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NamesCon publishes full agenda for debut Austin conference

NamesCon Global is coming up at the end of the month, and yesterday the organizers published the final agenda for the three-or-four day event, including a keynote by GoDaddy’s new CEO. Aman Bhutani, who took over the top job in September, will speak after lunch on day two of the conference, Thursday January 30, with […]

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DI Leaders Roundtable #4 — Big predictions for 2020

Hindsight is 2020, right? Not this time! We’re rolling up to the end of the year, so for the fourth DI Leaders Roundtable I thought I’d task my panel of industry experts with the wholly original and unpredictable question: What do you think will be the major trends or developments in the domain name industry […]

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Ethos promises to keep .org for many many many many years

Ethos Capital doesn’t plan to flip .org manager Public Interest Registry any time soon, according to its CEO. Erik Brooks said that private equity firm Ethos, which intends to buy PIR from the Internet Society for over a billion dollars, plans to keep hold of the company for “many, many, many, many years”. He was […]

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This is how AppDetex works

A small brand-protection registrar with a big friend caused quite a stir at ICANN 63 here in Barcelona this week, after accusing registrars for the second time of shirking their duties to disclose private Whois data to trademark owners. AppDetex, which has close ties to Facebook, has sent something like 9,000 Whois requests to registrars […]

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DomainTools tracks its one billionth domain

DomainTools now has records of over a billion domain names in its database, according to the company. The billionth name was added last month, according to a blog post. The company notes that there are only about 350 million domains in existence today, meaning that twice as many domains have been deleted and never re-registered […]

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Can’t get enough GDPR? Come to my NamesCon panel

NamesCon Europe is being held in Valencia, Spain, this week, the first time the NamesCon branding has been applied to the old Domaining Europe show. Starting Thursday, it’s a two-day conference — or three if you count the social events planned for Saturday — with a varied agenda focused on domain investors. The keynote will […]

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Sedo’s cunning GDPR workaround

With full Whois records set to disappear from public view for most domain names this Friday, auction house Sedo has had to resort to some technical trickery to enable its users to prove they own the domains they list for sale. Until now, when listing a domain at Sedo, the company has checked whether the […]

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NamesCon dumps the Trop, eyeing beaches for 2020

GoDaddy-owned annual domain industry conference NamesCon has decided to ditch Las Vegas after its 2019 event. The show is now looking for ideas for a new location close to a beach, according to a post on its web site. The January event next year will be held at the Tropicana hotel on the Vegas strip, […]

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Cybersquatting cases up because of .com

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled cybersquatting cases covering almost a thousand extra domain names in 2017 over the previous year, but almost all of the growth came from complaints about .com names, according to the latest WIPO stats. There were 3,074 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2017, up about 1.2% from the 3,036 […]

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Donuts releases free TLD-neutral name-spinner

Donuts has announced the release of a free name-spinner tool for registrars and resellers. Relevant Name Search, found at rns.domains, isn’t a destination site in itself, but will be free for registrars to integrate into their storefronts. The company said it’s been in beta testing with eNom, Dreamhost, Dynadot and Name.com, with eNom using it […]

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