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The Q2 2017 closed with approximately 331.9 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains

Verisign released their Q2 Domain Name Industry Brief. The second quarter of 2017 closed with 331.9 million domains registered, up 1.3 million domains. Summary The second quarter of 2017 closed with approximately 331.9 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of approximately 1.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.4 percent over […]

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Verisign: Number of .Com Domains In “Domain Name Base” Tops 130 Million For 1st Time

Verisign (VRSN) which operates the .Com registry is reporting the number of .Com domain names in the Domain Name Base exceeds 130 Million for the 1st time. The actual number of domains in the .Com Domain Name Base stands at around 130.3 Million as of today The number of .Com domain names in the Domain […]

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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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.Com Winners & Losers

No change at the top other than fewer registrations. ICANN published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for April 2017. There was no change in the order of the top five registrars ranked by total new registrations, although the numbers were down quite a bit from the prior […]

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July’s Top 5 Domain Name Stories

These were the top five most-viewed stories on Domain Name Wire in July. 1. McDonald’s takes domain names off the menu – McDonald’s exited the new top level domain program after deciding to relinquish its two domain names, .mcdonalds and .mcd. 2. Is Verisign about to change the expired domain drop catching game? – I […]

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XYZ files opening brief in request for Verisign to pay $1.6 million

Domain registry says lower court erred in three ways. .XYZ’s fight with Verisign continues. XYZ.com LLC and Daniel Negari have filed their opening brief in an appeal against Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) over legal fees. If you haven’t been tracking this saga, here’s a quick overview: Verisign, the registry that operates the .com and .net top […]

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Verisign confirms first price increase under new .net contract

Verisign is to increase the wholesale price of an annual .net domain registration by 10%, the company confirmed yesterday. It’s the first in an expected series of six annual 10% price hikes permitted under its recently renewed registry agreement with ICANN. The annual price of a .net registration, renewal, or transfer will go up from […]

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Verisign announces 10% .net price hike, could hit $14.52 in 2023

Prices keep going up. Verisign (VRSN) announced yesterday that it is increasing the price of .net domain names by 10% on February 1, 2018. The wholesale price of a one-year registration or renewal will jump from $8.20 to $9.02 on that day. The move doesn’t come as a surprise. Verisign increases the prices 10% every […]

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Verisign ended the second quarter with 144.3 million .com and .net domain name registrations

Verisign reported earnings today after the close. There were a couple odd after hours trades that might have made some investors gasp. After hours trading can be very thin and the odd print does happen. Things are back to normal as of the time of writing. Trade Detail After Hours Time (ET) After Hours Price […]

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.Com/.Net domain base increases just 0.68 million in second quarter

Base barely budges but beats Verisign’s expecations. Verisign (VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, released results after the closing bell today. The base of registered domains in .com and .net barely budged, increasing 0.68 million during the quarter. But this is above Verisign’s forecast of 0.0 to 0.4 million growth. It predicted […]

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