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.asia: Go Live period starts today!

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Last registration phase for .asia domains is going alive within the next hours. Registrations will be based on a first-come-first-served system. During the ealier stages,

- 30,000 .asia applications during Sunrise period and Pioneers - 300,000 domain applications submitted during Landrush - 45,000 domains will go to auction

.Asia is expected to be popular in the Pacific Asia area as the use of social networks such as blog spaces (technorati.cn), video-sharing sites (youku.com), is growing fastly in the region and as businesses are taking advantage of the flourishing e-commerce sector.

According to CNNIC report, the number of blog writers reaches 47 million at the end of 2007. Recently, .cn has surpassed 10 million domains. Thus .com is facing a giant rival in this area. A research firm also announced that China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest web population, with now 220,000 million internet users (source: Zdnet). The future of Asian domain names seems to be optimistic!

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