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November 21, 2019 16:07

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Petition launched to fight .org deal

A petition has been opened on Change.org calling for the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by Ethos Capital. The petition calls on ICANN, the Internet Society and PIR to “suspend” the sale “pending an open, transparent and multi-stakeholder public process about the future of .ORG.” It was started by Jacob Malthouse, who worked at ICANN […]

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ICANN board meets to consider PIR acquisition TODAY

ICANN’s board of directors will gather today to consider whether the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by a private equity company means that it should reverse its own decision to allow PIR to raise .org price arbitrarily. Don’t get too excited. It looks like it’s largely a process formality that won’t lead to any big […]

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XYZ buys dormant gTLD from “pyramid scheme” operator

XYZ.com has bought another unused dot-brand to add to its portfolio. It’s taken over the contract for .quest from original registry Quest ION Ltd, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing company called QNet, according to ICANN records. The gTLD will become the 13th that XYZ has a stake in, and the second dormant […]

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Neustar takes control of two new gTLDs

Neustar has started taking over former dot-brand new gTLDs belonging to its former clients. It recently took control of .compare and .select, which previously belonged to Australian insurance company iSelect. Neustar had been the back-end registry provider for both TLDs. As previously blogged, iSelect abandoned its primary dot-brand, .iselect, in June. That was despite that […]

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CentralNic to pay $3.4 million for iwantmyname

CentralNic has made yet another registrar acquisition, picking up New Zealand-based Ideegeo Group for the equivalent of $3.4 million. The company said it will pay NZD 5.2 million, of which 10% is being deferred until May 2021. Ideegeo runs the registrar iwantmyname.com. It’s not ICANN-accredited in its own right, rather it’s a reseller of Hexonet, […]

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Donuts acquires its 242nd gTLD

Donuts, the registry with the largest stable of new gTLDs, has added its 242nd string to its bow. The company seems to have acquired .contact from, nominally at least, smaller portfolio rival Top Level Spectrum. The ICANN contract for the gTLD was transferred to one of Donuts’ subsidiaries a couple weeks ago. According to TLS […]

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Ironic eight-figure deal marks more Euro-registrar consolidation

Slovakian registrar WebSupport, which is run by a local politician, has been acquired in a reported eight-figure deal. The acquirer is Loopia, a Swedish registrar backed by Danish private equity firm Axcel. The deal seems to have closed around the same time as Loopia’s acquisition of .SE Direkt from Swedish registry IIS, though news only […]

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Bad.monster? Two more gTLDs have been acquired

Two more new gTLDs have changed hands, DI has learned. XYZ.com has picked up former dot-brand .monster from recruitment web site Monster.com, while newbie registry Intercap Holdings has acquired .dealer from Dealer.com. Both ICANN contracts were reassigned last month. Neither acquiring company has announced their purchases or published their launch plans yet. That said, XYZ […]

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Com Laude acquires Scottish rival

Brand protection registrar Com Laude has picked up smaller competitor Demys for an undisclosed sum. Demys, based in Edinburgh, is an ICANN-accredited registrar that specializes in the UK automotive, retail/leisure, media and consumer goods sectors. It also acts as the registry manager and exclusive registrar for .bentley, the lightly-used dot-brand of luxury car-maker Bentley Motors. […]

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CentralNic acquired yet another company

Acquisitive registry/registrar CentralNic has picked up another company, paying up to €2.56 million ($2.95 million) for a small Delaware-based registrar. It will pay €1.5 million up-front for GlobeHosting, with the rest coming in two annual installments. GlobeHosting may have a US corporate address, but it plays primarily in the Romanian and Brazilian markets. It’s not […]

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