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Dan.com’s September sales and what it shows us about the market

Here are some trends from September based on Dan’s sales. Yesterday, I wrote about Dan.com’s sales in the final week of September. I communicated with Leanne McMahon (who puts the data together) and suggested that we feature the monthly sales on Domain Name Wire going forward. Let me know if you like these summaries, and […]

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EU Directive on domain owner data could create headaches for domain companies

It doesn’t seem to “ban anonymous websites” but could create headaches for the domain industry. The European Union is working on a Directive around cyber security that could impact domain names and Whois. But like the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP), it’s a bit high level and how it would be implemented is up […]

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.Club top level domain went MIA today

.Club websites went down today as part of a DNS issue that has since been resolved. The .club registry went down this morning, taking down all .club domains. The problem has been resolved. The issue appears to have been with UltraDNS, a Neustar service. The UltraDNS system status page reported an incident starting at 10:30 […]

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Tucows picks up UNR registry and employees

Tucows gets into the registry business with the acquisition of Frank Schilling’s technical registry and 10 employees. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) announced today that it is acquiring Frank Schilling’s UNR technical registry business and 10 of its employees. Earlier this year, UNR auctioned its 23 top level domain names for more than $40 million. None of […]

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Epik breach: credit card woes, Whois data

Credit card exposure from breach could have a major impact on customers. I’ve been writing a lot about the Epik security breach, and you can expect to hear a lot more in the coming weeks as more details come out. Yesterday, I published an email from Epik stating that it might be worth taking precautionary […]

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Hackers claim significant Epik breach

A group claims that it has hacked Epik and downloaded significant data. A group says it has hacked domain name registrar Epik and released a trove of data online. A posting (see PDF version) claims that the hackers gained access to data about all domain purchases, transfers, all Whois history (unredacted), all email forwards, account […]

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WordPress parent Automattic invests $30 million in Bhavin Turakhia’s email business

Titan offers resellers an alternative to Google’s and Microsoft’s platforms. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has invested $30 million in email service Titan. The series A funding values Titan at $300 million. Titan is serial entrepreneur Bhavin Turakhia’s latest venture. It’s an email service designed as a more reseller-friendly option for registrars and hosts who […]

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Facebook to pay $74,812 for OnlineNic’s domain name portfolio

Facebook agrees to buy OnlineNic’s owned and operated domains to settle part of a dispute. Facebook will soon be the proud owner of hotwifecuckolds .com, magiksex .com, and hundreds of other domain names currently owned by the domain name registrar OnlineNic. It’s part of a deal to settle a dispute between Facebook and OnlineNic and […]

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OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down because of Facebook lawsuit

Registrar tells court it is ceasing business next week. ICANN-accredited domain name registrar OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down on July 26 after throwing in the towel in a lawsuit. Facebook sued the registrar and its privacy service in October 2019, alleging that either OnlineNIC or its customers used domains such as www-facebook-login(.)com and login-lnstargram(.)com. The […]

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ICANN nixes in-person Seattle meeting, will be virtual event

Board decides to wait until next year for in-person meetings. ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided against having in-person attendance for its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It will be a virtual event instead. This paragraph of its resolution seems to sum up its decision: Whereas, at this time, while conventions are […]

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