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Bespoke.com saved in UDRP, but no RDNH and unbelievable dissent
Domain bought for $18,805 earlier this year saved in UDRP, but it was closer than it should have been. In September, I wrote about the domain name Bespoke.com being hit with a UDRP after the buyer paid $18,805 to buy it in an expired domain name auction. A three person WIPO panel has denied the […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:23
Why my North Dakota Trucking domain name pays for itself
Registering NorthDakotaTrucking.com probably didn’t make sense, but now I understand why it pays for itself each year. I registered the domain name NorthDakotaTrucking.com in 2007. I was on a bit of a geo domain kick at the time. But let’s face it, on the surface, this is a pretty crappy domain registration. We’re t...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9:59
Last week’s 200+ expired domain name sales up to $27.1k
In this report, Joseph Peterson discusses over 200 expired domain name sales from last week. A picture is worth a thousand words, and these – depicting KPF’s architectural plan for the Meixi district of Changsha, a capital city in China – go a long way to explaining the $27.1k high bid in NameJet’s auction of Meixi.com la...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:28
IDN.com owners will lose big if Verisign doesn’t get its way
They could be forced to buy transliterations within a limited time period. Verisign has been negotiating its contracts for transliterations of .com for a long time, and last week we got an idea about what the hold up is. ICM Registry, the domain registry for .xxx and the forthcoming .adult, .porn and .sex top level […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:58
.Melbourne hits 2,775 registrations, .restaurant has solid first day
.Melbourne wins the day, but not by much. The .Melbourne domain name launched Wednesday in Australia — Tuesday night in the United States — and had 2,775 domain names registered at the close of business on day one of general availability. That does not include landrush domain names that are still in contention. The zone [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:33
Internet wins as court denies motion to seize ccTLDs
Court rules .ir, .sy, .kp and related IDNs cannot be “attached” as compensation. ICANN and the internet community at large got a victory this week as a U.S. court denied a request (pdf) to seize country code top level domains (ccTLDs) as compensation in a lawsuit. A number of claimants that had won a judgement […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 20:49
Phone service continues to bolster Tucows’ top line
Ting product shows continued growth, OpenSRS takes a dip. Domain name and mobile phone service provider Tucows continues to see growth in its Ting offering, offsetting stagnating revenues in its domain name business. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2014 increased 9% to $38.9 million from $35.6 million for the third quarter of 20...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:26
Disney buys a .club domain & 21 other end user domain name sales
Disney, AMC and other big names bought domain names last week. Sedo had a busy sales week when it came to selling domain names to big name end users. From Disney, to $10 billion clothing company Next, to AMC, a number of household brands bought domain names at the marketplace last week. Interestingly, these three […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:40
Major Chinese travel sites Ctrip.com and eLong.com go down due to domain change
Domains placed in clienthold status. The websites for two major publicly traded Chinese travel sites went down today as a result of their domain names being place in “ClientHold” status at the registrar. Sites for $8 billion (market cap) Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP) and $0.6 billion eLong.com both were unavailable this mornin...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:22
New TLDs should emulate the Startup.club model for premium domains
Program promotes .Club while also generating premium domain sales revenue. .Club’s new Startup.club program is ingenious, and something that other new top level domains should consider emulating. Here’s startup.club in a nutshell: get a premium .club domain name but pay it off over 10 years, and .Club will also give you P...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 10:59
This week’s new TLDs: .Melbourne, .Restaurant and more
A big geo among this week’s new TLD releases. I’ve been a bit remiss about my weekly new TLD posts, perhaps because the past couple Mondays have been busy news days. That, and new TLD rollouts have slowed down to a trickle. But I’m not late this week, as all the TLD launches I can […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 9:28
John Oliver’s five .NYC domain names making fun of Michael Bloomberg
Comedian pokes fun at Michael Bloomberg’s domain names, which Domain Name Wire revealed last week. Last week I wrote a story about Michael Bloomberg’s 400 .nyc domain names. The over-the-top defensive registrations included everything from MichaelBloombergisaWeiner.nyc to MikeIsTooShort.nyc to MikeBloombergisaDweeb.nyc. T...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:26
Moncler goes on (domain) defense after geese allegations
Company registers boycott domain names after negative news report. Luxury Italian coat maker Moncler saw its shares drubbed after an Italian news report suggested that makers of down jackets were plucking geese inhumanely. The company has responded in the press to the allegations, while also quietly scooping up domain names its hater...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 11:38
Judging by the sponsor list, NamesCon 2015 is going to be huge
Already 40 sponsors lined up for January’s NamesCon event. It may be hard to believe, but NamesCon 2015 is just two months away. And, judging by an updated sponsorship list for 2015, it’s going to be a very big conference. Uniregistry is taking top billing for the event, and there are six Gold sponsors: Afilias, […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:52
Amazon.com wins .Book top level domain name battle
Amazon wins 9-way battle for .book domain name. Amazon.com has won an auction for rights to run the .book top level domain name. The company went head-to-head with 8 other applicants for the domain name, including Google, but ultimately agreed to pay the most to run the domain name. Although my money was on Amazon.com […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 9:14
Web.com sued for telemarketing calls
Plaintiff complains about multiple telemarketing calls. A California resident has sued Web.com, claiming the company called her cell phone multiple times in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The lawsuit seeks class action status. Web.com disclosed the lawsuit in its most recent quarterly filing: On October 31, 2014,...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 13:12
China’s Domain Name Market with Simon Cousins – DNW Podcast #6
Capitalize on China’s strong domain name market. China’s appetite for domain names is booming. A quarter of Domain Holdings’ sales last quarter were to China, and Verisign credits the country with bolstering .com growth. How can you capitalize on this market opportunity? In this episode, TLD Registry CMO Simon Cousi...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 11:30
It’s the Amazon Echo, but Amazon stocks up on Alexa domain names
Even though it’s called the Echo, Amazon also registered Alexa domain names related to new device. Amazon announced the Amazon Echo, a sort of home personal assistant similar to Ubi, last week. Although it’s called the Echo, owners can name their device whatever they want. And in a video promoting the Echo that has been [...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 10:35
What do Amazon and Google domain name losses mean for new TLDs?
Neither of them won .cloud, which begs a big question. .Cloud is a valuable top level domain name. I’m basing that on the seven applications it received, and that Amazon.com, Google and Symantec all applied for the domain name. So which one of these heavyweights won the rights to .cloud? This one: Wait – what? […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:50
Minds + Machines nets $8.4 million from auctions, .Cloud and .Book settled
Company wins by losing five auctions. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines has bolstered its bank account by $8.4 million as a result of losing five private auctions for new top level domain names. The losses included a handful of highly contested strings, such as .cloud and .book. That’s not bad for […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8:13

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