Domain Registrars

    • 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.

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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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    • 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.

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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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  • Guess which registrars sell the most gTLDs

    …, with 53 million names, is way down in 28th position, for example. The list was compiled from the latest gTLD registry reports, which show how many domains were registered to each accredited registrar at the end of June. The data does not not include ccTLDs, nor does it account for situations where registrars may retail a TLD via a gateway or as a reseller of another registrar. Tweet Tagged: ascio, csc, markmonitor, new gTLDs …

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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

    …-customers. The move is peculiar indeed. NameCheap is the third highest-volume .xyz registrar, behind West.cn and Uniregistry, responsible for about 15% of .xyz’s domains under management. It’s also NameCheap’s biggest direct-selling gTLD by a considerable margin. NameCheap is well-known as primarily an eNom reseller — it accounts for 28% of eNom’s…

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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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  • 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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  • 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 domains.google.com now bounces users to domains.google. 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 Mobile.co, which usually does business at Mobile.domains, 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 Mobile.co has been failing to escrow its registrant data with Iron Mountain, as required under…

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