Tucows Live on SedoMLS Network

SedoMLS Network Now Bringing 17 Million Premium Domains to Third Largest Registrar’s Leading Reseller Channel.

Sedo, the world’s largest domain marketplace and monetization provider, today announced that Tucows, one of the leading global providers of domain names and other Internet services, is now live on the SedoMLS network. This integration allows Tucows to automatically distribute more than 17 million premium domains from the SedoMLS network to its more than 14,000-strong OpenSRS reseller channel. Tucows resellers also gain access to premium domains from more than 400 new generic top-level domain (gTLD) extensions that have partnered with Sedo.

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eNom and Tucows don’t use their official websites for domain name verifications

With the introduction of the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) registrars are obligated to send whois verification emails to all domain name registrants. Inaccurate contact data may result in the suspension or termination of a domain registration.

Almost immediately after registrars started sending verification emails, various phishing scams appeared. Such as the one for the #1 registrar in the world: Go Daddy.

I have noticed 2 registrars that don’t use their official website domain name for domain name verifications that are sent to registrants thus making it even harder for registrants to identify phishing attempts.

The registrars are eNom and Tucows that are both big scale domain name resellers. Maybe that is the reason that the try to keep their brand hidden: to allow their resellers to have some brand recognition. But that creates more problems at this point.

These are the domain names that these 2 registrars use for RAA verification:
eNom (and eNom Central and resellers):
name-services.com (rra.name-services.com)

Tucows (and OpenSRS resellers)
domainadmin.com

So if you get an email and the link inside includes these 2 domain names, the link is safe.

But still anyone can confuse for example the domain name name-services.com for name-service.com or names-services.com.

I think eNom and Tucows should consider changing this.

Also I don’t understand why some registrars require you to log into your account so you can verify your contact email. It should be as easy as this:
a) click link in verification email message
b) browser opens and loads: done. You are verified

Are they afraid that someone that has hijacked your email will verify your domain name
to keep it from being suspended?

Until now more than 200 registrars have signed the 2013 RAA. Registrars that want to offer new gTLD domain name registrations are required to sign the 2013 RAA. Moniker.com is the only top 10 registrar that has not yet signed the 2013 RAA so it has not send any verification emails yet.

Tucows 2013 Q4 Report: Hover grows 20%+ year-over-year

Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a global provider of domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. All figures are in U.S. dollars.

“In the domains component of our business, we continue to see solid performance from both our Wholesale and Portfolio services, while our retail channel, Hover, delivered another quarter of 20%-plus year-over-year top-line growth.”

Summary Financial Results

(In Thousands of US Dollars, Except Per Share Data)

 
                   3 Months        3 Months        12 Months       12 Months 
                 Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec. 
                  31, 2013        31, 2012        31, 2013        31, 2012 
                  (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited) 
Net revenue             33,139          29,791         129,935         114,727 
Income before 
 provision for 
 income taxes 
 and  change 
 in fair value 
 of forward 
 exchange 
 contracts               1,532             789           6,476           5,745 
Net income                 923             429           4,180           4,424 
Net earnings 
 per common 
 share(1)                $0.08           $0.04           $0.40           $0.39 
Net cash 
 provided by 
 operating 
 activities              1,651           2,022           8,703           6,343 

   1. Net earnings per common share reflects the 1-for-4 reverse split of 
      common shares that became effective December 31, 2013.  As a result of 
      the reverse split, 10,900,842 shares and 11,064,045 shares were used in 
      computing net earnings per common share for the 3 months ended December 
      31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, and 10,468,250 shares and 11,458,216 
      shares were used in computing net earnings per common share for the 12 
      months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Summary of Revenues and Cost of Revenues

(In Thousands of US Dollars)

 
                                                    Cost of         Cost of 
                   Revenue         Revenue          Revenue         Revenue 
                   3 Months        3 Months 
                 Ended    Dec.   Ended    Dec.  3 Months Ended  3 Months Ended 
                  31, 2013        31, 2012       Dec. 31, 2013   Dec. 31, 2012 
                  (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited)     (unaudited) 
Wholesale 
 Domain 
  Services              21,595          22,391          17,949          18,893 
 Value-Added 
  Services               2,417           2,705             548             456 
Total 
 Wholesale              24,012          25,096          18,497          19,349 

Retail                   8,027           3,628           4,966           2,454 
Portfolio                1,100           1,067             143             201 

Network, other 
 costs                       -               -           1,120           1,296 
Network, 
 depreciation 
 and 
 amortization 
 costs                       -               -             175             187 
Total 
 revenue/cost 
 of revenue             33,139          29,791          24,901          23,487

“Our financial results for the fourth quarter once again underscore not only the consistency and reliability in our business but also our continued ability to generate sustainable growth,” said Elliot Noss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tucows Inc. “In the domains component of our business, we continue to see solid performance from both our Wholesale and Portfolio services, while our retail channel, Hover, delivered another quarter of 20%-plus year-over-year top-line growth.”

“For the seventh straight quarter, Ting set new records for net adds, adding more than 12,000 accounts and 18,000 devices. We ended the year with over 48,000 accounts and 74,000 devices and, in January, surpassed the 50,000 accounts and 80,000 devices milestone. Ting continues to be on track to positively contribute to EBITDA for 2014, although our priority will continue to be aggressive investment in customer acquisition and customer satisfaction to ultimately drive even greater long-term value for shareholders.”

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 11% to $33.1 million from $29.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $0.9 million, or $0.08 per share (based on the number of shares post-reverse split), compared with $0.4 million, or $0.04 per share (based on the number of shares post-reverse split), for the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 included a loss on foreign exchange contracts of $0.3 million compared with a loss on foreign exchange contracts of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 also included the incremental investment of approximately $1.3 million for the acquisition and support of Ting customers as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.

Deferred revenue at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 was $70.0 million, a decrease of 1% from $71.0 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 and a decrease of 3% from $72.0 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 were $12.4 million compared with $11.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and $6.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. The increase in cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 million when compared to the third quarter of 2013 resulted from the generation of $1.7 million in cash flow from operations, which was partially offset by the use of $0.6 million for principal repayments under the Company’s credit facility and investment of $0.2 million in equipment purchases.

Conference Call

Tucows management will host a conference call today, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss the Company’s fourth quarter 2013 results. Participants can access the conference call via the Internet at www.tucowsinc.com/investors.

For those unable to participate in the conference call at the scheduled time, it will be archived for replay both by telephone and via the Internet beginning approximately one hour following completion of the call. To access the archived conference call by telephone, dial 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056 and enter the pass code 46588159 followed by the pound key. The telephone replay will be available until Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at midnight. To access the archived conference call as an MP3 via the Internet, go to http://tucowsinc.com/investors.

About Tucows

Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. Ting (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to US mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns and operates premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

3rd week NameJet results of Tucows domains: USSR.com $9,320, Rattler.com $5,802, etc.

On May 15th NameJet announced a partnership with Yummy Names (owned by Tucows) to auction an exclusive list of 97 premium domain names. These domains are available exclusively at NameJet. Here are the results of the third week domain name auctions:

Sold domain names:

ussr.com $9,320
rattler.com $5,802
thecircus.com $5,099
rock.org $4,999
choy.com $3,360
pope.org $1,398

Reserve not met:

chun.com $20,200
bui.com $13,500
chiu.com $9,006
swig.com $9,000
sheikh.com $8,600
shim.com $4,000
san.net $3,900
hatter.com $2,650
mathteachers.com $2,500
internationalbanking.com $2,300
finches.com $2,000
thenightclub.com $2,000
flyfishermen.com $1,200
guitarist.net $900
thetower.com $899
tsao.com $899
skihill.com $870
horseracers.com $500
autoracers.com $500
securitiesdealer.com $160

2nd week NameJet results of Tucows domains: MUI.com $25k, xiong.com $20k, Genova.com $17k, Alligators.com $10k

On May 15th NameJet announced a partnership with Yummy Names (owned by Tucows) to auction an exclusive list of 97 premium domain names. These domains are available exclusively at NameJet. Here are the results of the second week domain name auctions:

Sold domain names:

mui.com $24,999
xiong.com $20,099
genova.com $16,988
alligators.com $9,999
scrambled.com $9,999
dice.org $2,210
teatimes.com $570
chinesehistory.com $520
vintagechina.com $385
puppysitters.com $335
learnmandarin.net $69
learncantonese.net $69

Reserve not met:

jumper.com $11,999
polarbears.com $10,198
snowboarders.com $9,000
looper.com $9,000
luong.com $7,402
economist.net $7,000
goldendragon.com $6,600
moonlighting.com $4,999
listener.com $4,999
macaws.com $4,000
vong.com $4,000
tamayo.com $3,901
blogrolling.com $3,700
budgies.com $2,999
cyclers.com $2,500
vampires.net $2,200
huie.com $2,003
thehospital.com $2,001
mennonite.com $1,600
cancerdoctor.com $1,500
chin.net $1,416
animaltrainers.com $999
woo.org $900
phonecall.net $699
pcfax.com $500
studfarm.com $350

1st week NameJet results of Tucows domains: Ballerinas.com $9,999, Hashish.com $8,300, Pounds.com $7,900

On May 15th NameJet announced a partnership with Yummy Names (owned by Tucows) to auction an exclusive list of 97 premium domain names. These domains are available exclusively at NameJet. Here are the results of the first week domain name auctions:

Sold domain names:
ballerinas.com $9,999
hashish.com $8,300
pounds.com $7,900
piano.org $3,112
learnenglish.net $1,400
naturalists.com $1,310

Reserve not met:
actresses.com $15,000
chee.com $8,888
drummers.com $5,555
minis.com $5,250
lithograph.com $5,100
parent.org $4,000
afghanistan.net $3,800
bridge.net $2,500
evolution.net $2,500
sleepwalker.com $2,121
caving.com $2,001
roomplanner.com $1,956
soccerplayers.com $1,800
tennisplayers.com $1,800
basketballplayers.com $1,566
dominicans.com $1,500
thecaribbean.com $1,455
railroad.org $1,355
widower.com $1,000

NameJet auctions 97 Yummy Names (Tucows) domains: Pope.org, Ballerinas.com, Drummers.com, etc.

NameJet announced a partnership with Yummy Names (owned by Tucows) to auction an exclusive list of 97 premium domain names. These domains are available exclusively at NameJet, all priced to sell at no or low reserves. Naturalists.com, Pounds.com, Pope.org, USSR.com and many more are all listed at No Reserve and will sell to the highest bidder.

NameJet is offering 97 individual auctions, each running for three days. The first auctions start May 17 and the final auctions end June 12. The domains cover a wide range of categories from premium .ORG domains (pope.org and rock.org) to GEO domains (usparks.com, Dominicans.com and thecaribbean.com) to premium 3 letter .COM domains (mui.com and bui.com).

Get your backorders in before May 16th so you can participate in these featured auctions. See here the full list of the 97 domains:
ballerinas.com
caving.com
indiachat.com
learnenglish.net
naturalists.com
meyerscapital.com
minis.com
railroad.org
usparks.com
thecaribbean.com
sleepwalker.com
mandarintranslation.com
basketballplayers.com
bridge.net
dominicans.com
drummers.com
greencomputing.com
gravel.net
duong.com
chee.com
parent.org
pounds.com
roomplanner.com
soccerplayers.com
tennisplayers.com
widower.com
recyclingcontainers.com
piano.org
lithograph.com
actresses.com
afghanistan.net
evolution.net
hashish.com
dice.org
budgies.com
blogrolling.com
chin.net
chinesehistory.com
pcfax.com
vintagechina.com
vampires.net
teatimes.com
mui.com
macaws.com
mennonite.com
polarbears.com
cancerdoctor.com
cyclers.com
huie.com
scrambled.com
looper.com
learnmandarin.net
learncantonese.net
thehospital.com
xiong.com
woo.org
studfarm.com
jumper.com
phonecall.net
genova.com
goldendragon.com
economist.net
animaltrainers.com
alligators.com
listener.com
luong.com
moonlighting.com
puppysitters.com
snowboarders.com
tamayo.com
vong.com
swig.com
ussr.com
thetower.com
tsao.com
securitiesdealer.com
shim.com
choy.com
flyfishermen.com
guitarist.net
chun.com
autoracers.com
skihill.com
rock.org
san.net
mathteachers.com
thenightclub.com
thecircus.com
internationalbanking.com
sheikh.com
rattler.com
pope.org
bui.com
chiu.com
hatter.com
horseracers.com
finches.com

MD.org sells for $555,650 at Namejet

MD.org sold for $555,650 at Namejet. The auction had 282 bids from 225 bidders. There were 2 bidders (with namejet nicknames winters and freedotcom) that took the price from $75,000, that was probably the reserve, and took it all the way up to $555k. The domain name has an 1997 registration date.

I found a recent domain auction that ended up being won by “winters”. The domain is at Fabulous and currently under privacy so this doesn’t tell us much about who the winning bidder for md.org is. Let’s just hope that this is going to be paid for and not end up like eDoctor.com.

Namejet’s highest sale in 2012 was nye.com for $175.500 and MD.org topped that easily and is headed to be the top Namejet auction sale of 2013.

.ONLINE new gTLD alliance by Directi, Tucows and Namecheap

Today, March 27, 2013, Directi, Tucows and Namecheap formed an alliance to manage the .online registry by producing one single bid. There are three more applicants for the .online new gTLD string:

  • I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland from Germany
  • Dot Online LLC from the United States
  • Bitter Frostbite, LLC (Donuts) from the United States

The highest prioritization number for the .online string is 1602 which means that .online will probably not be delegated earlier that a year from now.

Here is the complete press release from Directi, Tucows and Namecheap:

TORONTO, March 27, 2013 – As part of its New Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) program, ICANN has accepted nearly 2,000 applications from prospective registries who would like to manage their own TLDs (letters to the right of the dot). Now, applicants for the same TLDs have begun to compete, negotiate, and, in some cases, join forces to ultimately produce one winning bid.

The first such alliance was revealed today, when domain industry veterans Directi, Tucows and Namecheap announced that they would work together to manage the .online registry.

Directi and Tucows are probably best known for their wholesale platforms and the large, global domain name reseller channels they manage. Namecheap, a top-ten retail registrar, is best known for its strong consumer brand and emphasis on customer service.

The three companies each bring significant capital to the table to launch and operate the .online registry. They bring a wealth of experience and capabilities, from registry management to wholesale distribution to retail service. Perhaps most importantly, they bring enormous global reach. Between their wholesale and retail operations, Directi, Tucows and Namecheap combined reach over 40 million small businesses and other hosting customers around the world.

“This partnership makes perfect sense for us and it makes perfect sense for .online registrants,” said Directi CEO & Founder, Bhavin Turakhia, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss and Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall at the exact same time, a powerful display of partnership and an impressive achievement considering the time zone differences. The CEOs continued, “Between the three of us and all our properties, we know we can deliver an outstanding .online experience to resellers and end users in every corner of the world.”

About Directi

With over a decade in the internet industry, Directi is a $350m+ group of businesses, providing various web products and services to millions of global users. Directi businesses include ResellerClub, LogicBoxes, BigRock, Skenzo, Media.net and Radix Registry. Over 1000 employee strong, Directi currently has 5 offices across 4 countries. Directi businesses rank amongst the fastest growing businesses worldwide in their corresponding industry segments. For more information, please visit http://directi.com.

About Tucows

Tucows is a global Internet services company. OpenSRS (http://opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (http://hover.com) is the easiest way for individuals and small businesses to manage their domain names and email addresses. Ting.com (https://ting.com) is a mobile phone service provider dedicated to bringing clarity and control to US mobile phone users. YummyNames (http://yummynames.com) owns and operates premium domain names that generate revenue through advertising or resale. More information can be found on Tucows’ corporate website (http://tucows.com).

About Namecheap

Namecheap is a Los Angeles-based ICANN accredited domain registrar founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Kirkendall. With nearly 1 million satisfied clients and over 3 million domain names under management, Namecheap is one of the top ten domain registrars in the world. Find out more by visiting us at http://www.namecheap.com.

SSC.com sells for $50,299 at Namejet while the domain name fg.com is in private auction

SSC.com sold for $50,299 at Namejet. The auction had 296 bids from 283 bidders. There were 6 bidders with a $10k bid or higher and 3 of them actually made it above $50k. The domain name has an 1989 registration date.

Meanwhile the domain fg.com is in a private auction with 360 bidders and ends in a couple of days. High bid is already at $160,000 and the reserve has not been met yet. FG.com was registered in 1995.

Namejet’s highest sale in 2012 was nye.com for $175.500 and I am sure that if fg.com hits the reserve this will be one of the top Namejet auctions of 2013.