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February 18, 2018 06:46

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MMX profitable as acquisition talks drag on

New gTLD registry Minds + Machines became profitable as an operating company for the first time in 2017, the company announced on Friday. MMX saw billings of $10 million in the second half of the year, compared to $5.6 million in the first half, as domains under management grew 67% to 1.32 million. Billings is […]

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Emojis coming to another ccTLD

dotFM is to make emoji domain names available in the .fm ccTLD it manages. The company said today that it’s currently taking expressions of interest in ‘premium’ emoji inventory, and that such domains will be registerable at an unspecified point in future. It’s published a list of single-emoji domains it plans to sell. Emoji domains […]

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A new gTLD kills itself off for the second time

British pharmacy chain Boots has applied to ICANN to terminate its dot-brand contract for the second time. The company asked for its .boots Registry Agreement, signed in 2015, to be ended in December and ICANN opened the request for public comment this week. What’s weird about the request is that Boots had already asked for […]

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Ramchandani promoted to Radix CEO

New gTLD registry Radix has appointed long-time business head Sandeep Ramchandani as CEO. He’s replacing Bhavin Turakhia, who is CEO of parent company Directi and executive chairman of Radix. Ramchandani had a lot of autonomy as business head and VP of the company and, in my view, has been basically CEO in all but name […]

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Bezsonoff replaces Kaine at Neustar

.CO Internet alum Nicolai Bezsonoff has replaced Sean Kaine as head of Neustar’s domain name business. Neustar today announced that Bezsonoff has been appointed VP and general manager of the Registry Solutions business. That’s Kaine’s old job. I hear he’s leaving the company of his own volition, but I don’t know where he’s going. Bezsonoff […]

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Active new gTLD domains drop below 20 million

The number of domain names recorded in new gTLD zone files has dipped below 20 million for the first time in 18 months. The total crossed the milestone in the wrong direction January 1, according to DI’s records. As of today, there are 19.8 million domains in zone files, down from a peak of 26 […]

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.web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

Verisign has been given the all-clear by the US government to go ahead and run the new gTLD .web, despite competition concerns. The Department of Justice told the company yesterday that the antitrust investigation it launched almost exactly a year ago is now “closed”. Verisign’s secret proxy in the 2016 auction, the original .web applicant […]

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Afilias takes over back-end for Puerto Rico

Afilias has won the back-end contract for Puerto Rico’s ccTLD, .pr. The registry services provider took over DNS for the zone last month and the final handover of the registration system happened at the weekend. .pr is a small TLD, under 10,000 names, run by local firm Gauss Research Laboratories. It also tries to market […]

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XYZ junk drop sinks the industry in Q3

The total number of domains registered in the world suffered a rare period of decline in the third quarter, according to Verisign’s latest numbers. The Q3 Domain Name Industry Brief shows September ended with 330.7 million registered names across all TLDs, a 1.2 million dip on the second quarter. Year-on-year, there was still growth: 3.7 […]

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Donuts loses Cole to law firm

Donuts vice president Mason Cole has quit to join a law firm. Cole said on social media yesterday that he has joined Seattle-based Perkins Coie as an “Internet Governance Advisor”. He said he will continue to participate in ICANN in his new capacity, where Perkins Coie is involved in intellectual property matters. Cole has been […]

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