Centralnic

    • Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

      Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few year ...

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  • Verisign loses .art contract to CentralNic

    … not managed to chill competition in this instance. .art is set to launch in stages over the next 12 months, CentralNic said. UKCI estimated in its ICANN application that it would get between 25,000 and 80,000 registrations in its first year. That may prove to be optimistic, at least at the high end. UKCI’s vision for .art is for a restricted gTLD…

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  • CentralNic doing okay out of new gTLDs

    … before tax of £1.45 million ($2.13 million), compared to £520,000 in 2014, on revenue up 71% at £10.39 million ($15.28 million). While it may be best known nowadays as a back-end registry provider, its revenue is now fairly evenly split over its three reporting segments. CentralNic runs the back-end registry for volume gTLDs including .xyz…

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  • XYZ settles Verisign’s back-end switcheroo lawsuit

    … XYZ.com has settled a lawsuit filed against it against Verisign stemming from XYZ’s acquisition of .theatre, .security and .protection. Verisign sued the new gTLD registry operator for “interfering” with its back-end contracts with the previous owners last August, as part of its campaign to compete against new gTLDs in the courtroom. XYZ had…

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  • CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy

    … CentralNic is set to grow revenue by almost three quarters buy acquiring Australian registrar Instra for $23.7 million. The acquisition is for AUD 33 million, AUD 30 million of which will be in cash. CentralNic plans to raise £10 million ($15 million) with a share placement to help fund the deal. “This acquisition will grow our current…

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  • Retail sales see CentralNic over double revenue

    … CentralNic saw a huge 171% increase in revenue and a tripling of billings in the first half of the year, based on its newly acquired retail business and the sale of premium names. For the six months to the end of June, the London-based firm saw revenue of £4.4 million ($6.8 million) compared to £1.6 million ($2.5 million) a year earlier…

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  • XYZ fighting red tape to serve Chinese customers

    … XYZ.com is trying to become one of the first non-Chinese gTLD registries to be able to sell unhindered into the Chinese market, in the face of Draconian government regulations. The company has filed a Registry Services Evaluation Process request with ICANN — the first of its kind — that would let it use a gateway service, based in China…

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  • No, CentralNic isn’t the biggest new gTLD back-end

    … CentralNic’s registry back-end business may have got a big boost by last week’s news that Google has adopted a .xyz domain for its new parent, but it is not yet the biggest back-end provider. That honor still belongs to Rightside, which currently leads CentralNic by a few hundred thousand names, according to zone files. When Google started…

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  • CentralNic unloads $2.5m worth of premium domains

    … CentralNic today announced it has made $2.5 million by selling off some of its stash of premium domain names. The sales appear to be of “non-core” names unrelated to its registry business that the company has been sitting on for a while, rather than names that it has reserved in its own subdomains and new gTLDs for which it acts as back-end…

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  • ROTD lends geo names to CentralNic registrar push

    … CentralNic and Right Of The Dot have teamed up to offer a series of geographically themed registrar storefronts for new gTLDs. Under a joint venture, the companies are launching sites such as london.domains, vegas.domains, tokyo.domains and nyc.domains. ROTD, the new gTLD venture launched by Mike Berkens and Monte Cahn, acquired these premium…

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  • Accent wins .tickets auction after $1.6m CentralNic investment

    … Accent Media, one of four applicants for .tickets, has won the new gTLD at auction after receiving a $1.62 million investment from CentralNic. As part of the deal, Accent has dumped Afilias as its back-end provider and will switch to CentralNic instead. Competing applicants Donuts, Famous Four Media, Shubert Internet and Tickets TLD are now…

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  • CentralNic invests $1.5m in mystery gTLD applicant

    … Registry back-end provider CentralNic has stumped up $1.5 million to back a new gTLD applicant in a forthcoming private auction. CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford declined to identify the beneficiary. The company has also not disclosed what stake in the target company it will obtain if it wins the auction. Here’s the entirety of the statement…

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  • CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs

    … CentralNic has acquired the unfortunately named Bahamas-based registrar Internet.bs for up to $7.5 million, in an effort to bolster its registrar business. The deal is for a mixture of cash ($2.7 million), newly issued shares ($2.5 million) and a delayed performance-related payout of up to $2.3 million. CentralNic is best known as a registry…

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  • .xyz launch crashed CentralNic

    … some of our previous launches being of comparable size. .xyz took almost 15,000 registrations in its first 10 hours, many of which will have been concentrated in those first few minutes. CentralNic said it intends to put in place some measures to prevent a similar crash when it handles .ink’s launch day for Top Level Design on June 23. Registrars…

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