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ICANN quandary: Who gets to be the .GAY operator?
In the next two weeks, ICANN will deliver its final decision on who gets to operate the new gTLD, dot .GAY. Apparently, the current applicants that met the ICANN policy requirements aren’t truly representing gay people – or to be politically correct, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals (LGBT). Since thes... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 20:24
Handshake complete: changes ownership
The domain name became the focus of much discussion, and the target of unsavory articles from online media, once it was made available for sale. Mr. Jon Schultz gallantly fought back the barrage of online mud-slinging, explaining that owning a premium domain that matches a deadly disease and offering it for sale is a [̷... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 16:7
Oops! Print version of The Washington Post refers to Mike Mann as the ‘Domain King’
When we broke the news last night about the coverage by The Washington Post of Mike Mann and his numerous successful ventures, the online article had a different title. Today, the print edition came out, and instead of the long-winded title that would not fit on the newspaper, an alternate one is used: “What’s in […... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 12:11
DomainTools rolls out ‘Mental Query WHOIS Tool’ in closed beta
DomainTools has been quietly launching new tools and products, ever since the newly redesigned portal became available to the general public. Now it’s time for the next big thing: Mind controlled WHOIS queries. Dozens of engineers, scientists, domainers and a psychic, worked together for 18 months, to construct the first ever m... - Monday, November 17, 2014 - 10:57
The Washington Post interviews domain investor Mike Mann
Domain entrepreneur, Mike Mann, has reached the top echelons of global recognition, with an interview featured in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post. Titled, “Domain-name mogul Mike Mann will sell you – for $2 million“, the article is a great analysis of domain speculation and investing, alo... - Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 19:53
Michael Gilmour’s new scifi novel hits newsstands today!
Domain entrepreneur, Michael Gilmour, is a busy professional, examining the impact of PPC to our industry. Little did we know that Michael is also a published author, his science fiction novels have become hot selling items on Barnes & Noble and the Aussie Literal Exchange Market. Specializing in this genre, Michael Gilmour is ... - Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 19:33
Nasty weather, snow, promote higher bids at domain auctions
A three-year research of domain auction venues, including Sedo, SnapNames, Flippa, GoDaddy TDNAM and NameJet has produced some very interesting results. The research was conducted by an independent panel of professionals, and included domain investors as part of the data analysis team, supervised by the Tallahassee Polytechnic of Sci... - Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 11:48
Will Rick Schwartz attend NamesCon ?
Globally accepted as the Domain King, TRAFFIC conference co-founder Rick Schwartz celebrated 10 years of his highly acclaimed domain conference last month, officially retiring as the show’s organizer. NamesCon 2015 takes place in January, and according to our report the super discounted tickets will see a jump of $200 by midnig... - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 13:26
Firefox adds ‘anti-parking’ search engine DuckDuckGo to latest release
Firefox celebrates 10 years since it was first released; in recent days, the updates and point releases occur more often. The latest Firefox release, 33.1.1 introduces the search engine DuckDuckGo as one of its search options; the setting can be modified to make DuckDuckGo the default search engine, if needed. Before you chime in abo... - Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 10:59
Chinese hackers steal more domains from GoDaddy account
After a seemingly short pause, the Chinese hackers that infiltrate GoDaddy accounts using phishing emails hit again. This time, four three character domains were stolen from an account of a DNForum domain investor, who is not a rookie. The domains are,,, and These stolen domains were “deleted... - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 21:34
ICANN introduces Ebola-free zone for future conferences
The relocation of the ICANN52 conference, from Marrakesh to Singapore, was the result of bureaucracy succumbing to common sense. Although it took ICANN committees a full week to decide from the date the consideration was announced, they definitely made a sensible decision, according to this poll. Looking forward, ICANN is introducing... - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 14:48
Announcing a large domain sale!
Are you working with expert domain brokers and they pulled off a miraculous sale for you? Or are you Mr. Slick and managed to achieve a HUGE domain sale all by yourself? Either way, time to brag about it, but you have to do it with gusto and class. Here’s a quick press release template, […] Copyright DomainGang - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:44
Richard Lau: We are ALL NamesCon!
A quick message from Richard Lau, founder of NamesCon, on this fine Friday: “Yesterday, I posted on my Facebook status that someone had asked me if I were “NamesCon”, and I received an interesting response. I immediately thought “We are ALL NamesCon.” And today an interesting thing happened when an eager... - Friday, November 14, 2014 - 10:24
Moniker woes continue: Registrant claims loss of $1 million dollar domain!
Moniker continues to receive some very negative publicity from its current and former customers, long after a mass breach of accounts resulted in several domain thefts. In a post at DNForum, a domain owner based in Italy, condemns Moniker’s handling of the situation and alleges that one of his most valuable domains, worth at le... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 21:34
No surprise: fails to sell at eBay auction
It came as no surprise: the domain name that was recently listed by its owner for sale on eBay, failed to meet reserve. A total of 31 bids brought the highest offer up to $150,600 which is still an unverified bid. The owners want $5 million dollars, having offered it to the Brooklyn […] - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 14:53
Former owner of had no idea about the buyer’s wealth!, the newly launched web site about Russia, attracted global media attention after Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, announced its rebranding. We uncovered who the previous owner was, using DomainTools, and speculated on the selling price for the domain. A Russian publication unveiled today that the sale of SputninkNew... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:19
Spam scum: Chinese registrar IISP.HK sends out .XYZ spam to harvested WHOIS emails!
Two years ago, the Chinese domain registrar IISP.HK (NiceNIC) casually copied two dozen DomainGang articles verbatim. After we complained, they took that content down. Today, they sent out a spam email, promoting $2 dollar .XYZ domains to email addresses directly harvested from the WHOIS information of domains. According to Japan-sta... - Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 0:3
Uniregistry launches new marketing campaign
Uniregistry is warming up its irons for what appears to be a record year in domain sales and registrations, with a new marketing campaign. Borrowing elements from the viral success of the recent “Alex from Target” photo and meme, Uniregistry intends to present one new face every week. “Everyone knows me but I’... - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 16:43
One more UDRP lost: Yoyo Email Ltd versus Stuart Weitzman IP, LLC
We’ve covered several UDRP decisions brought forth against Yoyo Email, Ltd; the British company has registered several thousand dot .Email domains, including famous marks, names or products of international corporations, as part of an obscure business model. After settling against Playinnovation, Ltd. in a US court, the company... - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 13:35
Don’t mess with the Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr. wins UDRP
Robert Downey Jr. is a world class actor, and a money-maker for Hollywood’s blockbuster movie industry. As the 4th chapter in the Iron Man series is slated for production, some idiot registered the domain The Respondent had the audacity to attempt to use the actor’s fame, by making the assertions he ... - Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 11:10

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