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GoDaddy releases Super Bowl teaser

Cats on roombas. What color is the dress? Internet memes to feature in GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercial. After skipping the Super Bowl last year, GoDaddy will return for its 12th Super Bowl campaign next month. GoDaddy released a teaser (embedded below) for its upcoming Super Bowl commercial this morning. The commercial, called “Good Morning”, will […]

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Celebrity cybersquatting to feature in Super Bowl commercial [video]

Actor turned fashion designer John Malkovich is to feature in a Super Bowl commercial themed on cybersquatting. The ad, for web host Squarespace, sees Malkovich complaining about the domain johnmalkovich.com belonging to some other guy by the same name. In a roundabout way, this is also a commercial for Tucows, the newly-crowned second-largest domain registrar, […]
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Tucows expects $20 million EBITDA/year from “opportunistic” eNom acquisition

Tucows expects fast contribution from eNom, which has booked losses at Rightside. Domain name and communications company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) didn’t plan to acquire two domain name businesses over the past year, but the opportunities were too good to pass up. First, the company scooped up Melbourne IT’s reseller channel for just over $8 million AUD. […]

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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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