Auctions

    • GoDaddy renewal revamp “unrelated” to domainer auction outrage

      GoDaddy has made some big changes to how it handles expired domain names, but denied the changes are related to domainer outrage today about “fake” auctions. The market-leading registrar today said that it has reduced the period post-expiration during which registrants can recover their names from 42 days to 30.

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  • CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

    … CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did not disclose…

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  • This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

    … The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went to private auction in September…

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  • Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

    … Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a little over a year ago. At this point, nobody wants to talk about…

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  • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

    … Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43% of all ICANN-accredited registrars are now controlled by just one company. DropCatch…

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  • ICANN has $400m in the bank

    … ICANN ended its fiscal 2016 with just shy of $400 million on its balance sheet, according to its just-released financial report. As of June 30, the organization had assets of $399.6 million, up from $376.5 million a year earlier, the statement (pdf) says. Its revenue for the year was actually down, at $194.6 million in 2016 compared to $216.8…

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  • Pinterest Introduces Auction-Based CPM Campaigns, Frequency Capping

    … Pinterest is now allowing advertisers to bid on a CPM (cost per thousand impressions) basis, and the social network also introduced frequency capping, providing control over the number of times individual users see those campaigns. The new auction-based CPM campaigns have been in testing with advertisers including The Home Depot and General…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    … a covenant not to sue ICANN when it applied for its new gTLDs. A judge in the DotConnectAfrica v ICANN can has allowed that lawsuit to proceed, regardless, but it may prove a stumbling block for Donuts. It all looks a bit flimsy to me, but I’ve learned not to second-guess American judges so we’ll just have to see how it plays out. Tweet Tagged: .web, .webs, auctions, donuts, ICANN, last resort, new gTLDs, nu dot co, rightside, verisign …

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  • Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play

    … challenge, making the scheduled auction very complex. But Donuts and Uniregistry seem to have come to a private arrangement about .shopping, outside of the ICANN auction process, making .shop a straightforward nine-way fight. Donuts tells me the auction, in which it is participating, is still scheduled for January 27. Related posts…

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