Over 100 Expired Domain Sales in this week’s report
Joseph Peterson’s weekly roundup of expire domain name sales. Last time, I looked at whether a sharp downturn in the Chinese stock market has inhibited Chinese domain sales. So far, all evidence I’ve evaluated suggests that it’s business as usual for the wholesale Chinese domain market: high peak prices and churning...
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Neustar acquires Bombora registry and ARI
Neustar continues to grow its top level domain name services business with acquisition. Neustar has acquired Australia-based Bombora Technologies Pty Ltd, the registry services provider of the .au top-level domain and numerous other top-level domains, for approximately AUD $118.5 million, or approximately USD $86.9 million in cash. T...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 16:21
Sedo adds automated ownership verification
Feature lets you add domains for sale without delay. There’s a delay between the time you submit a domain name for sale on Sedo and when it shows up on the site. This delay is due to Sedo verifying that the person who submitted the domain name is actually the owner. Now Sedo has released […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:51
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Minds + Machines: layoffs, plan for cash and more
Big updates from one of the biggest new top level domain name companies. Publicly traded Minds + Machines (London AIM: MMX) released a corporate update today, and it’s big. The company has close to $50 million in cash in the bank, which gives it plenty of time to wait out the hoped-for surge in acceptance […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 11:18
60 End User Domain Name Sales
Here’s are 60+ domain names that sold on Sedo this past week. Sedo sales from the past week totaled more than $1 million with some 495 reported transactions, the highest of which was Float.com at $50k. Of these, I’ve tracked down about 60 end-user buyers. Acquiro.com (€3900) – Sold to Selling Simplified, a lead-gen / mark...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:19
GoDaddy loses first UDRP from Marchex portfolio acquisition
No one responded to the dispute. GoDaddy has lost its first UDRP from the portfolio it acquired from Marchex in April. The company didn’t respond to a UDRP filed by Dairyland Midwest, Inc. d/b/a AgVision for the domain name AgVision.com. When the UDRP was filed last month, World Intellectual Property Organization sent a notice ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:15
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Verisign gets patent for predicting domain name renewal rates
A crystal ball for estimating domain name renewal rates. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has granted patent number 9,094,467 to Verisign for “Method and system for predicting domain name registration renewal probability”. Simply: take a number of factors about the domain name and its history to calculate the chances ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 12:11
Afternic domain selling Hangout is today
Learn how to sell your domain names with Afternic in a Hangout today. GoDaddy is hosting a Hangout today to explain how Afternic works with GoDaddy. The hangout takes places at 11 am PDT (1 PM EDT). GoDaddy will discuss how Afternic works and integrates with GoDaddy. Representatives will also explain domain listing best practices. [&...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:58
Unbiased.com saved in UDRP but no RDNH
UDRP panel is unbiased, finds in favor of domain name owner. The owner of Unbiased.co.uk has failed to win rights to the Unbiased.com domain name in a UDRP. Unbiased.co.uk helps people find financial advisers, mortgage brokers, solicitors and accountants. The company filed its cybersquatting claim on the basis of a trademark for unbi...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 27, 2015 - 12:9
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A Crazy Cybersquatting Lawsuit with Jason Kneen – DNW Podcast #43
The inside story of a baseless cybersquatting lawsuit. Imagine that you’re an app developer who has registered a handful of domain names over the years. One day your twitter feed and phone lights up with people discussing how you’re being sued over one of the domain names you own. That’s exactly what happened to Jason […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 27, 2015 - 11:30
Vox Populi wants trademark for .Sucks
Controversial new top level domain name registry wants to trademark “.sucks”. Vox Populi, the domain name registry for .Sucks, has applied for the trademark “.Sucks” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The goods and services for the mark are “Domain name registration services; registration of doma...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 27, 2015 - 9:26
3 “New” Risks to Verisign’s Business
Company includes additional risks in its most recent quarterly filing. .Com registry Verisign released its earnings and filed its quarterly report with the SEC yesterday. Using Intelligize, I compared Q2’s SEC report to Q1 to look for changes. I found three interesting risk factors added to the most recent report. Some of these...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 24, 2015 - 12:45
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Are IDN .com owners about to get screwed?
Verisign finds way to sign ICANN contract, but it might come at the expense of IDN investors. It’s been a long, long wait for owners of internationalized domain names under .com. The idea was that they’d get rights to IDN.IDN-as-transliteration domain names to match their IDN.com names when they came out. So they register...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 24, 2015 - 10:27
Verisign to hike .Net prices 10%
Domain registration bills increasing. Verisign announced that it is raising its wholesale price for .net domain names in February. The current fee is $6.79, and this will jump 10% to $7.46 effective Feb. 1, 2016. Verisign is able to increase the price of .net domain names annually. A 2012 contract extension for .com domains keeps [&#...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:6
Patent troll applies for domain name management patent
Intellectual Ventures wants patent related to managing domain names and web hosting. Some big companies in the domain name space have lots of patents. Despite threats, no major players have tried to extract money out of their competitors. But registrars should be concerned about a recent patent application because of the company behi...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:9
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“Spa Community” gets .Spa domain name
Group wins Community Priority Evaluation for .Spa. Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council Limited has won (for now) the sole right to operate the .Spa top level domain name after winning a Community Priority Evaluation for the name. The group scored 14 points (pdf) out of 16 to prevail. It lost one point for “Content […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 11:21
Domain name registrar’s suspension stayed after it files for arbitration
OpenTLD argues it should have received a formal breach notice first. Domain name registrar OpenTLD, which had its ability to register new TLDs suspended by ICANN, is back in action for now. ICANN suspended the registrar for cybersquatting on other registrar’s brands. OpenTLD has filed for arbitration in the matter, and ICANN ha...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 10:48
Google registers domain names for Google Play’s return to China
Domain name registrations suggest Google is indeed going back to China with Google Play. It appears that Google Play, the search giant’s app store, is indeed making another play for the Chinese market. There have been rumors about a return to China in recent months. Google registered a number of domain names related to Google [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 10:30
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This Week’s Expired Domain Name Report
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain names sales, including a look at what’s happening in China after the stock bubble burst. After the Chinese stock market began its downward spiral on June 15, domain investors and brokers began speculating about how the Chinese domain market would respond. For my part, I ex...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 9:35
John Berryhill gets stolen EHT.com domain returned through UDRP
Panel orders domain name stolen in 2013 to be returned to previous owner. Domain name attorney John Berryhill has successfully won the transfer of the domain name EHT.com for his client, in a rare case in which he acted on behalf of the complainant. John Dilks has owned EHT.com since 1997. The domain name was […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 19:14
$50,000 penalty for filing a frivolous UDRP!
Company pays big bucks after filing losing UDRP. A Belgium maker of ultrasound equipment has paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a frivolous UDRP it filed. SDT International filed a UDRP for the domain named SDT.com last year. The domain name is owned by Nat Cohen’s Telepathy, and SDT had tried to purchase […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 13:0
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GoDaddy testing “Ad” designation in search results
Search results that are bumped up through marketing agreements get a new label. GoDaddy is testing the use of an “ad” designation in its domain name search results. Search results that have their locations influenced by a registry paying to bump up the result are sometimes labeled with the designation. The label is simila...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 12:47
16 End User Domain Name Sales
A look at 16 domain names sold on Sedo last week that were purchased by end users. Sedo handled about a million dollars worth of domain name transactions last week with 499 domains. Many of the biggest sales — such as Frank Schilling’s $66,000 sale of newy.com — are still in the transfer process. At […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:43
Scripps files trademark applications for new top level domains
Trademarking Living and Lifestyle. Scripps Networks Interactive, through its top level domain name company Lifestyle Domain Holdings, has filed for U.S. trademarks matching a number of the top level domain names it will run. The company filed multiple trademark applications for “Living”, “Lifestyle” and “...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:55
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How & why you should use DomainTools’ portfolio tracker
DomainTools offers a nifty tool for tracking domain names. DomainTools has a lot of useful features, but most people just barely scratch the surface of its capabilities. One of the tools I find particularly useful is Domain Monitor. Simply put, Domain Monitor monitors domain names and lets you know if changes are made to the […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:40

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