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  • Partnership between .xyz Domains and Ethereum announced for secure coin management and trading

    November 14, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

    At Ethereum’s DevCon3 last week, the popular blockchain cryptocurrency announced a partnership with XYZ to allow users to pair their Ethereum wallets with .xyz domains for secure coin management and trading.

  • Radix Claims 77% Renewal Rates After Two Years

    November 14, 2017 @ 6:38 AM

    New gTLD registry Radix says that three of its larger TLDs have seen a 77% renewal rate two years after launch. The company said today that .online had 75% renewals, with .tech at 78% and .site at 81%. It appears to have carved out these three from its portfolio for attention, ignoring the rest of…

  • Amazon and Google to Fight Over .kids at Auction

    November 14, 2017 @ 4:35 AM

    Amazon, Google and a third applicant are scheduled to fight for control of the new gTLDs .kid or .kids at auction. It’s the first ICANN gTLD auction to be scheduled since a Verisign puppet paid $135 million for .web in July 2016. According to ICANN documentation, .kid and .kids will go to auction January 25,…

  • Hammock Swings From Rightside to Markmonitor

    September 5, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

    Statton Hammock has joined brand protection registrar MarkMonitor as its new vice president of global policy and industry development. He was most recently VP of business and legal affairs at Rightside, the portfolio gTLD registry that got acquired by Donuts in July. He spent four years there. The new gig sounds like a broad brief…

  • Coya Buys Before $10 Million Funding Round

    September 5, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

    CrunchBase reported that an insurance startup called Coya received $10 million in seed funding at the end of August. A quick check showed that the company is operating its business on the domain name, which had previously been owned by Frank Schilling’s Name Administration. Jamie Zoch reported the sale of at the end of July…

  • Registry Bosses to Talk ICANN "Tax Cuts" at Private Meeting

    September 5, 2017 @ 5:45 AM

    The CEOs of 20 or more gTLD registries are due to meet privately this month to discuss, among other things, the possibility of a reduction in their ICANN fees. The Registry CEO Summit is being held in Seattle at the end of September, I’m told. Jay Westerdal of Top Level Spectrum (.feedback etc) and Ray…

  • Donuts Files Opening Brief in .web Appeal

    September 5, 2017 @ 5:33 AM

    Company believes covenant not to sue is invalid. New top level domain name company Donuts, through its company Ruby Glen, LLC, filed its opening brief (pdf) last week in an appeal over the .web domain name. Donuts was one of the applicants for the .web domain name. Nu Dot Co won the auction for $135 million…

  • GoDaddy Adds Appraisal to Domain Settings Pages

    September 5, 2017 @ 5:32 AM

    In May of this year, GoDaddy reintroduced its free domain appraisal tool, and the company began showing domain name values on GoDaddy Auctions’ expired auction listings. It looks like GoDaddy is now using its appraisal tool more widely. I was checking the nameservers on a domain name I have registered at GoDaddy, and I noticed that the registrar is now showing its estimated value on the Domain Settings page within the Domains control panel…

  • Another Auda Director Quit in Secret

    September 5, 2017 @ 4:14 AM

    Australian ccTLD registry auDA, in the midst of a transparency controversy, reportedly lost another of its directors last month. According to a report in Australia’s Financial Review newspaper, Leonie Walsh stepped down August 14. The paper cited Australian Securities and Investments Commission documents as its source. Embattled auDA did not disclose her departure at the…

  • .club Nears Profitability, Talks Renewals and "Trial" Domains

    September 4, 2017 @ 2:03 PM

    .CLUB Domains is nearing profitability and poised to become a “growth engine”, despite the view that most of its current domains are not expected to renew, according to its CEO. Colin Campbell told DI today that the company made $6.7 million in revenue last year, and is “very close” to breaking even. The company reached…

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