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#CentralNic press release about #KeyDrive merger arrives at the crack of dawn

Following standard operating procedure on press releases, CentralNic sent its Monday news about its merger with KeyDrive, at a time when most domain industry bloggers are asleep. “We send out press releases when nobody can read them, and only bloggers with small kids up since 5am can share the news,” said Andy Churley, Group Marketing […]

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SnapNames: Add some salt to your account passwords ASAP

Moniker and SnapNames, both former companies of Oversee, don’t seem to get a break these days. After a recent security alert that led to the forceful resetting of every Moniker account password, the focus is now SnapNames, also owned by Luxemburg based KeyDrive. Apparently, when one forgets their password, they can request it via email. […]

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No, Oversee does not own Moniker and SnapNames – hello?

In a thread over at DNForum where members are venting their frustration over extended downtime or other recurring issues with Moniker, one comment stuck out: […] what exactly is going on at Moniker ?… As I understand Oversee.net owns both SnapNames and Moniker, but why are the Moniker people MIA ? This simply fuels the […]

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Google Apps partners with Key Systems’ DomainDiscount24

Google Apps just announced that they have partnered with KeySystems/Keydrive and their DomainDiscount24 outfit, in order to provide ccTLD domain registration services. As mentioned on the Google Apps blog: “Now, businesses that wish to sign up for Google Apps but don’t yet have a domain name have plenty of local options to choose from during […]

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Moniker support still points to Oversee!

Ah, gotta love Fridays. Francois of Domaining.com pointed out that in order to address an issue with domains at Moniker, one clicks on the “Support” button. The problem, however, is that the link takes you to Oversee, where the FAQ and ticket system is still active. The same happens with SnapNames. It seems that Key […]

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Finally SnapNames and Moniker announce their acquisition by KeyDrive

An email announcing the sale of SnapNames and Moniker to KeyDrive finally arrived: Moniker and SnapNames are Now Part of the KeyDrive Family! Dear Valued Customer, We are pleased to announce that on January 31, 2012, KeyDrive S.A. purchased Moniker® and SnapNames®, the leading providers of products and services for all stages of the domain […]

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Did Hank Alvarez sell out to new SnapNames owners?

We haven’t heard from Hank Alvarez for a while – the notorious shill bidder that created the “halvarez” scandal as a former VP at SnapNames. Hank Alvarez – or “Hanky” as he’s often known – declared his repentance on multiple occasions, stating that he’s a changed man and an honest domain auction entrepreneur. Something is […]

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Frank Schilling, Moniker and SnapNames are now connected

News of the sale of Moniker and SnapNames by Oversee to Luxemburg-based KeyDrive made a splash yesterday. The formation of KeyDrive occurred when Key-Systems and NameDrive merged last year, creating a physical as much as a brand merger. Very creative. Except, KeyDrive only owns the .LU ccTLD and not the .COM On the other hand, […]

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