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Uniregisty sends confusing .XYZ promo; Frank sends a follow up

Something about numeric .xyz domains being like bitcoin. And then… I was left scratching my head today when Uniregistry sent out a promo for .XYZ domain names. It starts with: If someone told you in 2010 to buy $100 worth of Bitcoin, would you have done it? Today, I am happy to share one of […]

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After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September 8, the date the increases kick in. It’s the second major registrar, after GoDaddy, to […]
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Shares of Web.com Up Over 13% After Hours On Takeover Rumors

Shares of Web.com (WEB) rose over 13% after hours as Reuters.com reported the company “is in talks with private equity firms after receiving takeover approaches.” The story went on to say “The buyout interest in Web.com comes as its sector has become increasingly crowded, with companies such as Wix.com Ltd, Weebly Inc and Squarespace seeking […]

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Rightside reports $14.4 million revenue in Q1, new TLD revenue stalls

Company has better-than-expected results in aftermarket segment but registry revenue isn’t budging. Domain name company Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) reported $14.4 million revenue for Q1 2017 after divesting eNom. Registry services revenue–that covers new top level domain names–increased 20% year over year. However, it was down slightly from Q4 2016 ($3.18 million vs. $3.20 million). This is […]

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GoDaddy reports earnings, Domain revenue dips from Q4 but up YoY

Domain revenue slips compared to Q4. GoDaddy (NASDAQ:GDDY) reported Q1 2017 earnings after the bell today. Topline revenue was $489.7 million, up 12.9% year over year. Bookings hit $624.8 million, up 12.0% year over year. The domain name business pulled in $240.8 million of revenue in Q1. This is up 10% year over year but […]

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January data show why Rightside sold eNom: Namecheap

Namecheap made a wholesale switch to its own accreditation in January. ICANN has published data from Verisign about .com activity in January, and it reveals a good reason why Rightside sold eNom to Tucows. Namecheap. Namecheap has always been a big part of eNom’s business. It has historically accounted for about a quarter of eNom’s […]

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MarkMonitor tells .feedback to take a hike after “breach” claim

MarkMonitor is to voluntarily terminate its registrar relationship with Top Level Spectrum after the .feedback registry hit it with a breach of contract notice. Troy Fuhriman, director of domain management at the registrar, told DI today that the company has just sent TLS a letter stating that it no longer wishes to sell .feedback names. […]
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Dynadog : Not a typo, just a cool domain destination

Dynadot is a popular domain registrar, and its brand is quite easy to remember. Unless, of course, one makes a slight typo, fat-fingering the last letter of the domain; after all, the letters “T” and “G” are next to each other. Dynadog.com is not a typo, however – just a cool destination. 😀 The Dynadot […]

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Pirate Bay founder launches piracy-friendly domain privacy service

The founder of controversial BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay has entered the domain name market with a new proxy service. It’s called Njalla, it’s based in a Caribbean tax haven, and it says it offers a higher level of privacy protection than you get anywhere else. The company described itself in its inaugural blog […]
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Official data show effects of Chinese domain investment bonanza

What happened in December, the one year anniversary of the Chinese investment bananza. ICANN just published data from Verisign about .com activity in December. This was the one year anniversary of lots of Chinese speculative registrations, and the deletions were massive. eName had 794,258 domains delete. HiChina saw 532,231 names delete. 22net had 125,766 deletions. […]

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