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Stands4 sues Dan.com over Calculator.com transaction

Company that bought a stolen domain name sues Dan.com and John Doe thief. A publisher is suing Dan.com after it paid $180,000 for a stolen domain name using Dan.com. Stands4 paid $180,000 last year to acquire Calculator.com. It then spent $50,000 developing it, adding to its portfolio of sites including Grammar.com, Lyrics.com, and Scripts.com. (The […]

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Breaking: GoDaddy to acquire MMX, .Club, .Design

GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) has acquired 28 new top level domains from MMX, as well as the .Club and .Design top level domains. The company is paying $120 million for the MMX strings. MMX, a publicly-traded new top level domain company had a market cap of $40 million. The MMX transaction will require shareholder approval and […]

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Court rules France can keep France.com

The French Republic used French courts to wrest the domain away from an American company. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has delivered a blow to the former owner of France.com. Jean-Noël Frydman registered France.com in 1994 and used it for many years to promote tourism in France. In 2014, Frydman’s […]

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Vote to shakeup Nominet passes

Nominet members kick out five board members. Four of Nominet’s board members have been removed as a result of voting at an Extraordinary General Meeting today. The initiative was to remove five board members, but one of those members, now-former Nominet CEO Russel Haworth, resigned ahead of the vote. 52.74% of the vote was cast […]

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ICANN terminates Net 4 India

ICANN finally terminates Indian domain name registrar that has been in insolvency. ICANN announced on Friday that it has finally terminated its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) with Net 4 India Limited. Net 4 India has been in insolvency and customers have complained about many issues. ICANN said that it received lots of complaints — 400 […]

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GoDaddy’s Afternic had security hole

Issue with API has been resolved. GoDaddy’s Afternic domain aftermarket platform had a security issue with its API that has since been fixed, the company told impacted customers. In an email to impacted customers, the company stated: On Thursday, February 12, a security researcher contacted us about a potential issue with a Web API. We […]

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Breaking: Verisign announces .com price hike to $8.39

The price of .com domains is going up in September. .Com domain name registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) announced today that it will increase the wholesale price it charges registrars for .com registrations and renewals from $7.85 to $8.39. The price hike will go into effect on September 1, 2021. It’s the first year Verisign has […]

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Endurance to acquire Web.com, spin off Constant Contact

More consolidation in the domain name industry as Web.com to join with Endurance. Endurance International Group plans to acquire Web.com and rename itself Endure Digital. In September, Web.com owner Siris Capital opened a position in Endurance. In November, Clearlake Capital Group announced it was taking Endurance private in a $3 billion deal. Last month, Clearlake […]

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Frank Schilling will try to liquidate his 23 top level domain names in a single day

Schilling will exit the new top level domain game if the price is right. Frank Schilling’s top level domain registry UNR is planning to liquidate its TLDs in no-reserve auctions held on a single day. The company currently has rights to 23 top level domain and will auction each of them for no reserve on […]

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Breaking: Ethos Capital acquires Donuts

Former ICANN CEO’s private equity firm buys out Abry Partners’ stake in Donuts, giving it a controlling interest. Top level domain company Donuts announced today that Ethos Capital has acquired Abry Partners’ stake in the company, giving Ethos a controlling interest in the firm. I reported on this potential tie-up last month but could not […]

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