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MMX gets four more gTLDs approved for China use

MMX’s Chinese subsidiary has received the government nod for four more of its new gTLDs to operate in the country. The approved strings are the lifestyle-oriented .fashion, .luxe, .yoga and .fit. Getting the nod from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology means Chinese registrants will be able to use domains in the the four […]

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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 completes .XXX ICM acquisition after ICANN approval

ICANN gives nod to adult domain name ownership change. Domain name overseer ICANN has approved the transfer of the .xxx, .porn, .adult and .sex top level domain names to Minds + Machines (MMX). As a result, MMX (London AIM: MMX) is completing its acquisition of ICM Registry, which controlled the domain names. MMX paid $10.0 […]

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MMX rejected three takeover bids before buying .xxx

MMX talked to three other domain name companies about potentially selling itself before deciding instead to go on the offensive, picking up ICM Registry for about $41 million. The company came out of a year-long strategic review on Friday with the shock news that it had agreed to buy the .xxx, .adult, .porn and .sex […]

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MMX could announce acquisition this week

New gTLD registry MMX could announce plans to be acquired as early as this week. The company told the markets last week that its delayed 2017 financial results would be announced in “early May”, along with the “conclusion of the strategic review” it has been teasing investors about for almost a year. The “strategic review”, […]

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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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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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Eight more gTLDs get Chinese licenses

Radix and MMX have had four new gTLDs each approved for use in China. MMX has had .work, .law, .beer and .购物 (Chinese for “shopping”) approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Radix gained approval for .fun, .online, .store and .tech. The approvals mean that Chinese customers of Chinese registrars will be able […]

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Millions spent as three more new gTLDs auctioned

Two or three new gTLDs have been sold in a private auction that may well have seen over $20 million spent. The not-yet-delegated strings .inc, .llc and (I think) .llp hit the block at some point this month. They are the first new gTLDs to be auctioned since Verisign paid $135 million for .web a […]

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MMX revenue slips despite domain growth

MMX today posted a smaller loss for the first half of the year, despite managing to grow domains under management and hit some important financial milestones. The new gTLD registry formerly known as Mind + Machines, which announced a few months ago that it’s looking to be acquired, reported an H1 loss of $526,000 compared […]

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