Domain Registrars

    • 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.

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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

    … 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,, 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

    … Tucows saw its revenue from domain names more than double in the second quarter, following the acquisition of rival Enom. The company this week reported domain services revenue for the three months ending June 30 of $62.8 million, compared to $28.4 million a year ago. That was part of overall growth of 78%, with revenue rising from $47.2…

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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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  • Over 750 domains hijacked in attack on Gandi

    … Gandi saw 751 domains belonging to its customers hijacked and redirected to malware delivery sites, the French registrar reported earlier this month. The attack saw the perpetrators obtain Gandi’s password for a gateway provider, which it did not name, that acts as an intermediary to 34 ccTLD registries including .ch, .se and .es…

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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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