It looks like Verisign bought .Web domain for $135 million (SEC Filing)
Company paying $130 million for “contractual rights”. It sure looks like Nu Dot Co was the winner of today’s .web auction and Verisign is behind the bid. Verisign just filed its quarterly report with the SEC today. Under “Subsequent Event” it says: Subsequent to June 30, 2016, the Company incurred a comm...
Domain Name Wire - 49 min ago
Neustar and Verisign release earnings, doesn’t mention .web
Companies report results and doesn’t mention today’s .web auction. Does this mean anything? Verisign and Neustar released second quarter earnings today after the bell. Both companies are rumored to be backers of Nu Dot Co in the .web auction that concluded today for $135 million, but neither mentioned in in their press re...
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 49 min ago
Breaking: .Web top level domain name auction ends for $135 million
The auction to determine who gets to run the .web top level domain name has concluded with a $135 million price. This is by far the most paid to run a top level domain name. More to come… © DomainNameWire.com 2016. This is copyrighted content. Domain Name Wire full-text RSS feeds are made available for […] The post B...
Domain Name Wire - 7 hr 46 min ago
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MMX records over $8 million billings in first half of year
2016 looking much rosier than 2015 for new TLD company. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines (MMX) recorded $8.05 million in billings in the first half of 2016, the company announced today. That’s four times as much as it recorded in the same period of 2015. The gain was largely driven by […] The post MMX re...
Domain Name Wire - 9 hr 13 min ago
17 end user domain name sales up to $25,000
CodeFactory.com, IdealSleep.com and TrueStory.com all sell for $20,000 or more. Sedo handled 450 domain name transactions last week for a total of about $1 million in sales. It was a somewhat slow sales week but there are plenty of end user sales to report. Some of them are still in escrow or have whois privacy, […] The post 17...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 13:19
Court denies Donuts’ request to delay .web auction
Judge faults Donuts on procedural grounds and the merits, so auction will go ahead today as planned. An auction to resolve the .web top level domain name contention set will go forward today as originally planned. United States District Judge Percy Anderson denied (pdf) Donuts’ request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:50
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A smart brokerage pitch from Afternic
Better lead follow up is worth the commission. Domainers tend to gripe about paying commissions to marketplaces, especially when the lead was generated from a link on their own parking page. This makes sense. If you, the domainer, generated the lead, why should you pay a marketplace a fat commission? I think there are two […] T...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 14:1
Poll: How much will .web domain name sell for?
How much money will the .web contention set be settled for? Barring a last-minute court decision, the highly-anticipated auction to settle the .web top level domain contention set will take place on Wednesday. Thankfully for industry watchers, the final price will be made public after the auction concludes. How much do you think the ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 10:47
ICANN: Wednesday’s .Web auction must go on
Group responds to lawsuit and argues auction should take place on Wednesday as planned. ICANN has responded (pdf) to Donuts’ lawsuit over the .web top level domain name auction, saying that Donuts’ allegations are unfounded and that the auction should proceed as planned on Wednesday. Donuts is trying to halt tomorrow̵...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 9:22
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14 domain names to backorder this week
Here are 14 domain names you might want to buy this week. It’s been a while since I’ve run my column featuring domain names you might want to backorder on services like GoDaddy, NameJet and SnapNames. This week I’m featuring 14 domain names to consider. I tried to identify non-obvious names. There are plenty of [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 14:1
How James Booth went from zero to $5 million in 6 months – DNW Podcast #94
James Booth sold $5 million in domain names within six months of opening his brokerage firm. James Booth had a bit of an “in” when he got into the domain name business. His brother Andy Booth is a very successful domain name investor. Still, James’ early success brokering domains has been phenomenal: about $5 millio...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 11:30
Donuts sues ICANN over .web domain
New top level domain applicant unhappy with ICANN’s response thus far, so it takes its complaint to court. One of new top level domain name company Donuts’ subsidiaries has sued ICANN in an effort to postpone the auction for .web and potentially disqualify one of the participants. Donuts and at least two other applicants ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:30
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Facebook registers domain names for WorkPlace service
Is it getting ready to expand its corporate offerings? Facebook has registered a handful of domain names suggesting it’s working on a service called WorkPlace…or a rebrand. The social media company registered the domain names facebookworkplace.com, fbworkplace.com, workplacebyfacebook.com and workplacebyfb.com, along with...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 22, 2016 - 10:36
ICANN denies request to delay .web auction (again)
.Web auction should still take place this month, ICANN determines. ICANN has quickly responded (pdf) to a reconsideration request filed by Radix and Donuts that requested this month’s .web top level domain auction be postponed. The two companies are concerned that control of applicant Nu Dot Co might have changed, perhaps to a ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, July 22, 2016 - 9:27
Interesting data on domain growth and cybersquatting
Charts in ICANN report reveal interesting trends. ICANN published the beta (pdf) of its gTLD Marketplace Health Index today. Here are some graphs I found interesting. These graphs only refer to gTLDs, not ccTLDs. Growth in second level domain additions was slipping until new top level domains were released: Geographic top level domai...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:57
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Moon Juice is a reverse domain name hijacker
Company that sells “sex dust” tries to hijack domain name. Los-Angeles, California-based Moon Juice Ventures, which uses the domain name MoonJuiceShop.com, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. The finding comes as a result of the company’s cybersquatting complaint against the owner of Moo...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 12:20
Mike Mann overturns UDRP decision in court
Domain investor will keep SoundStop.com domain name. Domain name investor Mike Mann has successfully defended his domain name SoundStop.com in court after a UDRP panel ordered that he transfer it. Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc filed a UDRP against the domain name with the National Arbitration Forum. A three-person panel consisting of Ja...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:51
17 end user domain name sales up to $200,000
ADA.com highlights end user sales list. Sedo had a good sales week with $1.7 million in domain name transactions over 503 domain names. Leading the list was ADA.com for $200,000, which was purchased by a company launching a healthcare app. Mike Mann sold AnimalsUnited.com for $39,000, but it’s not clear who the buyer is yet. [&...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:25
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Participate in an upcoming DNW Podcast about China
Submit your thoughts on what’s going on with the Chinese market for domain names. What’s going on in the Chinese domain name market? Does the bull market still have legs, or was it just a blip on the radar? What’s next? If you have an opinion on China, I’d love to feature you in an […] The post Participa...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 11:12
Interesting: NikeGoogle.com UDRP denied because…
What happens when two trademarks are at issue in a UDRP? National Arbitration Forum panelist Sandra J. Franklin has declined to transfer the domain name NikeGoogle.com to sporting goods company Nike in an interesting UDRP. I’ve often wondered what ends up happening when a company wins a UDRP for a domain that includes their bra...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:31

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