Domain Registrars

    • Web.com in takeover talks – report

      Kevin Murphy, May 26, 2017, 09:06:08 (UTC), Domain Registrars Web.com is in talks to be acquired by private equity firms, according to a report. Reuters reported last night that the registrar said the talks were “early stage” and that there was no guarantee of a deal. Web.com is of course home to Network Solutions, Register.com and is involved in secondary market plays SnapNames and NameJet.

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    • After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

      Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September 8, the date the increases kick in.

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  • Pirate Bay founder launches piracy-friendly domain privacy service

    … do hurt someone by putting child porn or revenge porn or stuff like that… If you look at any statistics on file sharing, it proves that the more people file-share the more money goes into the ecosystem of the media.” While this is likely to upset the IP lobby within the domain name community, I think there’s a possibility that existing ICANN…

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  • GoDaddy sold over $1 billion of domains in 2016

    … GoDaddy’s domain sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year, CEO Blake Irving told analysts this week. The milestone was revealed as the registrar reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings late Wednesday. In the fourth quarter, the company had a net loss of $800,000, compared to a year-ago loss of $500,000, on revenue…

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  • Tucows says eNom may be shrinking as Melbourne IT drives 2016 growth

    … and related services. In the fourth quarter, revenue was $30 million for this segment. Of that, $23.1 million came from domains sold via its wholesale network and $3.8 million came from Hover, its retail channel. CEO Elliot Noss noted that the acquisition of the eNom wholesale registrar business from Rightside last month made Tucows easily the second…

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  • GoDaddy Super Bowl ad results “best ever”

    … GoDaddy said its Super Bowl commercial, which aired yesterday, resulted in its “best ever” Sunday for new customers. The company said in a press release it had seen its “its best-ever Sunday for attracting new customers in the books”. That doesn’t necessarily mean it sold more domains than its previous Super Bowl efforts, nor that it made…

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  • Complaints about registrars dip in 2016

    … There were slightly fewer complaints about domain name registrars in 2016, compared to 2015, according to newly published ICANN data, but complaints still run into the tens of thousands. There were 43,156 complaints about registrars to ICANN Compliance in 2016, compared to 45,926 in 2015, according to the data (pdf). That’s a dip of about 6…

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  • GoDaddy revenue tops $1.8 billion in 2016

    … Kevin Murphy, January 27, 2017, 12:46:59 (UTC), Domain Registrars GoDaddy today said that its revenue for 2016 topped $1.8 billion. In a preliminary disclosure to the markets ahead of its formal February 15 earnings announcement, the registrar said that annual revenue for 2016 is expected to come in at $1.84 billion. That compares to $1.6…

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  • Celebrity cybersquatting to feature in Super Bowl commercial [video]

    … Actor turned fashion designer John Malkovich is to feature in a Super Bowl commercial themed on cybersquatting. The ad, for web host Squarespace, sees Malkovich complaining about the domain johnmalkovich.com belonging to some other guy by the same name. In a roundabout way, this is also a commercial for Tucows, the newly-crowned second…

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  • Rightside sells eNom to Tucows for $83.5m

    … Tucows is to become “the second largest registrar in the world” by acquiring eNom from Rightside, paying $83.5 million. The deal will give Tucows another 14.5 million domains under management and 28,000 resellers, giving it a total of 29 million DUM and 40,000 resellers. That DUM number, which appears to include ccTLDs, makes Tucows…

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  • Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

    … between 2011 and 2014, according to local reports. auDA, the .au domain registry, warned about the company as far back as 2011. An example of a bogus invoice attributed to Domain Register can be found here. It’s not clear whether the defendant in the case is linked to the Brandon Gray slamming outfit, which has also gone by names including Domain…

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  • ICANN terminates penis pill pimp registrar

    … in Whois as the owners of potentially hundreds of domains that were being used to sell medicines for conditions ranging from heart disease to erectile dysfunction. The domains 5mg-cialis20mg.com, acheterdutadalafil.com, viagra-100mgbestprice.net and 100mgviagralowestprice.net were among those apparently owned by the registrar. According to LegitScript…

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  • Registrars off the hook for silly ICANN transfer policy

    … Domain name registrars have been assured that ICANN Compliance will not pursue them for failing to implement the new Transfer Policy on privacy-protected names. As we reported late November, the new policy requires registrars to send out “change of registrant” confirmation emails whenever certain fields in the Whois are changed, regardless…

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  • Free .shop domains until Christmas

    … The new .shop gTLD is likely to see growth over the coming week or so, as registrars begin to offer them for free. Two retail registrars in the Key-Systems stable — Moniker and domaindiscount24 — said today they will offer a free .shop to each of its customers until December 23. The offer is limited to one domain per account, so we’re…

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  • GoDaddy will pay $1.79 billion for HEG in major Euro expansion

    … GoDaddy is to substantially increase the size of its European operation with the $1.79 billion acquisition of Host Europe Group. The market-leading registrar confirmed yesterday earlier reports that it was on track to buy HEG, which counts several big-name British and German registrars among its brands. The deal is worth €1.69 billion ($1.79…

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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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