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New TLDs this week: .London, .Global and more
.London headlines this week’s new top level domain name releases. One of the most-watched TLDs on the docket is launching this week as .London goes into general availability on Tuesday. It will have to compete with Apple for news coverage, but I suspect that tech journalists will be clamoring for something to write about other ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 8, 2014 - 13:7
Only use WHOIS services you trust
Few things in life are truly free, including whois data websites. There are a lot of great sites out there for doing whois lookups. DomainTools, for example, has long been a great source to lookup a domain and get extraneous information about the domain/site. But you need to be careful which sites you use if […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 8, 2014 - 11:18
Aborted Sedo deal blamed on domain theft in interesting soccer domain name case
Domain theft, a cancelled Sedo sale and Spain’s national soccer league. Liga de Fútbol Profesional, the Spanish soccer league with 42 teams, has lost a UDRP over the domain name “La Liga” translates to the dictionary term “league”, but the WIPO panelist who heard the case agreed that the term...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:43
Dolly Parton to be .Country pioneer
Celebrated country music singer gets and other domains in pioneer program. .Club got 50 Cent, .Country gets Dolly Parton. The .country domain name, being launched by Minds + Machines in partnership with Uniregistry, announced today that Dolly Parton will be a member of its pioneer program. This means Parton gets a handf...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 8, 2014 - 9:23
Kellie Peterson promoted to President of DNC Holdings
Peterson promoted from CSO role. A familiar face at domain name conferences has been named president of DNC Holdings. DNC Holdings, which you more likely know by its registrar name Directnic, has promoted Kellie Peterson from the Chief Strategy Officer role. Peterson will be responsible for DNC’s registrar services, aftermarket...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, September 5, 2014 - 12:19
15 end user domain name sales
A social media platform, lighting company and local marketing company buy domain names. Sedo sold 556 domain names last week for a total of $1.2 million. One of the more interesting buys was, purchased by the company that uses Given their branding, I like the rhyme in Below are 15 of the […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:48
Clearwater Systems Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Case contradicts prior rulings involving the same complainant, but the panelist in the other cases probably got it wrong. Clearwater Systems of Akron, Ohio, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. It’s a decision that might make the company scratch its head in light of two recent victories using UDRP. The presen...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, September 5, 2014 - 9:33
.Hotel applicants question CPE panel decision
Companies question result of panel decision that eliminated them from competition for .hotel domain name. Six companies that saw their bids for the .hotel domain name die as a result of a Community Priority Evaluation decision in favor of HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l have asked ICANN for information regarding the decision. The appl...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 17:25
Next month: the biggest domain name conference ever
The biggest conference in the history of the domain name industry is taking place next month. This summer’s ICANN meeting in London set an all-time record for a domain name related conference with 3,115 people in attendance. The record is likely to last only one more month, as ICANN’s next meeting in Los Angeles is [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 17:2
Expired domain report: Mangos, Drones and more
Over 200 expired domain auction prices in this week’s Expired Domain Report. In a parallel universe, I would be typing this article from a Mango computer rather than a breed of Apple. Still, mangos have proliferated on this planet beyond Darwin’s definition of success. “Mango” trademarks abound for products / ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:51
Top 5 Domain Name Wire stories from August: 4chan, Google and more
August was a busy month in the domain name industry. Business usually grinds to a halt in August. Families head out on vacation and kids enjoy their last weeks of freedom before heading back to school. But it wasn’t a slow month in the domain name business. New top level domain names continued to roll […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:37
ISIS chooses Softcard over Willow and Zoma for new brand
Domain name registrations suggested ISIS considered several new names before settling on Softcard. If you watch the news lately, you think of ISIS as a terrorist group. That’s unfortunate for the global mobile payments service ISIS. So ISIS (the payments company) decided over the summer that it needed to rebrand. In August I no...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 13:24
Grand Funk Railroad wins case for
Popular band from the 70s catches up to the 2010′s after winning domain name case. Rock bank Grand Funk Railroad, which was very popular back in the 70s, has won rights to the domain name through a UDRP. Even if you’re too young (like me) to remember the 70s, there’s no doubt you’ve heard […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:44
Was Daimler the reason for RideScout’s $80k domain name purchase?
A subsidiary of Daimler has acquired RideScout, a company that just paid 60,000 euros for a domain name. Last week I wrote about how RideScout, a company that helps map out the best transportation options for a route, purchased the domain name for 60,000 euros ($80,000 USD) at Sedo. The company has been using […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:29
This domain name business switched to a new TLD
A domain name business adopts a .domains domain name. New top level domain name registries have been looking for examples of companies adopting their domain names. They don’t have to look too far: a domain name software company is among those that has adopted a new TLD. Softnik, maker of the Watch My Domains software […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 9:55
Lawsuit filed over .email domain names files lawsuit after barrage of URS and UDRP complaints. Last month I wrote about Ltd, a company that has found itself in legal hot water after registering over 4,000 .email domain names. Many of the domain names match well known brands, such as, and As a result, Yoyo has...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:27
Uniregistry releases domain tracker to Hoover up domain names
System shows you which of your domains are about to expire and lets you transfer them to Uniregistry. Over the weekend, Uniregistry (the registrar, not registry) launched a new dashboard called “Domain Tracker”. It’s the first integration between Frank Schilling’s registrar and his domain sales/parking platfor...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:10
New TLDs this week: Schilling launches .hiphop, Donuts charges your .creditcard
Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry joins Donuts with new TLD releases this week. Shortened holiday week be damned: new TLD operators are launching a bunch of domain names this week. And by this week, I really mean this Wednesday. Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry and Donuts all get in on the action on September 3. Uniregistry Unir...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 9:45
Expired Domain Report:, and more
Deck the halls!, which GoDaddy sold for $20.8k this past week, may be one of the best brand names for the Christmas season. Either that or some woman named Carol ought to be immensely flattered! Another dictionary-word .COM, reached $7.1k. It’s not hard to imagine a “Pranksters” show based o...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:49
SC Johnson plays tricks to limit consequences from Off! Botanicals recall
Information about recall is on a non-descript domain with a restricted robots.txt file. SC Johnson, maker of Off! bug sprays, is recalling certain 4 oz bottles of its OFF! Botanicals Insect Repellent. It’s undertaking some website and search engine tricks to limit the long term consequences. Although SC Johnson is publicizing t...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:14

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