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Charles Gottdiener replaces Lisa Hook as CEO of Neustar

Hook, who has been CEO since 2010, will remain on the board. Neustar has appointed Charles Gottdiener its new President and CEO, replacing Lisa Hook. Hook had been in her role since 2010 and was COO for two years before that. She managed the company during tumultuous times. It lost its Number Portability Administration Center […]

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CentralNic reports 2017 earnings, merger with KeyDrive still in the works

Company reports revenue increase in 2017 and hopes to merge with KeyDrive in Q3. Domain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) published its 2017 annual report (pdf) today. Topline revenue increased from £22.1m in 2016 to £24.3m in 2017. Profit after tax was basically flat at £1.0, but the company’s Adjusted EBITA measure grew from […]

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German court denies injunction against Tucows’ registrar EPAG over GDPR

Court agrees with Tucows that some Whois data is redundant. A German Court in Bonn has denied (pdf) ICANN’s request for an injunction against Tucows’ domain name registrar EPAG. ICANN filed the injunction request last Friday, the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. EPAG had notified ICANN that it no […]

Read more might be coming, along with other single letter .com domain names

ICANN moves forward with Verisign plan to auction domain name. Single letter .com domain names are very rare. They aren’t just limited to the 26 letters of the alphabet; there are just three. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN), the registry for .com, isn’t allowed to allocate any single letter .com domain names. Three .com domains were registered […]

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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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Domain names are one bright spot for Endurance

Revenue dips overall but domain business grows. Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) reported first quarter earnings before the bell this morning. Revenue dropped year-over-year from $295.1 million in Q1 2017 to $291.4 million in Q1 of this year. Its subscriber base fell from 5.304 million to 5.011 million. The rollup of hosting, domain and email […]

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Original owner sues to recover domain from the country

French courts nabs valuable domain name for its government. was used by a tour operator. Now the French government owns it. (Photo from The original registrant of back in 1994 has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to recover the domain name, which the country managed to wrestle away through the […]

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CIRA wants patent for registry “tag” system

Canada’s ccTLD administrator files patent application related to aspects of its Fury registry platform. CIRA has applied for a patent related to its Fury registry management platform. Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the group that manages Canada’s .CA domain name and has started offering registry services to other TLDs, has filed a patent application covering aspects […]

Read more domain name sells for record $500,300

Sale of eclipses sale. A vacation rental company has paid $500,300 to acquire the domain name from registry Donuts in an all-cash transaction. This is the highest publicly reported sale of a second level domain under a new top level domain name to date. Vacarent, LLC is a vacation rental company that […]

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Afilias hits pause button on Whois plans

Company backtracks on plans to redact Whois…for now. Two days after informing registrars that it planned to redact almost all information from Whois records to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Afilias has put its plans on hold. The registry for domain names such as .info and .mobi issued a press release […]

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