GoDaddy updates investor app, domain search and hijack protection
Domain registrar releases more languages and currencies for app, search upgrades for Asia and domain theft protection. GoDaddy announced a bunch of updates yesterday, several of which I think will be interesting to domain name investors. Mike McLaughlin, SVP of Domains, provided details to Domain Name Wire. Updated Investor App The p...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:22
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What China giveth, China can taketh away
Marketplaces cashed in on the Chinese gold rush, but the gravy train has slowed considerably. Domain name marketplaces were buoyed last year by the market for short domain names. Marketplaces were winners during the frenzied run-up in prices, playing middle man for a cut of the action. 57% of DomainNameSales.com’s dollar volume...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:5
GoDaddy can commiserate with Whole Foods cake backlash
Just like Whole Foods, GoDaddy had to defend itself against an incident that never happened. Whole Foods found itself on the defensive this week after a gay pastor claimed a company employee wrote a gay epithet on the cake he ordered in Austin. He claimed to have ordered a cake that said “Love Wins”, but […] The pos...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:57
Booking.com goes to court to try to get trademarks
Booking.generic. Travel site Booking.com has run into a wall trying to get trademarks related to its namesake, and it’s going to court to overturn U.S. Patent and Trademark office decisions. The USPTO argues that Booking.com is merely descriptive of the travel services that the site offers, so it can’t be trademarked. Boo...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:34
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Quick.com domain name sells for $300k, Blaze.com for $253k
Heritage Auctions sells over $900,000 in domain names including two big ones. Heritage Auctions just completed its latest live domain name auction, selling 16 domains for $910,363 including buyers’ premiums. (All prices in this post include buyer’s premium.) Two of the domain names sold for six figures. Quick.com sold for...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 17:49
ICANN mulls moving Puerto Rico meeting to Las Vegas due to Zika virus
Meeting will be moved up a week if it is moved to Vegas. ICANN is considering moving this fall’s meeting in Puerto Rico due to concerns about the Zika virus. At the top of the list: Las Vegas. Nicholas Tomasso, VP of Meetings for ICANN, explained on a Community Leaders call last week that a […] The post ICANN mulls moving...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:5
Is Staples getting into the cloud business? Domains suggest so.
Company registers domain names for cloud and document management services. Office supply company Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) registered a handful of domain names yesterday that suggest the company will begin offering cloud storage services. My guess is this will be through some sort of white-labeling agreement. Here are the domain names th...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 9:23
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Lady Gaga beats cybersquatter
Musician gets LadyGaga.mobi domain name through cybersquatting dispute. If you cybersquatted on a bunch of famous peoples’ names on .mobi domain names, would anyone care? Apparently Lady Gaga does. Stefani Germanotta filed a cybersquatting complaint against Nancy Faralisz of The Michigan Initiative LLC over the domain name Lady...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 18, 2016 - 12:34
Codemology Hackathon – DNW Podcast #80
Can Codemology bring together the trifecta? Can Codemology bring together the trifecta: owners of premium domain names with developers and investors? Learn about Ryan Colby’s vision for bringing these groups together on today’s episode. Colby, a domain name broker, also discusses the state of the aftermarket and demand fr...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 18, 2016 - 11:30
Rue Du Commerce goes 0-for-3 in UDRP, but no RDNH
A rare 0-for-3 in a UDRP. French online retailer Rue Du Commerce lost all three elements in its recent UDRP filing against a Mexican company called Siru over the domain name SiruEcommerce.com. But Czech Arbitration Court panelist Dr. Thomas Schafft didn’t consider reverse domain name hijacking. The case was particularly egregio...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 18, 2016 - 9:11
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Breaking: eName announces Initial Public Offering
Chinese domain name company announces IPO. eName has announced its plans to go public, following the merger/acquisition of 4.cn earlier this year. The company had 2015 revenue of 260 million(CNY) ($40 million USD) and net income is 27.9 million(CNY) ($4.3 million). That compares to 2014 revenue of 168 million(CNY) ($26 million USD) a...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:44
Spielberg.com, 668666.com and more expired domain name sales
Most of us will look at Spielberg.com, an expired domain that sold for $7.6k last week, and assume that Steven Spielberg was targeted as a likely future buyer. Of course, there are other Spielbergs. The director of “Jaws”, “E.T.”, and “Schindler’s List” isn’t the last twig on the sole b...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 15, 2016 - 13:25
Video: Those misleading Tire Engineers
A funny look at why restrictions on using certain terms can have unintended consequences. There’s been a bit of debate about certain new top level domain names needing restrictions so that the public isn’t duped. Consider .doctor, for which a restriction was proposed to limit it to “legitimate medical practitioners&...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:55
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Squarespace starts offering domain name registration
Company now offers domain name registrations in addition to website building tools. Website building platforms such as Squarespace, Wix and Weebly have been taking a bite out of domain name registrars’ pockets in recent years. They’re attracting people looking to start a website that would normally begin their search at t...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:36
Chooze clothing company is a reverse domain name hijacker
Panelist calls case “particularly abusive”. A shoe and accessories company that uses the domain name MyChooze.com has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Chooze.com. Vegan shoe company Degani Designs, LLC DBA Chooze filed a UDRP against UK company Dot Zinc Limited with the Nati...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:29
Facebook now owns a domain name registrar
Company acquires existing domain name registrar. Facebook now owns a domain name registrar. As spotted by Pinky Brand today, the company has acquired RegistrarSec. Weekly email report from #ICANN indicates that #FaceBook has acquired a registrar https://t.co/nF6qqUgri2 — Pinky Brand (@pinkybrand) April 14, 2016 The registrar ha...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 18:48
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“Gen Z are not [visiting] dot coms.”
Are websites less important than they used to be? Let me start by noting that this is not a story about youngsters visiting new TLDs rather than .com. It’s about the younger generation not visiting domain names at all. Business of Fashion published an interesting look at publications launching on social media first, albeit ofte...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 15:39
Man files UDRP against his ex-wife
Maybe you shouldn’t let your spouse register domain names for you. I’m sure there are a lot of allegations made against ex-spouses. But calling your ex-wife a cybersquatter? An Ontario man filed a UDRP against his ex-wife over the domain name StrategicChoiceArchitecture.com. His wife registered the domain name for him whi...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 15:20
“That’s radio with five o’s…”
This company has a horrible name. It was painful to my ears. NPR aired a story last Friday about music discovery service Radiooooo. When the correspondent mentioned the name, it went something like this “It’s a service called Radio. That’s Radio with five o’s”. Ouch. Radiooooo.com sounds like a cool serv...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:51
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Lending Club buys Lending.Club domain name
Big company in marketplace/peer-to-peer lending business buys .club domain name. Marketplace lending company Lending Club, which has a market cap of nearly $3.0 billion, bought the domain name Lending.club for $25,000 from the registry last month. The domain name now forwards to Lending.club. The domain name was one of two the .Club ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 10:26

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