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Meet Erik Bergman, who paid $900k for Great.com – DNW Podcast #182

Erik Bergman has great plans for Great.com Imagine this: you’re bidding in your first domain name auction. You’re traveling and are at a hotel in Iceland with poor internet connectivity. There’s a domain name you really want but the reserve is at least $1 million. Suddenly, your screen shows a $500,000 bid. You bid the […]

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U.S. government asks ICANN to investigate GoDaddy’s Whois policy

U.S. gov weighs in on GoDaddy’s Whois policy. The U.S. government has sent a letter to ICANN asking it to review GoDaddy’s (NYSE: GDDY) activities around blocking access to Whois records. David Redl, who heads the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, sent the letter to ICANN’s board today asking it to look into the matter. At […]

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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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Whois GDPR carnage continues: Afilias to ditch almost all data in Whois on millions of domains

Afilias will stop showing contact info and ownership data on millions of domains including .info, .mobi and more. Much of the focus of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it relates to Whois has been on registrars. But many top level domains operate under a “thick Whois” system in which the registry maintains the personal […]

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Google is now one of the Top 10 .com registrars

Google Domains finishes 2017 among the top 10 domain name registrars for .com. Google launched its domain name registrar in the middle of 2014. It grew quickly and is now among the top 10 registrars in the world for .com domain registrations as of the end of last year. It surpassed OVH in the latest […]

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Another example of why your company must by the registrant of its domain names

Airline alleges that former contractors are holding its domain names hostage. A small Canadian airline says that former contractors are holding its two main domain name hostage, causing the company to lose substantial sales. It’s yet another example of why a company must be the registered owner of its domain names rather than letting a […]

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CentralNic and KeyDrive look to merge

Two domain companies in talks to combine. CentralNic and KeyDrive are in merger talks, CentralNic disclosed today. CentralNic is both a registry services provider and a registrar, which owns Instra and Internet.bs. It is one of (if not the) largest new top level domain name back end by domain volume thanks to .xyz and Radix. […]

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Happy Birthday: Domain Name Wire Turns 13

It’s time to turn rebellious because Domain Name Wire has become a teenager. This site turns 13-years-old today. Both the domain name business and online publishing world have changed a lot over the past 13 years. I’d like to thank both my readers and sponsors for continuing to make this publication possible through all of […]

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Investment firm to acquire domain name registrar NameSilo

Registrar will likely end up as publicly traded firm after the acquisition. A Canadian investment firm has entered into an agreement to acquire domain name registrar NameSilo for $9.5 million plus undisclosed earnouts. The acquirer, Brisio Innovations, is a publicly traded penny stock on the alternative Canadian Securities Exchange. It plans to spin NameSilo out […]

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Digging into Tucows’ annual report

Some notable items from Tucows’ 10-k. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) filed its annual report yesterday. Here are some things I found interesting: 1. The company now has 558 full-time employees. With $329 million in revenue, that’s about $600k of revenue per employee. 2. Tucows had 22.3M domains under management (DUM) on its own accreditations at the end […]

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