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GoDaddy flips hosting business for $456 million

GoDaddy has sold off its recently acquired PlusServer business for €397 million ($456 million). The buyer is a private equity firm, BC Partners. The registrar had taken control of the business when it spent $1.79 billion on Host Europe Group earlier this year, but had said from the start that the asset was for sale. […]
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Bad guys get Gandi.net’s password to technical provider, redirect domains

751 domain names registered at Gandi were pointed to malware sites. Hackers managed to redirect 751 domain names at domain name registrar Gandi.net to servers spreading malware, the company detailed this week. All of the domain names were on country code domain names for which Gandi uses a third-party technical provider to connect to the […]

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ICANN expects to lose 750 registrars in the next year

ICANN is predicting that about 750 accredited registrars will close over the next 12 months due to the over-saturation of the drop-catching market. ICANN VP Cyrus Namazi made the estimate while explaining ICANN’s fiscal 2018 budget, which is where the projection originated, at the organization’s public meeting in South Africa last week. He said that […]
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CrazyDomains owner buys Singapore domain and hosting company

Australian registrar gobbles up Singapore company. Dreamscape Networks, owner of Australian domain name registrar CrazyDomains, has acquired Singapore’s Vodien Group for AUS $30 million (about USD $23 million). Vodien Group has 27,000 customers and 52,000 domains under management. It ranks first in hosting market share in Singapore and third for Singapore’s .sg domain registrations with […]

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First take: Donuts to buy Rightside for $213 million

Deal saves Rightside from the public markets and challenged growth trajectory. Top level domain name company Donuts has agreed to acquire competitor Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) for $213 million, Rightside announced today. The deal will give Donuts an additional 40 top level domain names, Rightside’s technical registry system (that currently powers Donuts’ domains), domain name registrar […]

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Dynadot to host domain name meetup in San Francisco in July

Domain meetup to take place in the center of the tech universe. Domain name registrar Dynadot is hosting a meetup in San Francisco next month. I’m not aware of any recent domain name meetups in the city, and you’d think it would be a hotbed for this sort of event. The meetup will take place […]

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