DNForum makes its return
A long-running domain name forum is coming back. Adam Dicker’s DNForum has returned to the interwebs. The forum stopped resolving in February without notice to customers. At the time, Dicker was dealing with a number of complaints from people saying he owed them money or refunds for services they purchases. Since then, Dicker s...
Domain Name Wire - 14 hr 44 min ago
Peeking inside CentralNic’s annual report
New TLD revenues not growing as fast as you might expect. Domain name company CentralNic (LSE:CNIC) reported its audited 2015 results today. The company reported (pdf) £10.4 revenue in 2015, compared to £6.1 million the year before. Some of the jump is attributed to the acquisition of Internet.bs, which contributed £3.3 million reven...
Domain Name Wire - 14 hr 53 min ago
15 domain names to backorder this week
Here are 15 domains at NameJet, SnapNames and GoDaddy to consider backordering. It’s been a while since I’ve done a “what to buy this week” post. I’ve selected 15 domains available for backordering at the major expired domain services. None of these have affiliate links and I’m not paid to select t...
Domain Name Wire - 18 hr 43 min ago
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What were people thinking when they registered these domains?
Capitalizing on a tragedy by registering domain names. Egypt Air Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last week, and all on board are presumed dead. Such an event generates a lot of emotion, from sadness to fear, especially for the victims’ families. It is beyond belief to me that people would try to capitalize […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:57
John Berryhill defends another animal
This time, it’s a fire-breather. Bored with common earth creatures, domain name attorney John Berryhill has apparently moved on to mythical ones. He has successfully defended the domain names Pig.com, Elephant.com, Squirrels.com, Elk.com and Ant.com in previous UDRPs. Now he can add DragonBleu.com (blue dragon) to the list. Ber...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:7
Hexonet expands new TLD drop catching service
Customers can soon backorder premium domains and .top domain names. Domain name registrar Hexonet is expanding its domain backordering system for new top level domain names. The company recently expanded its backordering technology to drop catch expiring domain names from Donuts and Rightside. Starting next month, the backorder syste...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 9:27
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This week’s new TLDs: .Promo, .Game
Afilias and Uniregistry launch new domain name options this week. Two new top level domain names become available in general availability this week. Afilias launched .promo today. The most obvious use for this domain name is for coupon codes and sales. The domains are about $10-$15 retail. .Promo is interesting because it was origina...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 15:56
Update with Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu – DNW Podcast #85 (NASDAQ:NAME)
Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu talks about the domain business. It’s been almost a year since I sat down with Rightside CEO Taryn Naidu for a podcast. I got the chance to reconnect with Naidu when I was in Seattle a couple weeks ago for DNSeattle. On this podcast, Naidu discusses how he thinks Rightside can […] The post Update...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 11:30
Materia.com domain name handed back after lawsuit
Materia.com was transferred after UDRP but respondent got the domain back. Michele Dinoia lost the domain name Materia.com as the respondent in a UDRP in August. Now he has the domain name back. He filed suit in September against California company Materia, Inc, which had won the domain in the UDRP. He asked the court […] The p...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:10
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.VIP hits 200k registrations, $3.2 million within 5 days
.VIP proves to be a VIP for MMX. MMX (Minds + Machines, LSX:MMX) had a Very Important launch last week. The company announced today that .VIP generated over 200,000 registrations after just five days of general availability. The company has $3.2 million in billings/orders for the top level domain so far, which it will recognize [R...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:18
UDRP panelist files reverse domain name hijacking case
Panelist was attorney for complainant found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. What do you call it when a World Intellectual Property Organization UDRP panelist files a UDRP on behalf of a client and it results in a reverse domain name hijacking finding? I’m not sure, but I bet many readers can come […] The...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 20, 2016 - 13:50
Australian company fails to get Pepperjam domain name in UDRP
Remember affiliate network Pepperjam? An Australian company wants one of its domain names. An Australian lender that uses the brand name “Pepper Money” has failed to get the domain name PepperMoney.com from an old division of eBay. Pepper Group Limited filed a cybersquatting claim against 1075 First Global Associates, LLC...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 13:50
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Acorn Domains gets new owner, refreshed site
Popular UK domain forum changed hands last year, now upgraded. If you don’t invest in .uk domain names, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Acorn Domains. I don’t own any .uk names, but I know that Acorn Domains is a popular domain forum for UK investors. I get a good bit of traffic […] The post ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:34
Fred Krueger drops lawsuit against MMX
Co-founder claimed he was owed five million shares. Fred Krueger has dismissed his lawsuit against MMX (Minds + Machines). Krueger sued MMX earlier this year, claiming he was owed five million shares in the new top level domain name company he co-founded. The parties did not settle but agreed to a tolling agreement under which [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:22
Rightside investor tells shareholders to vote “no”
Investor continues to push for change at Rightside. J. Carlo Cannell, whose clients at Cannell Capital LLC own about 7% of outstanding shares of Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME), is asking other shareholders to vote against the board at its annual meeting June 2. Cannell sent a letter to the company earlier this year, demanding that Rightside...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 12:22
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18 end user domain name sales up to $50,000
LVN.com sells for $50,000, and does Michael Berkens’ $75,000 purchase of Boardroom.com count? Michael Berkens just can’t stop buying domain names. He bought Boardroom.com on Sedo this past week; the top reported sale at the venue. Should we consider this an end user sale because he has plans for it? Or is he just investin...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 10:10
.VIP breaks new TLD launch records
nTLDStats says it has a new leader for results out of the gate. .VIP has set new records for a top level domain name launch under the new TLD program, according to stacks tracker nTLDStats. The group tweeted that the domain is the new record holder for registrations 1 hour, 12 hours and 24 hours […] The post .VIP breaks new TLD...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 9:14
Twist! ICANN moves falls meeting to Hyderabad, India
Vegas? Nah, let’s go to India. Last month, ICANN VP of Meetings Nicholas Tomasso told community leaders that this October’s meeting in Puerto Rico might be moved to Las Vegas due to Zika virus concerns. Barring that, the only other venues ICANN had identified were in Orlando and Macau. Apparently they kept looking and hav...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 17:43
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Inside new top level domain company Donuts
Two of Donuts’ co-founders discuss the company’s results, strategy, and plans for the future. The last time I visited new top level domain company Donuts’ office in Bellevue, WA, the company had zero revenue from new TLDs. It was mid-2013, and it wouldn’t be until the next year that Donuts would launch its fir...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:39
Rightside’s premium promotion has begun
Promotion cuts the holding cost of premium domain names. Rightside’s (NASDAQ:NAME) promotion on premium domain names has begun and will run through the end of June. As I explained last month, the promotion enables you to pay just one year of premium pricing when you buy a domain name at participating registrars. After the first...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 9:42

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