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ICANN Board asks .web parties to rehash arguments

Board wants .web participants to make their argument…again. ICANN’s Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) is set to decide the fate of .web. But first, it wants everyone involved to rehash what has happened. The quick backstory: a company called Nu Dot Co won the auction to run the .web top level domain for $135 million. […]

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After 10 months, ICANN board “promptly” publishes its own minutes

ICANN’s board of directors has approved a huge batch of its own meeting minutes, covering the period from July 15 last year to March 10 this year, raising questions about its commitment to timely transparency. The board approved the minutes of its last 14 full-board meetings in one huge batch of 14 separate resolutions at […]

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Domain stocks are down heavily with the market

All publicly traded domain companies are down this year. Asset markets have been hammered this year, and most domain name companies aren’t bucking the trend. From the close of markets on December 31 until the close yesterday, the tech-heavy NASDAQ is off 27%. The S&P 500 is down 18% and the Dow is off 13%. […]

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Verisign lowers guidance for domain growth

Company cites waning pandemic surge and general macroeconomic situation for lower-than-expected growth. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has lowered its guidance for domain name growth this year. The company originally expected the base of registered .com and .net domains to grow 2.5% to 4.5%. Now, it expects 1.75% to 3.5% growth. It has also lowered the top […]

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A sign of things to come? Verisign slashes outlook in post-pandemic slowdown

Verisign is warning that its business is going to grow slower than expected in 2022, due to the after-effects of the pandemic and general economic conditions. The registry tonight reported first-quarter revenue of $347 million, up 7% on the comparable period a year ago, after raising its .com prices 7% last year. But the company […]

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Verisign reports 7.2% revenue jump, 1.23 million domain base increase

Verisign turns in a solid quarter buoyed by .com price increase. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported Q1 earnings after the market closed this afternoon. The company reported that Q1 revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. That’s (not coincidentally) about the same amount it was allowed to hike .com prices this year. […]

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Verisign wipes free TLDs from the world stats

The number of domain names registered globally dropped by over 25 million in the first quarter, but only because Verisign has stopped tracking .tk and its free sister ccTLDs in its quarterly estimates. The latest Domain Name Industry Brief says that 2021 ended with 341.7 million registrations across all TLDs, substantially fewer that the 367.3 […]

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Verisign removes .tk and other Freenom domains from industry brief

Company excludes five free top ccTLDs from its calculations. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) released its Q4 2021 Domain Industry Brief today, and at first glance, it looks like domain registrations have dropped a lot. But that’s because Verisign has removed .tk and other Freenom domains from its counts. As the name suggests, Freenom gives domain names […]

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GoDaddy formally signs .tv registry contract

GoDaddy has formally taken on the contract to run .tv, the ccTLD for the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, according to the company. GoDaddy Registry said that the deal was signed with the Tuvalu government at the Dubai Expo 2020 trade show on March 30. The company won a tender process last December in which […]

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Mutually assured destruction? Now Afilias faces .web disqualification probe

Afilias’ ongoing quest to have Verisign’s winning bid for the .web gTLD thrown out may have backfired, with ICANN now launching a probe into whether Afilias’ own bid should be disqualified. Afilias and Verisign could now BOTH be kicked out of the .web fight, delivering the coveted gTLD into the hands of the third-placed bidder […]

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