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Donuts moves back to Bellevue

Registry for hundreds of top level domains returns to its original building. Top level domain name registry Donuts has returned to its former home in Bellevue, Washington. The company had been located down the street in Kirkland, Washington, where Rightside was located. Donuts acquired Rightside in 2017 and left its original office in Bellevue to […]

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Verisign .com/.net domain base increases by 1.34 million

More cash in the coffers for .com registry Verisign. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported earnings for Q2 2019 yesterday. The company had $306 million in revenue and $148 in net income. The operating margin was 65.9%, up from 63.8% in the same quarter last year. .Com and .net domains increased by 1.34 million during the quarter, […]

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Wix reports Q2 2019 earnings, upgrades outlook

Company upgrades outlook for the rest of the year after topping its own forecast for Q2. Website builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) reported earnings today and raised its financial outlook for the rest of the year. For the second quarter of 2019, Wix reported revenue of $185.4 million, above its forecasted range of $182-184 million and […]

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MMX settles .London deal, plans share buyback

Company can finally put .London fiasco behind it. MMX, aka Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM: MMX), announced preliminary results for the first half of 2019 today. It also made two big announcements. Cash inflows in the half were $8.6 million compared to $6.3 million in the same period last year. The company received $1.6 […]

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PIR (.org) releases annual report, shows impact from new Afilias deal

Margins are up thanks to renegotiated contract with Afilias. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the organization that operates the .org top level domain, released its 2018 annual report today. The report includes data for 2018 and gives the first indications into its new contract with Afilias to run the technical backed of the registry. PIR put […]

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U.S. Gov gives Neustar 10-year extension on .Us domain

Neustar wins contract to continue operating .Us through 2029. The U.S. government has extended its contract with Neustar to operate the .Us domain name extension for the next ten years, until 2029. National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced today that the contract was awarded on June 28. The government does not pay Neustar to run […]

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41,000 .UK domains registered in first week

41,000 .uk domains registered during massive drop of second level domains. Over 41,000 second level .uk domain names were registered last week, the first week they were available to people that didn’t have a matching third-level .uk domain. Back in 2014, .UK namespace overseer Nominet started allowing people to register second level domains such as […]

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BrandBucket acquires competitor Brandroot

Large brandable domain marketplace swallows another. Brandable domain marketplace BrandBucket has acquired competitor Brandroot, the company announced today. The acquisition was completed June 20 and the price was not disclosed. Combined, the two companies have 70,000 domain names and 1,000 domain sellers. Brandroot is the smaller of the two with about 20,000 domain names. The […]

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C’mon domain marketplaces, let’s make search better

Another good search tool is gone, and I hope the domain marketplaces fill the void. I’ve commented before about how it’s frustrating that domain marketplaces such as Sedo and Afternic have horrible search. They are leaving lots of money on the table by not making their entire inventory searchable by more metrics. This weekend I […]

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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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