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June 25, 2019 10:12

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.music update: I’m calling it for Costa

Amazon has pulled out of the fight for the .music gTLD, and I’m ready to call the race. In full knowledge that this could be my “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment, it seems to me the balance of evidence right now is strongly pointing to a win for DotMusic over sole remaining rival bidder MMX. The […]

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.london disaster leads to mixed 2018 for MMX

New gTLD registry MMX, aka Minds + Machines, suffered a huge net loss in 2018, largely due to its disastrous .london contract, even while its operating fundamentals improved. For the year, MMX reported a net loss of $12.6 million, compared to a 2017 profits of $3.8 million, on revenue up 5% to $15.1 million. The […]

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After ICANN nod, MMX buys .xxx

MMX has closed the acquisition of porn-focused ICM Registry, after receiving the all-clear from ICANN for the contract transfers. The deal is worth roughly $41 million — $10 million cash and about $31 million in stock. ICM runs .xxx from the 2003 gTLD application round (though it didn’t go live until 2011) and .porn, .adult […]

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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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MMX sells 7,000 domains for $3.4 million

New gTLD registry MMX said it has sold $3.4 million in “premium” .vip domains names to Chinese domainers in the last few months. In what is believed to be a small number of deals to a limited number of investors, “over 7,000” domains changed hands since they became available in late June. MMX said that […]

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Early .VIP results suggest 70%+ plus renewal rate

More than 60% of first-month registrations already renewed. MMX’s .VIP domain name has been a big success right out of the gate in terms of registration volume. It has China to thank; over 700,000 of its roughly 800,000 registrations are at Chinese domain name registrars. Hitting its first anniversary the big question was how many […]

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Wicked! Dot .Boston warming up for launch by Minds + Machines

Dot .Boston domains are coming up this year, with July being the “sunrise” date and September will be general availability. The latest geo-TLD by Minds + Machines taps the domain market of a great American city, Boston, with a gTLD of its own. Last year, we joked about an alternate .Bawston gTLD but this is […]

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MMX billings double even as some volumes slide

MMX has reported a 100% increase in billings for 2016, despite its number of domains under management dropping in some TLDs. The company, until recently known as Minds + Machines, said billing were $15.8 million in the year to December 31, compared to $7.9 million for in 2015. Billings is an up-front measure of sales […]

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Now MMX kills off premium renewals

Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the premium renewal business model? MMX, aka Minds + Machines today became the latest new gTLD registry to announce it is getting rid of premium renewal fees for all of its premium domain names. The price changes are retroactive to January 6 and affect all MMX […]

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Hires and promotions at Donuts, MMX and CentralNic

A few gTLD registries have announced changes to senior management positions and new hires over the last several days, so I thought I’d lump them all together into one post. Donuts has appointed a new CEO. Venture capitalist Bruce Jaffe, who’s been on the board as an independent director for about a year, has taken […]

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