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 2020-09-20 02:16 

TheDomains.com

Where are the 10 highest reported new gtld domain name sales in 2020?...

There have been 7,064 reported new gtld domain name sales at Namebio. These sales total $26.6 million. The top 10 brought home $3,169,431...

 2020-09-18 20:42 

Domain Investing

Check Out This Micco Ad in Miami...

Two of my favorite things are domain names and the Boston Red Sox (with the exception of this terrible, horrible season). My wife and I have a Red Sox season ticket package, and we get to Fenway Park as often as possible. I was scrolling through Facebook ...

 2020-09-18 16:42 

Domain Name Wire

Saudi Aramco tries to take dead man's domain name...

Company tries to use UDRP to take domain registered in 1997 by now-deceased man. One of the world's most valuable companies just plumbed new depths in cybersquatting disputes. Saudi Aramco, the $133 billion Saudi Arabian oil company, filed trademarks ...

 2020-09-18 16:37 

Domain Name Wire

Is an app really necessary?...

Another company shuts down its app to focus on the mobile web. "We've got have an app!" businesses everywhere But do they, really? Or is an app just a lazy way of making a mobile-friendly website? I was reminded of this earlier this week when ...

 2020-09-18 12:51 

Domain Name Wire

SZ.com is latest two-letter domain to sell to a Chinese domain investor...

Another two letter .com domain sale. The premium domain SZ.com has sold. According to the Whois record at Godaddy where the domain is registered, the domain was updated on September 16 and the owner is located in the Fujian Province of China. SZ.com was r...

 2020-09-18 03:28 

Domain Name Wire

Web.com loses WebCentral bidding war despite 80% increase...

Australian registrar drops Web.com despite higher bid. It looks like Web.com's planned acquisition of Australian domain name company WebCentral isn't going to happen after all. Web.com offered AUS 10 cents per share ($12.2 million total) for the c...

 2020-09-18 02:01 

TheDomains.com

AMA at Namepros reveals $500,000 sale...

Over at Namepros today a big domain name sale Lambo.com posted an AMA and revealed that he sold the domain name Coinex.com for $500,000....

 2020-09-17 21:06 

TheDomains.com

Buyer was begging for a UDRP and got one...

BarclaysBank.com being sold for $3,003 on NameJet. The domain was registered in 1999 and owned by Roy Edward Messer...

 2020-09-17 19:40 

Domain Name Wire

How Microstrategy got its domains and sold Voice.com for $30 million...

CEO tells the Voice.com story. MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) is both domain famous and bitcoin famous. The company acquired lots of great domain names early on, such as Alert.com, Courage.com, Mike.com and Usher.com. Then, last year, the company sold one o...

 2020-09-17 18:52 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Still Not Frontrunning Domain Searches...

There's a trending post on Hacker News that accuses GoDaddy of front running domain names that are searched for on its website: "searched a few days ago for felons.io, looked for unique names for simple game didn't know if I wanted it or not g...

 2020-09-17 18:28 

Domain Name Wire

Denmark firm tries reverse domain name hijacking Mountaintop.com domain...

Panel determines the case was "dead on arrival". Mountain Top ApS, which manufactures covers for pick up truck beds, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Mountaintop.com. The company uses the domain ...

 2020-09-17 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

This should have been reverse domain name hijacking...

This UDRP should have never been filed. OSRAM GmbH, a German lighting company, has lost a UDRP against a Vietnam-based cloud services consultancy. Even though the Respondent didn't reply to the dispute, this seems like a clear cut case of reverse doma...

 2020-09-17 15:15 

Domain Name Wire

You can still pick up Pinyin domains from the drops...

Good quality Pinyin domains drop every day. I thought most meaningful Pinyin are already owned by Chinese investors because there are over 900 million internet citizens and a large pool of investors in China. These Chinese domain investors even triggered ...

 2020-09-17 13:49 

Domain Investing

Problem with Make Offer...

When I get to the checkout screen on a website and see an empty field for a promo or discount code, I tend to take a moment to search Google for a valid code to use. I know other people do this because years ago I made thousands of dollars via affiliate l...

 2020-09-17 01:33 

Domain Name Wire

How Ritual.com got its domain name...

The company made a unique trade to get the domain it wanted. This week on This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis, Ritual founder Katerina Schneider explained how her company got the domain name Ritual.com. Schneider explained the importance of having ...

 2020-09-16 20:56 

Domain Name Wire

Bodis dumps shady zero click programs...

Enough is enough, Bodis founder says. Domain name parking company Bodis announced today that it has punted six zero click ad partners from its network. Zero click ads monetize domains by directly forwarding a domain visitor to an advertiser's page. No...

 2020-09-16 17:10 

Domain Name Wire

.Gay domain now available for all...

The .gay domain name has finally entered general availability. The .gay top level domain name entered general availability today, meaning anyone can register the domains. It took a long time for .gay to come to fruition. There was a contentious and drawn-...

 2020-09-16 16:38 

Domain Name Wire

Taking a look at Web.com's auction sales last month...

A three-letter .com domain led the charts. Web.com's aftermarket sites NameJet and SnapNames combined for 76 sales over $2,000 last month. These 76 domains sold for a combined $360,000. The top sales were: ZML.com $34,000 Not a bad sales price for a t...

 2020-09-16 15:35 

TheDomains.com

NameJet/Snapnames sales for August led by ZML.com...

Web.com released their August aftermarket report, and ZML.com led the way at $34,000. Taiyuan.com was second at $17,500 and RumorFix.com...

 2020-09-16 15:01 

Domain Name Wire

Milestone: There are now over 150 million .com domains registered...

.Com has over 150 million registrations 35 years after its launch. There are now officially over 150 million .com domain names registered. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) updated its .com domain base statistics earlier today, revealing that .com hit the big miles...

 2020-09-16 14:04 

Domain Investing

SnapNames Can Now Fulfill Backorders for Over 200 TLDs...

I received an email this morning from Scott Pruitt, Aftermarket Brand Manager for NameJet and SnapNames, which shared some news from both platforms. SnapNames is now able to fulfill backorders for over 200 new gTLD domain name extensions. Backorders can b...

 2020-09-16 13:20 

Domain Name Wire

Why are two letter domains so sought after in China?...

Kassey Lee explores why two letter domains are valuable to Chinese companies. Actually, I found the answer in a comment made by Jeff Sass (CMO of .club) on the September 7 DomainSherpa show — even though he was not referring directly to China. On th...

 2020-09-16 05:36 

TheDomains.com

Jobless.com sells for $2,500 after selling for $19,025 nine years ago...

In 2011, Jobless.com was purchased at Sedo for $19,025. Jobless.com was registered in 1996. According to DotDB.com it's registered in 52 ext...

 2020-09-15 22:38 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by HotelsGuide.com...

Sedo released their weekly sales and HotelsGuide.com led the way at 50,000 Euro, ($59,250) Bags.co.uk was second at 40,000 Euro, ($47,400)...

 2020-09-15 22:30 

Domain Name Wire

End user domain sales up to 50,000...

A green energy company, an office space broker, and a fire detection company bought domain names at Sedo. Sedo's public sales this week were led by HotelsGuide.com. A Romanian direct response company bought the domain name. Here's a list of some o...

 2020-09-15 19:16 

Domain Investing

PirateBay.org Sells for $50,000 at Auction...

The biggest auction of the day today was the PirateBay.org auction on DropCatch.com. PirateBay.org expired and went into deleted status, where it was caught by DropCatch. The domain name sold at auction for $50,000 today. I was not following the auction c...

 2020-09-15 17:43 

TheDomains.com

piratebay.org is at $25,250 at DropCatch closing today Risky play?...

ThePirateBay.org and ThePirate-Bay.org are hosting content and today we have PirateBay.org closing at DropCatch....

 2020-09-15 16:36 

Domain Name Wire

Verisign awarded patent for using machine learning in name spinning...

Idea uses neural networks to find relevant domain names. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,778,640 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for "Deep neural network generation of domain names." The patent describes...

 2020-09-15 14:46 

Domain Investing

NamesCon Should Consider a Hybrid Event...

NamesCon Online concluded last week, and from what I can tell, the event was a very big success. Although I only caught a little bit as I had been traveling back from a long trip, I appreciate that I can log on to the conference website at my convenience ...

 2020-09-15 12:02 

Domain Name Wire

Web.com ups offer for WebCentral by 55% after competing bid...

Top 10 domain registrar increases all-cash offer for Australian domain name company. Web.com has significantly increased its acquisition offer for Australian domain name company WebCentral (ASX: WCG) after a competing bid was made. Web.com entered into an...

 2020-09-15 03:59 

TheDomains.com

Do domain name appraisals do more harm than good?...

When the topic of domain appraisals comes up, things can get spicy and sometimes nasty. I have always believed many just want...

 2020-09-14 21:34 

Domain Name Wire

Coins.com sold for $1.7 million but it hasn't all been paid...

Lawsuits disclose more details on Coins.com and Invest.com domain sales. I've been running down a rabbit hole today after John Berryhill tweeted about a lawsuit over Invest.com. pic.twitter.com/zfZSkKsuXO — John Berryhill (@Berryhillj) September...

 2020-09-14 20:20 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy acquires WooCommerce plugin developer...

GoDaddy bolsters WordPress and e-commerce offerings with acquisition. GoDaddy has acquired WooCommerce plugin developer SkyVerge for an undisclosed price. SkyVerge offers plugins that extend the functionality of WordPress' e-commerce platform WooComme...

 2020-09-14 19:59 

Domain Name Wire

If you saw Sars.app, what would you assume it's for?...

Probably not the South African Revenue Service. It's 2020. There's a pandemic because of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Someone in China registers the domain name Sars.app. Why would you assume the person in China registered the domain? Probably because o...

 2020-09-14 17:51 

Domain Investing

Don't Negotiate a Great Price...

There's a popular saying that many people believe: "everything is negotiable." Whether it is an estimate for home improvements and construction, purchases at a farmer's market, or domain name acquisitions, there are many times when negotia...

 2020-09-14 17:05 

Domain Name Wire

Shredder company Kobra gets shredded in UDRP...

Company tries to reverse domain name hijack Kobra.com. Elcoman Srl, an Italian maker of shredding products under the brand name Kobra, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name Kobra.com. The company filed a cyber...

 2020-09-14 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Grand Theft Domain Name DNW Podcast #303...

Kieren McCarthy discusses the astonishing story of the theft of the world's most valuable domain name. When Sex .com was stolen in the 90s, it was most likely the most valuable domain name in the world. And it wasn't just a routine domain theft li...

 2020-09-12 23:05 

TheDomains.com

Apple registrations suggest a new AppleOne service may be in the works...

MacRumors.com published a piece on Apple registering a number of AppleOne related domain names. AppleOne.Website and AppleOne.club are two...

 2020-09-12 18:32 

Domain Investing

General Electric Drops Many GE Domain Names (MyGE.com)...

When I was looking at my Dropping.pro emails this morning, I noticed quite a few domain names in pending delete status beginning with "GE." A few Whois searches showed me that the domain names were previously owned by General Electric, which is co...

 2020-09-11 18:18 

Domain Investing

Dana Farber Uses .Gives for its Jimmy Fund...

No matter what I do or where I go, I am always paying attention to domain names. When I notice an interesting domain name or domain extension in my "real world," it always stands out to me. This morning, I came across a tweet from The Jimmy Fund t...

 2020-09-11 16:34 

Domain Name Wire

English-based domains DO have a market in China...

Kassey Lee shows some more examples of Chinese companies using English-language domains. It thrills me almost every day to come across well-funded startups in China using English brand names and domains. The more I read about them, the more I am convinced...

 2020-09-11 16:09 

Domain Name Wire

How to network at NamesCon Online...

Here's how to (virtually) network at NamesCon Online. Networking at virtual conferences is different than in-person conferences. Different, but not necessarily better or worse. Many people will find networking at virtual events easier, especially if t...

 2020-09-11 14:30 

Domain Investing

NamesCon Online Sessions Available Through September...

I have been hearing pretty solid reviews about NamesCon Online, which concludes later on today. For those people who bought a conference pass but have not been able to attend any sessions, the panels will be available to view on the NamesCon Online websit...

 2020-09-11 02:48 

TheDomains.com

$50,000 purchase to $720,000 sale...

Big domain name sale Namepros member Keith posted in 2017 that he purchased Nas.com for $50,000 in BTC. He added the BTC actually cost...

 2020-09-10 16:28 

Domain Name Wire

CentralNic to acquire monetization company Codewise for $36 million...

CentralNic bulks up its monetization business. Domain name rollup CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) announced that it is acquiring Codewise, which is a collection of advertising and domain monetization companies, for $36 million. The acquisition adds to the c...

 2020-09-10 15:48 

Domain Name Wire

Those wacky Canadians are back with more .ca commercials...

CIRA features Mounties, hockey, bears, and maple syrup in new commercials. Last year, .Ca country code manager CIRA aired a series of commercials in an advertising campaign called Don't Be a Traitor. Featuring Canadian staples such as Mounties and map...

 2020-09-10 14:39 

Domain Investing

Uniregistry Fixes Sales Banner Issue...

On Tuesday, I noticed something peculiar on a domain name I have parked at Uniregistry but do not have listed for sale. At some point, I believe, there was a change made that essentially rendered the "not for sale" option useless. Customers not on...

 2020-09-10 13:45 

Domain Name Wire

11 end user domain sales this week...

A modular buildings company, a lumber business, and a social networking app bought domain names at Sedo. There's been a lot of chatter about Sedo's sale of Lokal.com for 40,600. Some people think Lokalise, a localization and translation software c...

 2020-09-10 13:00 

Domain Name Wire

.Org launches new registrant rights/appeal mechanism...

.Org registrants now get multiple appeals if their domains are suspended. Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for .org domain names, has unveiled a new appeals process for .org registrants who believe the registry unfairly suspended their domains...

 2020-09-09 17:08 

Domain Name Wire

NamesCon Online: Ethics and best practices in domain brokerage...

Panel discusses ethical questions for brokering domain names. This morning at NamesCon Online, domain broker Tessa Holcomb led a panel of domain name industry professionals in a discussion of domain brokerage ethics. Participants included Bill Sweetman of...

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