne.

    Other popular food names include Veal, Ham, Corn, Cheddar and Rice, while a passion for pastry has been recorded by two people who have registered the first names Filo and Puff.

    Andrew Tsai, CEO of Global Name Registry, the licence-holder of .name, says tha t the food fad is only one of the more interesting trends to emerge from the database of registered names.

    "We have also identified an upsurge in national pride, illustrated by names such as China, French, American, Swiss, Belgian, English, Brazil, Irish and even Morocco," said Mr. Tsai. "There is also a love for the natural world emerging with names such as Sea, Ocean, Ice and Snow."

    About Global Name Registry

    Global Name Registry was selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in November 2000 to develop, administer and market .name, the only top-level domain reserved exclusively for individuals.

    Headquartered in London, The Global Name Registry, Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GNR Limited, a company founded in 1999 to provide personalised communication services. GNR Limited's investors include Carlyle Europe Venture Partners, L.P., Northzone Ventures AS, and Four Seasons Venture AS.

    With extensive experience in technology infrastructure, networking, e-commerce, and security, GNR Limited intends to use the .name top-level domain as a global platform for digital identity services.

    The .name products can only be purchased through ICANN-accredited registrars. An up-to-date list of Official Providers of the .name products can be found on the Global Name Registry website at www.name.


    Notes to Editors:

    - The first .name went live on the Internet on 15th January 2002. Registration periods will occur every week from 19th March until registration is available in real-time on 15th May 2002...

    - Disputes regarding .name registrations may be filed under relevant .name dispute resolution policies...

    - Unlike existing and new top-level domains, Global Name Registry is positioning .name as a catalyst for new services and applications designed for personal communications.

    - The .name address can be used as a web site and email address today, but will ultimately be used as a unique identifier on any Internet-enabled device.

    - The .name top-level domain will evolve into a digital repository for information and a digital platform for e-commerce transactions.


    What was all that about .NAME bring only for personal names and non-commercial again?

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