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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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Transferring domains gets more complex this week

A new anti-hijacking domain name transfer policy comes into effect this week at all ICANN-accredited registrars, potentially complicating the process of not only selling domains but also updating your own Whois records. But many registrars have already rewritten their terms of service to make the new rules as hassle-free as possible (and essentially pointless). From […]
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GoDaddy in talks to buy massive registrar Host Europe – report

GoDaddy is reportedly talking to Host Europe Group, one of Europe’s largest registrars, about an acquisition. Reuters today reported that the deal, should it go ahead, could be worth as much as $1.8 billion. GoDaddy has been favored over rival bids from United Internet (owner of United-Domains) and buyout firm Centerbridge, Reuters said. HEG is […]
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CentralNic hires Andy Churley as Marketing Director

Churley has domain registrar and registry experience. Domain name company CentralNic today announced that it has hired Andy Churley as Group Marketing Director. Churley will oversee marketing across all of CentralNic’s companies, which include retail registrars and backend registry services. Churley was most recently Chief Marketing Officer at NameShield, a brand protection domain name registrar. […]

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It’s the end of domain search as we know it (and I feel fine)

Fracesco Cetraro of .Cloud provides these reflections for a new user-centric approach to getting people online. As a domain geek working in an industry full of people passionate about domains, I often find myself involved in very interesting discussions about the state and challenges of the domain industry and the impact that new TLDs are […]

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Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which carries the most. It will come as little surprise to most that brand protection registrars […]
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Australian domain name registrar eyes IPO

Dreamscape targets an $86 million value. Australian domain name company Dreamscape, better known as CrazyDomains, is getting ready to go public. The Australian Financial Review reports that the company plans to begin trading on the Australian Securities Exchange on November 29. It is raising $25 million, $10 million of which will go to existing management […]

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