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Donuts: more M&A, focus on channel

CEO lays out priorities for new top level domain company. Donuts CEO Akram Atallah has provided an update on the top level domain company’s plans through the company’s blog. It’s his first published statement that I’m aware of since Abry Partners bought Donuts and installed him as CEO. In his message, he makes two pronouncements: […]

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New features? I just want domain platforms to work.

Some domain platforms have major flaws that should be fixed quickly. I’ve read a few posts from domainers recently who want domain service providers to add new features. I want new features, too, but at a minimum, I just want the services to work. Few things are more frustrating than when services don’t work as […]

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NamesCon picks The Capital Factory for 2020 show in Austin

Event chooses startup accelerator for its 2020 U.S. event. NamesCon has finalized the date and location details for its 2020 conference. The event will take place January 26-29 in Austin, TX. Much of the action will take place at The Capital Factory, a business accelerator. The Capital Factory is in a unique building that is […]

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DigitalTown “clean up efforts” to avoid bankruptcy

New management desperately trying to stave off bankruptcy. DigitalTown (OTC: DGTW), a company that has tried many business models and owns a lot of domains under new top level domains, is hanging by a thread. Last month the company named Sam Ciacco as the new CEO and former ICANN CFO Kevin Wilson as CFO. I’m […]

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The end of the text ad

Google Adsense continues to move away from text-only ads. Is the Google Adsense text-only ad about to die? Google sent an email to Adsense publishers today detailing some changes to its ads. It says: We’re moving towards richer ad formats, phasing out text-only and display-only ad units to further improve user experience, and to fully […]

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Unstoppable Domains raises $4 million for blockchain domain names

Domains-on-blockchain company gets major funding boost. Unstoppable Domains, a company that is launching domain names on blockchain technology, has raised $4 million in a Series A financing. Draper Associates led the round. Previous investor Boost VC also participated in the round. The company has raised $4.7 million to date. Unstoppable Domains founder Matthew Gould explained […]

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5 features to power up your Gmail

These features make email management easier. Gmail is the hub for managing my business and the browser tab I spend the most time in. But Gmail is only as powerful as you make it. Here are 5 features I use that make Gmail more effective. Snooze A cluttered inbox is an unusable inbox. Snooze makes […]

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WordPress ditches grammar checker

Automattic drops Proofreading tool from latest JetPack release. WordPress creator Automattic has ditched a great feature in the latest update to its JetPack plugin. As of the newly released JetPack 7.3, Proofreading is no longer supported. The proofreading tool checked posts for grammar and spelling prior to publishing them. I found it to be a […]

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Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

Wix adds fewer paying customers in Q1 compared to a year ago. Website builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) added a net 180,000 paying customers in Q1 2019, the company reported in its earnings release today. That brings the total to 4.2 million. By comparison, it added 231,000 net paying customers in Q1 2018 and 147,000 in […]

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.Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

CentralNic wins another registry contract. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is switching backend registry providers for its .blog top level domain name. The company has used Nominet since the launch but will switch to CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) later this year. Nominet is the registry for .uk domain names. CentralNic is a diversified domain name […]

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