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Web.com gets Whois Privacy patent

Web.com subsidiary gets patent for Whois Privacy, as compared to Whois Proxy. GoDaddy has patents for domain name proxy services. Now a competitor, Web.com’s Network Solutions, has a patent for Whois privacy. U.S. Patent #9,817,979 (pdf) for Private domain name registration covers Whois privacy in which a domain is registered in the name of the […]

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GoDaddy files lawsuit to take down Whois spammers

Lawsuit targets people and companies allegedly sending spam and saying they are associated with GoDaddy. GoDaddy has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in an effort to take down one of the groups that it alleges is spamming offers to domain name owners and pretending to be affiliated with the registrar. If you’ve ever registered a domain […]

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Tucows’ revenue hit $85 million in Q3, company plans for GDPR

Revenue hits another record as company works to meet EU privacy law deadline. Domain name, mobile and internet services company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) reported earnings after the bell yesterday. The company reported record quarterly revenue of $85.0 million. That’s up 73% compared to the same quarter last year, with most of the growth coming from the […]

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GoDaddy reports earnings and domain revenue growth

Domain name business keeps growing. GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) reported earnings after the bell yesterday. Total revenue for Q3 was $582.2, up 24% year-over-year. That represents growth of about 12% if you exclude the additional revenue from acquiring Host Europe Group. The domain name business contributed $271.5 million and the company says most of the 15% year-over-year […]

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ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped about 90% […]
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.Com Winners and Losers

How registrars fared with .com in the most recent reports. ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for July 2017. Here are the top registrars in terms of new .com registrations for July. The only change from June was PublicDomainRegistry and HiChina swapping places. 1. GoDaddy* 834,759 […]

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Directnic Acquires Fabulous.com

Directnic, a provider of domain names and other Internet services, announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire domain name registrar Fabulous.com from Dark Blue Sea Pty. Limited. The transaction is expected to close later today. “For years, Fabulous and Directnic have been two leading domain registrars each with their own market focus […]

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GoDaddy wants to patent “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”

Patent application describes way to speed up domain lookups. Domain name registrar GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) has filed a U.S. patent application (pdf) for “Determining Status of a Domain Name Registration”. Yes, we’re talking about figuring out if a domain name is available to register. In fairness, the title of the patent makes it sound simpler than […]

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Namecheap drops lawsuit against Tucows

Companies appear to be resolving their disagreement outside of court. Domain name registrar Namecheap has dropped its lawsuit against Tucows. Namecheap has historically been a domain name reseller using Tucows’ Enom platform. Namecheap is now registering domain names under its own registrar accreditation and asked Tucows to transfer the four million domains it has sold […]

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