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  • Two Tucows Execs are Leaving

    March 24, 2017 @ 5:15 AM

    CFO and CIO announced their resignations this month. Two Tucows executives have recently notified the company that they are leaving. Last week, Chief Financial Officer Michael Cooperman announced that he was retiring after 18 years with the company. He will remain an advisor to the company when he leaves April 1. Dave Singh, current Vice…

  • New gTLD Registries Want a $17 Million ICANN Rebate

    March 24, 2017 @ 3:41 AM

    Many gTLDs are performing more poorly than expected and their registries want some money back from ICANN to compensate. The Registries Stakeholder Group this week asked ICANN for a 75% credit on their quarterly fees, which they estimate would cost $16.875 million per year. The money would come from leftover new gTLD application fee money,…

  • Hacker Hostage Crisis at ICANN Secret Key Ceremony! (On Tv)

    March 24, 2017 @ 2:10 AM

    One of ICANN’s Seven Secret Key-Holders To The Internet got taken out as part of an elaborate heist or something on American TV this week. In tense scenes, a couple of secret agents or something with guns were forced to break into one of ICANN’s quarterly root zone key signing ceremonies to prevent a hacker…

  • DENIC Approved As ICANN Escrow Agent

    March 24, 2017 @ 12:56 AM

    German ccTLD registry DENIC has been given ICANN approval to provide data escrow services to registrars. It becomes the seventh company to receive this accreditation, the second in Europe after the UK’s NCC Group. The company said it signed its ICANN contract and first registrar, Global Village, at the ICANN meeting in Copenhagen last week…

  • Two Domain Name Industry People Make Moves

    March 23, 2017 @ 6:39 AM

    Epik and MMX make key hires. Two familiar faces in the domain name industry have new homes. Joseph Peterson, who also writes for Domain Name Wire, was hired as Director of Operations at Epik. Joseph is one of the most analytical people I know. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about him over the several…

  • Casino.online Sells for $201,250

    March 23, 2017 @ 5:23 AM

    Domain under the new top level domain name .online sells for big bucks. Here’s a new top level domain name sale that jumps out at you: Casino.online has sold at Sedo for $201,250! The domain name crossed Sedo’s RSS feed yesterday. As of right now, the domain name resolves to a SafeNames registrar holding page…

  • Lawsuit Filed to Overturn OpenTime.com UDRP

    March 22, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

    Domain owner shot himself in the foot in UDRP response, so he’s asking a court to let him keep the domain name. The owner of OpenTime.com, who lost the domain name in a UDRP decision last month, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to retain ownership of the domain name. If you look at…

  • MMX Aims for 1 Million .vip Domains, Will Release .boston in September & Hires Victor Pitts

    March 22, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

    Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM: MMX), reported its operational progress across a number of business activities since its trading update announced earlier this year in January 2017. MMX is targeting global registrations of .vip to surpass one million by the end of 2017. .VIP currently has over 586,000 registrations. The company is participating directly in the auctions of .vip premium names currently being held by eName, one…

  • This .yachts Domain Shouldn't Have Been Lost in a UDRP, But...

    March 22, 2017 @ 8:09 AM

    The domain name owner had a great defense but didn’t reply to the filing. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has ordered the domain name virgin.yachts be transferred to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises. I did a doubletake when I saw this decision. In order to register a .yachts domain name, you have to be…

  • Victor Pitts Hired By MMX As Director of Premium Sales

    March 22, 2017 @ 6:09 AM

    This morning, I received an announcement about another noteworthy domain industry hiring. Industry veteran Victor Pitts has joined MMX (formerly known as Minds & Machines) as Director of Premium Sales for the Americas. Many people in the domain space likely know Victor from his days at Moniker (and Oversee.net), and more recently at Above.com. In his new role with MMX, Victor will be working on selling some of the premium-designated domain names in the new extensions operated by MMX. Victor will also be working on various industry partnerships. I am sure his industry experience will be particularly helpful with the…

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