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Things aren’t looking so good for Grandma Heidi Powell

Cybersquatting claim is dead, but battle continues in bankruptcy court. The saga of Grandma Heidi Powell and the domain name HeidiPowell.com seems like it will be settled in bankruptcy court after a federal district judge said a settlement agreement in its court must be honored. A bit of background… A somewhat-famous fitness instructor named Heidi […]

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The languages of new top level domains

This is part 5 in a series examining the geography of new domain endings (nTLDs). We began by identifying the most active registrant nations, asking why some countries are over/under-represented. Next, we focused on GEO suffixes like .LONDON and .IRISH, measuring just how local they are (in terms of ownership) and how popular compared to non-GEOs. Now it’s time to cross borders, leave behind […]

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Canadian firm Obero tries to Reverse Domain Name Hijack domain name

Company filed cybersquatting claim against domain name that was registered before the company existed. Obero, Inc., a Corporate Performance Management (CPM) and business analytics firm based in Ontario, Canada, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Obero.com. The company, which uses the domain names OberoSolutions.com and OberoSPM.com, […]

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U.S. Antitrust Division investigating Verisign running .Web

U.S. government makes Civil Investigative Demand about .web. The long-running fight for the .web top level domain name has taken another turn as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation. Verisign CEO James Bidzos revealed the investigation on the company’s regularly scheduled earnings call today. Bidzos said the company […]

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Breaking: Verisign loses appeal in .XYZ lawsuit

Appeals court affirms District Court’s decision to grant summary judgment to XYZ in false advertising case. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) has lost its appeal in its false advertising lawsuit against .XYZ and its founder, Daniel Negari. Verisign, which runs the .com and .net namespaces, alleged in a lawsuit that Negari made false claims about registrations of .XYZ […]

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Donuts chooses Rightside over Google Nomulus

New top level domain name company extends contract with Rightside. Donuts has extended its contract with Rightside for the latter to provide backend registry services for Donuts’ top level domain names, the two companies announced today. Rightside has been the only backend registry provider in Donuts’ short lifespan, but the contract extension was not a […]

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Tucows expects $20 million EBITDA/year from “opportunistic” eNom acquisition

Tucows expects fast contribution from eNom, which has booked losses at Rightside. Domain name and communications company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) didn’t plan to acquire two domain name businesses over the past year, but the opportunities were too good to pass up. First, the company scooped up Melbourne IT’s reseller channel for just over $8 million AUD. […]

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Tucows acquires eNom from Rightside

Tucows consolidates domain reseller platforms in $83.5 million transaction. Earlier this week I warned you to be on the lookout for big news over the next few days. Here it is. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) has acquired Rightside’s (NASDAQ:NAME) eNom business for $83.5M. The deal consolidates the #1 and #2 domain name reseller platforms eNom and OpenSRS. […]

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Bruce Jaffe replaces Paul Stahura as CEO of Donuts

Jaffe and Stahura swap places and Donuts hires Chief Revenue Officer. Paul Stahura has exited his role as CEO of new top level domain company Donuts, switching places with Bruce Jaffe, who was previously Executive Chairman of the company’s board. “I’m really looking forward to the switcheroo and I think it’s a little bit overdue,” […]

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