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A look back at 2019, including December’s top stories. The domain name industry finished 2019 with a bang, and it’s off to the races in this new decade. What will be in store? Listen to the 2020 Predictions Podcast for forecasts from 15 different people. Over the holiday break, I published analyses of some of the […]

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Shakeup on the .com leader boards, Namecheap tops 5 million

Lots of shifting and Namecheap hits a milestone. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers September 2019. There was a lot of shakeup this month. On the new registrations chart, Xin Net fell out of the top ten after its monthly volume reduced […]

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.Com Winners & Losers: NameSilo enters top 10 overall

NameSilo bumps GMO off the list. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers August 2019. NameSilo has broken into the top 10 for .com domains under management, pushing GMO off the list. On the monthly charts, there was a bit of place-swapping but […]

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Namecheap adds cool new feature to domain search

Customers will understand more about the domain’s history. Namecheap’s search provides additional information when a domain is already registered. The message domain searchers get when a domain they want is taken is usually just “not available”. The customer then needs to move on. Namecheap just launched a nifty feature that adds context to the result. […]

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Four big developments in the .org pricing scandal

The renewal of Public Interest Registry’s .org contract and its subsequent acquisition by Ethos Capital is the gift that keeps on giving in terms of newsworthy developments, so I thought I’d bundle up the most important into a single article. First, ICANN has thrown out the appeal filed by Namecheap and provided a (kinda) explanation […]

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Namecheap launches Validation.com for identity verification

System makes it easy for businesses to verify the identity of customers. Validation.com makes it easier for businesses to verify the identity of customers. Namecheap has launched a new identity verification service using a great domain name: Validation.com. The service lets businesses confirm the identity of customers for various purposes, including chargeback prevent and Know […]

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Namecheap escalates .Org challenge

Registrar files rebuttal, moving toward Independent Review Process. Namecheap has filed a rebuttal to ICANN’s board decision on its reconsideration request over the new .org contract. It is also filing for Independent Review, starting with the voluntary Cooperative Engagement Process (CEP). The registrar is challenging ICANN’s staff deciding to remove price caps from .org domain […]

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ICANN board meets to consider PIR acquisition TODAY

ICANN’s board of directors will gather today to consider whether the acquisition of Public Interest Registry by a private equity company means that it should reverse its own decision to allow PIR to raise .org price arbitrarily. Don’t get too excited. It looks like it’s largely a process formality that won’t lead to any big […]

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ICANN Board finds no problems with new .Org contract

Board believes Reconsideration Requests are without merit. ICANN’s Board of Directors has found no problems with ICANN’s handling of the .org contract renewal with Public Interest Registry. Two organizations filed reconsideration requests over the controversial contract. Domain name registrar Namecheap objected to the removal of price caps on .org domains. Electronic Frontier Foundation objected to […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly – namecheap 2019 Edition

Back in 2016 we started a series here that looked at the best and worst about companies in the domain industry. Over the last 30 months a lot has changed at many companies so we are revisiting the good, the bad and the ugly. Each post will deal with just one company, readers are encouraged […]

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