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Chinese resellers cut off from .Au domain names

Registry sites fraud in a decision to halt .au registrations from Chinese resellers. .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the registry for Australia’s .au domain names, has instructed Tucows to cut off Chinese resellers from .au domain names. Tucows operates both the OpenSRS and Enom reseller platforms, making it by far the dominant domain reseller company. […]

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Ethereum : easyDNS sets world first with crypto-payments

Domain registrar and DNS services provider, easyDNS, has started accepting payments made in Ethereum, the second most popular cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. Here’s the statement that was issued earlier today: “We’re happy to announce that as of this morning we’ve added ethereum as a payment method on easyDNS. To our knowledge, we are the first and only ICANN […]

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My thoughts on employee turnover at Uniregistry

Here are some probable reasons you’re seeing visible turnover at Uniregistry. On Friday, Konstantinos Zournas at OnlineDomain wrote about something people have been mumbling about on message boards for a couple months now: turnover at Frank Schilling’s company Uniregistry. Konstantinos is correct. There has been quite a bit of visible turnover at the company. A […]

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CentralNic is on the premium domain hamster wheel

The premium domain hamster wheel will be in effect later this year. Domain name registrar and registry company CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) reported first half 2017 financial results today. The company reported first half revenue of £10.59 million, up 18.5% from £8.93 million in the first half of 2016. But this was down from £13.20 revenue […]

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Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief. […]
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.museum soon could be open to all (no haters please)

The 15-year-old .museum gTLD could soon be open to a great many more potential registrants, following an ICANN contract renewal. The registry, MuseDoma, has negotiated a new Registry Agreement that rewrites eligibility rules to the extent that soon basically anyone should be able to register a name. Since the gTLD went live back in 2002, […]
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