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Australia domain administrator denies domain investing ban

Domainers get a victory in Australia. Australian domain name registry manager auDA will continue to permit domain investing in the .AU namespace. The decision comes after its Policy Review Panel suggested a change that would effectively halt domain investing. Current rules prohibit registering a domain for the “sole purpose” of selling or transferring it to […]

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Oregon company pays $600,000 for Carrot.com domain name

An Oregon-based lead generation website builder has paid $600,000 to acquire the domain name Carrot.com, upgrading from its previous domain OnCarrot.com. Carrot founder Trevor Mauch tells the full story on next week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast. The company started by offering lead generation websites for real estate investors, but Mauch had a bigger vision for […]

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Domain company MMX reports earnings

Numbers trending up but company has big accounting loss due to .London deal. Top level domain name company MMX (Minds + Machines, London AIM: MMX) reported its final results for 2018 today. Overall, revenue was up 5% to $15.1 million after reversing nearly $0.6 million of revenue recognized in 2016. Cash collections were up 20% […]

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Moniker to take over Alpnames domain names

CentralNic registrars will pick up 680,000 domain names. Three domain name registrars owned by CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) will take over the domain names from defunct domain name registrar AlpNames. All names will be managed through the Moniker.com website. Moniker will take the domains that end in .biz, .com, .info, .net, .org. Two other registrar […]

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Tucows acquires Ascio as consolidation continues

Tucows acquires another reseller registrar. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) has acquired reseller registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC for $29.44 million. Ascio has 1.8 million domains under management and 500 active resellers. Compared to Enom, which Tucows acquired two years ago, Ascio has fewer but bigger resellers. By selling Ascio, CSC it focusing on its brand management […]

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ICANN proposes lifting price controls on .Org, .Info domains

You might have to pay a lot more for your .org and .info domains in the future. Domain name overseer ICANN has proposed new contracts for the .Org and .Info registries that would eliminate price caps on the domain names. Under the terms of the new agreements, .Org operator Public Interest Registry and .Info operator […]

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Chocolate.com domain name sells for 7 figures

Buyer of valuable domain name has not been identified yet. Domain name broker Kate Buckley announced yesterday that she has brokered the sale of Chocolate.com: Congratulations to our buyer and seller on https://t.co/PwqSwd0ncB! What an amazing asset! #domains #marketing #scale #chocolate #buckleymedia — Kate Buckley (@katebuckley1) March 6, 2019 She said the exact price is […]

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Public Interest Registry (.Org) hires three new execs

Song-Marshall, Abley and Vora join PIR executive team. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that runs the .org top level domain name, has hired three domain name industry veterans to join its executive team. It is still searching for a Chief Financial Officer. The three hires are: Judy Song-Marshall, Chief of Staff: Judy comes from […]

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New TLDs, five years in

  It was five years ago this month that the first domains under the new top level domain (nTLD) program started rolling out to consumers. The first Latin script general availability domains came out in early February 2014. Remember .guru? .Plumbing? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Here’s how I’d sum up the first […]

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MarkMonitor parent Clarivate going public through merger deal

SPAC gobbles up Clarivate Analytics, the company that owns MarkMonitor. Brand protection domain name registrar MarkMonitor will soon be part of a public company. MarkMonitor parent company Clarivate Analytics is merging with Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Churchill Capital Corp. Churchill raised $690 million in an IPO last September, the most raised in a SPAC […]

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