GoDaddy acquires security firm Sucuri

GoDaddy has acquired the security firm and WordPress plugin creators, Sucuri. There are no financial disclosures about this acquisition. Sucuri will continue operations as usual; what can be expected are improvements to the company’s processes and additional resources, both technical and financial. The full press release by GoDaddy follows: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ […]

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Virgin.Yachts : Florida LLC domain taken away in UDRP

It seems that Virgin Enterprises Limited of London, United Kingdom, seeks exclusive rights to the term “VIRGIN.” A UDRP against the domain Virgin.Yachts ended with a loss for the Respondent, Virgin Yachts LLC of Dania Beach, Florida. The company registered the domain in 2016 and has been using it as a redirect to Virgin-Yachts.com, their […]

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Website.de, other domains met reserve in Sedo Great Domains auction for March

Sponsored by Sedo* The Sedo “Great Domains” auction for March consists of 94 hand-curated domains, including LLL .com, LLLL .com and numerics. Among the best names are Administration.com, 1515.com and Website.de. The latter, has hit reserve with the current bid at 6,000 Euro for this exceptional web hosting or design keyword, in the German ccTLD. […]

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NameCheap : No love for Tucows?

NameCheap is apparently going on its own as an ICANN-accredited registrar, and not following eNom in the lap of Tucows. The latter, acquired eNom from Rightside, and NameCheap was an eNom (super) reseller for many years; the ICANN accreditation came in 2013. Now, domains registered at NameCheap don’t display eNom as the registrar, but NameCheap […]

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cPanel celebrates its 20th anniversary

It’s the 20th anniversary of cPanel, a “control panel” used on millions of domains and web sites world-wide. In 1997, the very first version of cPanel & WHM (Web Hosting Manager) was released, and what a ride it has been. Today, the cPanel & WHM community includes 200 employees, thousands of hosting providers, and millions […]

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CNNIC releases .CN domain registration numbers : Over 20 million domains

CNNIC has updated the number of registered .CN domains, and it’s well over 20 million. The Chinese domain authority shared the February 2017 report, that breaks down the numbers as follows: Total *.CN domains: 20,868,593. The .CN TLD accounted for 76.3% and 15,915,980 domain names, with .COM.CN in the second place with 2,530,714 domains, or […]

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Neustar : New “Stats Hub” provides valuable insight on gTLD .brands

Neustar released a new tool called “Stats Hub” that analyzes the expansion of gTLD .brands. What is a .brand? According to the MakeWay.World platform that now incorporates Stats Hub: “A .brand is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)  like .com or .org, but it’s your brand name to the right of the dot, and you own the […]

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Chinese domain market : May 31st is doomsday for domainers in China

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Chinese domain market report. May 31st is “doomsday” in China, and domain investors in particular. Major cloud providers, such as Alibaba, have provided a government-issued warning, that user verification must complete before then. The process entails providing credentials to match domains with the real names of their owners. […]

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Did Ashanti PLC sell Kalashnikov.com to Russian arms manufacturer?

Last year, we noted how Russian arms manufacturer, Kalashnikov, was branching into fashion. That news, led us to discover that the domain Kalashnikov.com was in the possession of Ashanti PLC, a Hong Kong corporation. Fast forward to news about how Kalashnikov plans to seek registration of its brand and trademarks in the US and Europe, […]

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The Colombian government plans to block online gambling sites and domains

The government of Colombia is about to introduce a black list of international gambling sites, making them unavailable to its citizens. That means, no access to betting, poker and other such gambling activities that take money out of the country, and more money – allegedly – will be used to gamble in state-owned establishments. Colombia’s […]

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Lily Camera RIP : Company files for bankruptcy after taking in $34 million dollars in pre-orders and investments

Lily Robotics, a start-up operating from the domain Lily.Camera, has filed for bankruptcy, having taken in more than 60,000 pre-orders that were never shipped. After seed investors poured in millions of dollars in funding, the company started taking in discounted pre-orders for a revolutionary drone that possessed advanced navigation capabilities. The footage, however, was shot […]

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Domainers seek to revive lawsuit against Google, claiming term is generic

Two men who registered hundreds of domains containing the “Google” keyword, asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their case that was dismissed at an earlier stage. The argument is that “Google” is so commonly used, that it has become a generic term, meaning “to search the Internet.” They are seeking to render the Google trademark […]

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