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  • 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 Coya.com 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 Coya.com domain name, which had previously been owned by Frank Schilling’s Name Administration. Jamie Zoch reported the sale of Coya.com 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…

  • Deutsch and Doria to Join ICANN Board

    September 4, 2017 @ 3:30 AM

    Veteran ICANN community members Avri Doria and Sarah Deutsch are to join ICANN’s board of directors in November. Both have been selected by ICANN’s Nominating Committee to serve three-year terms starting at the end of the public meeting in Abu Dhabi, which wraps up November 3. They replace current chair Steve Crocker, who is leaving…

  • Instagram Registers DoxAGram Domain Names in Wake of Data Breach

    September 2, 2017 @ 5:46 AM

    Company’s domain registrations are probably futile. This week news broke that hackers stole account information on perhaps six million Instagram users and are selling the data. A group of hackers being called DoxAGram is responsible for the breach. In the wake of the breach and disclosure, Instagram is registering lots of domain names with DoxAGram…

  • 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…

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