Doh! UDRP complainant admits domain name not registered in bad faith
Complainant tries to argue that domain name owner forfeited rights to domain name by not using it. A simple call to a lawyer could have prevented a Minnesota dog charity from being labeled a reverse domain name hijacker. Can Do Canines, which owns the domain name can-do-canines.org, has been found to have engaged in reverse […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 15, 2015 - 14:47
Had your eyes on a domain at Marchex? Might want to give GoDaddy a call
GoDaddy pricing the domain names at a more reasonable level. One of the reasons GoDaddy acquired Marchex’s domain name portfolio (which was recently being sold under the Archeo brand) was that Marchex had steep prices on the domain names. A friend tried to buy a domain name last year. He was initially told it would […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:58
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Barclays begins using .Barclays and .Barclaycard top level domains
Big bank transitioning to .brand top level domain names. Barclays, the huge bank based in Britain (market cap $77 billion), has begun using the .barclays and .barclaycard top level domain names. According to a story in FinExtra, Barclays group CIO Troels Oerting says the domain names will create “a simplified online user experi...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:40
6 domain name stocks are up at least 10% this year
Domain name stocks are reversing their fortunes. Domain name stocks were a bad bet last year, but 2015 is turning out much better so far. Companies can thank GoDaddy for shining some more light on the industry. This has likely helped Web.com and Endurance International Group. Six companies have a 10% or greater return so […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 13:49
Was Google Mobilegeddon overblown?
I’m not seeing a big change in results. Are you? Last month I eagerly looked forward to April 21. This was the day, Google told us, that it would start favoring mobile-friendly content in search results. It would have a “significant impact” on search results. Has this had an effect on your mobile-friendly site? I […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 12:0
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Expired domain name results: Wangan.com $13k, Floridian.com $11k and more
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name sales at NameJet. The usual suspects are at it again – China and the USA. During the past week, NameJet saw a $13.9k auction finish for Wangan.com, which formerly belonged to a Chinese manufacturer of electrical fire places that managed $9 million in assets, a 646,000 [R...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:12
Qualcomm, Express and other End User Domain Name Buyers
Qualcomm and Express among end user domain name buyers last week. The top sale on Sedo’s weekly transaction list for the past week was Same.com, which I wrote about here. Although that sale dwarfed the other public sales, some big companies were buyers. Qualcomm, Express and Choice hotels all made purchases. Also take a look [&...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 14:23
BTC.com launched today after being leased from company that paid $1 million for domain
Domain name buyer ran into trouble, so Bitcoinist leased BTC.com and has launched it as a site for cryptocurrencies. The $1 million sale of BTC.com last year raised a few eyebrows, even in the bitcoin-fueled crytocurrency bubble. The timing of the domain name sale was great…for the seller. Buyer GAWMiners quickly ran into finan...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:29
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Nepal, Cuba and IoT are trending in domain names
News stories generate domain name registrations. Verisign has released its list of trending terms in .com and .net domain name registrations last month. A couple of terms are directly related to news stories: Nepal, which is recovering from earthquakes, came in at #8. Cuba, which is being opened up even more to the United States, [&#...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:10
GoDaddy finds it harder to grow top line
Revenue growth slowed in first quarter. GoDaddy’s headline revenue number in Q1 was up 17.5% year-over-year, but the quarter-over-quarter number isn’t as pretty. Here’s GoDaddy’s revenue growth each quarter-over-quarter, going back as far as its S-1 filed with the SEC discloses: Q1 2015 was up just 1.2% compar...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 17:46
GoDaddy releases first earnings report as public company
Company posts 17.5% year-over-year growth in first quarter of 2015. GoDaddy has released its first quarterly earnings as a public company and will hold its first quarterly investor call later this afternoon. The company posted revenue of $376.3, up 17.5% compared to the first quarter of 2014. Revenue was up just 1% quarter-over-quart...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 16:33
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Social app spends $233,33 for Same.com domain name
Company spends six figures for better domain name. Same, an social networking and chat app for the Chinese market, has purchased the domain name Same.com for $233,333. The company behind the app uses the domain name ohsame.com. Same.com now forwards to the existing website. Here’s the iTunes page for the app, which appears to h...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 16:19
Domain Holdings reports $4.75 million domain name sales in Q1
Sales up year-over-year but down quarter-over-quarter. Domain Holdings has released its quarterly report of domain name sales. The company sold $4.75 million worth of domain names in Q1 2015. Although this is up 40% over its sales in Q1 of 2015, the number is about half of what the company has sold in each of […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 15:38
This week’s new TLDs: .Design and four Early Access
.Design enters GA and Donuts releases four more domain names. Only one top level domain name enters true general availability this week: .Design went live this morning U.S. time. The domain name is being offered (fittingly) by Top Level Design. You can read more about the hotly contest auction for this top level domain, and […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 14:24
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Scenes from a domain name auction in China
These are some of the Chinese domain name investors buying your domains. The domain name market in China is hot and is driving major price appreciation, especially in short domain names. What’s the Chinese domain name community like? A lot like that in other parts of the world. It has its own “big personalities” and...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:45
Major.com UDRP denied, but no RDNH
A UDRP for a major domain name. A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP filed by Major Wire Industries Limited against the owner of Major.com. Panelist Christopher S. Gibson declined to find reverse domain name hijacking, though. Major Wire Industries has been around since the 1800s, and decid...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:26
Apartments.com’s $100 million ad campaign includes “We put the .com in apartments”
Ad campaign promotes apartments…and .com. Apartments.com recently launched a $100 million advertising campaign, and Verisign couldn’t be happier: One of the ad lines used in the campaign is “We put the .com in apartments”. The overall campaign is called “Change your apartment. Change the world.” and features a...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 9:29
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World Hosting Days conference coming to USA next week
Popular international hosting conference makes its U.S. debut next week. World Hosting Days, a popular international conference for the cloud and hosting industry, is holding its first North American conference next week. The conference will take place at the 7Springs Ski & Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania May 19-20. Speakers inc...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:28
Despite political domain name news, political new TLDs not taking off
Political new top level domain names are not getting much attention. With all of the news recently about presidential candidates not registering relevant domain names, you’d think political new top level domain names would see a boost. Yet, they continue to struggle. Consider Rightside’s .democrat and .republican. The for...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:18
Discussing domain names with Adam Dicker – DNW Podcast #32
Long time domain name investor and DNForum owner Adam Dicker discusses the latest in domain names. This week we talk with Adam Dicker, long time domain name investor and owner of DNForum. We discuss how Adam got into the domain name business, how you can partner with Adam to develop his domain names, changes coming […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:30
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Kite.com UDRP denied, but no RDNH
Panelist tells complainant to go fly a kite. A single member National Arbitration Forum panel has denied a UDRP filed on the domain name Kite.com, but has not found complainant Kite Solutions, Inc. guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Kite Solutions just got a trademark on “Kite” last year, and Kite.com was registered...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:0
Tucows gets $1.5 million for marketing .Online domain name
Registrar gets even figure sum to promote .online for three years. Tucows’ withdraw from a partnership to run the .Online registry has resulted in a $1.5 million gain for the company in return for lending marketing support to the new TLD for three years. The domain name registrar had formed a partnership with Radix and […...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 14:32
3D.Software domain name sells for $100,000+
Big sale illustrates value of premium strategy for new TLD operators. Rightside has sold the domain name 3D.software for a six figure some, CEO Taryn Naidu revealed on the company’s quarterly financial results call yesterday. The domain name was purchased by Visual Dynamics, a company that creates 3D software used for design. 3...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 10:42
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Last month’s Top 5 Domain Name stories
Two acquisitions highlight top stories on Domain Name Wire last month. Apparently the snow has thawed in Boston, and things are definitely heating up in the domain name name industry. There were two notable acquisitions last month and big changes at Google. Here’s a look back at the top 5 stories on Domain Name Wire […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:59
Tucows reports continued growth as mobile services boom
Ting helps Tucows continue to post strong growth. Tucows reported continued revenue growth in an earnings release after the market closed today. The company posted $40.5 million revenue, up from $34.4 million in the same quarter last year and $38.8 million last quarter. Tucows’ Ting group, which offers mobile phone services and...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 16:46

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