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Controversial Chinese firm among two newly revealed UNR gTLD buyers

Two more former UNR top-level domains have formally changed hands following the company’s fire sale over a year ago. The ICANN contracts governing .llp and .help have been reassigned, the former to Intercap Registry and the latter to a new-to-the-industry Seychelles-based company called Innovation service Ltd, ICANN records show. Intercap is a relatively known quantity, […]

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Intercap acquires .LLP from UNR

The registry already runs .inc. ICANN has published an assignment agreement for .llp, the latest of the domains that Frank Schilling’s UNR sold in an auction last year to transfer hands. Intercap Registry Inc. is the buyer. The domain is a fit for the company because it already owns the corporate identifier domain .inc. This […]

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.Help top level domain buyer revealed

Seychelles company scoops up .help. ICANN has published the assignment agreement for .help, one of the domains Frank Schilling’s UNR auctioned last year. Innovation Service Ltd, a Seychelles company, acquired the top level domain. I can’t find any information about the company online, but the assignment agreement (pdf) lists Heng Lu as the company’s CEO. […]

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.link gTLD buyer revealed

Another of UNR’s portfolio auction winners has emerged. This time it’s .link, UNR’s low-cost volume play, and the buyer appears to be a veteran domain investor named Yonatan Belousov. ICANN records for .link were updated today to name a Maltese company called Nova Registry, an individual named Emanuel Debono, and an email address at nova.link […]

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Domain investor acquires .link top level domain

Yoni Belousov acquires .link top level domain from Frank Schilling’s UNR. .Link is the latest of the UNR top level domains auctions last year to finally transfer to its new owner. ICANN records show that Nova Registry Ltd is the new owner of this domain. You need to follow the thread to find the domain […]

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Dot Hip Hop slashes prices 80% in relaunch

The industry newcomer run mainly by veterans, Dot Hip Hop said today it will slash the price of .hiphop domains by 80% in an effort to reinvigorate the languishing gTLD. That appears to mean a wholesale fee reduction from $100 to $20 a year. The price cut will be married with a focus on registry-level […]

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With mystery auction winner, .sexy prices go from $25 to $2,500

UNR is increasing the annual price of a .sexy domain from $25 to over $2,000, according to registrars. The price increase will hit from April 30, according to registrars, but will not affect renewals on domains registered before that date. French registrar Gandi said its retail price for a .sexy name will increase from $40 […]

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XYZ bought most of Uniregistry’s TLDs

XYZ.com has emerged as the winning bidder for 10 of the 17 new gTLDs that UNR, formerly Uniregistry, auctioned off last year. The company bought .audio, .christmas, .diet, .flowers, .game, .guitars, .hosting, .lol, .mom and .pics, according to ICANN, which approved the transfer of each registry agreement today. As previously reported, a new company called […]

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Post-lockdown blues hit Tucows’ growth

Tucows’ domain business was pretty much flat in the fourth quarter and full-year 2021, as the company hit the trough following the spike of the pandemic lockdown bump. The registrar said last night that its Domain Services business saw new registrations down or flat in both wholesale and retail channels, even when compared to pre-pandemic […]

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ICANN explains its side of UNR registry transfer holdup

New “contractual-right-counter-parties” still waiting for transfers. ICANN published an explanation last week for why it still hasn’t approved any UNR registry transfer requests from last year. Frank Schilling auctioned off his 23 top-level domain names for over $40 million at the end of April. To date, ICANN hasn’t approved a single transfer to the new […]

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