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Registrar.com For Sale On Flippa

February 27th, 2013 Comments off
It has come to my attention that the domain name Registrar.com is for sale on Flippa. The domain name is under Moniker privacy protection and has been owned by the same people since it was registered in 1995. The listing has 2 days to go and considering the price of the domain, it would be a big candidate for sale of the year if anyone bites. It’s obviously a category killer domain name, but it’s debatable whether it’s worth the minimum bid of $3 million or the buy-it-now price of $8 million in today’s economic climate. The owners seem set on the price as they have listed the domain name in the past, twice actually, without changing the figures. Besides it’s obvious use (to us

Registry vs Registrar – What’s the Difference?

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off
Registry and registrar are both domain name terms, but I find a lot of people do not understand the difference between the two and often misuse the terms in conversations. What is a registry? A domain name registry is a back-end provider at the root of a top level domain name. You cannot actually purchase a domain name directly from a registry. Instead, a registry stores and operates a database of domain names for that top level domain name. (An example of a generic top level domain name is .com and its registry is Verisign. What is a registrar? A registrar is a company that sells domain names. A registrar is accredited with ICANN and can be associated with a number of domain name registries.

Uniregistry prepares for new gTLDs, sets up new retail registrar: Uniregistrar

February 21st, 2013 Comments off

Frank Schilling’s new gTLD play Uniregistry becomes ICANN accredited and launches their retail registrar, Uniregistrar.

Uniregistrar completed their accreditation earlier this month. The name and site clearly identifies it as being associated with Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry that is applying for 54 new gTLDs.

The new site states:

Uniregistrar is a new ICANN accredited registrar designed to let you create domain names in the new top level domain extensions offered by Uniregistry.

Beginning in 2014 anyone will be able to create and manage their domain names using the simple site we plan to create here. The names offered by Uniregistrar will be shorter, clearer, easier to use and manage than the .com .net or .org names you know from the past.

We think you’re going to like the names we have to offer and we look forward to serving you. Check back with us later this year as a new site gets created at this location.

With this move the registry operator and new gTLD applicant is one of the first of the new entries that is making it clear that they will be operating their own retail registrar.

“Vertical Integration” (registries that own/operate registrars) has been a long and ongoing issue at ICANN, but in late 2010 the board decided that registries are indeed allowed to own registrars. One of the other applicants, Demand Media, recently increased the reach of their retail channel recently by buying the retail registrar name.com.

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Rapidomaine becomes Trusted Shop Certified

November 9th, 2012 Comments off

The French domain registrar Rapidomaine.fr. announced today that they obtained the Trusted Shops Trustmark certification.

Trusted Shops, leading service provider for secure online shopping in Europe, announces the certification of the site rapidomaine.fr:  legal compliance and refund guarantee secured.

In order to join the circle of e-commerce sites that have been certified by Trusted Shops, Rapidomaine has had to undergo a legal audit based on more than 70 quality criteria. Key areas of inspection include respect of consumers’ privacy, transparency in pricing and the conformity of the general terms and conditions with the law and the regulations of consumer associations.

“During the certification process, a legal expert guided us in rendering certain details of our site compliant. The legal audit revealed 14 criteria to be worked on out of fifty-six- that had already been fulfilled by our site,” highlights Alexandre Badelon, managing director of Rapidomaine.

“This trustmark attests to the fact that our general terms and conditions of sale, our product information and our other legal documents are in compliance with the law, which was already generally the case, but above all it shows that these elements form a coherent whole and function together in the interests of the customer,” he adds.

Collaborating with Trusted Shops and benefiting from its buyer protection allows online shops to offer their customers a secure environment.

“The Trusted Shops Trustmark is a display of trustworthiness that is indispensable for any e-commerce site that wants to show that it is reliable. Rapidomaine has fulfilled all of the quality criteria required to become certified. It is interesting to note that Rapidomaine is the first French domain name registrar and site host to be certified,” explains David Chau, director for France at Trusted Shops.

Rapidomaine is a French domain name registrar that was founded in 2002. The company manages more than 2500 active customers, 7000 domain names and hosts 1500 sites. The company became part of the SedoMLS network in July 2012.

Trusted Shops was founded in 1999 and has accredited over 10,000 retailers. Trusted Shops offers a comprehensive service for the benefit of both – shop operator and consumer, which encompasses Customer Rating, Legal Compliance and Money-back guarantee. Their clients include major brands such as Microsoft Store, Sarenza and Zalando.

 

According to a survey by German eCommerce aggregator Schottenland.de in 2011, more than 60% of users pay attention to quality labels when shopping online. Do you recognize the Trusted Shops brand or other trust marks? Do you think it will help Rapidomain sell better?

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Thomson Reuters buys Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

Information company Thomson Reuters announced today that they bought brand protection company and corporate domain registrar Mark Monitor for an undisclosed sum.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

Mark Monitor submitted a number of new TLD application on behalf of corporate clients

See the full release after the jump. [via TechCrunch, hat tip to VSDHoldings]

Intellectual Property & Science business to provide customers with efficient and effective end-to-end brand protection solutions that safeguard revenue and reputations

LONDON, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase MarkMonitor®, a global leader in online brand protection. The completion of the acquisition is subject to standard regulatory approvals. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition of MarkMonitor, headquartered in San Francisco, will strengthen the broad portfolio of intellectual property solutions from Thomson Reuters. The addition of MarkMonitor, with its innovative online brand protection technology, to Thomson Reuters best-in-class intellectual property solutions, will result in a suite of efficient and effective end-to-end brand protection solutions to assist customers in securing revenue and reputation. With over 400 employees in five countries, MarkMonitor is a market leader in online brand protection and currently safeguards more than half of the Fortune 100 brands.

“This acquisition marks the beginning of a transformational shift within the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters,” said Chris Kibarian, president, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. “It is emblematic of our strategy to accelerate innovation and growth within our business.”

“Thomson Reuters already helps thousands of companies create, manage and protect hundreds of billions of dollars worth of intellectual property assets,” said David Brown, president, Intellectual Property Solutions, Thomson Reuters. “With the addition of online brand protection solutions like those provided by MarkMonitor, we’ll be able to deliver advanced technologies to keep customers one step ahead of brandjackers and reduce the enormous risk posed to brands online.”

The MarkMonitor team, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Irfan Salim, will join Thomson Reuters.

“With the continued explosive growth of Internet, ecommerce and social network usage, the digital world provides an anonymous haven for criminals who harm brands’ revenue and reputation, often at the expense of consumers,” said Salim. “Brands that take action to protect themselves by managing their domain name portfolios see real return on investment, including lower online advertising costs and higher revenue, along with greater customer satisfaction. Together, MarkMonitor and Thomson Reuters will provide best-in-class solutions for online brand protection.”

MarkMonitor
As a global leader in online brand protection, MarkMonitor uses a SaaS delivery model to provide advanced technology and expertise that protects the revenues and reputations of the world’s leading brands. In the digital world, brands face new risks due to the web’s anonymity, global reach and shifting consumption patterns for digital content, goods and services. Customers choose MarkMonitor for its unique combination of industry-leading expertise, advanced technology and extensive industry relationships to preserve their marketing investments, revenues and customer trust. Learn more at www.markmonitor.com.

Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs approximately 60,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.

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HEXONET announces more than 1 Million domains under management

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

German based HEXONET, a domain technology solutions provider, recently announced that they are now managing over a million domains for clients, resellers and partners. The one millionth domain milestone is a goal that many registrars strive for and HEXONET reached this goal last month.

 

The company empowers resellers to privately brand many unique internet services, including domain names available in hundreds of ccTLD’s via an API and web at wholesale prices. This is all done through 1API, an ICANN accredited registrar operated by HEXONET. Today thousands of resellers, startups, and service providers world-wide make HEXONET their solution provider of choice when it comes to registering domains, web hosting, private label dns services and ssl certificates.

HEXONET is headquartered in Homburg, Germany and has a North American subsidiary, HEXONET Services Inc. based out of Vancouver, Canada. It was in February of 2009 when Robert Birkner founded HEXONET Services Inc., the North American arm of HEXONET GmbH with former Key-Systems CEO and founder Jens Wagner.

Before joining HEXONET, Robert held important posts throughout the domain industry including General Manager of Hostway Canada, General Manager of Domainpeople Inc., Director of Global Domains at Hostway Corporation, and Director of Sales and International Business at Key-Systems GmbH.

Robert is known throughout the domain industry for his expertise on the industry’s business policy, market insight, product development, and especially for understanding the needs of end users and registrars. Robert also consulted on the re-launch of the .ME domain registry in 2008.

In recent years, the company has had a strong presence in domain conferences such as Domainfest and DNCruise, as well as ICANN meetings. Getting some big domain investment companies and professional domainers to come on board and use HEXONET’s platform has surely helped the company reach the 1 millionth milestone much faster than they probably expected.

After the jump you can find some of the highlights from the recent blog post announcement by Robert Birkner, Chief Strategy Officer at HEXONET Global, and founder & president of HEXONET Services Inc. in Vancouver, Canada.

A Hard Journey to 1 Million Domains:

1. Like any expanding company we have seen growing pains when it came to our employees.  Looking back on both the good and the bad, HEXONET has definitely seen the benefit of bringing in new ideas and minds into our organization.  New blood in the company exposed areas we were weak and helped us identify where we could improve.  Today the team is as talented and as strong as ever.  And we are now looking to add even more amazing people to our team.  Many lessons learned and many issues overcome.

2. Handling security as we grow has been a challenge, but we are on top of it.  Our biggest attack was about a year ago when HEXONET was hit with a massive DDOS.  The attack was on a unprecedented scale with over 2 million queries per second on all our servers generating over 80 Gbits of bandwidth.  This DDOS even saturated our upstream provider’s datacenter, one of Europe’s largest Internet hubs.  We are happy to announce that through proactive measures and procedures no DDOS attacks has affected HEXONET since this last incident.


Many Successes Along the Way:

1. Our reseller and partner network is growing exponentially.  Hosting companies, registrar service providers, domain resellers, domainers, and small businesses are now realizing the strength of HEXONET’s advanced and PROVEN technology platform.  In our opinion, for TLDs and especially ccTLDs, no other platform or service compares.

More than a decade ago, nearly all companies designed their systems for a handful of dominant TLDs (COM/NET), HEXONET on the contrary believed that eventually hundreds if not thousands of TLDs would be the norm.  So today, while others struggle and even hack every new TLD into their in-congruent systems, HEXONET seamlessly adds new TLDs, as our platform was designed to scale from the very beginning.  Even more important is the many years of engineering and operational knowledge held by our staff and engineers.  We can answer questions about the smallest operational and architectural nuisances for TLDs, a skill that only reveals itself when working with a registry system for years and years.

2. Our Registrar Operations Center platform (RegistrarOC), has also been garnering a lot of interest as well as clients among large corporate customers.  These clients with their own accreditations and a large number of domains now realize that there is a huge cost (time and salaries) to update and maintain their own registrar platform.  This is where RegistrarOC steps in and not only saves these companies money, but eliminates a huge operational and engineering burden.  Interestingly enough, prominent law firms are now becoming ICANN accredited to manage their clients domains.  Since law firms are typically not technical, many have turned to RegistrarOC and HEXONET to manage their accreditations.

3. With HEXONET’s platforms gaining popularity, many newTLDs have even come to us asking for help with running a house registrar of their own.  As a result, some .BRAND TLDs have committed to running their own house registrar service through 1API (HEXONET’s house registrar) or through utilizing RegistrarOC.

The Journey Continues – What to Expect:

1. A new and more friendly website launching this summer.

2. A newer and easier to use “orderform” to be progressively released throughout the year.  With each release new features will be available for clients.

3. More Control Panel enhancements and upgrades.  All these updates are from direct feedback and requests from our clients.  Some cool new bulk management features are coming!

4. General public “Domain for Sale” listing service on HEXONET’s domain auction platform PremiumSale.com.  The site and auction service at PremiumSale.com has received tremendous feedback and now we are going to opening it up for members to auction off their own domains through the platform.

Even though we surpassed the 1 million domain goal for the company, we are not resting.  HEXONET continues to work hard for our customers.  Again to all our customers, resellers, and partners, thank you for your support and patronage.

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Sedo MLS Domains now Offered Through United Domains

August 23rd, 2011 Comments off

According to an email from Sedo, SedoMLS Premium listed domains are now also promoted  through United Domains. United Domains has integrated Sedo’s multi-listing service, SedoMLS Premium, for its US-based clients, allowing domain sellers to list their domain portfolio for sale at Sedo, and have potential buyers search for and purchase these domain listings directly at their registrar’s website.

“With SedoMLS Premium, we have extended our domain name market to additional US clients,” said Tim Schumacher, Sedo’s CEO. “This is an ideal sales channel for international domain sellers and for those interested in domains, purchasing a domain name is now as easy as registering it.”

Florian Huber, CEO of United Domains, confirms the benefits of such a partnership: “United Domains has built a successful partnership with Sedo as a preferred registrar, and we are very excited about expanding our partnership to include the Sedo MLS program,” he said. “By adding the Sedo MLS Premium service to our search results, we can to offer our customers a wide selection of premium domains for purchase, as easily as they can register new domains with us.”

SedoMLS Premium for domain sellersis an additional channel for displaying their domain listings to potential buyers. As soon as a user carries out a search on their registrar’s website, SedoMLS Premium provides them with the opportunity to purchase a domain that is already registered by another party at a fixed price, and complete the transfer through the SedoMLS Premium partner’s site.

United Domains will also be further expanding its partnership with Sedo by integrating its own sales inventory into the SedoMLS Premium network in 2012.


Cyrillic ccTLD Launch Overshadowed by Legal Dispute

November 25th, 2010 Comments off

As reported earlier the Cyrillic .РФ IDN ccTLD launch had reached a stunning number of 500,000 registrations in the first week. Considering the numbers, it was obvious that speculators were playing the TLD, but apparently six registrars are involved in registering many of the names for resale & auction and are now involved in a legal dispute as reported by TheMoscowNews. Many of the registered names have been frozen by the registry.

The accused registrar, RU-Center said there are no plans to stop sales, with spokesman Andrei Vorobyov saying: “We do not believe we have violated the law or the rules of the co-ordinating centre.”At the end of last week the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) launched legal action against six registrars claiming they had broken competition laws.

Apparently the RU-Center itself bought 38% of the names registered and acquired another 48% of the registered domains through partner companies – a total of 86%.

[via TheMoscowNews & DomainIncite]

(c) 2010 DomainNameNews.com (2)


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Law Firm Becomes ICANN Accredited Registrar

October 15th, 2010 Comments off

[Ed. Updated - Hagon Lovells is not the first law firm to gain an ICANN accreditation]

According to a post by World Trademark Review Hogan Lovells is the first law firm to obtain an ICANN Accreditation, however Ladas actually was accredited much earlier. The company intends the new registrar to help their clients register domain names, for example in the sunrise periods for new TLDs.

DNN was not yet able to locate the company’s public registrar site required website, as their link on the ICANN website points to a login screen hosted on Anchovy.com.

[via WTR]

(c) 2010 DomainNameNews.com


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DomainName.com Registrar & Company to be Auctioned Today

August 31st, 2010 Comments off

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[Update] The registrar has been sold.

DomainConsultant.com, mostly known for their Domain Madness auctions so far have a special item that is being auctioned today – an entire domain registrar business. The business is an ICANN accredited company that has about 8,000 domains under management and uses “DomainName.com” as their brand. You can find a breakdown of their existing registrations, for which they currently charge $29.95(!) per year, below. The customer base also includes 200 hosting accounts with an annual revenue of $200 each.

While the Buy It Now price of $3,000,000 USD expired yesterday, bidders are welcome to bring forward their bids by visiting DomainConsultant or send an email to Mike Fiol at mike (at) domainconsultant.com.

The auction started at 9am EDT today and will end at 3pm EDT.

Disclaimer: Adam Strong, Managing Editor of DNN, also is a consultant with DomainConsultant.com.

TLDAmount of Registrations
Total8,019
.com5,971
.net990
.org537
.biz171
.info163
.us170
.ws17

(c) 2010 DomainNameNews.com

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