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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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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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Another example of why your company must be the registrant of its domain names

Airline alleges that former contractors are holding its domain names hostage. Flair Airlines alleges that former contracts are holding its domain names hostage, forcing it to change its website address. A small Canadian airline says that former contractors are holding its two main domain name hostage, causing the company to lose substantial sales. It’s yet […]

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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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.App domains are coming: Q&A with Google

You’ll soon be able to register Here’s what you need to know. Google paid $25 million three years ago for rights to run the .App top level domain name and it’s finally ready to offer it to consumers. While the original application said the domain would only be available to verified app developers, Google […]

Read more sells for $225,000 at Sedo

Domain sells through SedoMLS network. The domain name has sold at Sedo for a staggering $225,000. Based on sales data at NameBio, this is the third largest .org sale to ever be made public. The top sale was in in 2010 (also at Sedo) and the second highest sale was for $440,000 […]

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U.S. Gov: Whois info must remain available

New NTIA chief pushes back on effort to scale back Whois information. David Redl, the new head of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, told an audience at State of the Net 2018 today that Whois data must remain available. Speaking about efforts to obscure Whois information to comply with the EU’s new privacy […]

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MicroStrategy defends its Glory (.com)

Tech company fends off Japanese group that filed cybersquatting complaint. $1.5 billion dollar tech company MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) has successfully defended the domain name in a cybersquatting dispute. MicroStrategy has a vast portfolio of high-quality domain names including,,, and It’s not clear what it intends to eventually do with […]

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