Famous Four Media

  • Famous Four exec moves to CentralNic

    …Famous Four Media has lost its chief marketing officer to CentralNic. Andy Churley joined the London-based registry services provider as group marketing manager this month, according to press release. He’s been with FFM for the first few years of its entry into the gTLD game, overseeing the launches of cheap TLDs such as .science, .download […] Related posts: CentralNic to swell with $24m Instra buy CentralNic gets its foot in the door as Famous Four back-end CentralNic pays up to $7.5m for Internet.bs …

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  • Famous Four VP goes solo, claims $400,000 sale

    … Former Famous Four Media VP of sales Richard Downs has launched a new consultancy business aimed at new gTLD registry operators. The new company, GTLD Systems is offering a multitude of services but is mainly a way for smaller registries to outsource their sales and marketing operations. Downs told DI an early success was a recent $400,000…

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  • Schilling, Famous Four rubbish Spamhaus “worst TLD” league

    … Uniregistry and Famous Four Media have trashed claims by Spamhaus that their gTLDs are are much as 75% spam. FFM says it is “appalled” by the “wholly inaccurate” claims, while Uniregistry boss Frank Schilling said Spamhaus has “totally jumped the shark here.” In a statement to DI today, FFM chief legal officer Oliver Smith said the spam…

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  • Two new gTLD registries open offices in China

    … Portfolio gTLD registries Famous Four Media and Minds + Machines have both announced that they’re formally entering the Chinese market. Both companies are establishing “wholly foreign-owned enterprises” (WFOEs), a form of company that does not require local investment, on the mainland. The moves are aimed at getting the registries’ respective…

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  • Architelos: shadiest new gTLD is only 10% shady

    … Disputing the recent Blue Coat report into “shady” new gTLDs, domain security firm Architelos says that the shadiest namespace is just under 10% shady. That’s a far cry from Blue Coat’s claim earlier this week that nine new gTLDs are 95% to 100% abusive. Architelos shared with DI a few data points from its NameSentry service today. NameSentry…

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  • Famous Four following .sucks playbook with premium pricing for brands?

    … fee. Famous Four told its registrars that the tier “will provide an additional deterrent to cyber-squatters for well-known brands ensuring that domain names in this tier will not be eligible for price promotions”. The gTLDs .date, .faith and .review will be first to use the tiered pricing structure. It’s not entirely clear what brands…

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  • .love won by class action lawyers

    … It appears that the contested new gTLD .love has been won by the law firm Merchant Law Group, after an auction. Minds + Machines, Richemont, Google and Donuts have all officially withdrawn their competing applications. I gather that withdrawals from Uniregistry and Famous Four Media are on their way. .love would be MLG’s first successful new…

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  • Donuts wins five more new gTLD auctions

    … Donuts added five new gTLDs to its ever-growing portfolio this week, as the results of five private auctions were revealed. The company won the following strings: .news — went to Donuts after withdrawals from Merchant Law Group, Amazon, Radix, Uniregistry, Famous Four Media and Primer Nivel. As somebody with a vested interest in the news media…

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  • FIBA wins .basketball

    … A sport-related new gTLD is going to an official sporting body. FIBA, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, won the right to .basketball after an auction shoot-out with Donuts and Famous Four Media. While FIBA is the official world organizing body for the sport, there’s no plan to place strict restrictions on the gTLD — the application…

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  • Another 11 new gTLDs won at auction

    …, Famous Four Media, Donuts, DotBook, M+M, Global Domain Registry, Google and NU DOT CO. Amazon also won .hot, after Donuts and dotHot (affiliated with .jobs) withdrew. Dish DBS, a Spanish-language US TV company, will operate .latino as a closed dot-brand for its Dish Latino service, after M+M withdrew its competing application. Japanese domain…

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  • Battles for .chat, .style, .tennis, bingo and .sas over

    … Seven new gTLD contention sets have been formally resolved with application withdrawals this morning, five of which we haven’t previously reported on. Most appear to have been settled by private auctions, with Donuts often the victor. The standout, however, is .sas, an unusual case of a contention set of two would-be dot-brand registries being…

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  • Afilias loses Chinese .info as seven more new gTLD auctions conclude

    … Today news has reached us via various channels that seven new gTLD contention sets have been settled, all is seems via private auction. Notably, Afilias has lost the opportunity to run the Chinese-script version of its 14-year-old .info TLD to Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co, the only other applicant. The Beijing company’s application…

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