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 2020-04-07 20:34 

Domain Name Wire

This letter to ICANN's board is powerful...

It's time for ICANN to stop the charades and rediscover its bottom-up mandate. ICANN granted price increases to Verisign for .com domain names last month. It announced the decision on a Friday during the pandemic news flurry, just one day after publis...

 2020-04-07 20:13 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by UHR.de...

Sedo weekly sales led by UHR.de for 70,000 Euros, the German country code had a great week taking the majority of country code domain sales....

 2020-04-07 16:10 

Domain Investing

nCoV2019.live: "one of the largest coronavirus-tracking websites in the world"...

There has been considerable discussing about registering COVID-19 and coronavirus domain names for resale. Bloomberg's Quick Take just posted a video about 17 year old Avi Schiffmann, who created "one of the largest coronavirus-tracking websites i...

 2020-04-07 15:38 

Domain Name Wire

Microsoft buys Corp.com domain name, likely for seven figures...

Seller planned to auction the domain starting at $1.7 million. Microsoft has acquired the domain name Corp.com for an undisclosed price after the domain's owner said he was going to start an auction for the domain at $1.7 million. Brian Krebs broke th...

 2020-04-07 13:45 

Domain Name Wire

Are companies flocking to the .ltd domain extension?...

How the .LTD "corporate identifier" domain is resonating with Chinese companies. I was reading Chinese domain news the other day and the top level domain .ltd was mentioned, so I did a little bit of study on this extension. On the surface, the ext...

 2020-04-07 12:53 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Registry: GoDaddyRegistry.com was Registered in March...

One of the tools I use on a regular basis is the Brand Monitor tool at DomainTools. This tool allows people to track domain name registrations (and deletions) using keywords such as brand names. This allows brands to track third parties who are registerin...

 2020-04-06 23:02 

TheDomains.com

GoDaddy buying Neustar's registry business...

GoDaddy buying Neustar's registry business...

 2020-04-06 22:36 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Acquires Neustar Gets Into Registry Business...

GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar in the world. The company sells domain name registrations on behalf of domain name registries such as Verisign (.com and .net), Donuts (.Ventures and .News), Google (.App and .New), Neustar (.Biz and .CO), and ...

 2020-04-06 22:32 

Domain Name Wire

GoDaddy goes vertical with Neustar registry acquisition...

GoDaddy buys its first registry, implements governance model for conflicts of interest, and promises to keep domain prices in check. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) is acquiring Neustar's domain name registry services business and renaming it GoDaddy Registry, t...

 2020-04-06 17:57 

Domain Name Wire

Covid-19 delays .Gay domain availability...

Trademark holders can get domains, but general availability is delayed. Top Level Design, the company launching the .gay domain name, has postponed the general availability of the domain name. Today, the company launched its "Sunrise II" phase for...

 2020-04-06 17:20 

Domain Name Wire

Reviewing 4-character domains sold in March...

Kassey Lee evaluates some of the four-letter/number combo sales in March. Here are some 4-character domains sold in March as reported by Namebio. I'll try to look at them from a Chinese perspective, focusing on those with corresponding .cn or .com.cn ...

 2020-04-06 16:49 

TheDomains.com

Ebl.com at auction on Sedo the name is reportedly stolen...

Ebl.com at auction on Sedo the name is reportedly stolen...

 2020-04-06 16:27 

Domain Investing

Changes for Uniregistry Customers This Week...

In February of this year, GoDaddy announced that it reached a deal to acquire Uniregistry. As a result of this acquisition, there are going to be some changes for Uniregistry domain name registrants and customers. On March 31, Uniregistry emailed its cust...

 2020-04-06 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Liquidating your domain names DNW Podcast #280...

Josh & Josh discuss their solution to help domainers liquidate domains. Domain names can be difficult to liquidate. We all hold out for end users to buy our domains, but wouldn't it be nice if we could easily sell domains to other domain investors, to...

 2020-04-06 13:15 

Domain Investing

Gen.com Subject of UDRP...

A UDRP was filed against the high value Gen.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This UDRP is WIPO case #D2020-0811. I spotted the UDRP filing on UDRPSearch.com. Gen.com was registered exactly 24 year...

 2020-04-05 21:09 

Domain Investing

Need Matzah in NYC? Try Matzah.NYC...

Domain industry attorney Jason Schaeffer shared a neat usage of a .NYC domain name I thought I would share with readers. The Jewish holiday of Passover (Pesach) is coming up this week. For Jewish people around the world, matzah (unleavened bread) is one i...

 2020-04-04 17:09 

Domain Name Wire

Google wins fight over "Google Coronavirus" domain name...

Man agrees to give domain name to Google after facing cybersquatting complaint. A Massachusetts man who registered GoogleCoronavirus .com has agreed to hand it over to Google after the company filed a cybersquatting complaint. Ben Ghosh registered the dom...

 2020-04-04 14:38 

Domain Investing

Olympic Committee Goes After Tokyo 2021 Domain Names...

The 2020 Summer Olympics were scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan later on this Summer. Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic games were postponed to 2021. According to UDRPSearch.com, three UDRPs were filed against domain names with ...

 2020-04-03 23:44 

Domain Name Wire

Breaking: Neustar retains .co registry, at a cost...

Neustar will continue operating .co but at much less favorable terms. .Co Internet SaS, part of Neustar, will get to run the .co domain name registry after all. Last year, MinTIC, Columbia's Ministry of Information Technology (MinTIC), said it was put...

 2020-04-03 23:35 

TheDomains.com

Post the best name you have for sale for $500 or less...

Post the best name you have for sale for $500 or less...

 2020-04-03 21:20 

Domain Name Wire

Godaddy expects $25-$30 million revenue hit in Q2 due to Covid-19...

Domain name aftermarket might be a weak spot during the downturn. GoDaddy held a virtual investor day yesterday and the impact of Covid-19 was obviously a discussion topic. Ray Winborne, CFO of GoDaddy, said the pandemic had a minimal impact on Q1 and tha...

 2020-04-03 18:32 

Domain Investing

My Observations This Week...

I maintain a relatively small domain name portfolio with approximately 1,000 domain names. Nearly all of my company's domain names are available for sale, and I would guesstimate that somewhere between 85-90% of the domain names are considered general...

 2020-04-03 13:27 

Domain Name Wire

Reviewing 4-letter domains sold in March...

Kassey Lee evaluates four-letter domain sales as to how they might be valuable in China. Here are some 4-letter sold in March as reported by Namebio. I'll look at them from a Chinese perspective. XCDN .com sold for $22,000. XCDN.com is already a devel...

 2020-04-03 11:34 

TheDomains.com

Starworld.com sold for $35,000 in 2016 expires goes for $5,850...

Starworld.com sold for $35,000 in 2016 expires goes for $5,850...

 2020-04-02 20:40 

Domain Investing

No Joke: UDRP Filed Against Joking.com...

A UDRP was filed against the generic one word Joking.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) today. The case can be found via UDRPSearch.com (confirmed on the NAF website), and it is case #1890577. You will note that this article is being ...

 2020-04-02 19:12 

Domain Name Wire

Resource: Data on how business segments are faring in the pandemic...

Which online transactions are going up and down during the pandemic. CJ, previously known as Commission Junction, is a large affiliate network. Many businesses run affiliate programs through them, including GoDaddy. Because it's tracking commissions, ...

 2020-04-02 18:10 

Domain Name Wire

What you need in your domain investor continuity plan...

If you don't have a continuity plan, now is the time to develop one. Every domain name investor should have a plan. Not a plan they hope to enact themselves, nor a plan that they hope is put to use anytime soon. They need a plan that their loved ones ...

 2020-04-02 17:16 

Domain Investing

Results from Sedo's 4L .com Auction...

Sedo hosted a 4 letter .com domain name auction this past week, and the auction concluded this afternoon. In total, 150 4L .com domain names were sold in the auction, and the results of the auction have been posted below. It looks like around $30,000 USD ...

 2020-04-02 14:42 

Domain Name Wire

Top Chinese ventilator companies and their domains...

It's interesting to see which domain names these Chinese ventilator companies use. I've been reading a lot of news about Covid-19. Because of this infectious disease, demand for ventilators is skyrocketing and governments around the world are scra...

 2020-04-02 12:30 

Domain Investing

Facebook Registers Hundreds of CV / COVID Domain Names...

In my morning DomainTools Registrant Alert email, I noticed that Facebook and Instagram registered hundreds of domain names related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. All of the domain names I noticed on the list of new registrations are related to its...

 2020-04-02 12:18 

Domain Name Wire

Facebook registers over 500 Covid-19 related domain names...

Social media company goes on a defensive domain registration binge. Facebook has registered over 500 domain names related to Covid-19 for its Facebook and Instagram brands. The company registered the domain names yesterday as the platforms come under fire...

 2020-04-01 19:35 

Domain Name Wire

Afilias gets patent for managing domain name bundles...

Patent describes way to manage multiple domain names at once. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,599,632 (pdf) to registry operator Afilias for "Domain name registration and management." The patent describes the abil...

 2020-04-01 16:18 

Domain Investing

Hexonet Co-Founder Joins CentralNic...

In July of 2019, Hexonet was acquired by CentralNic in a deal that was reportedly worth "up to 10m." At the time the deal was completed, Hexonet Co-Founder Robbie Birkner announced that he would be leaving the company and the domain industry follo...

 2020-04-01 14:58 

Domain Name Wire

CentralNic shakes up management positions...

CentralNic names five people to new roles, Siffrin steps down. CentralNIC (London AIM: CNIC), a rollup of domain name companies, announced a restructuring of its leadership today. COO Alex Siffrin is stepping down. He joined CentralNic when he sold his co...

 2020-04-01 13:20 

Domain Name Wire

End user domain name sales up to $200,000...

Two .app domains lead the way at Sedo. The top two end user domain name sales at Sedo this past week were .app domains, including the blockbuster sale of shop.app to Shopify (NYSE: SHOP). Other domain buyers include a French leather goods company, a port ...

 2020-04-01 12:23 

Domain Name Wire

Cyrus Namazi leaves ICANN...

Head of domains division exits ICANN. Cyrus Namazi has left his role as Vice President of the Global Domains Division (GDD) at ICANN effective immediately. In a statement on the ICANN web site, ICANN CEO Gran Marby said that his co-deputy, Theresa Swineha...

 2020-04-01 01:40 

TheDomains.com

Shopify now owns Shop.app and Shopapp.com...

Shopify now owns Shop.app and Shopapp.com...

 2020-03-31 23:12 

Domain Investing

GoDaddy Employee "Fell Victim to a Spear-fishing or Social Engineering Attack"...

Earlier today, I published an article about a reported "security incident" involving Escrow.com. In the statement outlining what happened, Escrow.com wrote, "hackers got access to our domain registry account for the Escrow.com domain through a...

 2020-03-31 20:08 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by six figure sale of Shop.app...

Sedo weekly sales led by six figure sale of Shop.app followed by instructions.com and connys.com. Me.app sold for $24,000....

 2020-03-31 17:16 

Domain Investing

Escrow.com Statement on "Security Incident"...

Yesterday evening, I received a text message from a colleague asking me if I had seen the Escrow.com website. I had opened a transaction a few hours earlier, and I did not notice any issues on the site. I did a hard refresh, and I saw that the homepage ha...

 2020-03-31 16:36 

Domain Name Wire

Zoom domain registrations skyrocket...

Some of the registrations are for bad purposes. Videoconferencing solution Zoom is having its moment as millions of people work from home and kids take classes from their bedrooms. My daughter is now getting instruction on Zoom the majority of the school ...

 2020-03-31 13:23 

Domain Name Wire

End user research helps me decide whether to acquire a domain...

Kassey Lee explains the process he went through when evaluating an expired domain for purchase. I was watching Godaddy Auctions today and found the expiring domain YogaYoung.com. Since "yoga" is a popular keyword, I decided to look into this domai...

 2020-03-31 12:39 

Domain Investing

Sedo and InterNetX to Host Global Domain Report Webinar...

Earlier this year, Sedo and InterNetX published their 2019 Global Domain Report, which includes domain name sales data, trend reports, and other insight into the domain name aftermarket. On Thursday (April 2, 2020) at 11 AM Eastern, Sedo and InterNetX wil...

 2020-03-30 16:55 

Domain Name Wire

Loco UDRP ends in reverse domain name hijacking...

Tech company tries to hijack domain name registered in 1999. A Brazilian technology company has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in its effort to get the domain name InLoco.com. The Complainant, In Loco Tecnologia da Informao S.A., uses ...

 2020-03-30 16:47 

Domain Investing

What Are You Doing About Leases and Payment Plans?...

As things continue to develop, the unemployment rate will likely increase, making it difficult for people to pay critical bills like mortgage payments. While domain name lease payments and domain name payment plans are probably not considered "critica...

 2020-03-30 16:21 

Domain Name Wire

Flatten.ca: a great domain and great idea...

College students registered Flatten.ca to help flatten the curve in Canada. We've all heard of "flattening the curve" by now. Some Canadian college students have created a website to contribute to the effort, and they chose a great domain for ...

 2020-03-30 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Adjusting to the downturn and going virtual DNW Podcast #279...

Here's how one investor is thinking about his domain portfolio in light of the economic downturn. Domain name investor Page Howe returns to the program this week. Page talks about how he's managing his portfolio in light of the coronavirus bust, a...

 2020-03-30 14:39 

Domain Investing

Kabbage Acquires PaycheckProtection.com...

As part of the CARES Act passed into law in the United States, some small businesses will be eligible for Paycheck Protection Loans as part of the Paycheck Protection Program. From the little I understand about the program, US-based small business owners ...

 2020-03-30 13:00 

Domain Name Wire

Opera to support alt-root .Crypto domain names...

Opera users can now visit alt-root .crypto domain names from their browser. Unstoppable Domains, a blockchain-based domain name system alternative, announced today that the Opera browser for Android will support its .crypto domain name. .Crypto is an alte...

 2020-03-30 06:52 

TheDomains.com

Focusing on niches for the future of work and education...

Focusing on niches for the future of work and education...

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