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June 21, 2018 10:31

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Two Australian domain name companies were just hit with close to $2M AUD in fines

ZDNet published a story yesterday about two Australian domain registrars that were hit with close to $2M AUD in fines for scamming their customers. It’s one of the reasons why you should always pay careful attention to any bill you get related to domain names because while sometimes mistakes do happen, scams happen all too […]

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Christians rail against GoDaddy’s six-color gay rights flag

GoDaddy changed its social media avatars to a gay rights flag yesterday, incurring the wrath of some self-declared Christians and US right-wingers. The change was made in recognition of LGBT Pride Month, in which every June gay rights groups hold marches and generally celebrate/call for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The […]

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CentralNic reports 2017 earnings, merger with KeyDrive still in the works

Company reports revenue increase in 2017 and hopes to merge with KeyDrive in Q3. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) published its 2017 annual report (pdf) today. Topline revenue increased from £22.1m in 2016 to £24.3m in 2017. Profit after tax was basically flat at £1.0, but the company’s Adjusted EBITA measure grew from […]

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Transfer problems out of Pheenix

Customers of Pheenix.com received the following notice the beginning of May, EnCirca (www.encirca.com) was selected by ICANN to manage the bulk transfer of domain names from 49 Pheenix-related registrars recently terminated by ICANN. EnCirca was founded in 2001 and is based outside of Boston, Massachusetts USA. Here is what to expect as we transfer over […]

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EnCirca offers trademark holders a shortcut to Amazon’s .Bot

Service creates a bot for companies, making them eligible to register .bot domain names. Amazon’s .bot top level domain name has been open for registrations since December, but registering them hasn’t been easy. Amazon has restricted registrations to companies and people that have an existing bot built on one of a handful of bot platforms. […]

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EnCirca partners with PandoraBots to push .bot names to brands

Specialist registrar EnCirca has partnered with bot development framework vendor PandoraBots to market .bot domains at big brands. The two companies are pushing their wares jointly at this week’s International Trademark Association annual meeting in Seattle. In a press release, the companies said that PandoraBots is offering bot-creation “starter kits” for brand owners that tie […]

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Registrars want six-month stay on new Whois policy

Registrars represented the majority of the gTLD industry want ICANN to withhold the ban hammer for six months on its new temporary Whois policy. As I reported earlier today, ICANN has formally approved an unprecedented Temporary Policy that seeks to bring the Whois provisions of its contracts into compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection […]

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.Travel domains are now easier to register

Complicated step of acquiring ID number from registry has been removed. Domain name registry Donuts acquired the .travel top level domain name earlier this year. Now, as expected, it has made it easier to register second level .travel domains. Registrants will no longer need to acquire a Unique Identifying Number from the .travel registry before […]

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GoDaddy gets patent for “Earmarking a short list of favorite domain names or searches”

Patent describes way to save searches for the benefit of both searchers and registrars. The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 9,972,041 (pdf) to GoDaddy for “Earmarking a short list of favorite domain names or searches”. The company applied for the patent in February 2015 and the patent was granted today. The […]

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My thoughts on Tucows’ earnings report

Tucows reported nice increases in revenue and income. There are changes afoot in its business, though. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) reported first quarter earnings after the market closed Wednesday. The headline numbers are: Net revenue up 38% YoY to $95.8 million Net income up 53% YoY to 3.7 million Adjusted EBITDA up 64% YoY to $10.4 million […]

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