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CentralNic buys .fans for peanuts

CentralNic has acquired the flailing new gTLD .fans for an undisclosed sum. The value of the deal was low enough that publicly traded CentralNic was not obliged to disclose the purchase to the market, CEO Ben Crawford confirmed. The ICANN contract seem...
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Brazil dancing around four million reg milestone

The Brazilian ccTLD, .br, last week topped four million registrations for the first time, then promptly dropped back below the milestone. The TLD was at 4,000,260 domains on Monday September 24, prompting a press release from Nic.br, dropping back belo...
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.CLUB sees spam double after China promotion

.CLUB Domains has seen the amount of spam in .club double a month after seeing a huge registration spike prompted by a deep discount deal. The registry saw its domains under management go up by about 200,000 names over a few days in early August, large...
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Donuts gets bought by former ICANN CEO’s firm

Donuts is to be bought by a private equity firm that has a former ICANN CEO as a partner. The company, which holds the largest portfolio of new gTLDs, has agreed to be acquired by Boston-based private equity firm Abry Partners for an undisclosed sum. N...
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Afilias finally admits it’s American

Afilias has changed its corporate structure and is now officially based in the United States. A new holding company, Afilias Inc, has been created in Delaware. It now owns Afilias Plc, the Ireland-based company that has been until now the parent of the...
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.CLUB revenue reportedly $7.2 million

.CLUB Domains had $7.2 million of revenue in 2017. That’s according to Inc magazine, which ranked the company at 1164th in its 2018 Inc 5000 list of the fastest-growing US-based companies. Growth over three years for .CLUB, which is listed as hav...
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38th dot-brand bows out after acquisition

Telecity Group, which used to be a major London-based internet collocation facilities operator, has told ICANN it no longer wishes to run its dot-brand gTLD. .telecity will become the 38th dot-brand gTLD to terminate its registry agreement. The company...
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Allstate dumps a dot-brand

American insurance giant Allstate has dumped one of its two dot-brand gTLDs. The company, which had $38.5 billion revenue in 2017, has told ICANN it no longer wishes to run .goodhands, which is a partial match to its long-time “Are you in good ha...
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