Domain Registrars

    • ICANN terminates penis pill pimp registrar

      ICANN is to terminate the contract of a Chinese registrar linked to dodgy pharmaceuticals web sites and other malfeasance. Nanjing Imperiosus Technology Co, which does business as DomainersChoice.com, has been told it will lose its registrar accreditation February 3. ICANN said in the termination notice that the company had failed to keep records related to abuse reports, f ...

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    • Domain “slammer” making millions in Oz

      A company accused of the domain slamming scam made over $5 million over three years tricking companies into buying domains they didn’t need, it has been alleged. Consumer Affairs Victoria, an Australian state government watchdog, has reportedly taken Domain Register Pty Ltd to court, claiming tens of thousands of people had been conned by fake invoices.

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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 of whether the registrant has actually changed.

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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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  • Transferring domains gets more complex this week

    … A new anti-hijacking domain name transfer policy comes into effect this week at all ICANN-accredited registrars, potentially complicating the process of not only selling domains but also updating your own Whois records. But many registrars have already rewritten their terms of service to make the new rules as hassle-free as possible…

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  • GoDaddy in talks to buy massive registrar Host Europe – report

    … GoDaddy is reportedly talking to Host Europe Group, one of Europe’s largest registrars, about an acquisition. Reuters today reported that the deal, should it go ahead, could be worth as much as $1.8 billion. GoDaddy has been favored over rival bids from United Internet (owner of United-Domains) and buyout firm Centerbridge, Reuters said…

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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    … Tucows4109,782,941 COREhub409217,776 Crazy Domains405631,186 Network Solutions4016,555,354 1&1 Internet4005,845,447 GoDaddy.com39753,948,610 Soluciones Corporativas397128,998 PublicDomainRegistry.com3916,113,121 There’s no real correlation between the number of gTLDs carried and the total domains under management for the registrar. GoDaddy…

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  • 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 DomainersChoice.com, today. The move follows an allegations from…

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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 XYZ.com. Other new gTLDs are not affected…

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  • GoDaddy spearheads Domain Connect spec

    …. But using Domain Connect, instead they will be able to simply enter their domain name with Shopify and, after authenticating with their registrar (via OAUTH), their domain’s DNS will be automatically configured to point to their new site. This saves the customer’s time and GoDaddy’s money. Under the hood, it works using a series of templates, authored…

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  • West.cn targets Engrish domainers with new .xyz site

    … West.cn, 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 West.xyz, 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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