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Kickstarter launches Patreon rival on .RIP domain hack

They’re deadly serious. Crowdfunding service Kickstarter has relaunched its Drip subscriptions service on a .rip domain. It’s a domain hack using a single-character domain: d.rip. It’s actually a case of a migration away from a .com domain, which is not something you see every day from a major online brand. Drip was acquired by Kickstarter […]

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Hammock swings from Rightside to MarkMonitor

Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief. […]

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Tucows revenue rockets after Enom buy

Tucows saw its revenue from domain names more than double in the second quarter, following the acquisition of rival Enom. The company this week reported domain services revenue for the three months ending June 30 of $62.8 million, compared to $28.4 million a year ago. That was part of overall growth of 78%, with revenue […]

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Takeaways from Donuts’ new website

Matt Overman and Matt Delgado join Donuts. Donuts has updated its website after acquiring Rightside (it looks like they mostly ported Rightside’s site), and there are a couple interesting things to note. First of all, Matt Overman and Matt Delgado have made the move to Donuts. Overman is the Senior Vice President of Sales and […]

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Huge changes at Name.com after Rightside merger with Donuts

The finalization of the Rightside – Donuts Inc. acquisition deal is now complete, and Name.com, will soon face huge changes. Gone are the days where Taco Friday runs would take Name.com uber guy, Jared Ewy, to the edge of his wits: “Man, I’m gonna miss this type of activity at lunch time. We were free, […]

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Donuts to complete Rightside acquisition tonight

Donuts is on the verge of closing its acquisition of coopetitor Rightside, after the vast majority of Rightside shareholders agreed to sell up. Rightside just disclosed that owners of 92% of its shares — 17,740,054 shares — have agreed to sell at Donuts’ offer price of $10.60 per share. That means the remaining 8% of […]

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ICANN gives the nod to Donuts-Rightside merger

ICANN has given its consent to the acquisition of Rightside by rival new gTLD registry Donuts, according to the companies. The nod means that one barrier to the $213 million deal has been lifted. Rightside, which is listed on Nasdaq, still needs the majority of its shareholders to agree to the deal and to satisfy […]

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In Review: June in the domain industry

Big geos and a big acquisition lead last month’s news. It’s time to take a quick look back at the top stories and podcasts on Domain Name Wire over the past month. Here are the top five stories ranked by pageviews: 1. Skip Hoagland puts domain portfolio up for sale including Cuba.com and Atlanta.com – […]

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How Rightside sold itself

There were lots of twists and turns over the past year as Rightside sold itself. Domain name company Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) announced last month that it would be acquired by Donuts for $213 million. This ended a long and winding road for the company as it began exploring strategic options last year. It has Donuts to […]

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Rightside gets its first shareholder lawsuit after acquisition announcement

Unsurprisingly, Rightside has been sued after announcing its planned sale to Donuts. The lawyers are circling. Seattle law firm Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC has filed a lawsuit (pdf) on behalf of Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) shareholder Susan Paskowitz challenging the deal Rightside struck to be acquired by Donuts for $213 million. The suit seeks class action […]

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