Tucows acquires Ascio as consolidation continues

Tucows acquires another reseller registrar. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) has acquired reseller registrar Ascio Technologies from CSC for $29.44 million. Ascio has 1.8 million domains under management and 500 active resellers. Compared to Enom, which Tucows acquired two years ago, Ascio has fewer but bigger resellers. By selling Ascio, CSC it focusing on its brand management registrar. Ascio has a strong presence in Europe with a headquarters in Denmark and office in Germany. It’s also known…

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How to get your domains out of Alpnames – Fast!

Customers can access their account through LogicBoxes. Domain name registrar Alpnames has imploded, leaving hundreds of thousands of domain names temporarily stuck in purgatory. Thankfully, there is a solution for customers that want to access their accounts and move domains to another registrar. Alpnames used the registrar platform LogicBoxes to manage its domains and you can still log into LogicBoxes’ system to access your domains. The Alpnames Logic Boxes control panel is at apal516804.myorderbox.com. Choose…

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ICANN shuts down Alpnames domain name registrar

ICANN takes emergency action after Alpnames seemingly shutters. This is all that’s left of Alpnames. Domain name overseer ICANN has shut down registrar Alpnames after the registrar seemingly went dark. I received an email from a customer about a week ago complaining about not being able to log in to his account. Kevin Murphy at DomainIncite has done a good job tracking the situation at Alpnames. The termination will be a good test of the…

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GoDaddy’s marked change shows on International Women’s Day

The company has come a long way since its early marketing. Today is International Women’s Day. GoDaddy has changed its logo from GoDaddy to GoWomen for the day: This is noteworthy because of how far GoDaddy has come. The business came to fame on the back of commercials that objectified women; with new ownership and management, it has turned the corner to become a big promoter of women. It’s not just lip service, either. The…

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New .Com Winners & Losers

NameSilo jumps on monthly list. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers November 2018. The only notable movement was NameSilo, which jumped from #10 to #6 on the monthly report. It’s currently the 11th largest .com registrar. You can read an interview with NameSilo’s CEO here. Here’s how registrars did in terms of new .com registrations. 1. GoDaddy.com* (NYSE: GDDY) 865,438 (893,103 in…

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Montefiore Investment acquires domain name registrar Gandi

Private equity firm acquires domain name registrar with 2.5 million domains. Private equity firm Montefiore Investment has acquired domain name registrar Gandi. In a heartfelt blog post, Gandi CEO Stephan Ramoin explained the origins of the company and its values. One thing that’s unique about Gandi is that is has grown mostly by word-of-mouth; the company didn’t jump into the advertising game like many registrars. With a private equity backer, Ramoin noted that the company…

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MarkMonitor parent Clarivate going public through merger deal

SPAC gobbles up Clarivate Analytics, the company that owns MarkMonitor. Brand protection domain name registrar MarkMonitor will soon be part of a public company. MarkMonitor parent company Clarivate Analytics is merging with Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Churchill Capital Corp. Churchill raised $690 million in an IPO last September, the most raised in a SPAC IPO last year. A SPAC is created with the specific purpose of acquiring another company. Private equity and asset management…

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Namecheap hits 200,000 domain milestone in Namecheap University program

Domain registrar gives free .me domain name and online tools to students. Domain name registrar Namecheap has hit a big milestone in its Namecheap University program: 200,000 free .Me domain names. The program offers students and educators a free .me domain name and online tools for one year. Namecheap launched the initiative in 2014. It is available to all students, teachers, administrators and educators with a .edu email address in North America, the UK and…

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Cloudflare domain registrar expands, enables one-click DNSSEC

Registrar is now open to all Cloudflare customers. The Cloudflare domain name registrar is now available to all Cloudflare customers, the company announced on Friday. The registrar launched a highly-secure registrar in 2016 and started expanding the registrar in September of last year. It was still only open to select customers until now. The big hook for the registrar is that Cloudflare doesn’t charge a markup. Customers pay whatever Cloudflare pays the registry and any…

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Uniregistry makes Whois opt-in

New Cayman Islands law forces Uniregistry to change Whois policy. Domain name registrar Uniregistry is making the publication of Whois data opt-in for registrants. The move is in response to a new Cayman Islands Data Protection Law. Think of it as the Cayman Islands’ version of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Many of Uniregistry’s clients are domain name investors who want their information disclosed in Whois and they will be able to opt-in to…

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