Afilias was second-place bidder in $135 million .Web auction
Afilias bid $135 million for rights to .web domain name. There has been a lot of chatter after the $135 million .web auction as to who the second place bidder in the auction was. I was skeptical of a report that it was Google. I was under the impression that it must have been Afilias, […] The post Afilias was second-place bidde...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 15, 2016 - 13:8
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Frank Schilling returns – DNW Podcast #97
Frank Schilling discusses what he sees happening in the domain name industry right now. Frank Schilling returns to the program to talk about interesting developments in the domain name business, what’s been happening to aftermarket domain sales this summer and what he predicts for the future. Also: Rightside, Donuts, StartingDo...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:30
Ted Cruz asks DOJ to review .Com pricing
Cruz and two other senators question DOJ over .com pricing. U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice yesterday that echoes the concerns I presented in an article about .com pricing. The Senators want to make sure that the .com contract extension […...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:36
Daniel Negari and Ambrose sell $2M of Rightside Shares
Each now own 2.1% of company. .XYZ founder Daniel Negari and his COO Mike Ambrose have sold 173,000 shares of Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) stock worth about $2 million this month as of yesterday, according to an SEC filing. Negari sold 109,794 shares and now owns 402,091. Ambrose sold 63,285 shares and now owns 405,872. Both appear [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 12, 2016 - 17:35
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.Com price doubling? Here’s what all that talk is about
Could the price of .com domain names skyrocket in a couple years? You might have received a couple of emails from Domaining.com this week (or seen a post on its site) suggesting that the price of .com’s might double in 2018, and urging you to comment on the proposed .com contract extension. (The comment period […] The pos...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, August 12, 2016 - 9:2
Google registers Stories.google domain name
Google’s next .brand site might be stories.google. What’s next for Google’s .brand domain name .google? It will likely be stories.google. The company registered the stories.google domain name under its .brand domain earlier this week. I’m not aware of any Google site or service called stories, and neither stor...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 14:36
End user domain name sales up to $650,000
An aupair service, fashionwear company and visa company bought domain names last week. Domain name broker Dave Evanson had a couple big sales that landed on this week’s sales chart. He brokered the sale of Furniture.co.uk (which I wrote about a couple weeks ago) for $650,000. He also (fittingly) sold Broker.com for $375,000. Ho...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 10:59
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.Com winners and losers
Uniregistry gains, Fabulous loses. ICANN has published the latest .com transactions report from registry Verisign, showing official results from April. While China still plays a role in the leaderboards, it is much less now than it has been over the past 6 or so months. Here are the top 5 registrars in April in terms […] The po...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 13:27
Why didn’t this panelist find Reverse Domain Name Hijacking?
Case was dead on arrival but panelist didn’t consider RDNH. Panelist Sebastian M W Hughes has denied a UDRP brought against the domain name lean-solutions.com, but he failed to consider reverse domain name hijacking in a case that was dead on arrival. Complainant Process Assets, LLC filed the dispute despite acknowledging that ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:39
No surprise: Pokemon names tops in .com last month
Pokemon-related names were the top trending domains in .com last month. .Com registry Verisign has published its monthly list of the top trending words registered in .com. The list includes words that made the biggest jump in registrations from one month to the next. It was a safe bet that the top word for July […] The post No ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 8:58
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Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) revenue drops for second quarter in a row
Registry revenue continues to climb, but it’s a slow march. Domain name company Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) reported earnings after the bell today. Its numbers show some progress, but other trends are worrying. Q2 revenue was $54.0 million, up from $52.2 million in Q2 2015. But it’s down from the $55.1 million it reported for...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 16:47
CA founder starts new company. First stop: Domain Names
Russell Artzt’s startup will help companies understand their digital assets and how they are being used. CA Technologies (Computer Associates) co-founder Russ Artzt has started a new company, Digital Associates, which seeks to help companies manage their digital landscape. The company’s first product is a reverse Whois to...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 11:54
The latest on PodcastGuests.com
Based on feedback, I’ve now made the service a two-way street. Three months ago I wrote about my new PodcastGuests.com service, which connects podcasters with guests that want to be on their show. It’s working really, really well. Over 1,300 people now subscribe to the service. Each week I send out an email featuring podc...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 10:27
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Donuts demands $22.5 million for .Web domain name
Company amends lawsuit against ICANN and demands “its share” of the proceeds. New top level domain company Donuts is continuing its battle with ICANN over .web, filing an amended complaint (pdf) in federal district court in California. Donuts is complaining that the auction for .web, which closed for $135 million, should ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 22:0
Two adult .live domain names sell for $280,000
Rightside scores big bucks from two .live domain names. Rightside has sold two premium domain names under its .live top level domain name for a solid price. The company disclosed today that it sold Sex.live for $160,000 and Porn.live for $120,000. The buyer is using whois privacy and a white label service offered by Duodecad […...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 12:32
The most successful new domain? with Ken Hansen – DNW Podcast #96
One TLD is flying under the radar but generating a ton of revenue. Today we talk about one of the biggest new top level domain name success stories, and I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard about this top level domain before. Ken Hansen will tell you about a domain that has generated a staggering […] The post The m...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 11:30
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Tejano band Intocable lets domain expire, loses cybersquatting claim
Whoever dropped the ball on renewing this domain really screwed up. Grammy-nominated Tejano/Norteño musical group Intocable has lost a cybersquatting complaint it filed to recover the domain name Intocable.com. It filed the case after it neglected to renew the domain. The music group filed a UDRP against the previous owner of the dom...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 11:13
MTV to launch hotel brand? Domain names suggest so
Viacom registers domain names that suggest it’s getting ready to launch a hotel and resort chain tied to iconic MTV brand. Is MTV getting ready to launch its own line of hotels and resorts? MTV parent company Viacom registered a number of domain names today suggesting that it might: mtvhotelandresort.com mtvhotelandresorts.com ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 10:43
Afilias acquires StartingDot domains .archi, .bio and .ski
Registry now owns three more new top level domains. Domain name company Afilias has acquired three top level domain names and plans to acquire many more. The company announced today that it has acquired StartingDot, the company behind .archi, .bio and .ski. (Learn more about StartingDot and .Ski in this podcast.) StartingDot has resi...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, August 8, 2016 - 10:23
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Walmart to bail out Jet.com for $3 billion
Business sold just a couple years after it acquired Jet.com domain name. A little over two years after Igloo brokered the sale of the Jet.com domain name, the company using the domain is going to be acquired by WalMart for $3 billion according to Re/Code. As a domain guy, I could easily say that the […] The post Walmart to bail...
Domain Name Wire - Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 22:8

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