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Radix, Tucows and Namecheap Win .online Auction

A newly formed entity owned by Radix, Tucows and Namecheap won the auction to operate the .online registry for an undisclosed amount.

In the past year, dozens of new generic top level domains (gTLDs) from .actor to .wtf have brought meaning to the letters after the dot for niche constituencies and content. Soon, domain registrants will have one broad, intuitive, uncluttered alternative to .com for almost any initiative online.

They will also have a registry operator that is up to the task.

Radix is poised to join the largest registries in the world with applications to operate 20 suffixes and a warchest of over $30 million to ensure its success.

Tucows operates OpenSRS, the largest wholesale domain name registrar in the world, with over 14,000 resellers in 150 countries and 14 million domains under management.

Namecheap is one of the most popular retail domain name services in the world, with over four million domains under management, two million direct customers, best-in-class user interfaces and outstanding customer support.

Together, the three companies bring unparalleled domain name experience and global distribution. That is fitting for .online, which perhaps brings unparalleled global relevance and appeal.

“Online” is the most commonly used word to end domain names, with over 550K .com domain names today ending with the word “online.” In addition, the .online extension has been amongst the top most pre-registered names across registrars.

“.online is the one new gTLD that requires no explanation,” chanted Radix CEO Bhavin Turakhia, Tucows CEO Elliot Noss and Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall. On the count of three, the CEOs continued, “We are excited to leverage our joint capabilities to bring this exciting new generic to the global market.”

Each of Radix, Tucows and NameCheap will contribute $4 to $5 million to cover the cost of the auction and the initial funding of seed capital for the registry. Tucows will treat its contribution as an investment for the purposes of financial reporting.

.online is expected to be generally available for registrations in early 2015.

About Radix

Radix (Radix FZC), is an active participant in ICANN’s process to expand the internet naming system and introduce new, meaningful internet addresses. Radix is Asia’s largest new gTLD applicant under this program with applications to operate 20 suffixes including web, .music, .blog, and .shop. The company has invested over $30 Million in securing licenses to operate these new extensions and expects to play a large role in the global diversification of the internet namespace.

About Tucows
Tucows is a provider of network access, domain name and other Internet services. OpenSRS (opensrs.com) manages over fourteen million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 13,000 web hosts and ISPs. Hover (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. 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 over four million domains under management and two million direct customers, Namecheap is one of the top domain registrars and web hosting providers in the world. For more information, visit https://www.namecheap.com.

This news release was sourced from the Tucows website:
http://www.tucows.com/radix-tucows-and-namecheap-win-online-auction/

10×10: Ten gTLDs and Ten Registrars Pass 10,000 Mark For New gTLDs

ICANN new generic Top Level Domains logoTen new gTLDs and ten registrars have now passed the 10,000 registrations mark. The gTLD with the most registrations continues to be .guru with 47,944 as of 4 April, while .berlin is closing the gap with 44,386 according to nTLDstats.com.

In the period 22 March to 4 April there were 2,186 .guru registrations, while from 22 March to 3 April there were 4,226 .berlin registrations.

However total numbers vary from the nTLDstats.com home page to the page for individual gTLDs. But it is clear that .berlin is closing the gap on .guru.

For registrars, GoDaddy continues to dominate with 130,344 registrations and three in ten (30.01%) registrations.

Meanwhile, the top ten gTLDs are with registrations and market share are:
1.     .guru     47,944     11.04%
2.     .berlin     44,386     10.22%
3.     .photography     31,138     7.17%
4.     .tips     18,379     4.23%
5.     .today     18,340     4.22%
6.     .email     18,328     4.22%
7.     .company     13,141     3.03%
8.     .technology     12,681     2.92%
9.     .directory     11,582     2.67%
10.     .center     10,424     2.40%.

And on the registrar side of things, the top ten gTLDs with registrations and market share are:
1.     Godaddy LLC     130,344     30.01%
2.     1&1 Internet AG     43,973     10.12%
3.     Enom, Inc.     41,092     9.46%
4.     united-domains AG     39,077     9.00%
5.     Cronon AG     17,144     3.95%
6.     Name.com, Inc.     14,685     3.38%
7.     Tucows Domains Inc.     13,386     3.08%
8.     Mesh Digital Limited     13,221     3.04%
9.     PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot     13,217     3.04%
10.     Key-Systems, LLC     11,564     2.66%

ICANN: Bulk Transfer of Domain Names from Cheapies.com Inc. to Tucows Domains

ICANN logoICANN has authorized the bulk transfer of gTLD domain names from Cheapies.com Inc. to Tucows Domains Inc. due to compliance actions taken by ICANN that resulted in the de-accreditation of Cheapies.com Inc.

The affected gTLD registries have processed the bulk transfers. Former registrant-customers of Cheapies.com Inc. should receive notices from Tucows advising of the transfer. Customer questions about the transfer should be directed to Tucows (for contact details see www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-69.html or visit the website directly at www.tucows.com/). Additional information about these bulk transfers is provided below.

FAQs

Q. Why were these transfers authorized by ICANN?

A. The Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) of Cheapies.com Inc. was terminated for failure by the registrar to comply with its RAA. Cheapies.com Inc.’s RAA terminated on 26 October 2013 and the termination notice is posted here: ICANN Sends Notice of Termination [PDF, 151 KB].

As a result, Cheapies.com Inc. is no longer permitted to register or manage gTLD registrations. ICANN authorized bulk transfers pursuant to the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy to ensure that the registrant-customers of this registrar would not be harmed by their registrar’s discontinued ability to manage the registrations.

Q. How was the gaining registrar selected?

A. ICANN followed its De-Accredited Registrar Transition Procedure (see www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/drt/dartp-11jul13-en.pdf [PDF, 129 KB]) to identify a gaining registrar for the gTLD names formerly managed by the de-accredited registrar. Through this process, Tucows was identified.

Q. Will Tucows attempt to contact the affected registrants? What should customers of this de-accredited registrar do now?

A. Former customers of this registrar should receive a notice of the transfer and instructions for continued management of their names from Tucows. Affected customers who do not receive notices from Tucows should contact Tucows by using the contact information provided at www.internic.net/registrars/registrar-69.html.

Q. Do registrants have to pay a fee for the bulk transfer?

A. No, there is no cost to registrants for the bulk transfer. Unlike a normal inter-registrar transfer, the registration terms will not be extended by a year. Accordingly, it is important to contact Tucows if your registration will expire soon in order to maintain your registration.

Q. What if affected registrants want to select a different registrar?

A. Registrants will continue to be able to transfer their registrations to other registrars under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy (see www.icann.org/en/transfers/). Note that Tucows may deny transfers for the first 60 days following the bulk transfer, at its discretion. This 60-day period is permissible under the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy and is intended to help protect registrants. The registrant may need to renew names that will expire during the first 60 days following the transfer to Tucows by using the details provided above.

Q. How will Cheapies customers know if a message purportedly from Tucows is legitimate?

A. The message from Tucows should direct you to its website or refer you to other contact information provided above. For general advice about avoiding phishing email messages, you may also wish to refer to the materials prepared by the Anti-Phishing Working Group (see www.antiphishing.org/resources/overview/avoid-phishing-scams).

This ICANN announcement was sourced from:
www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-07nov13-en.htm

Authentic Web Partners With Tucows To Serve The .Brand Registry Market

Authentic Web logo[news release] Authentic Web Inc., a platform and services company serving the new .brand registry market, announced today it has selected leading wholesale domain name registrar Tucows Inc. as its back-end registrar systems partner.

“I have worked with Tucows as a client of their OpenSRS platform for more than a decade,” said Peter LaMantia, Authentic Web’s CEO. “Tucows delivers the highest level of service technically and operationally. They will be a great partner to ensure the quality of service our brand clients require.”

Dave Woroch, Tucows’ EVP of Sales, added: “Companies building a .brand presence will need usability, visibility and control to manage their names across their corporate structures. Authentic Web is developing a service that offers all that. They are taking the complexity out of operating a closed registry. We are thrilled to be able to give them what they need on the back-end.”

Authentic Web will partner with other best-in-class technology service providers to deliver an integrated platform solution to serve the closed brand registry market with both a .brand registry asset management offering and an evolving brand engagement experience solution.

Authentic Web
Authentic Web (authenticweb.com) is a platform and services company based in Toronto, Canada. Authentic Web will serve the new dotbrand registry market by providing control and visibility for the management of client registries.

Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.
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Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.
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Tucows & Afternic.com Auctioning domain names daily

Tucow’s have annouced has announced an exclusive agreement with Afternic to auction Tucows’ large daily inventory of expired domain names. Starting today, thousands of daily expired domains from Tucows are automatically available for auction on Afternic (www.afternic.com), where the public can bid on and purchase names through a simple and easy-to-use interface.

“Working with Afternic is a winning proposition for our resellers and for people looking to buy expired names,” says Bill Sweetman, General Manager, Tucows Domain Portfolio. “We have over eight million domains under management and thousands expiring every day, so this deal provides us with a great way to share revenue with our resellers while participating in Afternic’s popular secondary domain name marketplace.”

Read the article Further : http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/technology/tucows-collaborates-namemedias-afterniccom-auction-daily-inventory-expired/-767840870