.UK Registry, Nominet, Names Next CEO

nominetNominet, the .uk registry, named its new Chief Executive Officer that is Russell Haworth. Russell will join Nominet in January 2015.

Nominet said in the announcement that “Russell will lead the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and delivers on its Continue reading

Verisign Q3 2014 Report: 1.15 Million New Domains Added Ending Quarter With 130 Million

verisignVeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today reported financial and business results for the third quarter of 2014, including stats on .com and .net domain names that are on the rise.

Third Quarter GAAP Financial Results
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $255 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 4.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $95 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $81 million and diluted EPS of $0.53 in the same quarter in 2013. The Continue reading

New .COM & .NET Video Campaign by Verisign

gtldsVerisign, the registry operator for .com, .net and other domain names, is releasing a series of short, humorous videos this month promoting .com and .net domain names

You can see the first 2 videos, Cake in a Club and Fish on a Bus below. Continue reading

Afilias To Raise $100 Million By Entering The London Stock Exchange

afiliasAfilias announced its intention to apply for admission of its issued and to be issued Ordinary Shares to trading on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange (“Admission”) and to conduct a placing of its Ordinary Shares with institutional and professional investors (the “Placing”). The Placing will comprise an offer of new and existing Ordinary Shares.

The Group is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced internet services that enable Top Level Domains (“TLDs”) to operate. Afilias provides services, Continue reading

Donuts Reaches 1 Million New gTLD Domains With Heavenly.Coffee

donutsDonuts Inc. today registered its one millionth Internet address, making the company the first new gTLD provider to reach that total.

Heavenly.COFFEE became the one millionth address registered across all Donuts gTLDs. The milestone registration comes less than ten full months after Donuts opened its first new gTLDs for general registration in January.

“The brisk pace of registrations reflects Continue reading

Donuts Exceeds 1 Million Domains (A 6,803 Domain Avegare For The 147 New gTLDs)

donutsDonuts released its latest newsletter and announced that it has brought 147 new gTLDs to the public, “offering more choice, specificity and meaningfulness to businesses and individuals worldwide”.

They also announced that they exceeded 1,000,000 registered domains this month:
“With over 960,000 registered domains in the wild, we’re excited to exceed the 1,000,000registered domains milestone this month!”

That is an average of about Continue reading

Minds + Machines Report: £2,924,000 Profit From gTLD Auctions, Has £20 Million Cash

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines Group Limited announced its unaudited interim results for the 6 month period ended 30 June 2014.

During the period, total sales in H1 2014 increased 4114% to £295,000 primarily as a result of our registrar business, which launched in November 2013.  Minds + Machines anticipates meaningful growth from their top level domain business to begin in H2 2014.

Operating profit in H1 2014 – up 255% at £2,924,000 – primarily reflects proceeds from the sale of gTLD assets (Other Long Term Assets) via the private auction process. In the year ending 31 December 2014 they expect operating profits to increase further from Continue reading

Nominet Increases Security By Adding 2-Factor Authentication To .UK Domain Names

nominetNominet announced that it is boosting the security of the UK namespace to help protect it from attack and exploitation. As part of this, they will be offering two-factor authentication access to their Online Services (OS) to registrars later on this year. Two-factor authentication is a two-step verification process and provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems.

Nominet is running a limited pilot in September and it will be inviting a small number of registrars to take part. For the pilot, Nominet is selecting those who have approached us about this service in the past, in particular the brand protection sector, and those who log into the Nominet OS most frequently.

Following a successful pilot, two-factor authentication will be offered to all registrars wishing to use it later on this year. The new security feature will have a phased rollout, with registrants being offered this service at a later date.

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Minds + Machines Announces New gTLD Launch Dates And 70+ Registrars Are Offering Them

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines Group Limited provided an update on the launch programme of its portfolio of new top-level domains, such as .london, .country and .surf, its registrar sales channel activity and the development of services for its own wholly-own registrar, Minds + Machines Registrar Limited.

In September, names within the following new top level domains in which Minds + Machines has an interest will go on General Availability (“GA”) to the public on the following launch dates: Continue reading

.London Tops 20,000 Domain Name Registrations And Priority Allocation Is Not Over Yet

london-domainsThe .London new extension went over 20,000 domain name registrations today as everyday more and more domain names are allocated to those who applied for .london domains during the London Priority Period that ended on the 31st of July. The registry is undertaking validation according to the priority rules for the London Priority Period. Names where there was only one applicant are in the process of being released for registration by applicants.

The .London New gTLD Priority Period was designed so that businesses and people with a London address would have priority over the rest of the world.

The .London registry has been allocating .London domains since Monday the 25th of August to the different allocation categories. The latest zone file update brings the total number of registered .London domains to 20,647. But it seems that allocation is not yet over. Here are the 7 different priority categories: Continue reading