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  • .Club Raising More Money, Valued at $25.4 Million

    December 18, 2014 @ 12:11 PM

    .Club to be valued at $25.4 million after investment. The .Club top level domain name registry is raising more funds, and the latest round will value the company at $25.4 million after the investment closes. .Club previously raised $7.5 million, with about $3.5 million of that in debt. The company is conducting two additional fundraising…

  • Union Bank Loses Cases Against Gripe Websites

    December 18, 2014 @ 10:36 AM

    Former customer registered ten domain names to air grievances about the bank. Union Bank has lost three domain name arbitration cases involving an upset former customer. The bank filed three separate actions covering UnionBank.me, unionbancal.co, unionbank.cc, union-bank.co, mufgunionbankna.com, unionbancalcorp.com, unionbancal.net, unionbancal.org, unionbankna.com and unionbanks.net. The domain names were all registered by William Bookout. At one…

  • Greece Gets Its 1st ICANN Accredited Registrar: Papaki.gr

    December 18, 2014 @ 6:54 AM

    The first Greek ICANN accredited registrar finally arrived. I have been waiting for many years for a registrar located in Greece and it finally happened. Papaki.gr has signed the Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) 2013 and is listed at the ICANN…

  • .Baby and .MLS Fetch Over $3 Million Each

    December 18, 2014 @ 12:56 AM

    ICANN and Power Auctions have completed December’s mini-batch of “last resort” new gTLD auctions, adding a total of $6.4 million to its mysterious auction cash pile. Johnson & Johnson won .baby, fighting off five portfolio applicants and paying a winning bid of $3,088,888. Meanwhile, the Canadian Real Estate Association beat Afilias to .mls, paying $3,359,000…

  • Most New gTLDs Use Namesentry After Famous Four Signs With Architelos

    December 18, 2014 @ 12:42 AM

    Architelos yesterday announced that Famous Four Media has signed up to use its NameSentry security service across its portfolio of new gTLDs. The company said that it now has 60% of launched new gTLDs on the platform, which gives registries a way to view potentially abusive domain names and automate remediation. That’s over 250 TLDs…

  • Human Glitch Lets Hackers Into ICANN

    December 17, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

    It’s 2014. Does anyone in the domain name business still fall for phishing attacks? Apparently, yes, ICANN staff do. ICANN has revealed that “several” staff members fell prey to a spear-phishing attack last month, resulting in the theft of potentially hundreds of user credentials and unauthorized access to at least one Governmental Advisory Committee web…

  • GoDaddy Sued for $50 Million By Russian Millionaire Konstantin Malofeev

    December 17, 2014 @ 9:18 AM

    According to Courthousenews.com, GoDaddy.com has been sued for $50 million by A Russian millionaire claiming Godaddy defamed him by hosting a number of websites that accuse him of fraud. Konstantin Malofeev sued GoDaddy, Domains by Proxy and John Doe – the anonymous operator of the websites – on Dec. 14 Malofeev claims he is a…

  • .Website Collision Domains Give a Boost in Registrations: Here are Available Lll/Nnn/One Word Domains

    December 17, 2014 @ 8:54 AM

    .Website which had its ICANN collision lists freed up recently has seen a nice bounce in daily registrations. Like a bunch of other TLDs, the spike in registrations appears to have come on the back of Black Friday and Cyber Monday registrations. The TLD saw volumes of 5 times that of the previous day’s registrations…

  • Escrow.com Golf Tourney with Matching Funds from Go Daddy & the Parsons Foundation Raises $380,000 for Wounded Veterans

    December 16, 2014 @ 11:19 PM

    For the past three years Escrow.com and Hanna’s Restaurant has staged an annual golf tournament in Southern California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund. These funds provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

  • NamesCon Acquires DomainFest & Will Be Part of Namescon 2015 Las Vegas

    December 16, 2014 @ 2:58 PM

    Well our hunch was right yesterday, as today NamesCon announced they have acquired DomainFest from Oversee.net in a press release we just received. “Starting with small conferences in LA and Barcelona, Oversee grew Domainfest into a large, global conference series, attracting domainers, marketing professionals and celebrity speakers from all over the world.” “We are very…

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