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Court rejects France’s appeal in case

Court of Appeals rejects France’s motion to dismiss on grounds of sovereign immunity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected an appeal by the country of France in a dispute over Here’s the background: Jean-Noël Frydman, who registered in 1994, lost control of the domain name to the country […]

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PIR (.org) releases annual report, shows impact from new Afilias deal

Margins are up thanks to renegotiated contract with Afilias. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the organization that operates the .org top level domain, released its 2018 annual report today. The report includes data for 2018 and gives the first indications into its new contract with Afilias to run the technical backed of the registry. PIR put […]

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The economics of domain name prices

ICANN has a duty to cap renewal prices of domain names. This might be your reaction to your renewal notice in a couple of years. Today is the last day to comment on ICANN’s proposal to lift price caps on .org and .info domain names. If approved, the registries that run .org and .info will […]

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Verisign stock tops $200 per share

It’s not quite the boom, but Verisign’s share price has hit a key number. Verisign’s (NASDAQ: VRSN) stock price has eclipsed $200 per share for the first time since the dot com boom. Shares briefly traded for above $250 in March 2000 before the bubble burst. The company’s market cap is about $24 billion. […]

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Verisign posts earnings, nearly 70% operating margin

Results continue to tick upward as company pushes for price increases. It’s good to be the king. .Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported first quarter earnings yesterday afternoon. It generated $306 million revenue for the quarter and a 69.4% non-GAAP operating margin. The business created $187 million in operating cash flow. People registered 9.8 million […]

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Wow: Over 64,000 .Dev domain names registered

The .Dev top level domain is off to a strong start. Google launched the .dev top level domain name yesterday and the domain already has over 64,000 registrations. The zone file for .dev on ICANN’s reporting system currently shows about 15,000, so it’s missing many of the domains. Still, based on my review of the […]

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Montefiore Investment acquires domain name registrar Gandi

Private equity firm acquires domain name registrar with 2.5 million domains. Private equity firm Montefiore Investment has acquired domain name registrar Gandi. In a heartfelt blog post, Gandi CEO Stephan Ramoin explained the origins of the company and its values. One thing that’s unique about Gandi is that is has grown mostly by word-of-mouth; the […]

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New TLDs, five years in

  It was five years ago this month that the first domains under the new top level domain (nTLD) program started rolling out to consumers. The first Latin script general availability domains came out in early February 2014. Remember .guru? .Plumbing? Yeah, that was a long time ago. Here’s how I’d sum up the first […]

Read more domain owner fights back against

There is indeed a big elephant in the room. Paymium, SAS, which owns the domain name, has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Blockchain Luxembourg S.A. & Blockchain (US), Inc., which own the domain name Blockchain Luxembourg S.A. (BL) filed a lawsuit (pdf) in September claiming that Paymium’s use of […]

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.ME registry explains takedown

Domain name was taken down after warning and request to remove content. The registry that runs the .ME top level domain name has released a statement explaining last month’s takedown of was a forum for “involuntary celibates”, which basically means people who are unable to find a romantic or sexual partner. The term […]

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