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Web.com scoops up Aussie domain business Webcentral for $12.2 million

It’s the second Australian domain registrar acquisition in two years for Web.com. Domain name company Web.com is acquiring Webcentral Group (ASX:WCG) for $12.2 million. Webcentral has about 330,000 customers and focuses on the Australian market. Web.com acquired another Australian domain company, Dreamscape Networks, for $73 million last year. While WebCentral is not a household name, […]

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GoDaddy plans layoffs and is closing Austin offices

Company struggles with outbound sales and social media products. GoDaddy’s (NYSE: GDDY) revenue is topping expectations, but the company is laying off employees and restructuring its business because Covid-19 is impacting part of its business. The company expects Q2 revenue to top its previous $790 million guidance by approximately 1%. The restructuring is due to […]

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Big news: GoDaddy starts redacting Whois information

GoDaddy has redacted personal information in Whois records for all customers. Effective today, GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) has begun redacting personal information in Whois records for customers worldwide for eligible top level domains. The move makes Whois records uniform for customers in all locations. Previously, the company only redacted personal information for people who were covered […]

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Interview: Dofo aims to fix domain search

Domain search company wants to make it easier to find domains to register or buy.   Finding aftermarket domain names is difficult. The two big domain marketplaces, Sedo and Afternic, don’t have search functions that help domain investors find domains that fit their metrics. Dofo is trying to change that. I asked Dofo Founder & […]

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Website Boom: Wix quantifies massive demand for websites due to Covid

People are creating websites in droves. Website building platform Wix (Nasdaq: WIX) reported first quarter earnings today. It had a solid first quarter, but things got really interesting in April. As domain name companies can attest, there has been a boon in people registering domains and creating websites due to the Covid pandemic. In April […]

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GoDaddy is paying $218 million for Neustar’s registry business

Company discloses acquisition price for Neustar business. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) unveiled its acquisition price for Neustar along with GoDaddy’s first-quarter earnings today. It is paying $218 million for the business and expects the transaction to close “in the coming months.” The domain name company announced the acquisition last month. With Neustar, GoDaddy will now control […]

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Breaking: ICANN rejects .org sale to private equity company

ICANN’s Board of Directors decided to withhold consent on the sale of the .org registry to private equity company Ethos Capital. In a decision posted on its website, the non-profit domain overseer stated: After completing its evaluation, the ICANN Board finds that the public interest is better served in withholding consent as a result of […]

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Meet Yue Dai, the man who owns the most two-letter .com domains

This Chinese domain name investor is sitting on valuable online real estate. Two letter .com domains are some of the most valuable online real estate. And you’ll find many of these domains registered to Chinese companies and investors. Chinese domain investor Yue Dai owns the largest portfolio of these prized domains, according to Whois records. […]

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GoDaddy patent: Images to Domain Names

Clever idea uses image information to suggest domain names and create a website. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,630,639 (pdf) to GoDaddy for “Suggesting a domain name from digital image metadata.” The patent describes a way to use an image to determine appropriate domain names for a website, and then […]

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Namecheap posts $45M+ revenue in Q1

Revenue up 23% year-over-year.  Privately held domain name registrar Namecheap grossed more than $45 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2020, the company revealed to Domain Name Wire. That’s up from $37 million in the same quarter last year. For comparison, its total haul in 2019 was $149 million. The registrar added 220,000 […]

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