Domain Registries

    • Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

      Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of shares that were not tendered will be converted into the ...

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    • .storage to have pricey second sunrise

      The .storage gTLD is to get a second sunrise period after being acquired and repurposed by The registry will operate a “Trademark Landrush Period” for three weeks from November 7 as the first stage of .storage’s reboot as an open-to-all gTLD. It’s not technically a “sunrise” period under ICANN rules — that phase was already completed under previous owner Extra Spac ...

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    • Verisign confirms first price increase under new .net contract

      Verisign is to increase the wholesale price of an annual .net domain registration by 10%, the company confirmed yesterday. It’s the first in an expected series of six annual 10% price hikes permitted under its recently renewed registry agreement with ICANN. The annual price of a .net registration, renewal, or transfer will go up from $8.20 to $9.

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  • Another auDA director quits after conflict claims

    … Australian ccTLD manager auDA has lost its second director in two week with the resignation of Michaella Richards, announced today. Richards’ position had been subject to criticism by disgruntled auDA members. It had been speculated that her appointment to the board last December was less due to her experience in the domain industry…

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  • Grumpy campaign claims victory after auDA U-turns

    … Australian ccTLD administrator auDA has scrapped two unpopular policies following the ouster of its chairman last week, allowing campaigning domainers to claim victory. auDA said it has done away with its member code of conduct and has reinstated its policy of publishing its board meetings’ minutes. These were two of the key demands…

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  • HTC dumps its dot-brand

    … Mobile phone manufacturer HTC has become the latest dot-brand operator to get out of the new gTLD game. The $4.3 billion-a-year Taiwanese firm has told ICANN that it no longer wishes to run .htc as a dot-brand registry and ICANN has signaled its intent to terminate the contract. It becomes the 27th dot-brand, from the hundreds that have…

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  • auDA chair quits days before vote to fire him

    … to a campaign at organized by domainer/blogger Ned O’Meara. Grumpy’s supporters reckon auDA has gone to the dogs over the last couple of years, with staff quitting or being fired en masse and an unwelcome culture of secrecy being imposed. But Benjamin wrote: As Chair I have overseen an increase in policy generation, in effective oversight…

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  • MMX says .vip renewals running at 75%

    … MMX has revealed that its renewal rate for first-month .vip registrations in China were over 75%. The portfolio gTLD registry, also known as Minds + Machines, said that 317,000 domains that were registered during .vip’s first month of availability have now been renewed. The news follows a June announcement that the renewal rate would be over…

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  • auDA now looking to outsource .au registry

    … Australian ccTLD overseer auDA appears to have softened its approach to overhauling the management of .au. The organization said today that it’s now planning to look for an “outsourced registry operation” that will come online in July 2018. In recent months, the company had been looking for suppliers to help it build a dedicated, in-house, .au…

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  • .blog tops 100,000 names, 66,500 blogs

    … a unique website associated with them”, compared with an industry average under 40%. Both of those statistics seem to have been supplied by Pandalytics, the DomainsBot service to which KKWT subscribes, and do not appear to be publicly available. If accurate, 66.5% usage is a much better statistic to brag about than 100,000 registrations, in my view. Usage, of course, drives the virtuous circle that leads to more sales. Tweet Tagged: .blog, automattic, kkwt, knock knock whois there, wordpress …

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  • Short .vegas domains go on sale

    … Dot Vegas has made one and two-character .vegas domain names available to register on a first-come, first-served basis. Single-character domains such as and and two-character names such as and all appear to be available, including domains that match country-code TLDs. Prices seem to be around the $2,750…

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  • CentralNic brings back old CFO

    … Kevin Murphy, July 24, 2017, 11:10:12 (UTC), Domain Registries CentralNic has swapped its currently chief financial officer for his immediate predecessor. Glenn Hayward has left the company after three and a half years “to pursue other opportunities”, the company said in a statement to the markets today. He has been replaced by Don Baladasan…

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  • Domain growth slows a lot in Q1

    … The growth of the domain name industry slowed in the first quarter, numbers published today by Verisign reveal. According to its latest Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf), the domain universe grew to 330.6 million in Q1. That’s an increase of 1.3 million names on Q4 2016, a 0.4% sequential increase, and 11.8 million names, 3.7% growth, compared…

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  • Junk drop cuts .xyz in half, .top claims volume crown

    … The .xyz gTLD has seen its zone file halve in size, as millions of free and cheap domains were not renewed. The former volume leader among new gTLDs started this month with a tad over 5.2 million domains in its zone. But its July 17 zone contained 2.5 million, much less than half as many, DI analysis shows. The precipitous decline means…

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  • ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

    … ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy other customary closing…

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  • Second-level .ke domains go on sale this month

    … Kenya has become the latest ccTLD to jump on the second-level domain bandwagon. From this month, registrants will be able to purchase, rather than having to select from third-level domains such as or, according to the registry. We have introduced Second Level .Ke Domain name space, Roll out date 23 rd…

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  • Domainers want the head of auDA’s chair

    … Disgruntled domainers have managed to arrange for a vote on whether auDA chair Stuart Benjamin should be fired. auDA, the .au ccTLD administrator, has been under fire for many months from registrants who believe the organization is being managed in an increasingly erratic and secretive manner. Now, a campaign and petition at…

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