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.ME registry explains Incels.me 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 Incels.me. Incels.me 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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Verisign made domain aftermarket arguments in July

Last week’s blog post was not the first time Verisign called attention to domain investors. Last week Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) shocked many of its biggest customers by saying that domain investors are a problem. It turns out that this was not the first time Verisign raised arguments about the domain aftermarket. It drew attention to […]

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ICANN loses in German court (again)

Attempts to get an injunction forcing a German registrar to collect certain Whois data are failing. ICANN has yet again failed to convince German courts that an injunction is needed to force domain name registrar EPAG to continue collecting certain information for Whois. The non-profit domain name overseer sued EPAG, part of Tucows, the day […]

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PIR (.org) makes changes to its sales practices

No more volume discounts, focus on quality over quantity. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit registry that runs the .org top level domain name, is making changes to how it markets its domains. Jay Daley, Interim President and CEO of PIR, said in a blog post that the organization is nixing volume discounts. These discounts […]

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More companies should emulate Tucows’ new earnings call format

Format leads to higher quality questions and answers. Last month Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) held an unusual earnings conference call. Rather than a live call with analysts asking questions, the company pre-recorded the prepared remarks portion of the call. It then invited analysts and shareholders to submit questions in writing, to which Tucows would respond. I […]

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California.com sells as part of big domain name transaction

Seven-figure deal includes big geo domain name. A California company has made a big domain name purchase, scooping up California.com as part of a ten-domain deal for “mid-seven figures”, according to the buyer. One Planet Ops, which was founded by Autoweb co-founder Payam Zamani, has a number of web properties in the lead gen space. […]

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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 […]

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

ICANN moves forward with Verisign plan to auction O.com 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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