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Domain Name Wholesale Exchange switches to subscription model

Domain investor marketplace will charge monthly fee instead of commissions. Domain Name Wholesale Exchange (DNWE), a marketplace for domainer-to-domainer wholesale transactions, is changing its business model. The platform is scrapping commissions in favor of a subscription model. Users will pay a $14.99 per month (or $149 per year) fee to use the system, with early […]

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Google Ads RPM drives CentralNic revenue growth

Surge in ad rates drives organic growth at CentralNic. Domain name and online advertising rollup CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) reported earnings for the first nine months of 2020 today. Due to major acquisitions, CentralNic’s revenue grew 118% to $168.5 million year over year. The company reckons that revenue grew 17% organically during the period if […]

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Donuts is acquiring Afilias

A blockbuster transaction in the domain name industry as two registries combine. Donuts, the largest top level domain name operator in terms of number of extensions, is acquiring domain name registry Afilias. The deal does not include Afilias’ mobile software and domain registrar businesses. Afilias operates the backend registry for over 200 top level domain […]

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GoDaddy launches GoDaddy Corporate Domains for large brands

GoDaddy rebrands Brandsight and launches it as GoDaddy Corporate Domains. GoDaddy announced GoDaddy Corporate Domains today. The brand-targeted registrar is a rechristening of Brandsight, a corporate domain name registrar that GoDaddy acquired as part of the Frank Schilling business acquisition. GoDaddy Corporate Domains will compete with corporate domain name registrars such as MarkMonitor, CSC, and […]

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How domain stocks are faring in 2020

Endurance leads the way after acquisition. It’s been a wild ride in the stock market this year. On March 14, I wrote about how domain name stocks fared during the pandemic market crash up through the close on March 13. I wrote an update in May about how shares had rebounded with the market. Fast forward […]

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Big shakeup at MMX after accounting investigation

CEO and CFO are out after board investigates company’s finances. The Board of top level domain name company MMX (London AIM: MMX) has concluded an investigation into revenue recognization at the company. The casualties include the company’s CEO, CFO, and income statement. Earlier this month, the board announced it was looking into a contract under […]

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PayPal drops Epik, sparking registrar to cry it is being “deplatformed”

PayPal apparently inquired about flows of money through the registrar before terminating services; domain name registrar with controversial customers says it is being deplatformed. PayPal has discontinued providing services to domain name registrar Epik. It’s not entirely clear what happened, but Epik has commented on the decision in multi-page letters to PayPal employees, the CEO […]

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Australia’s .Au namespace flat over past year, but gets a Covid bump

Registrations picked up in Q2 but namespace remains flat for the financial year ending in June. .Au Domain Administration Limited (auDA) published its annual report today for the 2019-2020 financial year that ended in June. The report shows that .au domains under management are essentially flat over the past year, falling from 3.193 million domains […]

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DigitalTown files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Company tries to reorganize in bankruptcy after founder holds out. DigitalTown (OTC: DGTW) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to come to terms with a former CEO. The company essentially ceased operations last year, intending to clean up its balance sheet and reemerge. It convinced many of its creditors to convert their debt […]

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Stolen “Go” domains end up in court battle

Many of the domain names were subsequently sold. 15 domain names beginning with “go” have allegedly been stolen and many of them have been resold — creating a complicated issue now in the courts. Scott Petretta registered the domain names about two decades ago as part of his business Multi-Force Corporation. The names include popular […]

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