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Which ICANN sessions domainers should attend
A quick look at relevant sessions at this week’s ICANN conference. ICANN 51 formally kicks off today in Los Angeles. There are a lot of domain name investors in attendance, so I created a quick guide to sessions that might be interesting to them. Even if you aren’t in L.A., ICANN has excellent online participation […...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 13:10
TopCoin launches as cryptocurrency for new TLDs
TopCoin enables registries to pass rebate credits directly to registrants. I caught up with Michael Blend last night here in Los Angeles. Blend sold his company to Demand Media and was then an executive with the company for many years. He’s currently working on a number of startups, and one of these is applicable to […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 11:22 is Donuts’ 1 Millionth domain name registration
Donuts hits milestone with a domain name registration that’s almost too fitting to be true. Earlier this month I wrote about how Donuts was tracking to cross the million domain mark in October. It hit that milestone yesterday. Fittingly for a registry called Donuts, the milestone registration was Even if every ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 10:59
October ICANN TLD auctions shrink to three after private deals
10 contention sets settled at last minute, including three by This month’s ICANN auctions of last resort for new to level domain names will settle just three contention sets, down from a schedule of 13 as of last month. The only three still on the schedule are .spot, .salon and .realty. Ten contention sets […]
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:36
$1.25 million domain name hit with UDRP
Case filed with World Intellectual Property Organization against The domain name has been hit with a UDRP filing at World Intellectual Property Organization. According to a 2010 story at TheDomains, Moniker brokered the sale of this domain name back then for $1.25 million. The complainant is Fotocom Société Anony...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:27
Moniker only lost 17,506 .com domains to transfers in June
Customer losses stemming from botched transition was rather limited in first month. ICANN has just published the monthly registry reports for June, the month that Moniker switched to an entirely new platform. The switch caused numerous problems for Moniker and its customers. But it looks like — at least for the first month R...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:51
Expired Domain Name Report: $12k and more
In a world of iPods and iPads, why is worth money requires little explanation. Bidding for that expired domain came in just shy of $12k last week at NameJet — with retirement planning and personal investing being its most obvious applications. I’m less persuaded that was good value at $6.5k. N...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:0
Last week’s end user domain name sales leads Sedo’s end user domain name sales. Sedo sold about $1.2 million worth of domain names last week, highlighted by the six figure sale of is still in escrow, but I have a pretty good idea who the buyer is. One other sale was notable not because of the dollar value, but […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:34
Big Apple’s new .NYC domain adds 16k registrations at launch to hit 27k
.NYC off to a solid start, especially given registration restrictions. .NYC had a strong first day yesterday thanks, in part, to lots of press and advertising. It would have been even stronger if people outside NYC could register domains. The overnight zone file shows about 27,000 .nyc domain names registered. This doesn’t incl...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 9:28
See GoDaddy’s clever .NYC barge ad
Barge message taunts neighbors across the Hudson. Earlier today I wrote about the highly anticipated launch of .NYC domain names. GoDaddy is promoting the domain name heavily around New York City, including a big ad on a barge being piloted on the Hudson River. Here are a couple photos of the barge, taunting New Jersey […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 13:38
Moniker’s transition-related security holes come to light
Moniker customer explains some of the security holes that may have led to his domains being stolen, including some introduced by the transition from the old Moniker system to a new platform. So it is sad to say goodbye to Moniker, and to witness the self-destruction of this company that played such a large role […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 11:9
After nearly a decade, .NYC finally gets its day
.NYC domain names available for registration today. The .NYC domain name goes into general availability for New Yorkers today after a long, citizen-initiated process. A Long Road In the middle of the last decade, a group of New Yorkers proposed the idea of creating a .NYC domain to the city government. The city council passed […...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:5
.Eco domain name applicant gets community status, .Gay and .Music don’t
.Eco prevails with its own definition of the eco community; .gay and .music don’t. Three more Community Priority Evaluation decisions for new top level domain names have been completed. .Eco applicant Big Room Inc has succeeded in getting community status by earning the minimum required 14 of 16 points. This means that applican...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 14:10
The magazine industry has its own Domain Registry of America
Tricky renewal notices get people to renew subscriptions through a third party. Remember Domain Registry of America, the group that tricked* people into renewing domain names at exorbitant prices? This type of scam didn’t start with the domain name industry, and it doesn’t end there, either. Apparently newspapers and maga...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 13:43
Due diligence is necessary before buying liquid domain names
Take these extra precautions when buying a valuable domain name. With news yesterday of more missing three letter domain names at a couple different domain registrars, now is a good time to remind people about due diligence when buying a domain name. This is especially important for “liquid” domain names like three letter...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:35
Michael Ward joins Uniregistry as Director of Registrar Operations
Ward moves from Directnic to Uniregistry. Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry has hired Michael Ward as its new Director of Registrar Operations. Ward will be in charge of registrar growth, marketing, and product support for the registrar side of the business. This was a smart hire for Uniregistry. Ward has experience with many parts...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 20:47
.NYC one of five top level domains launching this week
.NYC launches this week and Donuts’ well runs dry. It’s time for the weekly overview of new top level domain names coming out this week. It will be brief, as just five are on the docket as best I can tell. But one of them is certainly big. Monday I think .Desi (definition) went live […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 16:21
Domain Name Wire Podcast #1: Ray King of Top Level Design
I’m very excited today to launch the Domain Name Wire Podcast. Each week’s podcast will include an overview of the previous week’s domain name industry news followed by a guest from the Domain Name Industry. The podcast will soon be available on iTunes, Stitcher and other services. Until then, you can play it direct...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 12:21
Moniker just reset your password, and you need to do something about it NOW
Moniker tries to improve security, but… Moniker just sent an email to all of its customers notifying them that their passwords were reset in the name of better security. Requiring stronger passwords at Moniker is a good idea. It has historically had weak password requirements, including password character composition and reset ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 10:13
Planet Fitness guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
…as the company wastes money with a reactive approach to intellectual property management. Planet Fitness, a chain of over 800 fitness clubs in the United States, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for its attempt to get the domain name This is despite the domain name owner not even respond...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:55

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