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.Com Winners & Losers Update

How registrars fared with .com in the most recent reports. ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign today which includes data by registrar for August 2017. Here are the top registrars in terms of new .com registrations for August. There were no changes in ranking from July. 1. GoDaddy* 922,658 2. Tucows** […]

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Corwin joins Verisign

Phil Corwin, the face of the Internet Commerce Association today quit to join Verisign’s legal team. He’s now “policy counsel” at the .com giant, he said in a statement emailed to industry bloggers. He’s also closed down the consulting company Virtualaw, resigned from ICANN’s Business Constituency and from his BC seat on the GNSO Council. […]
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ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped about 90% […]
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.Com Winners and Losers

How registrars fared with .com in the most recent reports. ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for July 2017. Here are the top registrars in terms of new .com registrations for July. The only change from June was PublicDomainRegistry and HiChina swapping places. 1. GoDaddy* 834,759 […]

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.Com/.Net base grew by 1.47 million in Q3

Growth in base outpaces Verisign’s forecast. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the domain name registry for .com and .net domain names, reported results for Q3 after the bell today. The total base of registered .com and .net domain names increased 1.47 million over the quarter. Verisign had forecast growth of 0.8 million to 1.3 million registrations, so […]

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Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]
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Verisign trending keywords for September Irma,Pic and Lean

Verisign released their top trending keywords for September with Irma leading the .com trend. Really a random selection of generic words in September. Keywords like pic, lean and tile were at the top of the list.   .COM .NET irma base pic tile lean testing jerseys drain prices relief parks tickets disaster proofing aspen inspections […]
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Verisign files patent app for Thick Whois with privacy compliance

Verisign patent application covers handling European Union compliance. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect how domain name Whois services are delivered starting next year (podcast). In some cases, including .com, the burden as of now will fall on domain name registrars. In the so-called “thin Whois” model that .com uses, registrant […]

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New Amazon Alexa gadgets lead to profits for Verisign

Amazon announced a bunch of products, which means it registered a bunch of domains controlled by Verisign. Every time Amazon announces a new product its domain name team goes to work defensively registering domain names. So when the company announces six products on the same day it goes into overtime. Amazon announced six new Amazon-Alexa […]

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