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Over 200 expired domain name sales [results]
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name auctions. It will surprise some people that the country responsible for last week’s #2 Namejet expired auction is Turkey. Kemer.com ($11.4k) describes a seaside resort region. No, Italy, Greece, and Spain are not the only countries on the Mediterranean. ICANN has offi...
Domain Name Wire - 4 hr 27 min ago
Analyst ups forecast for new TLDs, $900MM bookings by 2016
Analyst becomes more bullish on new top level domain name potential. B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha has increased his forecast for new top level domain name registrations after attending last week’s ICANN conference in Los Angeles. Previously, he was calling for about 20 million new TLD registrations from 2014-2016, now he’...
Domain Name Wire - 5 hr 11 min ago
Why .com had a good quarter (and .net didn’t )
Thank the Chinese and discount pricing for continued demand for .com domain names. Verisign handled 8.7 million new registrations in .com and .net in the third quarter this year, the most ever in a third quarter. That amounted to 1.15 million domain names added to the namespace. The addition was basically all in .com, as […]
Domain Name Wire - 9 hr 2 min ago
Bad news for IDN.com investors
Verisign still negotiating with ICANN over .com transliteration domain names. Owners of IDN.com domain names that are patiently waiting for .com transliterations are going to have to keep waiting. In an SEC filing today, and on its investor conference call, Verisign said it has received an extension to the deadline for negotiating it...
Domain Name Wire - 22 hr 45 min ago
Lawsuit filed to recover stolen three letter domain names
Suit alleges 35 domain names were stolen from a GoDaddy account. Acme Billing Company filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) in U.S. District Court this week to recover 14 stolen domain names, including 9 three letter domain names. The suit alleges that an unknown person stole 35 domain names from Acme Billing Company’s GoDaddy account....
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:42
.Com rebound: Verisign adds 1.15 million domain names to hit 130.0 million
After slow second quarter, Verisign returns to health growth in net-adds in third quarter. Verisign just reported third quarter earnings, and it appears to have been a pretty good quarter in terms of .com and .net registrations compared to the previous quarter. The registration base for .com and .net increased by 1.15 million domain ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:32
How you can (and can’t) justify recent Top Level Domain auction prices
In this post, DOT TBA founder Christa Taylor considers the payback period for new TLDs based on recent auction prices and current registration volumes. The October 22nd ICANN new top level domain name auction resulted in the resolution of several TLDs selling for substantial amounts of money: .Realty $5.6 million .Salon $5.1 million ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:44
17 more end user domain name sales
Here’s a list of some of the end users that bought domain names last week. Sedo handled a total of 484 transactions last week, representing $1.4 million in total sales. Yes the most expensive sale they reported was just $16,200, suggesting there was at least one big sale that is not public. Before I run […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:26
Yesterday’s 5 new TLD launches total about 2,500 registrations
Five new top level domain names launched yesterday, and they combined for a total registration base of just 2,500 after the end of the “zone day”. This includes sunrise and landrush, plus the initial hours of general availability. Donuts’ .healthcare ended the day with about 1,400 registrations (all stats from nTLDs...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:1
Amazon.com buys .spot domain name for $2.2 million, .Realty sells for $5.6 million
Amazon wins another new top level domain, but it’s the cheapest of the day. The latest round of new top level domain name “auctions of last resort” at ICANN took place today. Three auctions closed for prices ranging from $2.2 million to $5.6 million: Amazon.com won .spot for $2,200,000, beating applicants Google and...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 20:47
A million domain names have been suspended, and law enforcement is AWOL
Domain registrars plead for data as websites go dark thanks to whois verification requirements. It has been almost a year since most large domain name registrars have been required to verify certain elements of domain name whois information. For now, it’s pretty simple. Your registrar sends an email to the whois contact on your...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 13:56
Loose Lips Sink Ships: are new military domain names dangerous?
In this post, Joseph Peterson questions if new .navy, .army and .airforce domain names could be a security issue for the U.S. military. This little article of mine may make me some enemies at Rightside, the registry behind the recently released TLDs .ARMY, .AIRFORCE, and .NAVY. However, I have no ax to grind. Far from […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:24
Verisign’s new videos: Make your Idea Official [watch]
Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea. Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:19
GoDaddy paid up to $45 million for Mad Mimi, amends S-1
GoDaddy’s amended s-1 filing shows that it paid $42 million plus up to $3 million in bonuses for email marketing firm. GoDaddy filed an amended S-1 with the SEC yesterday. Most of the changes from the previous S-1, filed in August, are subtle. The latest filing does not include third quarter results. The most notable […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:4
First Rakuten dropped Buy.com, now it plans to nix Play.com
Company to nix the Play.com brand in favor of Rakuten.co.uk. Japanese ecommerce company Rakuten is doing something rather unusual: it is dropping the use of great, generic domain names in favor of its own brand Rakuten. Last year the company dropped the Buy.com brand from the company of the same name it bought in 2010, […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:27
ICANN slashes new TLD forecast, but is it enough?
ICANN is forecasting 15 million new TLD registrations during the current fiscal year. ICANN has slashed the number of new top level domain name registrations it expects during this fiscal year for budgeting purposes, but is its picture still too rosy? That’s a question that members of the Registrar Stakeholders group asked ICAN...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:52
ICANN struggles to beat echo chamber after .Gay decision
Many responses to .gay community application decision are oversimplifying what happened…and getting it wrong. In headlines and tweets, it’s pretty easy to knock ICANN for a recent decision not granting .gay applicant dotgay llc community status for the domain name. The reality, for anyone who takes the time to understand ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:48
Paradise.com, Holiday.com and Iraq.com hit auction block next month
Valuable domain names go up for sale next month. For a company I hadn’t heard of before it announced it was auctioning Holiday.com a couple months ago, Breathe Luxury has assembled an impressive list of domain names for its auction next month. The company will auction off dozens of domain names in conjunction with the […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:9
AnnualCreditReport.com goes after a big typosquatter
Company behind government-mandated free annual credit report site demands control of 227 typos. Central Source, a company created by the three major U.S. consumer credit bureaus, has filed an in rem lawsuit against 227 typos of its AnnualCreditReport.com domain name. This is the sixth cybersquatting lawsuit the company has filed this...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:44
Afilias plans to raise $100 million, warchest will help in new top level domain auctions
Afilias will float its shares on the AIM next month, and use proceeds in part to fund upcoming new TLD auctions. Domain name registry Afilias announced today that it intends to trade on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, raising $100 million. In doing so, Afilias will join fellow registries Minds + Machines and CentralNic on [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:3

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