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 2019-02-20 19:13 

TheDomains.com

Who is the best registrar in 2019 and why?...

I am asked every week who is the best domain registrar? My answer is always it depends on your specific needs and interests. For me it's Epik, GoDaddy, Name.com. Epik.com for the pricing, all the tools provided such as escrow, free privacy, marketplac...

 2019-02-20 19:12 

Domain Investing

Mention How Domain Was Acquired in Offer Email...

I tend to buy my most valuable domain names in private acquisitions. Oftentimes, the domain names I want to buy are owned by companies that no longer need these domain names. I have found that sometimes the domain names were acquired by the current regist...

 2019-02-20 19:00 

Domain Name Wire

Wix hits 4 million paid subscribers...

Company adds 147k net paying subscribers during Q4. Website building system Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) (Wix review) reported earnings and subscriber numbers today. The company added a net 147,000 premiums subscriptions in Q4, reaching 4.0 million overall (rounded)...

 2019-02-20 16:59 

Domain Name Wire

ISP files lawsuit to recover Inch.com domain name...

Company alleges that Inch.com and Siteline.com are stolen. A New York internet service provider has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to recover Inch.com and Siteline.com, which it says are stolen domain names that the company registered in 1995. Internet Channel Cor...

 2019-02-20 14:50 

Domain Name Wire

.Inc domains will be about $60,000 at Early Access...

Start a purchase order if you want to buy a .Inc domain in April. Yesterday was day one of early access for .Dev domain names. I watched with amusement as Google's Ben McIlwain (podcast) responded to complaints on twitter about the $10,000+ price tag....

 2019-02-20 14:47 

Domain Investing

Natasa Djukanovic Interview on Thrive Global...

Natasa Djukanovic is the Chief Marketing Officer of the .ME registry, a ccTLD extension from the country of Montenegro. As you probably know, .ME has been positioned as a mainstream generic TLD with an alternative meaning to its country code utility, sinc...

 2019-02-19 20:01 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by DuoBank.com...

Sedo released their weekly sales and DuoBank.com was the top sale at 30,000 GBP, ($39,197). Sail.me sold for $21,500 a great sale for an extension that has not been doing much in the way of big sales for a few years. LangKawi.com also sold for $21,500. 37...

 2019-02-19 17:33 

Domain Name Wire

Google's .Dev domains are now available...for a hefty price...

Wealthy developers can get a .Dev domain today. Others should wait until next week. Today is the first day that non-trademark holders can register domain names ending in .Dev. Google is releasing the domain name in Early Access today. The Dutch-auction st...

 2019-02-19 16:33 

Domain Name Wire

Tucows releases "Tiered Access" Whois request data...

2,100 requests for Whois data so far. Domain name registrar Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released data today about requests for Whois information under its tiered access program. The company started the program following the implementation of the European Union&#...

 2019-02-19 15:47 

Domain Name Wire

WIPO panel says Celgene tried to mislead it in cybersquatting claim...

Panel says Celgene left important communications out of filing. A three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name CellGene.com. Through ...

 2019-02-19 15:22 

Domain Investing

CellGene.com UDRP Results in RDNH...

A UDRP panel ruled that the CellGene.com UDRP was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is case #D2018-2673. The UDRP was filed by a large publicly traded pharmaceutical company...

 2019-02-19 15:16 

Domain Name Wire

Verisign's Annual Report and .com price increases...

Verisign's 10-K gives clues to how it is approaching a .com price increase. .Com registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) published its 2018 annual report on Friday. I reviewed the document to look for information about Verisign's hopes of raising the pri...

 2019-02-19 14:37 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Landing Page Change Promotes Domain Buy Service...

GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar in the world with many millions of domain names registered there. Many of the domain names registered by customers are not being used and have a default landing page shown to visitors. This landing page has cha...

 2019-02-18 21:50 

Domain Name Wire

American University to host domain name IP discussion...

Event brings together ICANN, IP interests and EFF. American University will hold an event on Monday, February 25 to talk about Intellectual Property protection and new top level domain names. Participants include representatives of ICANN, brand protection...

 2019-02-18 18:11 

Domain Investing

Video: 2019 NamesCon Keynote with Paul Nicks...

GoDaddy VP and Aftermarket GM Paul Nicks was one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 NamesCon conference. Because of the amount of data and insight that was shared in his NamesCon 2018 keynote presentation, Paul's keynote was the one I was looking for...

 2019-02-18 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

Blockchain and Domain Names DNW Podcast #224...

How can domain names and blockchain technology together? Is there an opportunity for domain names and blockchain technology? This week's guest helps separate hype from reality. Matthew Gould is founder of Unstoppable Domains, a company marrying domain...

 2019-02-18 14:23 

Domain Name Wire

Executive changes at GoDaddy...

Four notable changes at GoDaddy. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) announced several executive changes before the weekend. Steven Aldrich, Chief Product Officer, is stepping down effective the end of February. Arne M. Josefsberg, Executive Vice President, Chief Infras...

 2019-02-18 14:22 

Domain Investing

SecureLock.com UDRP: Finding of RDNH...

SecureLock.com was the subject of a UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The decision was published over the weekend, and the three member panel found in favor of the domain registrant. In addition, the panel ruled that the case was br...

 2019-02-18 13:24 

TheDomains.com

Translate.com new owner revealed...

Last November I wrote about Translate.com closing at $853,000 on Flippa. This was a developed website. I kept checking the whois and said to a friend maybe it did not sell because there was no update. Well now it's updated, the buyer was revealed on S...

 2019-02-18 11:33 

TheDomains.com

An updated look at LL.com data...

Ename produced an excellent piece on LL.com domains, the article is chock full of data and graphs. Some of the findings include: There are 676 LL.com domains in the world, among which 378 domains, that is, 55.9% have been set up to websites, and 298 domai...

 2019-02-17 13:44 

Domain Investing

Divyank Turakhia Subject of BBC Documentary...

The BBC will be airing a documentary about Divyank Turakhia, the self-made billionaire who founded a number of companies with his brother Bhavin. Many domain investors know Div through his involvement with Directi and related domain industry companies lik...

 2019-02-16 16:10 

Domain Name Wire

Bad Karma: Reverse domain name hijacking in Karma.com case...

An ironic finding in Karma.com UDRP. Karma is....a company being found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for the domain Karma.com while being represented by a lawyer who is also a UDRP panelist. Karma International, LLC filed a UDRP against Karma.co...

 2019-02-15 19:27 

Domain Name Wire

Dialoga Servicios Interactivos, S.A. tries reverse domain name hijacking...

Company mistakenly included internal communications about bad faith in its submission. Dialoga Servicios Interactivos, S.A. of Spain has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Dialoga.com. The company filed a UDRP...

 2019-02-15 17:21 

Domain Investing

RDNH Finding on Dialoga.com UDRP...

A UDRP was filed against Dialoga.com at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Case #D2018-2768). The complainant in the UDRP was Dialoga Servicios Interactivos, S.A. of Bilbao, Spain, and the domain registrant is Finlead, a domain investment ...

 2019-02-15 14:45 

Domain Name Wire

How to turn your Gmail address into more addresses (and why)...

If you have a Gmail account you really have unlimited email addresses. If you use Gmail, did you know that you actually have unlimited email addresses you can use? The secret is the + symbol. Let's say your email address is me@gmail.com. By adding a p...

 2019-02-15 13:23 

Domain Investing

Did Lebron James Acquire Lebron.com?...

If you visit the Lebron.com domain name right now, you can see that it forwards to LebronJames.com, the website for NBA superstar Lebron James. Lebron.com is currently registered under privacy at GoDaddy, so it is unclear if Mr. James acquired the domain ...

 2019-02-14 18:51 

Domain Investing

There are Almost 30,000 .Love Domain Names...

Did you know there is a .Love new gTLD extension? .Love domain names can be bought at many domain registrars, and it looks like there are nearly 30,000 .Love domain names registered. I had forgotten about the .Love extension until I saw a Valentine's ...

 2019-02-14 16:33 

Domain Name Wire

Wow, this WIPO panelist should have considered RDNH...

This sure seems like an abuse of policy to me. I just read the decision in a UDRP for SecretLab.com and TheSecretLab.com and I'm flumoxed as to why WIPO panelist Clive L. Elliott didn't consider reverse domain name hijacking. The Respondent might ...

 2019-02-14 15:20 

Domain Investing

Giuseppe Graziano Publishes Q4 Liquid Domains Report...

Giuseppe Graziano, founder of the GGRG domain brokerage, published his quarterly report for Q4 2018 focusing on the liquid domain name market. The report, dubbed the LXDO report, was published in a downloadable pdf on his website this morning. The report ...

 2019-02-14 14:48 

Domain Name Wire

Tucows sold $3.2 million of domains to GoDaddy (and more from earnings call)...

Tucows reveals portfolio sale price and data center plans. Domain name, mobile and internet services company Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released earnings for Q4 and full-year 2018 yesterday. In its pre-recorded commentary about the earnings, the company disclos...

 2019-02-13 21:47 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Hiring Aftermarket Manager in China...

GoDaddy is continuing to expand its domain name Aftermarket reach into the China market. The company is looking to hire a Manager for the Domain Aftermarket in China. The job opening and news about the Chinese expansion was announced on LinkedIn by Bob Mo...

 2019-02-13 21:42 

Domain Name Wire

A baker's dozen end user domain name sales...

A healthcare investment company, a Swedish auto parts manufacturer and a seller of "flight cases" bought domain names. This week we have a baker's dozen end user sales that transacted on the Sedo marketplace and Sedo MLS, including a good list...

 2019-02-13 16:25 

Domain Name Wire

The cobbler and the internet...

How do we get more small businesses to have their own website? Yesterday I dropped off some of my wife's shoes at a shoe repair store in Austin. I also brought a pair of my shoes to get new laces and shined. While the cobbler worked on my shoes, I not...

 2019-02-13 14:39 

Domain Name Wire

Top NameJet and SnapNames sales in January...

Web.com now includes data from SnapNames in monthly report. The domain name industry thrives on data, so I have good news: Web.com is now releasing sales data from SnapNames for sales of $2,000+. The move comes after Web.com acquired the rest of NameJet f...

 2019-02-13 02:05 

TheDomains.com

Web.com Aftermarket Platform Sales for January...

Usually we report the NameJet monthly sales but now that NameJet is 100% owned by Web.com they will also include SnapNames sales. 7525.com $59,999.00 NameJet q4.com $53,001.00 NameJet iqd.com $20,044.00 NameJet bxf.com $15,200.00 NameJet amtech.com $12,25...

 2019-02-12 22:17 

Domain Name Wire

Blockchain.io domain owner fights back against Blockchain.com...

There is indeed a big elephant in the room. Paymium, SAS, which owns the domain name Blockchain.io, has asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Blockchain Luxembourg S.A. & Blockchain (US), Inc., which own the domain name Blockchain.com. Blockchain ...

 2019-02-12 20:32 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by PWA.com...

Sedo reported their weekly sales and PWA.com topped the list at $88,200. WealthCare.com sold for $30,000 and TableLights.com sold for $12,000. 34 .com sales 24 cctld sales 4 other tld sales Domain name Price Currency .COMs pwa.com 88,200 USD wealthcare.co...

 2019-02-12 18:41 

TheDomains.com

Trending keywords in January include Keto,Crew and Property...

Verisign released their trending keywords for January and Keto,Crew and property topped the list. Keto has become popular due to the Ketogenic diet. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto .COM .NET keto property crew designs trial keto custody legal plu...

 2019-02-12 16:16 

Domain Name Wire

Here, let me re-write that for you...

A couple of other ways to respond to a perceived "low-ball" offer. Yesterday, Konstantinos Zournas published his response to an offer from Marksmen for one of his domain names. Konstantinos asked for $12,500 and Marksmen responded with: Thank you ...

 2019-02-12 16:16 

Domain Investing

Mode Acquired Mode.com Before Series C Funding...

This morning, TechCrunch reported that "Mode, a five-year-old collaborative analytics platform based in San Francisco, has raised $23 million in Series C funding led by Valor Equity Partners." In total, the company has raised $50 million in fundin...

 2019-02-12 15:02 

Domain Name Wire

Why Domain Reputation matters for email...

Services such as Gmail consider a domain name's reputation when delivering email. On the DNW podcast yesterday I spoke with Anthony Chiulli of email deliverability company 250ok. One of the topics we discussed was domin reputation. Mailbox providers (...

 2019-02-12 14:30 

Domain Investing

Uniregistry Now Owns DomainNames.com...

Two weeks ago, Frank Schilling was the winner of the NamesCon auction for DomainNames.com after Network Solutions decided to list the domain name for sale in auction. The DomainNames.com domain name sold for $370,000, and the majority of readers thought t...

 2019-02-11 21:27 

Domain Name Wire

Extended NamesCon domain name auction ends Wednesday...

Most domains haven't hit reserve yet. The extended online auction for this year's NamesCon auction ends on Wednesday. There's a lot of bidding activity already but most of it is below reserve prices. CPU.com is the highest at $606,000. There a...

 2019-02-11 21:07 

TheDomains.com

How lucky have you been in domaining?...

A topic that I had sitting in drafts for a bit came to light in a thread on Namepros. The topic being luck. How much does luck matter in domaining? How lucky do you feel you have been. I would also argue that companies in the business have been lucky that...

 2019-02-11 18:13 

Domain Investing

Chris Zuiker Discusses the Leasing.com Rebrand...

Chris Zuiker is a senior domain broker at Media Options (Andrew Rosener's brokerage company). From what I understand, Chris has brokered some of the larger Media Options domain name deals. I saw a video Chris shared on LinkedIn that discusses the rece...

 2019-02-11 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

The Email Episode DNW Podcast #223...

How email works and why domain reputation matters. Despite the prevalence of instant messaging, social media and tools like Slack, email remains the primary way people communicate online. And email requires domain names. On today's show we talk with A...

 2019-02-11 15:03 

Domain Name Wire

Owner of Zon.Tools sues to get ZonTools.com domain name...

Plaintiff claims owner of matching .com is cybersquatting. The owner of the domain name Zon.Tools filed a lawsuit (pdf) in an effort to get the domain name ZonTools.com. Zon Tools, Inc offers tools at Zon.Tools to help Amazon sellers with sponsored produc...

 2019-02-11 14:09 

Domain Investing

XYZ Registry Publishes Quarterly Report...

The XYZ registry published its Q4 2018 quarterly report (pdf file), and the registry shared some internal and external stats from the extensions the registry manages (.XYZ, .Cars, .Car, .Auto, .Rent, .Storage, .Theatre, .College, .Security and .Protection...

 2019-02-08 17:42 

Domain Name Wire

Speaker hit for reverse domain name hijacking...

A keynote speaker and business coach filed a UDRP after failing to buy a domain name. It appears he got bad advice. Darryl Davis Seminars, Inc has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name PowerAgent.con. A domain in...

 2019-02-08 17:08 

Domain Investing

Pay Attention to Naming Trends...

Company and brand name trends change over time. Sometimes, it seems like first names are popular brand names, sometimes it is made up words that are in vogue, and other times, it is every-day words that are trending for startup businesses and rebrands. As...

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