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Breaking: Neustar retains .co registry, at a cost

Neustar will continue operating .co but at much less favorable terms. .Co Internet SaS, part of Neustar, will get to run the .co domain name registry after all. Last year, MinTIC, Columbia’s Ministry of Information Technology (MinTIC), said it was putting the contract out to bid. Rivals lined up with hopes of cashing in on […]

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Godaddy expects $25-$30 million revenue hit in Q2 due to Covid-19

Domain name aftermarket might be a weak spot during the downturn. People start businesses even in hard economic times. Graphic from GoDaddy Investor Day presentation. GoDaddy held a virtual investor day yesterday and the impact of Covid-19 was obviously a discussion topic. Ray Winborne, CFO of GoDaddy, said the pandemic had a minimal impact on […]

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Facebook registers over 500 Covid-19 related domain names

Social media company goes on a defensive domain registration binge. Facebook has registered over 500 domain names related to Covid-19 for its Facebook and Instagram brands. The company registered the domain names yesterday as the platforms come under fire for spreading false information about the novel coronavirus and resulting disease. The defensive domain name registrations […]

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Breaking: ICANN and Verisign agree to .com extension with 7% price hikes

The only surprise was how fast it happened after the comment report was published. Did you have time to digest ICANN’s staff report on comments about the .com price hike? It was published yesterday. Today, Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) and ICANN agreed to the amendment as planned. The agreement will allow Verisign to increase the price […]

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ICANN publishes .com price hike report

Staff justification report echoes its previous comments, as well as Verisign’s. ICANN has published a review of comments submitted about its proposed contract amendment with Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for .com. The most controversial aspect of the amendment is allowing Verisign to increase the price of .com domains by 7% per year in the last four […]

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Shop.app domain name sells for $200,000

Shop.app, a domain on Google’s .app top level domain, sold for $200,000. Sedo has brokered the sale of shop.app for $200,000. This is the highest sale ever reported for a .app domain name, which is a domain name extension introduced by Google in 2018. According to NameBio, the top sales to date include ZB.app for […]

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Breaking: Verisign won’t raise .com prices this year

Even if ICANN gives the company the nod, it won’t raise prices this year. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, won’t raise prices for its domain names this year. In an announcement on its blog, the company announced the price freeze in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of right […]

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MMX swings to profit in 2019, 25% revenue growth

MMX (Minds + Machines) had a good year in 2019, and 2020 looks solid barring COVID-19 impact. Accounting wise, 2018 was a bad year for new top level domain name company MMX (London AIM: MMX). It wrote off $11.3 million related to a contract to run .London, had bad debt write-offs of $2.1 million, and […]

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You really don’t want to be ‘that guy’ taking advantage of COVID-19

Seriously. You don’t. “There’s no such thing as bad press.” That’s mostly true but there are exceptions. Like this guy. He traveled around Tennessee and Kentucky, clearing shelves of critical supplies to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus and then sold them on Amazon and eBay. Then he decided to give an interview to […]

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Lotto Sport Italia tried reverse domain name hijacking, court rules

Company tried to take two ‘lotto’ domain names away from Canadian man. Italian sportswear maker tried to get ‘lotto’ domain names from online gaming professional. A Canadian man who registered LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com has prevailed in a legal dispute with Lotto Sport Italia, with the court granting his motion for summary judgment (pdf). The judge […]

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