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September 25, 2017 13:32

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Domain inquiries could drop next month. Blame SSL.

Start filling out a form on for sale landers and you’ll see a “not secure” message. Yesterday I wrote about how landing page companies are adding SSL support for domains on their platforms in order to meet Google’s deadline next month. Starting next month, domain names with any sort of user submission form that don’t […]

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Donuts files opening brief in .Web appeal

Company believes covenant not to sue is invalid. New top level domain name company Donuts, through its company Ruby Glen, LLC, filed its opening brief (pdf) last week in an appeal over the .web domain name. Donuts was one of the applicants for the .web domain name. Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million […]

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GoDaddy drops Uniregistry again

This time it appears to be permanent. Earlier today I recorded a podcast with Frank Schilling that will air Monday morning. During the recording, Schilling informed me that GoDaddy will stop offering Uniregistry top level domain names. This isn’t the first time GoDaddy has dropped Uniregistry names, but it seems they now have put a […]

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Verizon Center in Washington DC likely to become Capital One Center

The Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals will soon play at the Capital One Center. The Verizon Center in Washington DC is likely to be renamed for Capital One. Photo: Cliff from Arlington, VA (Verizon Center) [CC BY 2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons The Verizon Center in Washington DC, home to the Washington Wizard NBA team and […]

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Great premium domain data from Radix

How are premium domains doing for registries and registrars? Here’s some insight. Radix just released some data on its premium domain sales in new top level domains for the first half of the year, and it paints a decent picture of how premium domains are doing for both registries and registrars. From January to June […]

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Is Verisign about to change the expired domain drop catching game?

Patent application shows that Verisign might be shaking up the current system. Lots of well-timed firepower. That’s how the expired domain name drop catching system works in .com today. Drop catchers target domain names the second they drop, and try to coordinate amongst their hundreds of owned-and-operated registrars as well as partners to register as […]

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McDonald’s takes domain names off the menu

Restaurant giant terminates plans for .McDonalds and .MCD domain names. McDonalds.com will have to do. (Photo courtesy McDonald’s.) McDonald’s had decided it doesn’t want to run new top level domain names after all. The restaurant chain applied to run the .McDonalds and .MCD top level domain names, but it recently sent termination notices (pdf) to […]

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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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Rick Schwartz gets RDNH win on Queen.com

Flower company guilty of reserve domain name hijacking over Queen.com domain name. Knud Jepsen A/S has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in the UDRP it brought against Rick Schwartz’s domain name Queen.com. The complainant is known as Queen Flowers and uses the domain name Queen.dk. It reached out to Schwartz in 2015 […]

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