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.VIP gets 75% renewal rate for early registrations

Company tops expectation it set last month. Last month MMX (Minds + Machines) forecasted that about 70% or more of .VIP domains registered within the first 31 days of general availability last year would be renewed. A commenter on that post claimed “There is no way it will be 70%”, insinuating it would be less. […]

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Shills, Insiders, & Front Runners – 5 Bidding Scandals

Joseph Peterson reviews domain industry auction bidding scandals to bring context to the NameJet issue that blew up last week. Recently, the domain auction platform NameJet found itself embroiled in a controversy involving “shill” bids. This is by no means the first such scandal to plague our little industry. In fact, at least 4 major […]

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Bad guys get Gandi.net’s password to technical provider, redirect domains

751 domain names registered at Gandi were pointed to malware sites. Hackers managed to redirect 751 domain names at domain name registrar Gandi.net to servers spreading malware, the company detailed this week. All of the domain names were on country code domain names for which Gandi uses a third-party technical provider to connect to the […]

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McDonald’s takes domain names off the menu

Restaurant giant terminates plans for .McDonalds and .MCD domain names. McDonald’s had decided it doesn’t want to run new top level domain names after all. The restaurant chain applied to run the .McDonalds and .MCD top level domain names, but it recently sent termination notices (pdf) to domain name overseer ICANN voluntarily relinquishing the two […]

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First take: Donuts to buy Rightside for $213 million

Deal saves Rightside from the public markets and challenged growth trajectory. Top level domain name company Donuts has agreed to acquire competitor Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) for $213 million, Rightside announced today. The deal will give Donuts an additional 40 top level domain names, Rightside’s technical registry system (that currently powers Donuts’ domains), domain name registrar […]

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Telepathy sues after getting RDNH win

Company files federal lawsuit following reverse domain name hijacking. UDRP panels cannot levy a financial penalty on companies that file reverse domain name hijacking cases. But U.S. courts can. Telepathy Inc., a domain name investment company led by Nat Cohen, has filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) against Corporacion Empresarial Altra S.L. after the latter was […]

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ICANN security group warns against Emoji domain names

SSAC says emoji domain are like 😈, gives 👎 to their registration. Emoji domain names have received some press over that last year thanks, in part, to .ws allowing registrations of emoji domain names. Now, the ICANN Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a report (pdf) warning against the use of these domain […]

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