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CentralNic to Acquire KeyDrive


In a press release sent out this morning, CentralNic announced that it will acquire KeyDrive, the company that operates the Key Systems group and Moniker. The acquisition price is reported as "an initial consideration of $35.8m," so I am not sure if that means additional consideration will be paid at a later date or if that is the total amount.

Of particular interest to US-based domain investors is the Moniker acquisition. Moniker, which was founded by Monte Cahn, was once one of the most popular domain registrars amongst domain investors. The company also ran successful domain auctions, particularly those held during the TRAFFIC conference. Moniker has had a difficult go of things over the last 5+ years or so, which has been chronicled by Andrew Allemann over the years.. It will be worth watching to see what CentralNic does with this once popular domain registrar brand.

The press release with full details is below (you will note that the press release refers to a merger but the email subject says it is an acquisition): → Read More

GoDaddy Acquires More LL .com Domain Names


GoDaddy LogoGoDaddy has acquired more two letter .com domain names.

I noticed a Whois change this morning on HU.com. The domain name moved from the Esqwire.com escrow account (the law firm of Ari Goldberger and Jason Schaeffer), and the domain name  is now registered to NameFind, the portfolio company owned by GoDaddy.

After doing a bit of searching, I noticed that HU.com had been used by Centralnic to sell third level domain names (such as Example.HU.com). When I did a subsequent search for the HU.com domain name, I saw the Domain Name Wire article about Centralnic's decision to sunset some of its third level domain name offerings. The article mentioned 8 LL .com domain names that were included in this decision, so I did Whois searches on those 8 domain names.

Here is the current ownership information: (more…) → Read More

CentralNic Advances “Years Ahead” With Internet.BS Acquisition


CentralNic LogoCentralNic, a publicly traded registry service provider that trades on the London Stock  Exchange, has acquired Internet.BS, a ICANN  accredited domain registrar based in the Bahamas. According to Gregg McNair, Internet.BS Chairman, the registrar is approaching 800,000 domain names registered and the company has registrants in 199 countries. Reuters reports the deal is a mix of cash and stock, and it has a "maximum consideration of $7.5 mln."

This strategic acquisition gives CentralNic a direct relationship with domain registrants. Prior to the deal, the company's primary focus was its registry service provider business, although it operated a few consumer facing portals such as www.la,  Buydomains.london, and  Buy.menu.

Commenting to DomainInvesting.com, CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford said, "acquiring Internet.bs with its entire team has put us (more…) → Read More

Cautionary Tale About Subdomains


Yesterday evening, I read Michele Neylon's article about the current issue with websites that once resided on subdomains of GB.com. According to Neylon's post, there is an ongoing dispute involving Centralnic and the company operating the GB.com domain name, and as a result, all of the GB.com subdomains no longer resolve. Instead, they are forwarded to a message on the GB.com homepage:

"You may be here because you have been sold a domain or email service using the gb.com domain that has ceased to work.

You can restore that service swiftly by registering with GB.COM Ltd.

GB.COM Ltd will not provide a service that you have paid others for, unless they have an arrangement with GB.COM Ltd.

If you have already paid for future service and it has ceased then you should contact your supplier.

If you have any queries please send us an email and we will endeavour to answer your questions.


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Not only does this mean that the website operators → Read More