.Co jumps on China craze with short domain auction
Two-character .co domains will be auctioned next month. Neustar (NYSE:NSR), the company behind the .co top level domain name, wants to cash in on the Chinese domain name investment craze. The company will hold a two-character domain name auction on the 22.cn platform July 5-13. The auctions start at 1 yaun, and it appears none [̷...
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IANA transition will not remove government relationship with .com contract
Department of Commerce will still have a say over .com prices. Today, ICANN posted proposed contracts with Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) for the Root Zone Management Agreement (RZMA) and an extension of the .com registry contract. The RZMA is a necessary step for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to step out of it...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 14:51
Vape Magazine nailed for reverse domain name hijacking
Company filed UDRP for domain name that was registered before it existed. Starpixel Marketing LLC dba Vape Magazine has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name VapeMagazine.com. VapeMagazine.com was registered in 2011. The complainant founded Vape Magazine about a year later and launched a site...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:2
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.Com contract extension shorter than Verisign expected
Extension will add six years to existing agreement. ICANN has published a proposed extension to its contract with Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) for .com. While the existing contract doesn’t expire until 2018, the parties are extending the agreement so that its end date matches that of the new Root Zone Management Agreement. The Root Zon...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:36
17 end user domain name sales up to $30,000
These businesses bought domain names on Sedo last week. Sedo handled about 468 domain name transactions last week for a total of about $1 million in sales. While a number of domain names are still in escrow, I discovered 17 that appear to be sales to end users. These include a couple brand owners that […] The post 17 end user d...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 13:13
Company guilty of reverse domain hijacking after refiling case
Domain owner forced to defend himself twice despite unchanged facts. A company that sells an organic fertilizer has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking after filing a UDRP for the second time. GBI Prosperities Pty Ltd. and Dr Grow It All Sales Pty Ltd. filed the UDRP against the owner of doctorgrowitall.com and […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:42
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Strickling responds to Marco Rubio et al about IANA transition
A well-reasoned response to a poorly reasoned concern. NTIA Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling has responded to Senator Marco Rubio and four other members of Congress who questioned plans to remove the U.S. government’s direct role in the IANA functions. Strickling explains why the fears are unfounded, and how the new stru...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 9:17
Lawyer fell for DomainGang story about eNom Backpack Girl
More UDRP hilarity. Yesterday, I wrote about how an Australian company argued in a UDRP that the famous Backpack Girl was planted by the owner of Patricks.com because the complainant’s (a company called Patricks) CEO looked like Backpack Girl. It was hilarious. It gets even funnier. Once the respondent’s attorney John Ber...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 20:14
Cybersquatting complaints against .com domains are dropping
Here’s a story you’ve not heard told: For many years, the number of UDRPs aimed at .COM domains has been declining. Does that come as a surprise? We hear about high-profile UDRPs all the time, and the newsworthy cases usually involve some valuable domain name that has been put in jeopardy. Since .COM tends to be the most ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 14:0
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How to manage your feeds on Domaining.com
Customize Domaining.com for a better experience. Ever since Google took away the best RSS reader, I’ve started to rely more on Domaining.com to see what other bloggers are writing about. And, although not everyone is aware of this, you can customize Domaining.com kind of like an RSS reader so that it only shows blogs that [R...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 11:5
FFM launches .Stream domain this week, and you can get them cheap
.Stream is inexpensive if you know where to look. Famous Four Media is launching the .stream top level domain name on Wednesday. The company makes it a practice of offering domain names cheap for the first year. And indeed, 101Domain is charging only $1.32 for first year registrations. Interestingly, I’m not finding similar pri...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 10:45
Backpack Girl makes appearance in hilarious UDRP
This company thinks the eNom backpack girl looks similar to its CEO. At what point does a cybersquatting complaint filed under UDRP become laugh-out-loud funny? I think we have now have the answer, although the respondent in this case probably isn’t laughing. An Australian hair care company called Patricks Universal Export Pty ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 17:52
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Is Sedo slowly dying? Let’s look at the numbers.
A look at Sedo’s sales, week-by-week. Today Konstantinos Zournas over at Online Domain published an article with the provocative headline “Is Sedo Dying”? Konstantinos published data from the most recent Sedo sales report and compared it to the same week the year before. Last week it was 492 domains for $1.0 million...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 16:30
A frank conversation with Colin Campbell – DNW Podcast #90
It takes a lot of money to build a TLD into a brand, explains Colin Campbell. Colin Campbell’s .Club generated $7 million in sales of new TLDs last year, but lost $1 million overall. What does this mean for .club and other TLDs? How much do you have to invest in marketing to make a […] The post A frank conversation with C...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:30
Ted Cruz ups the ante with scary video
IN A WORLD…where basic facts don’t get in the way of a good narrative. Ted Cruz has been on a campaign to block the U.S. government from ending its contract related to IANA (domain names and numbers) functions. He has even introduced a bill to block the transition. Perhaps finding that his message isn’t resonating [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, June 27, 2016 - 8:29
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Parking dooms owner of F5.net in UDRP
Why would you park a domain like this one? There are several reasons that the Chinese owner of F5.net just lost the domain name in a UDRP to F5 Networks, Inc. But one of them should be a warning for owners of short domains: the ads on the parked page were related to the complainant’s […] The post Parking dooms owner of F5...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:28
Donuts makes $70 million unsolicited offer for Rightside’s new TLD business
Public offer comes after Rightside declined earlier offers. Donuts announced today that it’s making a $70 million offer to acquire Rightside’s (NASDAQ:NAME) new top level domain name business. The company is making the offer public after “Rightside has repeatedly disregarded” Donuts’ previous overtures, ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, June 24, 2016 - 10:37
Brexit spells…opportunity?
Lots of people are registering Brexit domain names. UK voters have said they want to leave the European Union. Stocks are in freefall. The pound is sinking. UK’s prime minister is quitting. All of which means…opportunity? That’s certainly what some people think. Already this morning U.S. time, 60+ .com domains have ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, June 24, 2016 - 8:57
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Lawsuit ensnares innocent domain name investors
Valuable domain names are at stake. A lawsuit related to one of the longest running and most expensive legal battles in the history of domain names has now ensnared some well-known domain name investors. Their alleged fault: buying domain names from a court-appointed receiver. The case is complicated, but I’ll do my best to sum...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 11:19
This week’s end user domain name sales
App maker gets matching .com, company rebrands and buys ccTLDs, and more end user domain name sales. Sedo handled about a million dollars worth of domain name sales last week. Some of the end users that bought domains include a company that’s rebranding, a very large job board, and an email marketing company. Here are […]...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:30

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