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Study shows that new TLDs can rank like other TLDs, but not much else

Study provides little more than anecdotal evidence. You’re going to see some headlines today about an SEO study commissioned by The Domain Name Association (DNA). Some of these headlines might suggest that new top level domain names get some sort of search engine boost over .com domains. It’s not quite that simple. Here’s the deal: […]

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Popular website stolen and held for ransom

Thief demanded $30,000 worth of bitcoin to return 411Mania.com domain name. 411Mania.com, a mixed martial arts, wrestling and entertainment website that gets seven million pageviews per month, was hijacked and held for ransom earlier this week. According to a lawsuit (pdf) filed in Virginia on Wednesday, the domain name was hijacked on or about April […]

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J. Carlo Cannell may push for Rightside board shakeup (again)

Activist investor toys with proposing his own board candidates. Investor J. Carlo Cannell, whose investment firms own 8.7% of outstanding shares of Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME)stock, might push for his own slate of three directors for the company’s board at Rightside’s annual meeting in June. In February, after Rightside sold eNom to Tucows, Cannell started Save NAME […]

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Jason Calacanis sells 20.com for $1.75 million to Chinese domain buyer

Two digit domain name sells for seven digits. Entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis has sold the domain name 20.com for $1.75 million to a Chinese buyer. Last week, Calacanis tweeted: Got a cash offer of 1.75m for https://t.co/xfklAPjOV1;feels like that capital would be better deployed in startups. Going to take it I think — jason […]

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It’s official: GoDaddy owns Host Europe Group

Company completed $1.8 billion acquisition of large European hosting and domain provider. GoDaddy has completed its $1.8 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group, giving it a massive presence in the European market. Host Europe Group owns 123 Reg, Heart Internet, Domain Factory, Host Europe, Paragon Group, Server4You and Serverloft. It also owns WorldHostingDays, which just […]

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Uniregistry backtracks on price hike on existing registrations

Company will grandfather existing registrations in many new TLDs. New top level domain name registry Uniregistry is backtracking on its plans to significantly increase prices on existing registrations this September. Last month, the company announced price increases of up to 30x current prices. This caused quite an uproar and put Uniregistry founder Frank Schilling on […]

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