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Donuts and Rightside announce ICANN consent for the merger

Rightside Group, Ltd. (NASDAQ:NAME) and Donuts Inc. today announced that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gave Rightside and Donuts notice on July 15, 2017 of ICANN’s express consent to the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement (the “Transactions”) among Donuts, DTS Sub Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Donuts, and Rightside, which Transactions include the previously announced tender offer by DTS Sub …

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New gTLDs have lost 2.3 million domains in the past 8 weeks

New gTLDs have lost 2.3 million domain names in the past 8 weeks. There are now about 22 million new gtld domain registrations. According to Namestat.org there have been 4.3 million domain names removed from zone files while there have been 2 million new registrations. The domains that have been deleted were mostly from the …

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New gTLD .Health Ends Sunrise Period With 287 Registrations

The .health registry ended their 60-day Sunrise period on Friday, June 7th, with a total of 287 total applications, none of which were in contention, so there will be no sunrise auctions for .health. All domains will be provisioned on Monday evening, July 10th. Jose Rasco, CEO of dotHealth said: “As an extension, we are […]

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.Africa Added Over 1,000 Domain Registrations in Landrush At A Premium Prices Since the Close Of Sunrise

  The new domain name extension .Africa has added over 1,000 domain registrations since the close of Sunrise in a period known as Landrush. According to the zone file I pulled today there are over 1,000 new domain names since the Sunrise period closed on June 2nd. July 3rd started the last and cheapest phase […]

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INTA study shows most new gtld registrations are defensive

The International Trademark Association (INTA) conducted a study into new gtld registrations. I thought this was interesting when it came to premium pricing, 15% flatly refuse to pay premium pricing and another 6% pay for top marks only. They uploaded the survey results to the ICANN community wiki From the report: REGISTRATION ACTIVITY IS HEAVILY […]

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New gTLD domain inquiries have slowed down in 2017

I had this feeling that I was getting fewer domain name inquiries lately. While I was deciding whether to renew or drop a batch of New gTLDs I noticed that one of my domains, reverse.engineering, had some very strange inquiry stats. It had 4 inquiries in 2014, 9 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and only 1 …

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InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD operator, is proposing a radical simplification of the organization in order to stay relevant in the age of new gTLDs. A proposal put forward late last week would see the non-profit organization fold its two subsidiaries back into the parent and consolidate management under a single CEO. Currently, InternetNZ owns Domain […]
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DENIC gets approved for registry escrow

DENIC is now able to offer data escrow services to gTLD registries, in addition to registrars. The non-profit company, which runs Germany’s .de, said it gained ICANN approval for the registry escrow function June 6. Back in March, ICANN approved it for the registrar escrow services. All ICANN-accredited registries and registrars are contractually obliged to […]
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.Club auction started at eName with 62 domains including 8.club

The eName platform launched its first and the largest .CLUB auction yet. The auction started today and ends in 1 week. A total of 62 names are in the auction, comprised of 32 names from the registry and 30 names from other sellers. These 30 domains were selected by eName. The eName auction has scattered …

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.Vip expects a 70%+ domain name renewal rate

Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM: MMX), announced that first year renewal rates for its .vip domain in China will at about 70%. MMX says that would be significantly ahead of those typically seen by new generic top-level domains in the region based on the manual renewals already processed on the first month of .vip …

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