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 2021-09-25 00:09 

TheDomains.com

GoDaddy takes down abortionreporter.org...

GoDaddy pulled the rug out from another Texas abortion whistleblower tip site that charged users $20 to submit a claim about a violation of the state's new abortion law....

 2021-09-24 17:59 

Domain Name Wire

How to buy curated domains at Squadhelp for wholesale prices...

Here's how to buy domains at wholesale prices that are already approved for Squadhelp Premium. On this week's podcast, I talked to Squadhelp founder Darpan Munjal. One feature we discussed is the Squadhelp Wholesale Marketplace, where domain inves...

 2021-09-24 14:40 

Domain Investing

Respond with the Help of a Good Attorney...

One of the things I have learned over the years is that no matter how descriptive a domain name is, there is always the risk that a company will believe it has more rights to the domain name than an investor has. Sometimes, a company will start off by sen...

 2021-09-23 18:51 

Domain Name Wire

Former France.com domain owner asks Supreme Court to consider case...

Jean-Nol Frydman, who owned France.com from 1994 until 2018, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in. Jean-Nol Frydman hasn't given up yet. The businessman who registered France.com in 1994 has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a dispute over ...

 2021-09-23 18:50 

Domain Investing

Dan.com Awards 5 Domain Investors...

Together with @NamesCon we want to celebrate what a great #domainer community we have. That's why we're excited to announce 5 new awards given to five domain community members for their great achievements and community-driven spirit! And the winne...

 2021-09-23 17:20 

Domain Name Wire

A useful website to learn more about the China domain market...

Want to dig into China's domain opportunities? Start here. The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) website provides useful data to help you decide how to invest for the China domain market. Of particular interest to domain investors is t...

 2021-09-23 15:59 

Domain Name Wire

Percent upgrades from MyPercent.com to Percent.com...

This company's domain upgrade shows the challenges of naming a company with a popular brand name. Percent is a platform that claims to offer greater transparency and liquidity to anyone looking to make alternative investments. Since forming in 2018, P...

 2021-09-22 15:31 

Domain Name Wire

Namecheap begins selling blockchain-based domain names...

Namecheap is now offering 11 alt-root domains based on blockchain technology. Namecheap has become the largest domain name registrar to begin offering blockchain-based domain names. The company is offering a selection of 11 alt-root Handshake domain names...

 2021-09-22 14:52 

Domain Name Wire

Join me at NamesCon today...

I'm taking part in two sessions today. NamesCon.online starts today, and I'm taking part in two sessions this morning. First, at 7:55 am PDT, I'll join Soeren von Varchmin for the opening session, where I'll talk a bit about the current do...

 2021-09-22 13:36 

Domain Investing

BrandForce Sells Floor.com for $3,144,000...

I just learned about the third largest publicly reported domain name sale of 2021. According to an email I received from BrandForce Co-Founder & Vice President Louis Pickthall, BrandForce sold the Floor.com domain name for $3,144,000. Louis and Senior Bro...

 2021-09-22 13:11 

Domain Name Wire

End user domain name sales up to $70,000...

NFT and blockchain companies drive several domain sales this week. Sedo's top sale this week was Fume.com for $160,000. It's under Whois proxy and doesn't resolve to an active website yet, so we'll have to see who bought it. But Sedo had m...

 2021-09-21 18:33 

Domain Name Wire

Flippa raises $11 million Series A...

An old name in the domain name business gets a big cash infusion. Website marketplace Flippa has raised an $11 million Series A round over a decade after it was founded. Flippa lets people buy and sell online businesses, and was doing it since before it w...

 2021-09-21 16:40 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly domain name sales led by Fume.com...

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Fume.com led the way at $160,000. Collecting.com was second at $70,000....

 2021-09-21 14:54 

Domain Investing

BetU.com Sold for $180k via SquadHelp...

Earlier this morning, James Booth announced that he sold BetU.com for $180,000. The domain name was sold via Squadhelp, a domain name sales platform that helps businesses select a brand name. The deal was announced on Twitter: Just sold https://t.co/KPTsb...

 2021-09-21 14:28 

Domain Name Wire

Domaining.com owner wins RDNH in cybersquatting dispute...

Francois Carrillo successfully defended his valuable nuro.com domain with help of attorney John Berryhill. Francois Carrillo, owner of the popular domain news aggregator Domaining.com, has successfully defended (pdf) his domain name nuro.com in a UDRP. Th...

 2021-09-21 13:23 

Domain Name Wire

Takeaways from the Epik hack call...

A call that starts with a discussion about the Epik hack covers lots of ground and sometimes goes off the rails. Here are some of my takeaways. On Thursday, September 16, Epik CEO Rob Monster held a live meeting on his platform PrayerMeeting.com in the wa...

 2021-09-21 04:07 

TheDomains.com

Flippa raises $11m Series A in its first venture-backed round...

lippa announced its first venture-backed round, an $11 million Series A, as it sees over 600,000 monthly searches....

 2021-09-20 20:26 

Domain Investing

Epik Email: "Update and Options for Affected Epik Users"...

Yesterday afternoon, the Have I Been Pwned? platform added the Epik data breach to its database. In doing so, it announced that more than 15 million email addresses were contained in the data, along with other information like addresses and phone numbers:...

 2021-09-20 19:36 

TheDomains.com

Epik issues an update on recent data intrusion...

The story of the past few days has been the data breach at Epik....

 2021-09-20 17:26 

Domain Investing

ICA to Host Mock UDRP Hearing at NamesCon...

The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) will be hosting a unique session at NamesCon this week. The ICA teamed up with the International Trademark Association's Lori Schulman to host a mock UDRP hearing. This session will offer insight about the UDRP ...

 2021-09-20 16:32 

Domain Name Wire

SC Johnson terminates remaining dot-brand top level domains...

SC Johnson turns .off its new top level domains. Consumer products company SC Johnson has told ICANN it wishes to terminate the remainder of its dot-brand top level domain names. Last year, the company terminated its agreement for the .rightathome top lev...

 2021-09-20 16:15 

Domain Name Wire

Epik breach: credit card woes, Whois data...

Credit card exposure from breach could have a major impact on customers. I've been writing a lot about the Epik security breach, and you can expect to hear a lot more in the coming weeks as more details come out. Yesterday, I published an email from E...

 2021-09-20 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Selling more geo domains DNW Podcast #355...

Can SquadHelp crack the geo domain sales code? Can SquadHelp crack the code to help you sell more geo domains? On today's show, SquadHelp CEO Darpan Munjal discusses the company's plans to help you sell more domains like LosAngelesSiding.com and A...

 2021-09-19 14:04 

Domain Name Wire

Epik sends hack notice, warns on credit cards...

Registrar says payment card information may have been compromised. Late Saturday night, domain name registrar Epik sent an email to customers confirming the hack that was widely reported last week. This comes after one official email communication from th...

 2021-09-17 17:14 

Domain Name Wire

.ORG Impact Awards draw record number of nominations...

PIR receives over 600 nominations for this year's awards. Public Interest Registry (PIR) received a record number of nominations for this year's .ORG Impact Awards, the organization announced this week. 633 organizations applied for the awards, an...

 2021-09-17 15:50 

Domain Name Wire

Does TenCent's adoption of . (IDN China) domains foreshadow a boom?...

TenCent just deployed a couple of Chinese IDN domains. Kassey Lee examines if this is a sign of things to come. I was intrigued by the recent news of internet giant Tencent deploying two . domains. Does it indicate a change in China and the start of a boo...

 2021-09-17 15:42 

Domain Investing

I Typically Give 3 Days to Pay...

I had a deal fall through on GoDaddy this week. To keep it short, a prospective buyer made an offer to buy a domain name via GoDaddy, and I accepted the offer. The domain name was listed for sale on Afternic, and the offer was above the minimum offer amou...

 2021-09-17 13:36 

Domain Name Wire

Three auctions on tap for NamesCon next week...

NamesCon.online will have an auction for everyone next week. Next week's NamesCon.online event will feature three auctions, and pre-bidding is now open for the big RightOfTheDot Auction. On Wednesday, September 22, get ready for the RapidFire live dom...

 2021-09-16 20:10 

Domain Name Wire

Epik hack: what we know & what you should do...

What customers and other registrars should do to protect themselves until we know more. Domain name registrar Epik was hacked this week, and the hackers published reams of data online. A group saying it's aligned with the hacker collective Anonymous p...

 2021-09-16 19:28 

Domain Name Wire

From Matador to Public.com and a $1.2 billion valuation...

This company built credibility with a great domain name. In 1952, just 4.2% of Americans were company shareholders. By 1990, that figure had risen to 21.1%, and by 2020, 55% of the population had invested money in the stock market. As time and technology ...

 2021-09-16 15:51 

Domain Name Wire

UDRP "not designed as a remedy for poor management"...

You shouldn't file a UDRP just because you've lost the keys to your domain name. Companies try to shoehorn many domain name issues into UDRP, which was created to handle clear-cut cybersquatting cases. A recent example is a dispute over a Hawaiian...

 2021-09-16 15:17 

Domain Name Wire

Swetha strikes again: Quest.xyz sells for record-breaking $70k...

Domain investor sets a new record for a non-numeric .xyz domain sale. Domain name investor Swetha Yenugula had another incredible week with .xyz domain name sales, including selling quest.xyz for $69,888. This is the most ever paid for a non-numeric .xyz ...

 2021-09-16 13:16 

Domain Name Wire

Three recent numeric domain sales and possible Chinese meanings...

Here are some possible uses for these recent NNNN domain sales. When reading recent domain sales recently, I came across three interesting numeric domains ending with either 98 or 99, which are familiar to Chinese consumers as having the meanings of "...

 2021-09-15 20:23 

Domain Name Wire

Newfold releases $1.1 million worth of domain sales data...

Data include sales from July and August. Newfold Digital released two months' sales data from its aftermarket platforms today. The data include domains that sold for $2,000 or more on NameJet and SnapNames during July and August. All told, the report ...

 2021-09-15 19:32 

TheDomains.com

NameJet/Snapnames July and August sales led by BestShop.com...

NameJet/Snapnames July and August sales led by BestShop.com...

 2021-09-15 19:09 

Domain Investing

Epik CEO Emails About "an alleged security incident involving Epik"...

According to multiple news publications, including Gizmodo, Domain Name Wire, Jerusalem Post, and others, there has reportedly been some sort of security breach / hacking at Epik. There is also a lengthy discussion about the incident at NamePros. In that ...

 2021-09-15 16:53 

Domain Name Wire

Keeping a domain in bad faith? How about RDNH?...

A new Turkish car company tries a novel argument. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Trkiye'nin Otomobili Giriim Grubu Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim irketi guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a dispute over togg.com. The C...

 2021-09-15 16:18 

Domain Investing

RDNH Finding in TOGG.com UDRP...

A Turkish company officially known as Trkiye'nin Otomobili Giriim Grubu Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim irketi filed a UDRP against the 4 letter TOGG.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The panelist, Matthew Kennedy, ruled...

 2021-09-15 14:30 

Domain Investing

Dan.com Now Listed on ExpiredDomains.net...

ExpiredDomains.net is a tool that I underutilized for a long time, but it has become a part of my daily domain name research. In particular, I use ExpiredDomains.net to monitor domain names listed for sale on Sedo and GoDaddy. I also use it to track pendi...

 2021-09-15 13:22 

Domain Name Wire

24 end user domain name sales including a big .xyz...

An ecommerce company, a blockchain company and a law firm bought domain names. Sedo had a strong week for end user domain sales, led by a company that just raised $6.7 million using some of the money to upgrade its domain name. Here's a list of end us...

 2021-09-14 19:07 

Domain Name Wire

Dan.com says new follow up system results in 9% better conversions...

Domain sales platform continues to iterate on payments, checkout and more. Dan.com published details about many improvements to its domain selling system today. While some of the updates may seem like small details, they show the company's emphasis on...

 2021-09-14 17:36 

Domain Name Wire

Hackers claim significant Epik breach...

A group claims that it has hacked Epik and downloaded significant data. A group says it has hacked domain name registrar Epik and released a trove of data online. A posting (see PDF version) claims that the hackers gained access to data about all domain p...

 2021-09-14 16:57 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly domain name sales led by Homesome.com...

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Homesome.com led the way at $59,999. Portfolio.io was second at $35,000 and Flip....

 2021-09-14 15:39 

Domain Name Wire

Verisign applies pressure to ICANN to delegate .web...

Verisign is tired of delays (as it should be). Verisign is applying pressure to ICANN to delegate the .web top level domain name to it. Today, the company published a blog post that follows up to a letter (pdf) that Nu Dot Co sent to ICANN reviewing the s...

 2021-09-14 15:32 

Domain Investing

Steve Wozniak May Have Bought Privateer.com via Dan.com...

According to an article in Gizmodo and other news media outlets, Steve Wozniak is readying to launch a new space company called Privateer. He tweeted a short YouTube video about the the launch of Privateer, and the logo at the end of the video matches the...

 2021-09-14 12:52 

Domain Name Wire

Here's a rhyming table for 5-9 for numeric domains...

Kassey Lee shares his rhyming tables for numeric domains that can be used to find meaning in China. This is the second part of the entire rhyming table that I've developed. It covers the numbers from 5 to 9. For meanings of numbers from 0 to 4, please...

 2021-09-14 04:09 

TheDomains.com

NamesCon/RightOfTheDot open pre-bidding for first group of names to be auctioned...

The first group of premium domain names / Digital real estate and assets have been made available for pre-bidding in the NamesCon/RightOfTheDot Premium Digital Real Estate Auction at ROTD.hibid.com!...

 2021-09-13 22:40 

Domain Investing

Registrant Kicks Butt in Buttkicker.com UDRP...

A UDRP was filed against the Buttkicker.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum, and the decision was published today. The sole panelist, Michael A. Albert, ruled in favor of the domain registrant and also decided this was an instance of Reverse...

 2021-09-13 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

NamesCon.online preview DNW Podcast #354...

Previewing next week's three domain auctions and great content. NamesCon.online kicks off next week, so I asked Soeren von Varchmin to visit with us this week for a preview. He explains the three (yes, three) auctions taking place and previews some of...

 2021-09-13 14:39 

Domain Investing

Empower Geographics Files Motion to Dismiss Empower.com Lawsuit...

Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, which operates a company called Empower Retirement, filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against another company called Empower Geographics over its ownership and use of the descriptive and valuable Empower.com domai...

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