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Donuts acquires BudURL URL shortener, relaunches at BL.INK

Acquisition will increase awareness and use of new top level domain names. Domain name registry Donuts has acquired link management company BudURL and rebranded it as BL.INK. Donuts quietly completed the acquisition of the Austin, TX company last year. Since then, it has been enhancing the system and developing a way for registrars to offer it […]

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ICANN files legal action against Tucows registrar over GDPR

Domain name overseer hopes to get clarification about data collection for domain name registrations. ICANN has filed injunction proceedings against EPAG, a domain name registrar owned by Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), in a challenge meant to get clarity on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). EPAG is a German registrar that Tucows acquired in 2011. […]

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O.com might be coming, along with other single letter .com domain names

ICANN moves forward with Verisign plan to auction O.com domain name. Single letter .com domain names are very rare. They aren’t just limited to the 26 letters of the alphabet; there are just three. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN), the registry for .com, isn’t allowed to allocate any single letter .com domain names. Three .com domains were registered […]

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Minds + Machines acquires .XXX top level domain operator ICM Registry

New TLD portfolio company adds four domain names to its portfolio. MMX (also known as Minds + Machines) announced today that it is acquiring ICM Registry, which operates the .xxx, .adult, .porn and .sex top level domain names. MMX will pay $10.0 million cash plus 225,000,000 shares, which have a value today of $31.0 million. […]

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Original France.com owner sues to recover domain from the country

French courts nabs valuable domain name for its government. The original registrant of France.com back in 1994 has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to recover the domain name France.com, which the country managed to wrestle away through the French court system. France.com, Inc. filed the suit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District […]

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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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