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Donuts: “we have no plans to increase prices for existing registrants”

Andee Hill from Donuts explained what the New gTLD registry’s business plan is, regarding pricing on its 200 new extensions. Uniregistry’s planned price increase put all New gTLD registries in a tough spot. I wondered how they felt and asked a few people from the registries while some made comments on blogs and forums. Here …

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.CLUB’s pricing strategy (.CLUB has signed a price protection clause with registrars for 5 years)

Colin Campbell, CEO of .Club said on Namepros that “.CLUB has voluntarily signed a price protection clause with the registrars for the first 5 years which limits to inflation or 15%.”. Uniregistry’s planned price increase put all New gTLD registries in a tough spot yesterday. I wondered how they feel and even asked a few …

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Frank Schilling just killed the New gTLD domain name program (Warning!)

Frank Schilling, owner of Uniregistry, just nailed the first nail on the New gTLD coffin. I wonder how the other registries are feeling about this? Yes, I am angry once again even though this price hike does not affect my own New gTLD names. But this affects the whole ICANN New gTLD program. Did Frank …

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Should Donuts or any other domain registry be the internet (copyright) police?

I think there has been a disproportionate reaction to 2 very similar policies: the Healthy Domains Initiative by The Domain Name Association and PIR and the agreements that Donuts and Radix have signed with MPAA. In February of last year, Donuts announced entry into a “trusted notifier” program with the Motion Picture Association of America …

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Epik acquires Undeveloped.com domain name marketplace

Dutch startup Undeveloped.com was acquired by US-based Epik Holdings Inc. to introduce a full-service solution for buying, selling, leasing and managing domains. Undeveloped.com announced today that it has been acquired by Epik Holdings inc. The integration of the two companies will help Undeveloped further accelerate the growth of its marketplace for digital brands, after more …

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30 New gTLD domain names sell for $143,129

This is the weekly New gTLD domain name sales report courtesy of Sold.Domains. This week 30 New gTLD domains were sold. 3 domains were sold for 5 figures: fashion.nyc, shop.nyc and bitcoin.casino. The total sales value for these 30 domains was $143,129. 23 of the domains were sold at the premium fashion .nyc domain name …

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Domain name people: Joe Styler of GoDaddy

Joe Styler serves as product manager for the aftermarket at GoDaddy. He is responsible for marketplace products including any purchase, sale, or monetization of a domain name. Joe received his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and his Masters in Divinity from Gordon Conwell in Massachusetts. During his nine-year tenure at GoDaddy Joe has …

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NamesCon India going to Mumbai on May 19th, 2017

On May 19, 2017, NamesCon India is going to Mumbai — the largest city in India and the cultural home along the Ganges River to the third largest economy in the world. NamesCon India is pleased to join WHD.india at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai in 2017. NamesCon India will be a jam-packed day with three …

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My favorite new domain extensions (562 domains in 82 extensions)

Many readers ask me what my favorite new extension is. There is not a definite answer as I strongly believe in good left-right combinations and not so much in individual extensions although it is clear as to what the winning extensions are so far. And no, I don’t judge by registration numbers alone. Some of …

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Rightside’s 2016 results: total domains are up while the renewal rate drops

Rightside Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq:NAME), announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. “In the fourth quarter, we executed on our strategy to deliver revenue growth in our higher margin businesses – focusing on our new gTLD registry business and our retail registrar, Name.com, while optimizing for margin expansion,” said …

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