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Is the .co rebid biased toward Afilias? Yeah, kinda

The Colombian government has come under fire for opening up the .co registry contract for rebid in a way that seems predetermined to pick Afilias as the winner, displacing its fierce rival Neustar. As I blogged in November, Colombia thinks it might be able to secure a better registry deal, so it plans to shortly […]

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.gay prices and availability revealed as registry promises to give 20% of revenue to charity

The long-fought, once-controversial gTLD .gay is to launch a month from now. Top Level Design, which won the string at auction against three other applicants last February, this week informed registrars that its sunrise period will begin February 10 this year. General availability will start May 20. The registry, which beat a mission-focused, restricted “community” […]

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AlpNames died months ago. Why is it still the “most-abused” registrar?

Despite going out of business, being terminated by ICANN, and losing all its domains several months ago, defunct AlpNames is still being listed as the world’s most-abused registrar by a leading spam-fighting organization. SpamHaus currently ranks the Gibraltar-based company as #1 on its list of the “The 10 Most Abused Domain Registrars”, saying 98.7% of […]

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CentralNic’s gutsy acquisition will transform the company

Domain monetization will be a big part of CentralNic’s revenue and profit story going forward. Last Friday, CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) announced it is acquiring Team Internet AG for $48 million, $45 million of which will be paid in cash. CentralNic has been rolling up smaller domain name companies with a focus on domain registrars […]

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CentralNic buys Team Internet for $48 million

Consolidation continues as CentralNic buys major domain traffic company. From speculation to reality in 24 hours. Domain name industry rollup CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is acquiring online advertising company Team Internet AG for $48 million. $45 million of the purchase price will be in cash (with $3 million deferred), funded with a bond offering. This […]

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CentralNic in talks to acquire Team Internet

CentralNic is in advanced discussions to acquire advertising company Team Internet. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) is in talks to acquire Team Internet AG, the company confirmed today. Team Internet operates two online advertising businesses. The first is a traditional domain parking company called ParkingCrew. The other is Tonic, which offers many types […]

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.blog registry handover did NOT go smoothly

The transition of .blog between registry back-end providers ended up taking six times longer than originally planned, due to “a series of unforeseen issues”. Registry Knock Knock Whois There today told registrars that the move from Nominet to CentralNic took 18 hours to complete, far longer than the two to three hours anticipated. An “unexpected […]

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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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CEO lost millions on Manhattan apartment deal just days before AlpNames went dark

The CEO of AlpNames lost his $2.1 million deposit on a $10.6 million Manhattan apartment just days before his company went belly-up earlier this year, DI can reveal. A New York District Court judge in February found in favor of property developer Highline Associates, which had sued Iain Roache for his deposit after he failed […]

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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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