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Kickstarter launches Patreon rival on .RIP domain hack

They’re deadly serious. Crowdfunding service Kickstarter has relaunched its Drip subscriptions service on a .rip domain. It’s a domain hack using a single-character domain: d.rip. It’s actually a case of a migration away from a .com domain, which is not something you see every day from a major online brand. Drip was acquired by Kickstarter […]

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59,000% revenue growth at Donuts leads to Deloitte award

Deloitte has placed new gTLD registry Donuts at the top of its 2017 Technology Fast 500, a league table of the fastest-growing North American technology firms. Donuts won by growing its revenue by 59,093% over three years. Given that Donuts didn’t have its first revenue-generating gTLD delegated until the final quarter of 2013, the three-year […]

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This is who won the .inc, .llc and .llp gTLD auctions

The winners of the auctions to run the gTLD registries for company identifiers .inc, .llc and .llp have emerged due to ICANN application withdrawals. All three contested gTLDs had been held up for years by appeals to ICANN by Dot Registry — an applicant with the support of US states attorneys general — but went […]

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Donuts’ numbers show promise for new TLD business model

Company reports solid growth and metrics. Keep an eye on it as discounted domains come up for renewal. These donuts keep stacking up. Donuts has summarized data about its progress in 2017 and there are some interesting tidbits: Year-over-year growth in new registration volume (excluding new TLD launches) has increased by 34% One million new […]

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New gTLDs still a crappy choice for email — study

New gTLDs may not be the best choice of domain for a primary email address, judging by new research. Over 20% of the most-popular web sites do not fully understand email addresses containing long TLDs, and Arabic email addresses are supported by fewer than one in 10 sites, a study by the Universal Acceptance Steering […]

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First Bitcoinization of a Sovereign State is Happening Now; Lets Talk About Your "Side Hustle"

How to Stop Pirate Bay and Other Sites From Hijacking Your CPU to Mine Cryptocoins; The Blockchain Is the Internet of Money; The psychology of your future self; The interview isn’t over until you’ve written “thank you”; Men look more successful with hair, study finds; Alibaba and Tencent Set Fast Pace in Mobile-Payments Race; A […]

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Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief. […]

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Donuts files opening brief in .Web appeal

Company believes covenant not to sue is invalid. New top level domain name company Donuts, through its company Ruby Glen, LLC, filed its opening brief (pdf) last week in an appeal over the .web domain name. Donuts was one of the applicants for the .web domain name. Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million […]

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MMX: three gTLDs approved for sale in Beijing

Three foreign new gTLDs have been approved for sale and resolution in Chinese capital Beijing, according to MMX. The portfolio registry said today that its .vip is among the first to receive approval from the Beijing Communications Administration, one of China’s many regional authorities. According to MMX, while many gTLDs have managed to pass through […]

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Takeaways from Donuts’ new website

Matt Overman and Matt Delgado join Donuts. Donuts has updated its website after acquiring Rightside (it looks like they mostly ported Rightside’s site), and there are a couple interesting things to note. First of all, Matt Overman and Matt Delgado have made the move to Donuts. Overman is the Senior Vice President of Sales and […]

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