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September 24, 2018 23:41

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NameCheap crosses the 10M domains mark, becomes the second biggest retail registrar in the world

I have been a fan of NameCheap for a long time now. It is known as one of the best registrars for startups and their CEO, Richard Kirkendall is a really good guy who also happens to be one of my favorite photographers on Instagram. The company recently announced that they now have over 10M […]

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Com Laude acquires Scottish rival

Brand protection registrar Com Laude has picked up smaller competitor Demys for an undisclosed sum. Demys, based in Edinburgh, is an ICANN-accredited registrar that specializes in the UK automotive, retail/leisure, media and consumer goods sectors. It also acts as the registry manager and exclusive registrar for .bentley, the lightly-used dot-brand of luxury car-maker Bentley Motors. […]

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CentralNic acquired yet another company

Acquisitive registry/registrar CentralNic has picked up another company, paying up to €2.56 million ($2.95 million) for a small Delaware-based registrar. It will pay €1.5 million up-front for GlobeHosting, with the rest coming in two annual installments. GlobeHosting may have a US corporate address, but it plays primarily in the Romanian and Brazilian markets. It’s not […]

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More companies should emulate Tucows’ new earnings call format

Format leads to higher quality questions and answers. Last month Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) held an unusual earnings conference call. Rather than a live call with analysts asking questions, the company pre-recorded the prepared remarks portion of the call. It then invited analysts and shareholders to submit questions in writing, to which Tucows would respond. I […]

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.tel’s second-biggest registrar gets canned

A Chinese registrar that focused exclusively on selling .tel domain names has been shut down by ICANN. Tong Ji Ming Lian (Beijing) Technology Corporation Ltd, which did business as Trename, had its registrar contract terminated last week. ICANN claims the company had failed to pay its accreditation fees and failed to escrow its registration data. […]

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More consolidation? Endurance said to be up for sale

Endurance International Group is reportedly up for sale, perhaps the next piece of consolidation or privatization in a rapidly changing domain name market. Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, reports today that EIG is “is considering strategic options, including a possible sale”. EIG owns domain brands Domain.com, BigRock, BuyDomains and ResellerClub, along with a bunch of hosting […]

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How early should domain name registrars auto renew domains?

My domain registrars auto-renew anywhere from the expiration time to 60 days in advance. It’s smart for domain name registrants to place their domain names on auto-renew. This means your domain name registrar will renew your domain name each year without action on your part. It prevents domains from accidentally deleting when you overlook a […]

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How a single Whois complaint got this registrar shitcanned

A British registrar has had its ICANN contract terminated after a lengthy, unprecedented fight instigated by a single complaint about the accuracy of a single domain’s Whois. Astutium, based in London and with about 5,000 gTLD domains under management, finally lost its right to sell gTLD domains last week, after an angry battle with ICANN […]

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ICANN closes GoDaddy Whois probe

ICANN has closed its investigation into GoDaddy’s Whois practices with no action taken. Senior VP of compliance Jamie Hedlund yesterday wrote to David Redl, head of the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, to provide an update on the probe, news of which first emerged in April. The NTIA and members of the intellectual property […]

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Wix.com obtains ICANN accreditation — bad news for Web.com?

Web site building tools provider Wix.com has got itself an ICANN accreditation, potentially bad news for current partner Web.com. The Nasdaq-listed, Israel-based company popped up on the official registrar list in the last day or so with the IANA ID 3817. That means it could before long start selling gTLD domains directly from the registries […]

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