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  • DropCatch spends millions to buy FIVE HUNDRED more registrars

    Domain drop-catching service DropCatch.com has added five hundred new registrar accreditations to its stable over the last few days. The additions give the company a total accreditation count of at least 1,252, according to DI data. That means about 43%…

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  • Short .at domain auction raises over $1m

    Nic.at’s three-stage auction of one and two-character .at domains has raised over $1 million. Auction house Sedo announced today that over 1,000 .at names were sold, for a combined total of over $1 million. The biggest-ticket name was c.at, which…

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  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    The promise not to sue ICANN that all new gTLD applicants made when they applied is legally enforceable, a California judge has ruled. Judge Percy Anderson on Monday threw out Donuts’ lawsuit against ICANN over the controversial $135 million .web…

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  • Privacy risk under new domain transfer policy

    ICANN’s new domain Transfer Policy, which comes into effect tomorrow, creates risks for users of privacy/proxy services, registrars and others haved warned. The policy could lead to private registrants having their contact information published in the public Whois for 60…

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  • Transferring domains gets more complex this week

    A new anti-hijacking domain name transfer policy comes into effect this week at all ICANN-accredited registrars, potentially complicating the process of not only selling domains but also updating your own Whois records. But many registrars have already rewritten their terms…

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  • GoDaddy in talks to buy massive registrar Host Europe – report

    GoDaddy is reportedly talking to Host Europe Group, one of Europe’s largest registrars, about an acquisition. Reuters today reported that the deal, should it go ahead, could be worth as much as $1.8 billion. GoDaddy has been favored over rival…

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