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ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped about 90% […]

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Thick Whois for .com delayed 6 months

Deadline pushed back thanks to contract negotiations and GDPR. ICANN’s Board has agreed to delay enforcement of thick whois in .Com, .Net and .Jobs by six months due primarily to concerns over the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These domains are due to switch from a “thin Whois” to “thick Whois” for new […]

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.Com/.Net base grew by 1.47 million in Q3

Growth in base outpaces Verisign’s forecast. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the domain name registry for .com and .net domain names, reported results for Q3 after the bell today. The total base of registered .com and .net domain names increased 1.47 million over the quarter. Verisign had forecast growth of 0.8 million to 1.3 million registrations, so […]

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Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages and designed for […]

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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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