GoDaddy’s Super Bowl ad switcheroo: planned or not?
GoDaddy, once again, is getting a lot of press for its Super Bowl ad. How much of it was planned? If you pay for a Super Bowl commercial and no one talks about it before or after the big game, you got ripped off. GoDaddy discovered this many years ago and has mastered the art […]
Domain Name Wire - 59 min ago
.Space wins this week’s new TLD releases
.Space tops in registrations with about 1,700 on first day. When it comes to most registrations, .space appears to have topped the list of this week’s new top level domain name launches. That doesn’t come as a big surprise since it’s the most generic (and lowest priced) domain of the lot. Here’s a run down [&#...
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 37 min ago
Owner of Good.com sues business that uses Good.co
Company miffed that consumers may be confused by Good.co vs. Good.com. Good Technology Corporation, a mobility services company that uses the domain name Good.com, has sued (pdf) a career app and social network company using the name Good.co. I suspect Good Technology Corporation is facing an uphill battle here. It uses a dictionary ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:28
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Was Michele.watch registered for Porn or for Watches?
Domain name registrant came up with a creative defense in UDRP. A National Arbitration Forum panel has ordered the domain name Michele.watch transferred to watchmaker Fossil Group, Inc. I’ve got to hand it to the respondent in this case. He put up a spirited defense of his registration of Michele.watch. Enadin Kucevic said he d...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:37
GoDaddy to change controversial Super Bowl Commercial
GoDaddy won’t run controversial “Journey Home” commercial. GoDaddy’s 2015 Super Bowl commercial, which it just released this morning, won’t air on Sunday after all. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tweeted this afternoon: In many ways, the commercial was classic GoDaddy. It was sure to spark outrage, which got p...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:12
GoDaddy’s Super Bowl Commercial will be its most controversial yet [Watch]
Here’s proof you can have controversy without nudity. GoDaddy made a name for itself with controversial Super Bowl commercials. If you thought its move from sexy commercials to one featuring a puppy dog meant the company was shying away from controversy, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. This year’s commercial (emb...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:8
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This week’s new TLDs: .Space, Google’s .How and .RIP
5 new top level domain names will be released on Wednesday. A number of new top level domain names are being launched in general availability this week, all on Wednesday. Radix’s .Space hits registrars’ shelves at a price of about $10. It’s a generic domain, but also conjures up the idea of your “space” ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:58
A look back at last month’s NameJet sales
Joseph Peterson reviews last month’s sales on NameJet. What a difference a month makes (to misquote Dinah Washington)! During November, NameJet reported only 61 domain sales over $2,000 with just 1 solitary auction up in the 5 figures; but December racked up 102 above $2k – 14 of which exceeded $10k. Judging by the over-$2k res...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 14:47
Photo.com — sold for over $1 million twice — saved in UDRP
Complainant makes interesting allegations in UDRP. A three person WIPO panel has handed down a decision in a UDRP for Photo.com in a case I wrote about in October. The complainant owns Foto.com, but there’s a lot more to the story than just a company using UDRP to go after a great domain name. According […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:40
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New TLDs with Donuts’ Richard Tindal – DNW Podcast #017
A discussion about new top level domain names with the biggest new TLD company. Donuts Inc doesn’t sell baked goods by the dozen — it sells new domain names. But like Krispy Kreme, it sells a lot of varieties of its product. In this episode, I chat with Donuts co-founder and COO Richard Tindal. Donuts […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 11:30
Buying Bids at Flippa: A look at marketplace integrity
Joseph Peterson explores the problem of shill bidding at Flippa. Are you paying more than you should to buy a domain name at auction? That might be the case at some online venues. Throughout 2014, it was possible to purchase fake bids and endorsements for Flippa auctions from a website explicitly offering shill services for sale in [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:24
New TLD company Architelos sued after threatening IP Law Firm
Architelos sent cease and desist letter to intellectual property law firm, with a predictable result. What happens when you send a cease & desist letter alleging trademark infringement to an intellectual property law firm? You get sued. That’s what happened after new top level domain name services company Architelos sent a...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9:54
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SelfieSticks.com sells for $29,100 and more expired domain name sales
Joseph Peterson runs down the latest expired domain name sales at NameJet. If you’re as un-with-it as uncool me, then you’ll look at the $29.1k high bid for SelfieSticks.com and say, “Huh?” Apparently, selfie sticks are rods that attach to a camera phone so that you can hold it far enough away to take a pictur...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9:12
Trademark Clearinghouse bundles Porn domains with service at discount
Deal with ICM Registry cuts pricing if you sign up for TMCH and protect a brand in adult domain names. The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) will cut you a deal on its services, if you take a little T&A with it. On a webinar about the new ICM Registry domains .Adult and .Porn today, ICM General […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 15:18
.XXX registry releases Domain Check for brand owners
Tool checks brand across more than just ICM Registry’s top level domain names. ICM Registry, the company behind .xxx and the forthcoming .porn and .adult domain names, has released an online tool for companies to check their brands across hundreds of new top level domain names. Domain Check, of course, provides status informati...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 14:25
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Do we need new domain names for real estate?
Many domain names used in real estate are still available in .com. There are lots of new top level domain names coming out (or already released) for real estate purposes: .Realtor, .realty, .realestate, .casa, .immobilien, .immo and probably a few others I’ve missed. This week Rightside released .forsale, a domain it is pitchin...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:6
Investment firm RVK engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on RVK.com
Company changed its brand last year, filed UDRP to get matching three letter domain name. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found investment advisory firm RVK (formerly R.V. Kuhns & Associates, Inc.) guilty of engaging in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name RVK.com. The company, aided by law fir...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:45
22 End User Domain Name Sales
Recent domain buyers include TrueCar, HomeAway and a company that sells herbs for kids. Sedo handled 603 transactions last week for a total of $1 million in domain name sales. The top reported sale was BabyCity.com, which was sold to an herbal supplements company that sells a lot of products geared to kids. Another interesting [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:5
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The wild story about how the domain name CM.com was just registered
Verisign just allowed the reserved domain name CM.com to be registered. Here’s why. In 2013, the longtime registrant of CM.com lost his domain name. The domain name had been registered to Satoshi Shimoshita since 2004. Yet the domain name was deleted following a period in which the nameservers for the domain name pointed to NS1...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:17
Pssst…Rightside released its name collision domain names
Many good domains on the list, but be prepared to pay a premium. While you were partying in Las Vegas at NamesCon last week, Rightside released its name collision domain names to the public. Sort of… As a bit of background, name collision domain names are ones that new top level domain operators had to […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 14:54
MomAndMe.com spared in UDRP. Should have been RDNH?
Indian company should not have brought case. A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled against Mahindra & Mahindra Limited of India in its UDRP against the owner of MomAndMe.com. Even though the domain name owner didn’t respond, this case should have been a candidate for reverse domain name h...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:19
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Architelos gets patent for NameSentry
Certain aspects of abuse monitoring and management solution for top level domain names is now patented in the United States. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office granted U.S. patent number 8,938,801 (pdf) to Architelos today for “Managing domain name abuse”. The patent is related to the new TLD services company’s Na...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:11
17 End User Domain Name Sales
Recent end user domain name sales at Sedo. I’m a week behind on end user domain name sales reports since I was busy at the NamesCon conference last week in Las Vegas. This report contains sales made at Sedo two weeks ago, when Sedo handled 593 transactions worth $1.6 million. Here’s the list. (You can […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:1
A Review of last week’s NamesCon conference
Fantastic content and networking at second annual NamesCon conference. You really missed out if you didn’t make it to Las Vegas last week for NamesCon. About 900 tickets were sold, making it the largest domain name investing conference ever. Here are my thoughts on the show. Venue The Tropicana has fantastic meeting space for a...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 19, 2015 - 12:38
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GoDaddy’s Domain Business with Mike McLaughlin – DNW Podcast #016
A look inside GoDaddy’s domain name business. How is domain name registrar GoDaddy handling the influx of new top level domain names? What is it doing to improve its domain name aftermarket and what’s the latest on Afternic? How does GoDaddy handle a growing number of search results for domain names? GoDaddy SVP and GM [&...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, January 19, 2015 - 11:30

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