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Verisign gets IDN homograph detection patent

System would help detect homograph attacks shortly after domains are registered. Examples of domains that could be used in homograph attacks. Image from Verisign patent. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,599,836 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Identification of visual international domain name collisions.” The patent describes a way to […]

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The latest industry C-suite musical chairs

There have been several top-level hires at big new gTLD players in the last week. Donuts has announced it has appointed Mina Neuberg as chief marketing officer. Neuberg appears to be a newcomer to the domain industry, having most recently worked at a learning software company called Revolution Math. It’s the first time has had […]

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Donuts hires CMO, signifying upshift in marketing strategy

New CMO brought in as part of a marketing shift. Mina Neuberg Top level domain name company Donuts has named Mina Neuberg its Chief Marketing Officer. Neuberg comes from Revolution Math, where she was CMO of the online math education service. Before that, she was SVP of Marketing and Consumer Insights for BAMKO, a promotional […]

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Donuts hires new CFO

Former Napster CFO joins top level domain name company. Randy Haas Top level domain name company Donuts has hired Randy Haas as its new Chief Financial Officer. Haas was previously CFO of Napster (Rhapsody). Prior to that, he spent 19 years in finance roles at Microsoft. Donuts is owned by private equity company Abry Partners, […]

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Donuts reveals seven new TLD sales up to $125,000

Wireless.energy, Race.news among domains that sold. Last week at NamesCon, new top level domain name company Donuts revealed 7 premium new TLD sales that were previously undisclosed. Here’s what the company sold and, based on my research, who bought them: Live .chat at $125,000 – The buyer is unknown but it appears that the domain […]

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Online.Casino the largest reported new gtld sale of all time is now live

On June 12, 2018 Donuts announced the largest reported new gtld sale. The registry sold Online.Casino for $510,000. A year later Marek from Brands.International posted a link on Namepros to a Domain Sherpa show about the SEO experts building the site. Meet the Team of SEO Experts Building Online.Casino Meet the team of SEO experts […]

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Ten years ago I predicted Oscar winners wanted a .movie gTLD. Was I right?

Almost 10 years ago, when DI was barely a month old, I looked at that year’s Oscar nominees and predicted that a .movie gTLD could find some demand in the movie industry. Was I right? Of course I was. As regular readers know, I’m always right. Apart from those times I’m wrong. In 2010, there […]

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The interesting connection between the .Org deal and ICANN

Former ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé appears to have a connection to the latest big deal in the domain name industry. Former CEO of ICANN appears to have a connection to the firm that just bought the .Org registry. This morning, Internet Society announced it is selling Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs the .org […]

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“he can only talk his crap to the dumb poor and deluded”

Do you follow and read Rick Schwartz? One Namepros member believes you are dumb, poor and deluded. So yesterday Donuts started tweeting at Rick Schwartz and promoting their premium new gtld inventory. Donuts tweets are here https://twitter.com/premdotdomains/status/1191797267260264449 Rick tweeted this morning Elliot Silver covered the tweets on his blog and the discussion has spilled over […]

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Donuts slashes prices on a million domains

Donuts is to overhaul the pricing on 1.1 million registry-reserved “premium” domain names, taking hundreds of thousands out of premium status altogether. The company said today that it has decided to reduce the registration cost of 250,000 domains across its 242 new gTLDs. Discounts as deep as 90% are possible, judging by the company’s pricing […]

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