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Rightside Establishes Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in China & Plans To Be Licensed in 2016

February 12th, 2016 Comments off

Rightside (NAME) announced today its expanded operations in China by establishing a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE). Rightside says that there are almost 90,000 domains registered in the their portfolio of 39 new gTLD’s in the Chinese market, with .LIVE, .NEWS, and .PUB being the most popular. There are currently 5.4 million new TLDs registered in […]

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Verisign Working On Getting Contract To Operate .Com Registry For 10 More Years

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

In the earnings call today, Verisign (VRSN) announced that it was in “in the final stages of drafting the new Root Zone Maintainer Agreement with ICANN “to perform this Root Zone Maintainer role as a commercial service for ICANN upon the successful transition of the IANA functions.” “To ensure that root operations continue to perform […]

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Verisign Expects Higher Non-Renewal Rates From Those 4th Q Domains Reg By Chinese Investors

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

Verisign reported its earnings for the 4th quarter of 2015 and financial results for 2015. In the earnings call today, Verisign made some interesting comments about that huge volume of .Com domain name registration we saw from Asia the 4th quarter of 2015: Bottom line Verisign expects those domain names registered in the 4th quarter, […]

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Web.com Buying Local Ad Co. Yodle for $342M Which Is About 40% of Its Market Cap

February 11th, 2016 Comments off

Web.com (NASDAQ:WEB) announced today it’s acquiring Yodle, a provider of local online ad/marketing services for 50K+ small businesses, for $300M in cash up-front + payments of $20M and $22M at the first and second anniversaries of the deal’s closing date. Web.com closed today with an $826M market cap. At a $342 Million dollar purchase price […]

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CSC Issues “New gTLD Utilization Report” .Global Enters “Alternative Top 10” List

February 9th, 2016 Comments off

Brand protection and domain registrar, Corporate Service Company (CSC) issued its latest “New gTLD Utilization Report” which is designed to update digital marketers and their peers in legal and IT about how new gTLDs are being adopted. The report also examines how .brand domains are being used and how effectively the new generic TLDs are […]

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.Club Sells Over $140K in Premium Domains In January: Over $3.5 Since Launch

February 8th, 2016 Comments off

.Club reported on its blog that it sold $142,470.52 in Premium Name Sales in January bringing the total cumulative premium name sales for .CLUB to $3,540,637.79. During the month of January 2016 there were 408 premium names sold. 5 names (Athletic.club, Night.club, Pot.club, Space.club and Strip.club) were sold in the NamesCon auction. The bulk of […]

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.XYZ Says They Just “Blew Past” 2 Million Domain Registrations

February 6th, 2016 Comments off

Daniel Negari the CEO of the .XYZ registry just sent me over a note that the new gTLD .XYZ has “blew past 2 Million domain name registrations”. According to ntldstats.com .XYZ was sitting at 1,967,963 domain registrations as of the last zone update, however there has been a huge surge in 6 number .XYZ domain […]

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Former Industry Blog WannaDevelop.com closes today on Go Daddy Auctions

February 1st, 2016 Comments off

WannaDevelop.com was a blog that was run by Mike Cohen, while talking about things like mini and mega site development, the blog also posted about the domain industry. MorganLinton.com posted an article back in 2010 that created quite a stir and that was followed up by Owen Frager and DomainShane.com. WannaDevelop.com is currently expired and […]

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XYZ Launches .Security, .Protection, & .Theatre: All Domain Including Single Character Are Avail

January 27th, 2016 Comments off

We just received an email from XYZ which launched the new gTLD extensions .Security, .Protection, and .Theatre today. Apparently on the launch some registration requests for single character domain names  were being rejected due to a technical error, however we just received a note that the error has been fixed and that all domain names […]

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.WS Changing 2-3 Character New Domain Pricing & Releasing All 5-20 Number Domains

January 27th, 2016 Comments off

Due to the recent demand for the .WS extension coming from the emerging China Domain market, Global Domains International, the operator of the .WS registry, announced today that they are changing their pricing for all 2 and 3 character .WS domain names. In December 2015, thousands of .WS domain names were registered in China. The entire […]

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