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January 18, 2020 02:41

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.gay prices and availability revealed as registry promises to give 20% of revenue to charity

The long-fought, once-controversial gTLD .gay is to launch a month from now. Top Level Design, which won the string at auction against three other applicants last February, this week informed registrars that its sunrise period will begin February 10 this year. General availability will start May 20. The registry, which beat a mission-focused, restricted “community” […]

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Donuts makes six-figure .news sale to dangerous conspiracy theorist

Donuts has sold a package of “platinum” .news domains to a network of dubious news sites peddling what many describe as dangerous pseudo-scientific nonsense. A company called WebSeed acquired science.news, food.news, health.news, medicine.news, pollution.news, cancer.news and climate.news from the registry for an undisclosed sum in the six-figure range last December, Donuts said. It appears that […]

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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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CentralNic spends $3.3 million on .com portfolios

CentralNic has splashed out £2.5 million ($3.3 million) to bolster its portfolio of domain names for the secondary market. The company said in a brief statement today that it acquired an unspecified number of domains across “a number of portfolios”. The sellers were not disclosed. The names were all in .com. CEO Ben Crawford said […]

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CentralNic and .CLUB reveal premium sales

CentralNic and .CLUB Domains have both revealed sales of premium domain names over the last several days. CentralNic said yesterday that it has sold “a number” of premiums for $3.4 million. The names are believed to be from its own portfolio, rather than registry-reserved names in any of the TLDs it manages. The company did […]

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ZACR to delete 12,000 .za domains next week

South African ccTLD registry ZACR is to delete more than 12,000 domains, many of them English dictionary words, ending in .org.za next week. That’s more than a third of the current count of .org.za domains, which stands at about 33,000 today. The list includes many English dictionary-word domains very possibly worth more than the standard […]

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.club premium sales approaching $5 million

.CLUB Domains sold half a million dollars worth of reserved premium names in the first quarter, bringing its cumulative to-date total to almost $5 million, the registry reported at the weekend. Q1 sales were $505,139, the company said, bringing its total since launch to $4,844,428. There were 475 premium sales in total, sold via auctions, […]

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Schilling expects GoDaddy to return after dumping Uniregistry gTLDs

Uniregistry CEO Frank Schilling has expressed his “surprise” that GoDaddy has decided to stop selling his company’s gTLDs, but said he expects the registrar to return in future. GoDaddy’s decision to stop new registrations and inbound transfers for Uniregistry’s portfolio of gTLDs came after the registry revealed price increases for 16 strings that ranged from […]

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Schilling: big price increases needed to keep new gTLDs alive

Uniregistry is to massively increase the price of some of its under-performing new gTLDs in an effort to keep them afloat. Sixteen TLDs from the company’s portfolio of 27 will see price increases of up to 3,000% starting September 8, CEO Frank Schilling confirmed to DI today. “We need more revenue from these strings, especially […]

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Neustar to auction .nyc premiums during New York Fashion Week

Neustar is to release a batch of reserved, fashion-related .nyc premium domains to coincide with next month’s New York Fashion Week. Twenty-four names, including clothes.nyc, fashion.nyc, salon.nyc, models.nyc and shop.nyc will be released via an auction, the company said in a press release. SnapNames will manage the auction at Auctions.nyc from February 1 to February […]

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