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21 end user domain name sales up to $39,200
Afternic’s strong week included a number of large end user domain name sales. Afternic and GoDaddy combined to sell over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here’s a look at some of the domain names that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $39,200 – [&...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 14:5
Money talks, and Verisign is doing a good job quashing new TLDs
Marketing programs help .com get top billing, but other registrars can play this game too. New top level domain names represent a growth opportunity for domain name registrars, many of which have seen domain registrations plateauing over the past year. That’s why 1&1 spent $50 million promoting new top level domain pre-reg...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 11:18
Next week is colorful for new TLDs: 5 Schillings, Afilias colors, and a bit of buzz
Lots of new domains enter general availability next week, and only two of them are from Donuts. Only two of Donuts’ new top level domain names enter their “true” general availability phase next week. It will still be a big week for new TLDs as other applicants launch domains. April 15 .Buzz gets buzzing on […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:29
Ready to .Party: Famous Four wins contention set for .party domain
Famous Four uncorks the bubbly as it seals deal for .Party top level domain name. Famous Four Media has resolved its contention set with Oriental Trading Company for the .party top level domain name. The agreement was made through private negotiations; not an auction. Financial details were not disclosed. Famous Four Media now has 13...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:23
Verisign: 271 million domain names registered
Universe of registered domain names slowing ticking upward. Verisign has resumed publishing its Domain Name Industry Brief, a report it used to publish quarterly. The company reports (pdf) that there were 271 million domain names registered as of December 31 across all top level domain names. That’s a 1.9% increase over the pre...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 16:51
Best WHOIS email address. Ever.
One domain owner is making a clear statement with his email address. I was going through Afternic’s weekly sales list to prepare this week’s end user sales list when I came upon a very long email address in a WHOIS record: Do_not_contact_unless_6_figure_offer(at) * Well, that’s one way to prevent l...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 16:18
Last chance: please take the 2014 Domain Name Wire Survey
Survey closes next week. The Domain Name Wire survey will officially close on April 15. If you haven’t taken 5 minutes to complete it yet, I’d appreciate you doing it today. This year’s survey is different from the past 8 years. The survey asks about the domain business, domain parking, registrars, etc., but without...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:50
How domain registrars and merchants accept Bitcoin without currency risk
Several companies make it easier to accept digital currencies with reduced risk. I’ve always wondered how companies like and accept bitcoin payments while avoiding the risk of an exchange dying (e.g. Mt. Gox) and currency fluctuations. I got the answer last week when I ran in to Jessica Besseling at ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:26
Another 0-for-18 with new TLDs
I tried to register 18 new domains today. I failed once again. Five more of Donuts’ new top level domain names revert to standard pricing today — .florist, .solar, .coffee, .house, and .international. I came up with 18 domains that I thought might be worth registering in these new extensions. Regrettably, I went 0-for-18....
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:27
17 end user domain sales up to $24,000
Kim DotCom’s Mega among end user domain name buyers. I’m still playing catch-up, so these are end user sales from the list Sedo sent last week. You can view previous end user sales lists here. $24,000 – HomeVista Decor and Furnishings in Bangalore. $10,000 – Kim DotCom’s Mega CruxEng...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:53
Busted: UDRP panelist contradicts his earlier decisions
Panelist’s rationale for latest decision directly contradicts earlier ones. National Arbitration Forum panelist Héctor A. Manoff has found against Restomod, Inc. in a UDRP it filed for the domain name The decision is probably correct, but how he came to the decision directly contradicts earlier decisions he has ma...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:41 saved in UDRP, no RDNH thanks to “idiot defense”
Arbitrator decides that the case was so weak that the complainant just didn’t know any better. In March I wrote about how Life is Now, Inc., which promotes business coach David Neagle, had filed a UDRP against Domain owner Greg Ricks has successfully defended the ridiculous UDRP. The primary determining factor ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 7, 2014 - 16:0
Google appears to have sold domain name domain name transferred. It appears Google has sold the domain name The company used the domain name for a photo sharing service called “Hello” last decade. It later shut down the standalone service and eventually stopped using the domain name. Last Friday it looks like Google transferred the domain n...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 7, 2014 - 13:30
Tesla buys a typo and Lord of the Flies company buys author’s domain name
Tesla pays a lot of money for a domain it could have won in a UDRP. I’m a bit behind on end user sales reports thanks to DomainFest last week. This list is the one Afternic/GoDaddy sent last week. Some notable buyers include Tesla and BMI. You can see previous end user lists here. […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:47
UDRP complainant shoots self in foot with supplemental filing
Company effectively admits its original complaint was destined to fail when it makes supplemental filing. Inbay Limited of the United Kingdom has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a UDRP for The three person panel found that Inbay should have known its complaint would fail from the outset. Perhaps more ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 7, 2014 - 11:51
10 Domains I like in this week’s Heritage Auctions domain name auction
Here are ten domains I think are worth the money in this week’s domain auction. Heritage Auctions’ second domain name auction takes place April 9. It’s difficult to place bets on which domains will sell, especially for the higher-end domains. It depends on if someone watching the auction has pockets deep enough to p...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 7, 2014 - 9:54
.Wed, .XYZ and Donuts featured in NPR new TLD story
Planet Money features some of the people behind new TLD applications. NPR aired a story on Planet Money this morning about new top level domain names. I thought the story was well done. It features Adrienne McAdory of .Wed, Daniel Negari of .XYZ, Daniel Schindler of Donuts and domain attorney Thomas Brackey. It takes a […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:45
Top 5 domain news stories from March
4chan and a registry acquisition were top reads last month. March was a very busy one for the domain name industry, punctuated by Neustar’s acquisition of .Co. Here’s a look back at the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month: 1. 4chan demands domain name – this post took off after hitting […...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 4, 2014 - 9:33 is not confusingly similar to Mapfre, panel rules
Majority of panel denies all three prongs of UDRP complaint while another confirms all three. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled against Spanish company Mapfre in a UDRP case the company brought against The domain name belongs to Vertical Axis (Kevin Ham’s company). Vertical Axis argued that...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 14:23
GoDaddy Auctions down, auctions will be extended until tomorrow
GoDaddy Auctions experiences outage and will extend auctions by a day. GoDaddy’s auction site at has been down for over an hour and GoDaddy is working to get the site back up. Here’s a statement from GoDaddy Sr. Director, Aftermarket Paul Nicks: We noticed an issue with our Web pa...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 13:35

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