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ICANN chief tells industry to lawyer up as privacy law looms

The domain name industry should not rely on ICANN to protect it from incoming EU privacy law. That’s the strong message that came out of ICANN 60 in Abu Dhabi last week, with the organization’s CEO repeatedly advising companies to seek their own legal advice on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The organization […]
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CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did […]
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Topcoin plans ICO with goal of being loyalty program for digital goods

Company plans to use blockchain to disrupt the loyalty program business. If you’ve registered domain names at Uniregistry over the past three years then you are familiar with Topcoin, a form of digital rewards that can be redeemed for discounts on purchases at Uniregistry. The utility of this rewards currency is about to get interesting. […]

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Donuts’ acquisition of Rightside makes it easier on brand owners

Combined top level domain name portfolio will require only one brand blocking purchase. Brand protection just got easier thanks to Donuts’ acquisition of Rightside. Both companies have offered their own versions of a Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) that allows brand owners to block certain trademarks from being registered across their top level domains. Thanks […]

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Free passes to WorldHostingDays are still available

Domain Name Wire has free passes for hosting conference in Las Vegas. WorldHostingDays’ U.S. conference is about a month away. Although tickets are now $187.00, Domain Name Wire has free passes to give away. Just use code US177Z8 to register and you will get the free pass. This year’s U.S. edition of the event takes […]

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.Com/.Net domain base increases just 0.68 million in second quarter

Base barely budges but beats Verisign’s expecations. Verisign (VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, released results after the closing bell today. The base of registered domains in .com and .net barely budged, increasing 0.68 million during the quarter. But this is above Verisign’s forecast of 0.0 to 0.4 million growth. It predicted […]

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.VIP gets 75% renewal rate for early registrations

Company tops expectation it set last month. Last month MMX (Minds + Machines) forecasted that about 70% or more of .VIP domains registered within the first 31 days of general availability last year would be renewed. A commenter on that post claimed “There is no way it will be 70%”, insinuating it would be less. […]

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