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6 new top level domain names launched yesterday, and the most popular is…
Six new domain options launched, and you might be surprised by which one had the best first day. Donuts and Rightside combined to launch six top level domain names yesterday. Rightside launched .auction and .software. Donuts launched .business, .immo, .network and .pizza. Guess which one had the most registrations? If you’re an...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:42
Blast from the past: Tucows relaunches RealNames (and it’s very different)
Tucows uses name of dot.com bubble era company to launch new service. Remember RealNames? Tucows has brought back the name of the the dot.com bubble darling, but for a very different purpose. RealNames was a system designed to replace or circumvent domain names. Instead of typing a domain name like Money.com in your browser, you [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:49
Over 200 Expired Domain Sales Results, including Kickbox.com
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week’s expired domain name sales. The combat sport that brought Jean-Claude Van Damme to the silver screen (and eventually put “the Muscles from Brussels” to work in maracas-shaking GoDaddy commercials) had a notable expired domain sale last week: Kickbox.com ended at NameJet just a ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:9
Heritage Auctions to hold super-exclusive domain auction at Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Auction will be limited to 30 high quality domain names. Heritage Auctions is trying something different for its next domain name auction: it will be a super-exclusive event held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. What makes it so exclusive? There will only be 30 domain names at the auction. That’s the smallest […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:16
A summary of really interesting information in Rightside’s Investor Presentation
Investor presentation shows initial results from five of Rightside’s TLDs, explains how the company picked TLDs to acquire, and describes the method used to identify premium domain names. One of the great things about having publicly traded domain name companies is that we can get more data from the companies than we can from p...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:48
Which domain name registrars lost (and won) transfers according to most recent official data
Latest published data shows August performance of Moniker and other domain name registrars. ICANN just published Verisign’s official .com numbers from August, which gives us a chance to check in on how certain registrars are doing from a customer standpoint. I’ve been checking these reports over the past few months to see...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 9:55
GoDaddy gets another Domain Appraisal patent
Patent covers using comps for domain name evaluation. GoDaddy has been issued another U.S. patent related to domain name appraisals. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued patent number 8,909,558 for “Appraising a domain name using keyword monetary value data”. The patent basically covers using comps for a doma...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:36
Donuts and Rightside release 6 new domains on Wednesday
…And they’re some of the better domains released so far. Remember the good ole’ days of the middle of 2014, when mega-registry Donuts would release four of five new top level domain names every week? Well, they’re back. For one week, anyway. Donuts will launch four new domain names at “regular” pri...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:59
Analyst reiterates new TLD forecast and price target for Rightside
After Rightside investor day, analyst says forecast is on target. B. Riley & Co analyst Sameet Sinha has reiterated his forecast for new top level domain names and his $15 price target for Rightside. Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is currently trading for $8.29. Sinha forecasts that 29.1 million registrations will be made under new to...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 9:29
Oops: Moniker account balances are apparently borked
Incorrect balances shown on accounts dating back to October. The hits keep on coming for Moniker…and its customers. When the domain name registrar switched to a completely new registrar platform over the summer, it lost all previous invoices that customers used to be able to view within their account. Customers got access to ne...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 12:42
New TLDs & Minds + Machines with Antony Van Couvering – DNW Podcast #10
A discussion about new top level domain names. Antony Van Couvering, founder and CEO of new TLD company Minds + Machines, shares his thoughts on new top level domain names on this week’s podcast. We discuss registry pricing of premium domains, niche TLDs, domain name registration channels and more. It’s an enlightening di...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:30
Rightside rings NASDAQ closing bell [Photo]
Domain name company holds investor day and rings closing bell. On Friday, domain name company Rightside rang the closing bell on the NASDAQ. The company became listed on the NASDAQ earlier this year after being spun off from Demand Media. Rightside trades under the ticker ‘NAME’. Earlier in the day Friday, Rightside held ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:19
CentralNic sells $2.5 worth of premium domain names
Sales were from the company’s portfolio of domain names. CentralNic plc, (AIM:CNIC) announced today that it has sold $2.5 million worth of premium domain names. These domain names are part of the group’s 20,000 domain name holdings that are not related to new top level domain names. The company did not disclose which doma...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, December 8, 2014 - 8:21
QNB.com domain name sells for $1 million
Bank sells domain name to another bank for $1 million. Qatar National Bank has paid $1 million to acquire the three letter domain name QNB.com. The deal was disclosed in an SEC filing made by the seller, another bank called QNB Bank. The seller changed its web presence to QNBBank.com. Changing a bank’s domain name […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:37
Porn site operator sues cybersquatters
Company goes after alleged cybersquatters of its adult site brands. The company behind PornHub.com, RedTube.com and YouPorn.com has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District court against the owners of four domain names it alleges are cybersquatting on its brands. The lawsuit was filed by Licensing IP International S.à.r.l., which is commonly...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 10:31
2 weeks of expired domain name sales
This article covers a 2-week period on either side of Thanksgiving: 19 November – 2 December. For that reason, you’ll see the sales list crammed full to bursting like a ClownCar.com ($662). I was going to jettison everything below $300 to save space, but I figure readers can quite easily scroll past extra information. GoD...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, December 5, 2014 - 9:19
Researchers study the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”
A team of researchers says a number of domain name parking companies are up to no good. A group of researchers, mostly from Indiana University, recently presented a study about the “Dark Side of Domain Parking”. The study (pdf) was presented at USENIX Security Symposium in August, but I just became aware of it today [R...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 15:11
GoDaddy Hangout to explain Expired Domains
What happens when a domain name expires? GoDaddy is hosting a Hangout this afternoon that will be useful for anyone who wants to learn more about expired domain names. I think this will be a good online event for anyone who doesn’t understand the lifecycle of a domain name and what they should do if […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 14:29
Companies don’t want you to use Whois privacy, but they use it themselves
Brands owners benefit from whois privacy, even though they’d prefer their adversaries not be able to use it. There’s a common myth in intellectual property circles that, if it weren’t for whois privacy and proxy services, there would be a lot less bad stuff on the internet. I can bust a hole right in the […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:3
Last week’s end user domain name sales at Sedo
A Hong Kong game developer, investment firm and manufacturer bought domain names last week. Sedo handled 509 domain name transactions last week, for a total of $1.3 million. It was a little bit harder than usual to find obvious end user sales, but there are plenty of them. Once again, many of the sales were […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 9:46

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