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November 22, 2017 18:05

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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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Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

Donuts is demanding ICANN pay up the $22.5 million it reckons it is owed from the auction of the .web gTLD, which sold late last month for $135 million. The company yesterday amended its existing California lawsuit against ICANN to allege that Verisign tried to avoid regulatory scrutiny by secretly bankrolling successful bidder Nu Dot […]

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How to Create a Name for Your Business; Goodnight, Sweet Print?

‘Marketers Are Getting Their “Click” Money Stolen,’ Warns ANA Chief; Hoping to Avoid Burnout, Some Startups Turn to Pot;  Got (.Gifts)? ‘Marketers Are Getting Their Money Stolen,’ Warns ANA Chief; Record-Breaking $57.3 Million Basquiat Leads Christie’s $318 Million Contemporary Sale; After $749M Miami Deal, SBE will own 20 hotels for a total of more than […]

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Uniregistry beats Donuts to .shopping, but .shop still in play

Uniregistry has emerged as the successful registry-to-be of .shopping from the convoluted .shop/.shopping new gTLD contention set. Donuts, the only competing applicant for the string, withdrew its application late last week. As we previously reported, the .shop/.shopping contention sets were joined at the hip due to a bizarre string similarity challenge, making the scheduled auction […]

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