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First take: Donuts to buy Rightside for $213 million

Deal saves Rightside from the public markets and challenged growth trajectory. Top level domain name company Donuts has agreed to acquire competitor Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) for $213 million, Rightside announced today. The deal will give Donuts an additional 40 top level domain names, Rightside’s technical registry system (that currently powers Donuts’ domains), domain name registrar […]

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Telepathy sues after getting RDNH win

Company files federal lawsuit following reverse domain name hijacking. UDRP panels cannot levy a financial penalty on companies that file reverse domain name hijacking cases. But U.S. courts can. Telepathy Inc., a domain name investment company led by Nat Cohen, has filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) against Corporacion Empresarial Altra S.L. after the latter was […]

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ICANN security group warns against Emoji domain names

SSAC says emoji domain are like 😈, gives 👎 to their registration. Emoji domain names have received some press over that last year thanks, in part, to .ws allowing registrations of emoji domain names. Now, the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a report (pdf) warning against the use of these domain […]

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Study shows that new TLDs can rank like other TLDs, but not much else

Study provides little more than anecdotal evidence. You’re going to see some headlines today about an SEO study commissioned by The Domain Name Association (DNA). Some of these headlines might suggest that new top level domain names get some sort of search engine boost over .com domains. It’s not quite that simple. Here’s the deal: […]

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Popular website stolen and held for ransom

Thief demanded $30,000 worth of bitcoin to return 411Mania.com domain name. 411Mania.com, a mixed martial arts, wrestling and entertainment website that gets seven million pageviews per month, was hijacked and held for ransom earlier this week. According to a lawsuit (pdf) filed in Virginia on Wednesday, the domain name was hijacked on or about April […]

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J. Carlo Cannell may push for Rightside board shakeup (again)

Activist investor toys with proposing his own board candidates. Investor J. Carlo Cannell, whose investment firms own 8.7% of outstanding shares of Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME)stock, might push for his own slate of three directors for the company’s board at Rightside’s annual meeting in June. In February, after Rightside sold eNom to Tucows, Cannell started Save NAME […]

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Jason Calacanis sells 20.com for $1.75 million to Chinese domain buyer

Two digit domain name sells for seven digits. Entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis has sold the domain name 20.com for $1.75 million to a Chinese buyer. Last week, Calacanis tweeted: Got a cash offer of 1.75m for https://t.co/xfklAPjOV1;feels like that capital would be better deployed in startups. Going to take it I think — jason […]

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It’s official: GoDaddy owns Host Europe Group

Company completed $1.8 billion acquisition of large European hosting and domain provider. GoDaddy has completed its $1.8 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group, giving it a massive presence in the European market. Host Europe Group owns 123 Reg, Heart Internet, Domain Factory, Host Europe, Paragon Group, Server4You and Serverloft. It also owns WorldHostingDays, which just […]

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Uniregistry backtracks on price hike on existing registrations

Company will grandfather existing registrations in many new TLDs. New top level domain name registry Uniregistry is backtracking on its plans to significantly increase prices on existing registrations this September. Last month, the company announced price increases of up to 30x current prices. This caused quite an uproar and put Uniregistry founder Frank Schilling on […]

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