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Tucows acquires eNom from Rightside

Tucows consolidates domain reseller platforms in $83.5 million transaction. Earlier this week I warned you to be on the lookout for big news over the next few days. Here it is. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) has acquired Rightside’s (NASDAQ:NAME) eNom business for $83.5M. The deal consolidates the #1 and #2 domain name reseller platforms eNom and OpenSRS. […]

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Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

A company accused of the domain slamming scam made over $5 million over three years tricking companies into buying domains they didn’t need, it has been alleged. Consumer Affairs Victoria, an Australian state government watchdog, has reportedly taken Domain Register Pty Ltd to court, claiming tens of thousands of people had been conned by fake […]
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ICANN terminates penis pill pimp registrar

ICANN is to terminate the contract of a Chinese registrar linked to dodgy pharmaceuticals web sites and other malfeasance. Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, has been told it will lose its registrar accreditation February 3. ICANN said in the termination notice that the company had failed to keep records related to […]
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Domain registrars revisited : The good, the bad and the ugly

Two years ago I wrote about how domain registrars fall in three categories: the good, the bad and the ugly. With the expansion of the Internet name space and the proliferation of new gTLDs, the importance of domain registrars as safe-keepers of domain assets has increased multifold. It’s time to revisit that old post and […]
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#9 in 2016: A domain company gets rebranded

Mark Monitor is now part of Clarivate Analytics, so it makes sense that the company went long on defensive domain registrations. Back in September I asked, “Who is Clarivate?“. This would end up being the ninth most viewed story on Domain Name Wire in 2016. Some company had registered a lot of domain names containing […]

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After one year hiatus, GoDaddy is back in the Super Bowl

GoDaddy will advertise in next year’s Super Bowl game to promote a new product. GoDaddy sat out the Super Bowl last NFL season for the first time since 2005. It will be back as an advertiser this season, the company announced today. Instead of promoting just the GoDaddy brand, the ad will focus on on […]

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.Shop domain names are now free

Moniker offers first-year registration for free, but limited to one per customer. GMO Registry, the company behind the .shop top level domain names, is offering free .shop domain names through December 23. So far, the promotion is being offered by Key-Systems’ registrars Moniker and domaindiscount24. It’s limited to one per customer, which means we shouldn’t […]

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GoDaddy will pay $1.79 billion for HEG in major Euro expansion

GoDaddy is to substantially increase the size of its European operation with the $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group. The market-leading registrar confirmed yesterday earlier reports that it was on track to buy HEG, which counts several big-name British and German registrars among its brands. The deal is worth €1.69 billion ($1.79 billion), which […]
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DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company. DropCatch is owned by […]
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The latest .Com Winners & Losers

Here’s how registrars fared in the latest Verisign report. ICANN has published the latest .com transactions report from registry Verisign, showing official results from August. Other than a bit of shakeup in the net inbound transfers category, there aren’t many changes from the previous month. The top registrars had some improvement in new registrations as […]

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