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October 20, 2019 16:12

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.Com slips at GoDaddy

Expirations outpaced new registrations at GoDaddy in December. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers December 2018. Something interesting happened in December: GoDaddy’s .com domains under management (DUMs) dropped. I’ve tracked monthly numbers for a long time and don’t recall this happening in […]

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Namecheap and Tucows settle legal dispute

Transfer dispute was resolved in a legal settlement. Namecheap and Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) have entered into a settlement agreement to resolve a transfer dispute. Namecheap, a former Enom reseller, sued Tucows (which now owns Enom) because it said that Tucows was dragging its feet over transferring millions of domain names to Namecheap. Tucows said it […]

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Domain stocks hit hard in market

Domain name stocks haven’t been immune to the market rout. It’s been a rough week in the stock market, especially yesterday and today. The NASDAQ shed 4.7% in the past two days. There aren’t that many publicly traded domain companies anymore on the big exchanges, but here’s a look at how the remaining ones fared […]

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More companies should emulate Tucows’ new earnings call format

Format leads to higher quality questions and answers. Last month Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) held an unusual earnings conference call. Rather than a live call with analysts asking questions, the company pre-recorded the prepared remarks portion of the call. It then invited analysts and shareholders to submit questions in writing, to which Tucows would respond. I […]

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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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Digging into Tucows’ annual report

Some notable items from Tucows’ 10-k. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) filed its annual report yesterday. Here are some things I found interesting: 1. The company now has 558 full-time employees. With $329 million in revenue, that’s about $600k of revenue per employee. 2. Tucows had 22.3M domains under management (DUM) on its own accreditations at the end […]

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Tucows sells some domain names to GoDaddy

GoDaddy’s NameFind is buying some domain names from Tucows. Tucows (NASDAQ:TCX) appears to have sold some of its domain name portfolio to GoDaddy’s (NYSE:GDDY) NameFind. Today I noticed that some domain names in Tucows’ YummyNames portfolio have undergone a Whois change. While the owner and contact details still point to YummyNames, they have an additional […]

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Rewind: Tucows for $1.00, go-go parking revenue and CreditCards.com

A look back at the domaining world ten years ago this month. Remember 2007? It was go-go times in the stock market and we didn’t know what was about to happen. The great recession was knocking on the door. I just took a look back at Domain Name Wire’s archives to see what I was […]

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January data show why Rightside sold eNom: Namecheap

Namecheap made a wholesale switch to its own accreditation in January. ICANN has published data from Verisign about .com activity in January, and it reveals a good reason why Rightside sold eNom to Tucows. Namecheap. Namecheap has always been a big part of eNom’s business. It has historically accounted for about a quarter of eNom’s […]

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