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Surprise! Most private Whois look-ups come from Facebook

Facebook is behind almost two-thirds of requests for private Whois data, according to stats published by Tucows this week. Tucows said that it has received 2,100 requests for Whois data since it started redacting records in the public database when the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect last May. But 65% of these requests […]

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Consensus be damned: here’s how transfers will work at Tucows after GDPR

Tucows will follow TechOps subcommittee recommendation for domain transfers as ICANN figures out what to do. Here’s the thing about GDPR and domain name registrars/registries: if they wait for ICANN to figure out how to address GDPR, it will be too late to make the necessary changes to comply with the law. GDPR enforcement goes […]

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Tucows changes domain name price structure

New pricing structure draws ire of some customers. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX), owner of the dominant reseller domain name platforms Enom and OpenSRS, is introducing new pricing on both of its platforms. The pricing is not uniform across the brands. The pricing structure looks somewhat like an airline mileage club, requiring a minimum annual spend and number […]

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Domain drama : OpenSRS retracted accusatory claim against Uniregistry

OpenSRS changed its accusatory claims against Uniregistry within hours of publishing a corporate blog post, signed by Haley Midgette. The original statement by OpenSRS asserted the following: “We no longer support the TLDs that have the potential to be disruptive to your business.” This far-fetched statement further asserted: “What do we mean by “disruptive to […]

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After price hike, now Tucows drops support for Uniregistry TLDs

Tucows is to drop OpenSRS support for nine Uniregistry gTLDs after the registry announced severe price increases. The registrar told OpenSRS resellers that it will no longer support .audio, .juegos, .diet, .hiphop, .flowers, .guitars, .hosting, .property and .blackfriday from September 8, the date the increases kick in. It’s the second major registrar, after GoDaddy, to […]

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Two Tucows execs are leaving

CFO and CIO announced their resignations this month. Two Tucows executives have recently notified the company that they are leaving. Last week, Chief Financial Officer Michael Cooperman announced that he was retiring after 18 years with the company. He will remain an advisor to the company when he leaves April 1. Dave Singh, current Vice […]

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Tucows expects $20 million EBITDA/year from “opportunistic” eNom acquisition

Tucows expects fast contribution from eNom, which has booked losses at Rightside. Domain name and communications company Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) didn’t plan to acquire two domain name businesses over the past year, but the opportunities were too good to pass up. First, the company scooped up Melbourne IT’s reseller channel for just over $8 million AUD. […]

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Tucows pays $6.5 million for Melbourne IT’s channel

Canadian registrar Tucows has acquired the reseller network of Australian rival Melbourne IT for up to $6.5 million. The company said the deal will “add hundreds of resellers and approximately 1.6 million domains under management to Tucows’ OpenSRS wholesale domain business.” Melbourne IT said that the low-margin business was a “drag” on the performance of […]

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Europeans digging new gTLD more than Americans?

Are European registrants more likely to register new gTLD domain names than those in the US and elsewhere? That’s the view of Tucows, which sees more new gTLD action from its European OpenSRS resellers than it does from others. In a blog post last week, OpenSRS blogger Gustavo Arruda noted that Americans are still stuck […]

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Phone service continues to bolster Tucows’ top line

Ting product shows continued growth, OpenSRS takes a dip. Domain name and mobile phone service provider Tucows continues to see growth in its Ting offering, offsetting stagnating revenues in its domain name business. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2014 increased 9% to $38.9 million from $35.6 million for the third quarter of 2013. […]

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