Minds + Machines

  • .xyz, .club and .vip get the nod to sell in China

    … the government does not like, but only those domains registered via Chinese registrars. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the licenses, given to the Chinese subsidiaries of Minds + Machines, .CLUB Domains and XYZ.com respectively, today. M+M CEO Toby Hall told DI that it’s “a great moment of support for Chinese registrars…

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  • CIRA becomes first new gTLD back-end since 2012

    …-end market since 2012, in other words. The .kiwi contract was up for grabs due to the fact that Minds + Machines, its original supplier, decided to get out of the back-end business earlier this year. All of M+M’s own stable of gTLDs are being moved to Nominet right now, but customers such as Dot Kiwi were not obliged to follow. Chiswell said…

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  • .hotel losers gang up to threaten ICANN with legal bills

    … decision, the six other applicants — Travel Reservations, Famous Four Media, Radix, Minds + Machines, Donuts and Fegistry — have been arguing that the HTLD application should be thrown out due to the actions of Dirk Krischenowski, a former key executive. Krischenowski was found by ICANN to have exploited a misconfiguration in its own applicants’ portal…

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  • M+M billings quadruple on China .vip surge

    … hit $5.5 million. That’s due to interest from Chinese domain investors, who were courted by M+M during a conference in Beijing. M+M will report its full interims on September 20. Tweet Tagged: earnings, Minds + Machines, mmx …

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  • China conference leads to 49% .vip spike

    … The Global Domain Industry Conference, held in China over the weekend, has led to a huge boost in .vip domain sales. Registry Minds + Machines told the markets this morning that the recently launched gTLD hit 404,892 as of 1600 UTC yesterday, up 49% from Friday. CEO Toby Hall confirmed to DI that China is very much behind the spike…

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  • M+M makes $3.2 million in five days from .vip

    … Minds + Machines has billed $3.2 million in .vip domain names sales after the first five days of operation, the company said this morning. It’s already managed to pay off the cost of acquiring the domain at the September 2014 auction, which was $3.1 million. Between 1600 UTC May 17, when .vip went to general availability, and the same time…

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  • SpamHaus now publishing better TLD abuse data

    … SpamHaus has updated its “10 Most Abused Top Level Domains” list to provide a much more useful insight into abuse levels. Rather than simply showing unexplained percentages of “badness” in each TLD, the spam-fighting organization’s daily report now exposes the hard numbers, in domain terms, underneath. For example, on today’s list Famous Four…

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  • Krueger’s suit against M+M dropped, for now

    … Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has dropped his lawsuit against the company, which concerned “missing” shares. M+M announced today that the two parties have signed a “tolling agreement”, which apparently leave the door open for Krueger to re-file the suit at a later date. If he does re-file, the company has agreed to the date…

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  • A third of mayoral candidates using .london domains

    … Londoners are going to the polls today to select a new mayor so, as a Londoner, I thought I’d check out how many of the candidates are supporting the local domain name. Turns out four of the 12 candidates have registered .london domains for their campaign sites. The four are favorite Sadiq Khan (Labour), Sian Berry (Green), Peter Whittle (UK…

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  • M+M turns $22m profit into $10m loss

    … Minds + Machines today reported a 2015 loss of $10 million and further outlined its “transformative” restructuring and China strategy. It’s the second full year of operating results M+M has posted since its first new gTLDs went live, and they’re not encouraging. Revenue for accounting purposes was $6.3 million, but the cost of sales was $6.2…

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  • Nominet has sights set on .org after M+M deal

    … Nominet chief Russell Haworth is hopeful that its new outsourcing deal with Minds + Machines will help it win a much more lucrative back-end contract — .org. The company is among the 20-plus companies that have responded to Public Interest Registry’s request for proposals, as its back-end deal with Afilias comes to an end. Nominet is one…

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  • Krueger sues M+M over five million “missing” shares

    … Former Minds + Machines chair Fred Krueger has taken the company to court, claiming he’s owed shares worth over half a million dollars. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week, Krueger says the shares were promised to him in 2007 but have subsequently gone “missing”. The suit also names as defendants M+M chief financial officer Michael…

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  • Van Couvering ousted from M+M, replaced by PR guy with channel focus

    … Antony Van Couvering has been fired as CEO of Minds + Machines and replaced by someone who was until very recently the company’s agency PR guy. Neither Van Couvering, the company, nor incoming CEO Toby Hall, have disclosed the reason for his ouster. But I suspect the “differences and disagreements” that Van Couvering alluded to in his CircleID…

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  • Windfalls still biggest money-spinner for M+M

    … Minds + Machines is still pulling in most of its cash from one-time new gTLD auction defeats, according to its latest trading update. The company yesterday reported billings for 2015 of $7.92 million, up from $5.03 million in 2013. But the company brought in $9.15 million by pulling out of private new gTLD auctions, where the winning bid…

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