This week’s new TLDs: .VIP
.VIP and .Game hit registrars this week. It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about new top level domains coming out. That’s because new releases have slowed down to a trickle. But two new domains become available this week: .VIP enters general availability and .Game hits Early Access tomorrow. .VIP is notable b...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 14:52
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10 Awesome Web Tools – DNW Podcast #84
A review of ten awesome web-based tools to turbo-charge your business This week’s podcast is a little different than usual. I’m going to discuss ten awesome web-based tools I use regularly. You’ll learn about a tool to turn one of your domains into an e-commerce business in no time, how to find stats on any […...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:30
What you missed at DNSeattle
About one hundred people from the domain business met at GoDaddy’s office in Seattle last Thursday. Last week I flew up to Seattle for the third DNSeattle meetup held on Thursday. Michael Cyger of DomainSherpa organized the event, which was hosted at GoDaddy’s beautiful office in Kirkland, Washington. About 100 people sho...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:55
18 ICANN employees make $250k+
Employee compensation revealed in latest tax return. ICANN has published its FY 2015 tax return (pdf), revealing compensation paid to its key and most highly-compensated employees. 18 employees are listed with compensation of at least $250,000. Fadi Chehade led the pack with $737,146 in reportable compensation. Akram Atallah, preside...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, May 16, 2016 - 10:19
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Verisign settles one of its lawsuits against XYZ
Lawsuit involved switching backend providers for three top level domain names. Verisign and XYZ have reached a settlement in one of their ongoing lawsuits. Verisign sued XYZ last year after XYZ acquired the rights to the .theatre, .security and .protection top level domains. The original applicants for these domain names had signed b...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:0
April’s Top Stories on Domain Name Wire
Last night’s DNSeattle meetup at GoDaddy’s office in Kirkland was awesome. Thanks to Michael Cyger for organizing, and I’ll have a recap on DNW next week. In the meantime, here’s a look back at April on Domain Name Wire… Podcasts #81: Craig Schwartz discusses finance TLDs #80: Ryan Colby tries to get inv...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 11:48
More details on .Blog and Automattic
A few more interesting details about Automattic running .blog. There was big news in the top level domain world yesterday: Automattic, the company behind, announced it will be running the .blog top level domain name. This will be a shot in the arm for new TLDs as it should expand awareness significantly. I reached [R...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, May 13, 2016 - 10:55
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Automattic (WordPress) acquires .Blog top level domain name
Big news for top level domains as .blog gets big backing. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, now controls the .blog top level domain name. The company announced plans for the domain name today. Primer Nivel S.A., the company behind, won an auction for the heavily-contested top level domain name last year. Many were surpr...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 15:15
Daniel Zhang of Xinnet on China domain aftermarket and IDNs
Remarks focus on SMB and enterprise client needs and trends., a Chinese registrar in business 23 years, is among the top 20 in the world. Daniel Zhang has been running their domain business unit for the last ten years. In this video from, Pinky Brand, VP of TLD Registry Ltd., asks Daniel about […] Th...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 14:55
Chinese owner of defends UDRP brought by American bank
…but he didn’t use the “four letter acronym domain has value” defense. The owner of the four letter domain name has successfully defended a cybersquatting complaint filed by National Bank of Arizona. This is notable for a couple reasons. First, some people in China are not defending their domain names...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:27
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How many typos does a drug company need to register?
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals registers over 100 typos for a new drug name. Names of prescription drugs can be difficult to spell, with names like Aciphex, Juxtapid and Xenazine. Drug names put Silicon Valley’s latest vowel-less startups to shame. So when a company gets ready to launch a new drug, how many typos of the drug name [&...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:30
Rightside targets $50-$75 million annual registry revenue in 3-5 years
Company predicts strong upswing in registry revenue. Rightside’s revenue from new TLDs might be trivial to its business right now, but the company expects big things in the future. Last year, Rightside generated registry revenue of $8.4 million with an adjusted EBITDA margin of just 2%. This year, the company expects to generat...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 14:11 sells for $38k, leading .Club domain name auction
Single letter .club domain sells for big bucks. The .Club registry sold over $130,000 worth of premium domain names last month, with about half of the sales coming from an auction held on Alibaba’s Ali Auction platform (TaoBao) in China. .Club continues to try out different auction platforms in China for its domain names, with [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:14
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14 End User Domain Name Sales
A “body contouring” company, medical chain and general contractor bought domain names last week. Sedo handled 465 domain name transactions last week for a total of about $1 million in sales. Unlike last week, there weren’t a bunch of big names this week. But isn’t that how it should be? The majority of afterma...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:5
Prince, Panama and Czechia were popular in .com domains last month
News drives domain name registrations. .Com registry Verisign has released its monthly report showing which keywords were trending in new .com domain name registrations. Notable entrants on the list for April included domains paying homage to Prince, as well as a number of domains including Panama due to the so-called Panama Papers. ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 17:24
Rightside: Q-over-Q revenue drops, new TLD revenue builds
Rightside’s revenue was down sequentially, but up compared to the same time last year. Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) released earnings after the bell today. The company reported $55.1 million revenue for the first quarter of 2016, a 9% increase over the same quarter of 2015. However, this was down from $55.7 million last quarter. Rig...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 17:0
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Premium domains are confusing, but can be profitable for domain name registries
I don’t blame registries for holding back premiums. Here’s some data. Premium domain names in new TLDS–those priced higher than the regular price for registration–can be frustrating for domain investors. But there’s no doubt that a premium strategy can be worthwhile for a registry. The key is in executio...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 15:40
ETH Zurich might need an intellectual property degree program
Company loses two disputes over ETH domains but picks up I’m sure that Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) is a fine institution. Albert Einstein once taught there. But the technology university apparently doesn’t have much experience with intellectual property. It just lost a UDRP for E...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 15:20
.Cars cybersquatter is about to learn an expensive lesson
Audi files cybersquatting complaint against owner of expensive .cars and .auto domain names. With an annual price tag of over $2,000, you’d think that all cybersquatters would be deterred from registering famous brands in the .car, .cars and .auto top level domains. You’d be wrong. Car maker Audi has filed a UDRP against ...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 9:44
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Tucows expects $2 million gross margin per year from Melbourne IT acquisition
Company acquired international accounts for $6.0 million on April 1. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) expects its acquisition of reseller accounts from Melbourne IT to generate $2 million in gross margin per year, the company revealed yesterday. The company paid $6.0 million to acquire Melbourne IT’s reseller accounts, with the exception o...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 9:31

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