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 2022-12-05 20:16 

Domain Name Wire

An Epik victim tells her story...

She's waiting on her payout for her retirement. Epik owes a lot of money to its customers. I've heard stories from several people waiting for their promised cash to arrive. They're stressed. They're worried they're never going to see t...

 2022-12-05 16:58 

Domain Name Wire

Macy's gives up .macys domain...

Company never used the dot-brand top level domain. One thing that perplexes me about new top level domain names is that I keep hearing there are companies frustrated they can't get their own, yet very few owners of so-called "dot brand" domain...

 2022-12-05 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

.Xyz, Epik and more DNW Podcast #415...

Let's dig into the latest conversations in the domain industry. On today's show I talk about a couple of big topics in the domain industry right now. First, I'll discuss the latest questioning of .xyz domain sales, along with what I think the ...

 2022-12-05 15:05 

Domain Investing

Jenni Makes $20k Defensive Domain Name Purchase...

Jenni AI is an artificial intelligence based writing tool helmed by CEO David Park. The company operates on the Jenni.AI domain name. Late last week on Twitter, David shared that his company reportedly acquired the typo Jenny.AI domain name for $20,000: I...

 2022-12-02 16:38 

Domain Name Wire

TRX.com owner sues for reverse domain name hijacking...

Domain owner halts transfer of domain with lawsuit. The owner of trx.com has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in the wake of an adverse UDRP decision. A National Arbitration Forum panelist awarded Fitness Anywhere LLC the domain name in a dispute decided last month....

 2022-12-01 21:51 

Domain Name Wire

DropCatch changes bid increments following big auctions...

Higher bid increments should speed up high-dollar auctions. Expired domain name marketplace DropCatch has changed its bid increments following an extended auction for reactive.com in October. The auction dragged on for hours as bidders continually raised ...

 2022-12-01 21:06 

Domain Name Wire

Rebate.com and Rebates.com sell for $500k each...

Sedo brokers sale of domains that were sold for the same amount in 2007. Sedo has brokered the sale of rebate.com and rebates.com for $500,000 each. That's the exact same amount the domains sold for at a Domain Roundtable auction in 2007. Since the 20...

 2022-12-01 18:01 

Domain Investing

This Looks Super Sketchy...

Within the last few years, I sold a .com domain name for five figures via Afternic. I do not report my sales, and I did not make an exception for this sale. As far as I can tell, this sale went completely under the radar. I am thankful for this because I ...

 2022-12-01 17:44 

Domain Name Wire

Epik continues to dig out from financial mess...

But creditors aren't happy with the pace as they are still owed money. Domain name registrar Epik continues to dig itself out of a financial hole, but new problems continue to pop up. The registrar offers a type of store credit called Masterbucks alon...

 2022-12-01 14:51 

Domain Investing

Bear Grylls Acquires Outdoors.com...

Bear Grylls, a popular outdoor adventurer, writer, and television personality announced that he and partners have acquired Outdoors.com and relaunched the website with Grylls-related branding: BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! We've purchased and relaunched the inspi...

 2022-11-30 20:52 

Domain Name Wire

Freeze launches its data privacy solution at Freeze.com...

The great domain should help customers trust it. In the past 5 years, there has been a shift in how the general public thinks about online data protection. Despite the vast amount of data companies hold on an individual, many were unconcerned or uneducate...

 2022-11-30 14:04 

Domain Name Wire

20 more five figure .xyz domains developed this year...

Here are 20 more real .xyz sales to end users. I was going to write an article about the latest questioning of .xyz domain sales, but yesterday Elliot posted a better article than I was going to write. Instead, I'll add a few things to consider and lo...

 2022-11-29 18:37 

Domain Name Wire

Turkey week end user domain name sales...

The maker of a habit-tracking app, a $17B publicly traded company, and a watch seller bought domain names. Thanksgiving week is usually a slow one for domain name sales. Sedo had some decent five-figure transactions, but few have been immediately develope...

 2022-11-29 16:47 

TheDomains.com

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

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Mids.com at $31,000. Robobet.com was second at $24,995...

 2022-11-29 15:35 

Domain Investing

Daniel Negari Comments About Swetha and Her Business...

For the past few years, Swetha Yenugula has regularly and frequently shared her .XYZ domain name sales. The value of her sales coupled with the velocity of her sales has led to some skepticism about the veracity of her sales. A bit of skepticism about dom...

 2022-11-29 14:39 

Domain Name Wire

NamesCon sets dates for 2023 event in Austin...

Discounted passes are available through December 22. NamesCon has opened registration for its 2023 NamesCon Global conference in Austin, Texas. Next year's event will run from May 31 to June 3, 2023. It's an improvement over last year's August...

 2022-11-28 16:30 

Domain Name Wire

Talking to UDRP panelists DNW Podcast #414...

Here's what Nat Cohen told panelists in Geneva. Last month Nat Cohen was invited to speak at a World Intellectual Property Organization UDRP workshop in Geneva. He was able to talk to UDRP panelists and practitioners about what domain name investors d...

 2022-11-28 14:05 

Domain Name Wire

Verisign files more blockchain patent applications...

USPTO publishes two more blockchain-related patent applications from Verisign. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published two of Verisign's (NASDAQ: VRSN) blockchain-related patent applications last week. Application 17/325687 (pd...

 2022-11-26 04:16 

TheDomains.com

NamesCon Global coming back in May of 2023...

NamesCon Global coming back in May of 2023 - Early Bird special available now....

 2022-11-25 19:20 

Domain Investing

NamesCon 2023 Registration is Open with Discounted Tickets...

NamesCon announced that registration for its 2023 NamesCon Global event is now open with a discounted early bird rate. The "Super Early Bird Special" ticket price is $349 or $549 for a Channel Pass. This is 65% off the regular price, according to ...

 2022-11-25 15:00 

Domain Name Wire

Black Friday and Cyber Monday domain deals: $5.98 .com, $3.49 .tv and more...

Here are some of the best domain deals. The Black Friday/Cyber Monday domain deals have begun and some registrars are offering discounts on domain names. It seems like there are fewer registrars promoting sales today than usual. I'm not sure how effec...

 2022-11-23 15:02 

Domain Name Wire

Tesla registers "watchdog" domain names...

Was it defensive or a clue about a new service? Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has registered a handful of domain names with the word "watchdog" in them. Earlier this week, the company registered these domain names: teslamotorswatchdog.com teslamotorswatchd...

 2022-11-23 14:40 

Domain Investing

Spaceship.com Looking for Beta Testers...

Namecheap CEO Richard Kirkendall announced that he is looking for early beta testers for the company's under development "registrar and digital product platform" known as Spaceship. Beta testers should be people who already own domain names an...

 2022-11-23 14:22 

Domain Name Wire

23 recent end user domain name sales...

A medical company, a restaurant, and a furniture company bought domain names. Sedo had a lot of sales to end users this past week as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday. I'd expect a shorter list next week because of the holiday. Here's a list o...

 2022-11-22 17:42 

Domain Name Wire

TRX .com lost in a UDRP. Let's dig in....

Nat Cohen analyzes a recent UDRP case for TRX.com. A National Arbitration Forum panel has ordered TRX.com transferred to Fitness Anywhere LLC. The domain owner didn't do himself any favors. He appears to have used incorrect Whois information and didn&...

 2022-11-22 17:00 

TheDomains.com

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

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and NeomAcademy.com led the way at 35,000 Euro, ($35,950). They also bought the .org for $7,999....

 2022-11-22 15:35 

Domain Name Wire

CentralNic reports full results through Q3...

CentralNic continues to grow revenue thanks to its advertising business. CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) has published its official results through Q3 this year after previewing them last month. Revenue year to date increased by 88% to $526.7 million, and its adju...

 2022-11-22 15:08 

Domain Investing

Friction with LTO + Make Offer...

I use Dan.com landing pages for a great deal of my portfolio. Many of these domain names, particularly at price points above a few thousand dollars, use the Buy It Now (BIN) + Make Offer + Lease to Own (LTO). I have been running in to a bit of friction wi...

 2022-11-21 17:56 

Domain Name Wire

How cybersquatting hurts domain investors...

This case illustrates why panelists question domain investors' explanations for registering domain names. There's a difference between domain investors and cybersquatters. Unfortunately, the former are often grouped in with the latter and given a ...

 2022-11-21 16:52 

Domain Name Wire

United Internet gears up for IONOS IPO including Sedo, InterNetX...

Popular domain companies might be part of a new public company in 2023. Some domain name companies you use might be part of a newly traded public company next year. United Internet plans to spin off IONOS next year with an initial public offering. The ION...

 2022-11-21 15:09 

Domain Investing

It's Going to be a Slow Week...

It's Thanksgiving week in the US this week. On Thursday, Americans will celebrate the holiday, but the travel and related celebrations usually begin before. If you're in the middle of a negotiation or sending emails to buyers or sellers, you'l...

 2022-11-19 17:39 

Domain Investing

Gambling.com Acquires Casinos.com from Caesars...

According to a Seeking Alpha article covering the most recent Gambling.com earnings call, the publicly traded Gambling.com has acquired the Casinos.com domain name from Caesars. Terms of the deal were not shared on the earnings call, but the company seeme...

 2022-11-18 14:22 

Domain Name Wire

Are registrars doing enough to explain Handshake domains to customers?...

Registrars warn customers, but is it enough? Handshake is one of the many competing systems trying to bring the concept of domain names to blockchain. It competes with Ethereum Name Service, Unstoppable Domains, and a handful of other initiatives. It'...

 2022-11-18 06:37 

TheDomains.com

Identity Digital Domain Trend Report: October 2022...

Identity Digital (formerly Donuts) published their October domain trend report. The report covers the top premium domain names registered...

 2022-11-17 22:34 

Domain Name Wire

Lots of Mike Morgans learn about reverse domain name hijacking case...

A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panel has found Candy Cloud IP LLC guilty of reverse domain name hijacking (pdf) in a particularly egregious case. And bizarrely, a bunch of people named Mike Morgan were notified about the decision. The C...

 2022-11-17 18:46 

Domain Name Wire

Fennel launched this year after buying Fennel.com from Telepathy...

Company helps investors find good ESG investments. Once upon a time, performance and value metrics were the main considerations for stock investors, but as awareness of ecological and social issues has come to the forefront of politics and current events,...

 2022-11-17 18:26 

Domain Investing

Nike Launches .Swoosh on a .Nike...

Nike announced the launch of a new digital web3 community called .SWOOSH. The announcement was made on Nike's corporate blog. Interestingly to those who are in the domain name space, the company is using a domain name from its .Nike branded TLD to hos...

 2022-11-17 17:52 

Domain Name Wire

Meta registers slew of web3 domain names...

Company registered web3 domains related to Quest, Facebook and other brands. Meta Platforms registered a number of domain names related to web3 this week. The company registered many of its brands along with words such as crypto, wallet, and blockchain as...

 2022-11-17 16:43 

Domain Name Wire

Punycode continues to be the bad guys' best friend...

These domains look a lot like banks' official domains. Krebs on Security today published a story about how a financial cybercrime group is using Punycode domains to trick internet users into thinking they're visiting banks' websites. Punycode ...

 2022-11-17 15:13 

Domain Investing

Merck Hiring Global Web Domain Administrator...

Merck, the publicly traded pharmaceutical giant, is looking to hire a Global Web Domain Administrator. The person who is hired for this position will be responsible for managing Merck's domain names. This is an important role for a large, global compa...

 2022-11-16 20:11 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy finishes .tv migration, launches marketing campaign...

Company is ready to reinvigorate marketing for .tv extension. GoDaddy Registry has completed the takeover of registry services for .tv domain names. .Tv is the country code for Tuvalu, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. But its domain names are mo...

 2022-11-16 16:49 

Domain Name Wire

Mastodon is a boon to new top level domains...

Many servers have chosen new top level domains, with .social the big winner. Twitter alternative Mastodon has been getting lots of attention after Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. Mastodon is built on open source software. Rather than signing up for t...

 2022-11-16 14:34 

Domain Investing

TurnOn.TV: GoDaddy Relaunches .TV Extension...

GoDaddy relaunched the .TV domain extension and created a marketing campaign to promote it. The relaunch was announced yesterday by Nicolai Bezsonoff on the GoDaddy Registry blog. The .TV extension is infamously the ccTLD for the island of Tuvalu, but it ...

 2022-11-16 14:24 

Domain Name Wire

21 recent end user domain sales...

A tattoo machine supplier, a massage chair seller and a mattress company bought domain names. After struggling to find end user sales amongst Sedo's sales data last week, this week was much more fruitful. One of the purchases looks particularly intere...

 2022-11-15 18:39 

Domain Name Wire

MicroAcquire paid $2 million for acquire.com...

Company goes big on rebrand with seven-figure domain purchase. Online business marketplace MicroAcquire paid $2 million to acquire the acquire.com domain name, the founder disclosed today. MicroAcquire founder Andrew Gazdecki disclosed the purchase price ...

 2022-11-15 17:50 

Domain Investing

Acquire.com Acquired for $2 Million...

At the end of October, I shared the news that MicroAcquire is going to rebrand as Acquire following the company's acquisition of Acquire.com. I did not have any other details about the acquisition of this domain name. This afternoon, MicroAcquire CEO ...

 2022-11-15 16:26 

Domain Name Wire

Domain owner sues after legal threat...

SiteTools files lawsuit after potential domain buyer threatens legal action. Many attorneys throw around legal threats to get domain names for their clients. They had better make sure they're on solid legal ground and are willing to take the case to c...

 2022-11-15 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

PIR announces winners of 4th Annual .ORG Impact Awards...

Food Rescue Hero is named .ORG of the year. Public Interest Registry, the registry behind .org, today announced the winners of its annual .ORG impact awards. A record 947 organizations and individuals from 68 countries submitted entries this year. The big...

 2022-11-15 14:30 

TheDomains.com

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

Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and JobCube.com led the way at $35,999. Fashion.net was second at $20,000....

 2022-11-15 02:29 

TheDomains.com

Name.com Partners with Wix.com...

Name.com has partnered with Wix.com, a press release issued today dives goes into detail about the partnership. According to the release there will be a special promotion, customers who purchase an annual Wix plan at Name.com will also receive a free doma...

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