a Total of 91 new gTLD applications passed ICANN Initial Evaluation (IE) including 8 applications which were previously passed over.
This is the most new gTLD applications to pass IE in a single week and ICANN is now processing 100 new gTLD applications up from 50 per week as they promised would happen in June.
This weeks more interesting new gTLD applications passing IE include two killer Geo’s .NYC and .Berlin; .budapest, a pseudo Geo of .Kiwi; Google’s application for .youtube, Microsoft’s applications for .Microsoft and .Hotmail; the Republican’s parties application for .GOP.
Some other .brand applications passed IE including .Neustar, .Monster, .Oldnavy; .Pioneer; .Genting (casino operators) .Lancia (Fiat); .Travelchannel; and Amazon’s application for .Kindle.
ICANN has now gone through all new gTLD applications with a prioritization of 500 or less, with 436 having a decision.
Here are the applications passing IE released by ICANN today: