Domain Registrars

    • Namecheap to bring millions of domains in-house next week

      Namecheap is finally bringing its customer base over to its own ICANN accreditation. The registrar will next week accept transfer of an estimated 3.2 million .com and .net domains from Enom, following a court ruling forcing Enom owner Tucows to let go of the names. The migration will happen from January 8 to January 12, Namecheap said in a blog post today.

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    • Aussie registrar guilty of $6 million slamming campaign

      Domain seller Domain Register Pty Ltd has reportedly been found guilty of scamming thousands of Australians out of a total of $6 million with bogus domain renewal notices. The Herald Sun reports today that a Federal court ruled that the company’s sales tactics were “misleading or deceptive, or likely to mislead or deceive in breach of state and federal laws”.

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  • SpamHaus ranks most-botted TLDs and registrars

    … NameCheap and Uniregistry have emerged as two of the most-abused domain name companies, using statistics on botnet command and control centers released by SpamHaus this week. SpamHaus data shows that over a quarter of all botnet C&Cs found during the year were using NameCheap as their registrar. It also shows that almost 1% of domains…

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  • Brazil loses its only registrar as UOL bows out

    …, but as a registrar it wasn’t in the top 100 globally. It had a little over 100,000 gTLD domains under management at the last count, with a peak over the last five years of roughly 200,000 I hear that these remaining domains will be transferred to Tucows’ accreditation. Brazil has had at least four registrars, including UOL, over the years. Countries…

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  • 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. After day 30, registrants…

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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…

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  • Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

    … Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief…

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  • After slow launch, .africa looks to add hundreds of resellers

    … ZA Central Registry is opening up .africa and its South African city gTLDs to potentially hundreds of new registrars via a new proxy program. The company today announced that it new registrar AF Proxy Services has received ICANN accreditation, which should open up .africa, .joburg, .capetown and .durban to its existing .za channel. ZACR…

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  • .museum soon could be open to all (no haters please)

    … fide museum user”, but the language suggests to me that the registry is likely to take registrants at their word and enforce some kind of post-registration review of how the domains are being used. Indeed, the new contract contains the following new restriction: Registration implies compliance with a fair use that only allows a use harmless…

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  • Former MarkMonitor execs join new brand protection registrar

    …, which went live today, will feature improved workflow via a streamlined user interface, they said. The company also hopes “better leverage big data to help companies make better decisions and streamline processes around domain management”, Cooper said. “Legacy registrars haven’t been focused on building new technology, some for almost 10 years…

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  • GoDaddy’s reason for dumping Uniregistry doesn’t make a lot of sense

    … GoDaddy, as you may have read, has again decided to dump Uniregistry’s portfolio of TLDs, following wholesale price increases. But its explanation for the move — trying to provide its customers with a “great product experience” — doesn’t seem to tally with the way it has gone about implementing the change. The company confirmed this week…

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  • GoDaddy CEO to retire at 58

    … GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tonight announced his retirement from the company. Irving, 58, said he will leave the corner office at the end of 2017, and will stick around on its board of directors until June next year. He will be replaced by current chief operating officer Scott Wagner, who joined the registrar in 2013 from KKR, one of the three…

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  • Endurance losing founder-CEO next week

    … investigation into its 2015 acquisition of Constant Contact. The SEC probe has been going on since at least December 2015. Endurance is also facing flattening top-line growth — revenue of $292.3 million, up 1% on last year, in the second quarter — and deepening losses. Fox was CEO of Convergys from 2010 to 2012. He is also principal of The Circumference Group, his own investment/advisory firm. Tweet Tagged: bigrock, buydomains,, earnings, endurance, Public Domain Registry …

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  • GoDaddy kicks out neo-Nazi site after dead protester post

    … GoDaddy has given neo-Nazi web site The Daily Stormer a day to GTFO after it posted an article viciously attacking the victim of racially motivated violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In multiple tweets, the company said this morning that it had given the site’s owners 24 hours to move to a new registrar. We informed The Daily Stormer…

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  • GoDaddy domains business grows 15% in Q2

    …% of overall revenue at the company. GoDaddy said it had 17 million customers at the end of the quarter, June 30, adding about a million organically compared to a year earlier and 1.6 million from the HEG acquisition. At the end of the quarter, the company had $591.2 million in cash and equivalents and debt of $3 billion. Tweet Tagged: earnings, godaddy, heg, host europe group …

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  • Tucows revenue rockets after Enom buy

    … million in 2016 to $84.2 million this year. Net income for the quarter was up 29% at $5.2 million. Enom, which Tucows bought from Rightside for $76.7 million earlier this year, now accounts for a little under half of Tucows’ wholesale domains business, the larger portion going through its OpenSRS channel. Sales from Tucows’ premium portfolio rose to $968,000 from $885,000 a year ago. Its retail business, Hover, did $7.6 million of revenue, up from $3.6 million. Tweet Tagged: earnings, enom, rightside, tucows …

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