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  • Namecheap Sues eNom and Tucows, Demands Transfer of 4 Million Domains

    September 1, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

    Namecheap says Tucows is dragging its feet on transferring domains registered through Namecheap when it was an Enom reseller. Domain name registrar Namecheap is big, but until this year it didn’t show up on charts that rank registrars by domains. That’s because Namecheap acted as an Enom reseller, so it added to Enom’s numbers rather…

  • Afnic Appoints Pierre Bonis New CEO

    September 1, 2017 @ 7:07 AM

    French ccTLD registry Afnic has named Pierre Bonis its new CEO. Bonis officially started his new job today, but he’s been in the role on an interim basis since May 1, when he replaced Mathieu Weill. Weill had abruptly quit after 12 years at Afnic in order to join the Digital Economy Department of the…

  • After Slow Launch, .africa Looks to Add Hundreds of Resellers

    September 1, 2017 @ 2:34 AM

    ZA Central Registry is opening up .africa and its South African city gTLDs to potentially hundreds of new registrars via a new proxy program. The company today announced that its new registrar AF Proxy Services has received ICANN accreditation, which should open up .africa, .joburg, .capetown and .durban to its existing .za channel. ZACR is…

  • Namesilo Reaches 1 Million Domain Names Under Management

    August 31, 2017 @ 12:52 PM

    NameSilo, a U.S.-based domain registrar, announced that it has surpassed 1 million active domains registered by its customers following 7 consecutive years of growth. This puts NameSilo in the top 1% (top 30 registrars) of the nearly 3,000 ICANN accredited registrars in the world with a domain increase of over 35% in just the last…

  • Green Bay Packers File UDRP Against

    August 31, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

    Green Bay, Wisconsin is known as “Titletown” or “Titletown USA” because of the Green Bay Packers. Now it appears that the National Football League team wants the domain name. The NFL team filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2017-1685. is a domain name registered to a company called, Inc…

  • .vip, .club, .shop and .ltd Domain Name Extensions Get Beijing Approval

    August 31, 2017 @ 7:56 AM

    .vip, .club, .shop and .ltd are the first 4 domain name extensions to receive approval by the Beijing Communications Administration. .VIP is an MMX extenstion, .Shop is managed by GMO Registry, Inc. and .ltd is owned by Donuts. In December 2016, .vip, .club and .xyz were the first three foreign registries to receive central government…

  • Efty Adds 22 New Marketplace Categories and Matching For-sale Landing Pages

    August 31, 2017 @ 4:23 AM

    Efty added today an additional 22 categories, bringing the total number of categories and matching For-Sale landing pages to 46. When Efty launched it had a list of categories users could assign to their domains and to list them under on their marketplace sites. The list was based on a wide range of categories Efty sourced from…

  • GoDaddy Rebrands Shortener Landing Page

    August 30, 2017 @ 9:36 AM

    In 2010, GoDaddy rolled out its popular X.CO url shortener. With just three letters and a period, X.CO was the shortest url available. During its first few years, I think it became one of the most popular single letter .CO domain names, along with T.CO (used by Twitter) and G.CO (used by Google). This morning, I noticed that GoDaddy is now forwarding X.CO to…

  • CentralNic Promises $30 Million .sk Will Only Ever Mean "slovakia"

    August 30, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

    CentralNic has committed that it will not repurpose Slovakian ccTLD .sk to mean anything other than “Slovakia”, following its purchase of SK-NIC this week. The acquisition of the Bratislava-based registry, which will cost between €21 million and €26 million ($25 million to $31 million) depending on performance, has been controversial in Slovakia, with many leading…

  • Uber (The Ride Hailing Company) is Causing a Headache for Uber (The It Company)

    August 30, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

    Healthcare IT company sues Uber for trademark infringement after being inundated with misdirected communication. A healthcare IT company in Florida called Uber Operations, LLC is suing ride hailing company Uber Technologies for trademark infringement after dealing with confusion between the two companies. The lawsuit (pdf) explains a number of headaches the company has experienced from…

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