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Jothan Frakes named interim executive director of DNA

Frakes to take leading role in industry association. Jothan Frakes has been named the interim executive director of The Domain Name Association (DNA). The announcement was made during a session at the Merge conference in Orlando today. Frakes has been involved in the domain name industry since the 1990s when he worked for what is […]

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.Boston domain names enter general availability today

Standard registration fees are near .com prices. The days of many notable top level domain names entering general availability are long gone, but there’s a noteworthy launch today: .Boston. Domain names ending in .boston will be available today starting at 16:00 UTC, which is noon EDT. Standard prices are fairly low; GoDaddy is charging $11.99 […]

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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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CentralNic acquires .SK operator for €26 million

Controversial deal will boost CNIC annual revenue by about €4 million. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) has acquired SK-NIC, A.S., manager of Slovakia’s .sk country code domain name, for about €26 million. The deal is for €21.27 million up front and deferred cash consideration of up to €4.85 million depending on how the […]

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Will May 2018 be the death of Whois?

Whois will change forever next year. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into full effect. The privacy regulation will have a major impact on industries that handle personal data of people in the EU, including the domain name industry. Domain name companies are scrambling to figure out […]

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Donuts acquisition of Rightside to happen overnight

Rightside should no longer exist as a public company tomorrow morning. The sun has gone into hiding and a mist is falling in Seattle this morning, but executives at Rightside and Donuts won’t be getting much time outside anyway. They’ll be working to complete Donuts’ acquisition of its neighbor in Kirkland. The tender offer for […]

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