Domain Registrars

    • Registrar accused of pimping prescription penis pills

      ICANN has implicated a Chinese domain name registrar in the online selling of medications, including Viagra and Cialis, without the required prescription. The organization’s Compliance department filed a contract breach notice with Nanjing Imperiosus, which does business as, today.

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    • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

      MarkMonitor has become the first accredited registrar to carry over 500 gTLDs. Inspired by a recent Dynadot press release outlining its passing of the 500-TLD mark, I thought I’d put together a league table of gTLD registrars, ordered by which carries the most. It will come as little surprise to most that brand protection registrars dominate the top end of the list.

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    • NameCheap stops selling .xyz domains

      NameCheap may have sold over a million .xyz domains, but apparently it will sell no more than that. The registrar confirmed to DI this evening that it is no longer taking .xyz registrations. It declined to explain why. It has also stopped selling .college and .rent domains — two other gTLDs owned by Other new gTLDs are not affected.

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  • GoDaddy spearheads Domain Connect spec

    … GoDaddy has published a new specification designed to make it easier for domain owners to quickly set up web sites using third-party site-building tools. Its new Domain Connect Initiative is tailored for customers who do not know how to configure a DNS record and do not care to learn,according to Charles Beadnall, senior VP of domains. While…

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  • targets Engrish domainers with new .xyz site

    …, the Chinese registrar that has quickly become the highest-volume seller of new gTLD domains, has turned its attention to the English-speaking market. The company has launched a new site at, offering domains at some of the cheapest prices available, in English. A .com can be obtained for the equivalent of $8.25 a year, while…

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  • Registrar CEO faces terrorism charges

    … is reportedly an open supporter of Gulen, but it’s not entirely clear from English-language reports out there what he’s accused of doing. I suspect it’s probably unrelated to domain names. The decision to hand over Buyuk to Turkish authorities has proved controversial in Bulgaria, where some suspect it was a political gesture related to Europe’s migrant crisis. FBS is believed to be Turkey’s largest registrar, with just shy of 600,000 domain names under management. Tweet Tagged: bulgaria, fbs, turkey …

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  • MarkMonitor to change hands in $3.55 billion deal

    … MarkMonitor owner Thomson Reuters is to sell of its IP division, which includes the brand-protection registrar, to private equity in a $3.55 billion all-cash deal. The company said it will sell its Intellectual Property & Science business Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia. MarkMonitor is of course a small part…

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  • GoDaddy gets its dot-brand

    … GoDaddy has become a new gTLD registry with the delegation yesterday of .godaddy. It’s a dot-brand, so domain name registrations will not be made available to the general public. In one of the shortest mission statements found in new gTLD applications, the company describes .godaddy like this: The mission or purpose of the .GODADDY gTLD…

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  • Google offers reseller widget, signs first partners

    … Google’s registrar, Google Domains, has started offering a widget to make it easier to become a reseller. The Google Domains widget has already been deployed by five web site builders — Big Cartel, Duda, Selz, Square and Webflow — the company said. These companies have evidently embedded the software — a chunk of Javascript — into their web…

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  • Google registrar dumps .com for dot-brand

    … Kevin Murphy, March 30, 2016, 11:04:45 (UTC), Domain Registrars Google has started using its primary dot-brand gTLD for its registrar business. The URL now bounces users to The site sells domains from $12 a year with free Whois privacy. Is this move a big deal for improving new gTLD awareness? I don’t think…

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  • Tucows pays $6.5 million for Melbourne IT’s channel

    … Canadian registrar Tucows has acquired the reseller network of Australian rival Melbourne IT for up to $6.5 million. The company said the deal will “add hundreds of resellers and approximately 1.6 million domains under management to Tucows’ OpenSRS wholesale domain business.” Melbourne IT said that the low-margin business was a “drag…

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  • Small registrar suspended by ICANN

    … Small US-based registrar, which usually does business at, has been suspended by ICANN. From March 24 to June 22, the company will be unable to sell new domains or accept incoming transfers. ICANN said in its notice (pdf) that has been failing to escrow its registrant data with Iron Mountain, as required under…

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  • Registrars object to “unreasonable” .bank demands

    … Registrars are upset with fTLD Registry Services for trying to impose new rules on selling .bank domains that they say are “unreasonable”. The Registrar Stakeholder Group formally relayed its concerns about a proposed revision of the .bank Registry-Registrar Agreement to ICANN at the weekend. A key sticking point is fTLD’s demand that each…

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  • First registrar “breached” UDRP lock rule

    … 5,000 gTLD domains under management. The transfer lock rule became ICANN consensus policy binding on all registrars last July, following four years of policy and implementation work. It’s designed to prevent cybersquatters switching registrars when a UDRP lands in their inbox, a practice known as cyberflight. The registrant of…

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  • Patent troll hits registrars with $60m shakedown

    … A patent troll that claims it invented email reminders has launched a shakedown campaign against registrars that could be worth as much as $62 million. WhitServe LLC, which beat Go Daddy in a patent lawsuit last year, is now demanding licenses from registrars that could add as much as $0.50 to the cost of a domain name. According to registrar…

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  • GoDaddy launches mobile app for investors

    … GoDaddy has launched a new mobile device app specifically for domain investors. GoDaddy Investor, as it is called, will enable domainers to monitor watch-lists of expiring domains, as well as bid in and track auctions, the company said. Authentication is handled via a special PIN system or, on iOS, Apple’s TouchID. “We worked closely with our…

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