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August 19, 2018 17:44

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Sedo’s cunning GDPR workaround

With full Whois records set to disappear from public view for most domain names this Friday, auction house Sedo has had to resort to some technical trickery to enable its users to prove they own the domains they list for sale. Until now, when listing a domain at Sedo, the company has checked whether the […]

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How to get your stolen domain name back

Today: Pump and dump in the domain industry / How to develop a domain into a niche job board / NamesCon/ROTD Auction Results (2018) / And more! Here are the new domain discussions and domain news. Quick Flip Domain Strategy – We all like to make a quick buck or two and there are few different […]

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GoDaddy renewal revamp “unrelated” to domainer auction outrage

GoDaddy has made some big changes to how it handles expired domain names, but denied the changes are related to domainer outrage today about “fake” auctions. The market-leading registrar today said that it has reduced the period post-expiration during which registrants can recover their names from 42 days to 30. After day 30, registrants will […]

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CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did […]

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This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went […]

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Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The not-yet-delegated strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a […]

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NameJet to enforce opt out of the 60-day transfer lockdown policy

ICANN has been making the lives of domainers miserable; NameJet, the premium domain auction marketplace, relies on prompt domain transfers to facilitate sales. As a result, private listings of domains that are not expired, now have to accept a new set of terms and conditions at NameJet. In particular, private sellers now have to agree […]

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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. DropCatch is owned by […]

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ICANN has $400m in the bank

ICANN ended its fiscal 2016 with just shy of $400 million on its balance sheet, according to its just-released financial report. As of June 30, the organization had assets of $399.6 million, up from $376.5 million a year earlier, the statement (pdf) says. Its revenue for the year was actually down, at $194.6 million in […]

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The DDDP.com domain journey : Who’s winning?

A fun story to start your Monday with. DDDP.com, a “Chinese premium” four letter  .com domain, has been on the auction chopping block for a while now. As eagle-eyed reader Dale points out, DDDP.com was purchased, through a third party, for the price of $2,500 dollars a year ago. The third party broker was paid […]

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