Domain Registrars

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

      The 15-year-old .museum gTLD could soon be open to a great many more potential registrants, following an ICANN contract renewal. The registry, MuseDoma, has negotiated a new Registry Agreement that rewrites eligibility rules to the extent that soon basically anyone should be able to register a name.

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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.

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    • Former MarkMonitor execs join new brand protection registrar

      Two former MarkMonitor executives have teamed up with a Fairwinds co-founder to launch a new “next generation” brand protection registrar. The new company is Brandsight. It was set up by CEO Phil Lodico, who left brand consultancy Fairwinds about a year ago, and was accredited by ICANN earlier this month.

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

    … as the sponsoring registrar. Accompanying this move is the unexplained removal of Whois privacy services for all affected domains. Registrants will get a refund for their privacy service and will have the opportunity to switch registrars to one that will support privacy. For those that remain, suddenly their personally identifiable information will become…

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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, domain.com, 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

    … GoDaddy saw its revenue from domain name sales increase by almost 15% in the second quarter, the company announced this week. Its domains revenue was $263.3 million, up 14.6% on the same quarter last year. That was part of an overall growth trend at the company, which saw revenue for the quarter up 22.3% at $557.8 million. Revenue growth…

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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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  • GoDaddy flips hosting business for $456 million

    … GoDaddy has sold off its recently acquired PlusServer business for €397 million ($456 million). The buyer is a private equity firm, BC Partners. The registrar had taken control of the business when it spent $1.79 billion on Host Europe Group earlier this year, but had said from the start that the asset was for sale. PlusServer sells hosting…

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  • ICANN expects to lose 750 registrars in the next year

    … sought-after domains that these multifamily registrars are after is not able to withstand the thousands of accreditations that are there,” he said. “Each accreditation costs quite a bit of money.” Having a registrar accreditation costs $4,000 a year, not including ICANN’s transaction fees. “We think the market has probably gone beyond what…

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  • Zero registrars pass ICANN audit

    … Some of the biggest names in the registrar game were among a bewildering 100% that failed an ICANN first-pass audit in the latest round of random compliance checks. Of the 55 registrars picked to participate in the audit, a resounding 0 passed the initial audit, according to data released today. Among them were recognizable names including…

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  • GoDaddy launches security service after Securi acquisition

    … GoDaddy has revealed the first fruits of its March acquisition of web security service provider Securi. It’s GoDaddy Website Security, what appears to be a budget version of the services Securi already offers on a standalone basis. For $6.99 per month, the service monitors your web site for malware and removes it upon request. It also keeps…

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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. It’s the second major…

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  • 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…

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