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Donuts is acquiring Afilias

A blockbuster transaction in the domain name industry as two registries combine. Donuts, the largest top level domain name operator in terms of number of extensions, is acquiring domain name registry Afilias. The deal does not include Afilias’ mobile software and domain registrar businesses. Afilias operates the backend registry for over 200 top level domain […]

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What Donuts’ data tell us about the new top level domain market

A look at premium sales and which TLDs drive the most volume Donuts, the largest top level domain operator in terms of number of strings, published a report about its sales in October. While the company doesn’t provide absolute numbers in its report, it does give us some insight into the new top level domain […]

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Donuts’ TrueName service offers brand protection to registrants

Donuts has announced TrueName, a registrant service that automatically blocks registrations of homographs of registered domains. When a customer registers a Donuts TLD such as .guru, .money or .live, Donuts will block registrations of lookalike domain names that substitute letters or numbers with characters from Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic script tables for the purpose of […]

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Donuts is removing restrictions on .Place domains

Everyone will be allowed to register .place domains (again). Domain name company Donuts is making .place a generic domain again. In 2018, the company partnered with Geo.Network to use .place domains in its geofencing platform. Donuts said at the time, “The TLD .PLACE will now be used exclusively for end users (people, businesses and other […]

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Donuts moves its registry to AWS

Top level domain company migrates backend to the cloud. Top level domain name company Donuts announced today that it has migrated its backend registry from on-premises backend infrastructure to the cloud. The company migrated to Amazon’s AWS and said it’s the first major registry backend operator to migrate an existing on-premises backend to the cloud. […]

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The latest industry C-suite musical chairs

There have been several top-level hires at big new gTLD players in the last week. Donuts has announced it has appointed Mina Neuberg as chief marketing officer. Neuberg appears to be a newcomer to the domain industry, having most recently worked at a l...
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Donuts hires new CFO

Former Napster CFO joins top level domain name company. Top level domain name company Donuts has hired Randy Haas as its new Chief Financial Officer. Haas was previously CFO of Napster (Rhapsody). Prior to that, he spent 19 years in finance roles at Microsoft. Donuts is owned by private equity company Abry Partners, which acquired […]

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