University of Cambridge loses case against
University “seriously misdescribed” website in attempt to win transfer of site. The University of Cambridge has lost a cybersquatting dispute against the owner of The panel found that the University and its lawyers Stobbs IP Limited also “seriously misdescribed” contents of the domain name owner...
Domain Name Wire - 14 hr 4 min ago
Antony Van Couvering of Minds + Machines – DNW Podcast #54
Minds + Machines’ CEO returns to the podcast to talk about new domain names. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines CEO Antony Van Couvering is back on the podcast this week. He discusses what’s happening with new top level domain names and how his company is responding. He also explains how people […]
Domain Name Wire - 15 hr 42 min ago
Expired Domain Name Report: Over 200 names
Which do domainers need – a or a Both! But we’re incorrigible gamblers; so naturally we spent more to learn how to spend ($7.4k) than how not to spend ($1.6k). Indeed, was last week’s top expired domain at NameJet. Obviously, the domain can aim at a mass e-commer...
Domain Name Wire - 17 hr 1 min ago
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Hilton launching “True” Or “Tru” hotel brand
Domain name registrations point to name for new hotel brand. It seems that Hilton’s next hotel brand will be called True or Tru. The company just registered a number of domain names for this new brand yesterday: The hotelier...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 11:25
Now this is a good UDRP panelist…
Panelist spends a few extra minutes to avoid an injustice. A UDRP panelist who doesn’t take the easy way out in a case where the respondent doesn’t reply? Meet Nick J. Gardner. Gardner decided a recent case in which German company MAGIX Software GmbH filed a UDRP against the U.S. owner of The domain [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:18
Wow: DropCatch adds 300 more registrars, now has 752
Company increases stable of registrars going after dropping domains. The company behind expired domain name catching service has adding 300 more accredited registrars to its arsenal, and now has a whopping 752 registrars. This is according to ICANN’s public list of accredited registrars., which is ow...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:48
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.Gay fails community test, again
Queue the complaints about ICANN again…even though it’s not its fault. dotgay LLC, an applicant for the .Gay top level domain name that was seeking community status, has once again failed (pdf) to convince an independent panel that it qualifies. The company lost its Community Priority Evaluation last year, with the panel ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 9, 2015 - 9:34
A Frank Schilling company owns more than 5% of Rightside
SEC filing discloses interest in company. Some people say the domain name business is an incestuous industry. They might be right. An SEC filing this afternoon discloses that a company associated with Frank Schilling now owns 5.5% of the company. The filing was made by FTS, Corp in Grand Cayman. Schilling’s middle name is Taylo...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 17:31
World Trade Centers wins 89 domain names, including 9/11 names
Group takes over domain names registered on and after 9/11. World Trade Centers Association, Inc. has won 89 domain names in a cybersquatting dispute. The group filed a cybersquatting complaint with Czech Arbitration Court over 90 domain names, all of which included some reference to WTC or World Trade Center, such as, Re...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 17:16
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An update on the Adam Dicker allegations
Progress is being made settling issues brought to light earlier this week. Earlier this week I wrote about accusations made against domain name investor Adam Dicker. Since that time, a few things have happened that I think warrant posting an update. First, a number of people have come forward with stories about how they believe [R...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 15:12
Here’s what those Amazon AWS domain name registrations were for
Amazon’s domain name registrations this week indeed were for AWS announcements, but some are still to come. On Monday I wrote about’s domain name registrations that foreshadowed services it was likely to announce at this week’s AWS re:Invent conference. Now that the conference is underway, we know what ma...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 11:26
.Club to auction two letter domain names
Registry wants to tap into Chinese buyers with auction on .Club is auctioning a number of two letter .club domain names, along with the single letter, at auctions beginning later this month. Most of the two letter combinations, such as and, have $5,000 reserves. A couple have $10,000 reserves and C...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 10:17
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What domains Genentech and 20 other end users bought last week
Genentech, Roche, and bought domain names last week. Sedo had a great last week, handling 689 transactions for $1.5 million. The volume was driven by 100 four letter .com domain name sales, but its end user sales also had strong prices. The 64,000 dollar question this week is, “Who paid $64,000 for at [...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 13:52
Here are premium domain names .Club sold last month sells for $5k, leading .Club’s premium sales last month. The .Club domain name registry continues to release details of its premium domain name sales. It’s also including data on expired domain name sales from its unique relationship with SnapNames. Last month the company sold $53,742 of domain names through the...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 9:20
As I predicted, National Car Rental naming rights are for St. Louis stadium
City hopes to keep NFL Rams in the city with new stadium. On Saturday I wrote about National Car Rental registering domain names related to naming rights for a sports stadium. I predicted that it was for St. Louis. St. Louis is working on a plan for a stadium to try to keep the National […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 8:3
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Wow: Sedo sold 100 four letter .com’s last week
Four letter domain names are the new three letter domain names. Now that all of the three letter .com bargains have been picked over, it seems investors are on the hunt for the next best thing…four letter domain names. Sedo sold a whopping 100 four character domain names last week. Prices ranged from $749 for […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 17:25
Google bolsters Google Domains, switching to Domains.Google?
Registrar is revving up with simple email connection, more domain options. Google announced today that it’s adding features to its domain name registrar Google Domains, plus expanding the number of domain names it offers. I suspect Google is also getting ready to change the domain name the service is hosted on. The company is m...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 16:9 foreshadows AWS re:Invent news with domain name registrations
What will Amazon reveal at AWS re:Invent this week? Here are some clues. registered 21 domain names yesterday that likely foreshadow product announcements at this week’s AWS re:Invent conference. The company registered 5 internet of things domain names as it prepares to launch a cloud-based service for IOT this week:...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:12
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Thoughts on the latest domain name “scandal”
A prominent figure in the domain name industry has apparently hit hard times. I’ve been writing Domain Name Wire for ten years. When I started writing, domain forums were where all of the discussion took place. Over time, blogs have become a central point of discussion in the domain name industry. Part of the reason […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:50
.Sex domain name enters “matching” period
Companies have 30 days to buy matching domain names. The .Sex top level domain name has exited sunrise and is now available to more registrants. From now until October 30, anyone who owns a .xxx domain name can register a .sex domain name. Also, if you paid to block your .xxx name during the .xxx […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 9:20
This week: .Film top level domain name launches
It’s more restricted than the already-available .movie. array of registrars. In order to register .film domain names, you must be a member of one of these organizations. You also have to have a close tie to the name(s) you register at the second level. In other words, no speculating in .Film. .Film will compete with […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:35
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Richard Lau’s Journey, and NamesCon – DNW Podcast #53
Richard Lau tells his story and what to look forward to at NamesCon 2016. Richard Lau’s life hit bottom in 2000. His business was essentially wiped out in one week. Worse, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then he has perservered in both business and in health. On today’s show, he discusses his journey. […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:30
.Com Winners Update: Google Domains is Growing
Here’s how registrars fared with .com in June. ICANN has published Verisign’s registrar data for .com from June. As always, GoDaddy dominated the charts in terms of new registrations. And, for the second month in a row, it avoided the top 5 when it comes to net transfer losses. But the bigger story to me […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:51
What stadium is National Car Rental buying naming rights to?
A new stadium for the St. Louis Rams? In 2013 I scooped that Levi’s was buying naming rights to a stadium based on domain name registrations. It turned out to be for the NFL 49ers stadium. Recent domain name registrations suggest its National Car Rental’s turn. The company just registered: nationalcar...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 13:12
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September’s Top 5 Domain Name Wire Stories
A look back at last month’s top domain name news. Ashley Madison, domain name liquidity and a domain parking lawsuit were popular topics last month. 1. Ashley Madison takes down – the company got it by filing a UDRP. 2. How can we bring liquidity to the domain name business? – with nearly 10...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:32

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