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Verisign: Number of .Com Domains In “Domain Name Base” Tops 130 Million For 1st Time

Verisign (VRSN) which operates the .Com registry is reporting the number of .Com domain names in the Domain Name Base exceeds 130 Million for the 1st time. The actual number of domains in the .Com Domain Name Base stands at around 130.3 Million as of today The number of .Com domain names in the Domain […]

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Why Being an In-N-Out Manager Is Better Than Being a Lawyer; Finding “Unicorns:” Questions to Ask Before You Invest in a Startup

How The Wrong Marketing Agency Can Endanger Your Business; Nametoken Is the First Domain Ecosystem; Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machine; Hyperloop and our misplaced love of futuristic technology; Cybersecurity Researcher Hailed as Hero Is Accused of Creating Malware; Stamps.com stock price has risen 800% in the last 3 […]

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.Com Winners & Losers

No change at the top other than fewer registrations. ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for April 2017. There was no change in the order of the top five registrars ranked by total new registrations, although the numbers were down quite a bit from the prior […]

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Domain names in Costa Rica

.Com is the favorite in Costa Rica. I just returned from a weeklong vacation in Costa Rica. I hadn’t been to Costa Rica in 15 years, and my visit reminded me why people like to vacation there, but also the niceties of living in the United States (like well-paved roads). Of course, I also paid […]

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Forget emojis, you can buy Egyptian hieroglyph .com domains

Call them the Emojis of the Ancient World. Egyptian hieroglyphs were once the cutting edge of written communication, and it turns out Verisign lets you register .com domains using them. Internationalized domain names expert Andre Schapp discovered a couple months ago that the Unicode code points for the ancient script have been approved in 16 […]

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Domainer Comics : The Minds of Domainer Millionaires

It’s already been two months since the last edition of Domainer Comics, the open-ended coverage of current domain industry events. Recent events about the new gTLDs have led to heated arguments, on a variety of media – including Twitter. To honor two great domainer millionaires, Rick Schwartz and Frank Schilling, we conducted the following deep […]

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How .com became a restricted TLD

Verisign has been given approval to start restricting who can and cannot register .com and .net domain names in various countries. Customers of Chinese registrars are the first to be affected by the change to the registry’s back-end system, which was made last year. ICANN last week gave Verisign a “free to deploy” notice for […]

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Chinese registrars lose of lot of .com, but HiChina picks up domains from others

Official data from November show some interesting domain movement. ICANN just published data from Verisign about .com activity in November. This was right in the thick of the anniversary of the “Chinese surge” and the data show it. GoDaddy has the most expired deletions because it’s the biggest, but check out these huge deletion numbers […]

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Phishing in new gTLDs up 1,000% but .com still the worst

The .com domain is still the runaway leader TLD for phishing, with new gTLDs still being used for a tiny minority of attacks, according to new research. .com domains accounted for 51% of all phishing in 2016, despite only having 48% of the domains in the “general population”, according to the 2017 Phishing Trends & […]

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As expected, .Com/.Net shed 1.9 million domains last quarter

Deletions greater than new registrations thanks to Chinese purge. The great Chinese domain name investment surge of Q4 2015 led to the great Chinese domain name purge of Q4 2016. The combined .com and .net namespace shrunk by 1.9 million domain names last quarter, which was within the range Verisign previously predicted. The drop was […]

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