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Thirteen year old domain lost in UDRP
Time and again we’re proven right: even if you have a strong case, not involving an attorney in a UDRP against a premium domain can be disastrous. The 13 year old domain,, was lost to the Complainant, Mines Press, Inc. of Cortlandt Manor, New York who operate from the dashed variant, Despite the Comp..... - Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:36
HasOffers rebrands to
Mobile ad company, HasOffers, was apparently not getting that far ahead in its target market with that name. Over the course of nine months, they rebranded the company, securing the domain name in the process. The idea was to assist their customers “tune their marketing campaigns“; obviously, the choice of a name... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 23:27
Banned thoughts about domain names – Part deux
Elliot’s blog █████████████ schmuck, comments such as █████████████ █████████████ psycho! Complete ████████ hole, from Mumbai, ██████ disparaging Elliot. Well, █████████████ you too, buddy! Meanwhile, Moniker said ███████ fixed, but I doubt it. Can’t believe ███████ █████████████ and █████████████ UDRP, all while the domain ██████ ..... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 22:4
Solarmovie: Pirate movie streamer blames for domain hijacking
We haven’t heard of Solarmovie before, but those who seek fringe methods of accessing and streaming copies of movies and TV shows, probably do. The registrant of expressed his dismay over the alleged hijacking of the domain, which was transferred to 1and1 from According to “Chris”, a hacker g... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:30
New Minds+Machines domain campaign targets dot .Horse gTLD
A new marketing campaign by gTLD sweethearts, Minds+Machines, focuses on one of its gTLD assets, dot .Horse. The campaign appears in the Financial Times, Forbes, GQ and Fortune 500 magazines, all of which carry half page advertisements. The end result is quite effective. “With this domain campaign, we are targeting the educated... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:52
Moniker to transfer domain management development to Uniregistry
After weeks of a painful transition to a new domain management system, Moniker has called it quits, and it’s hiring new database developers and back-end designers for its domain management system. “The German database programmers drank beer and watched the World Cup on TV for the past 30 days, it was impossible to get thi... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:21
Shocker: Domain trading to become illegal in China
It’s no secret that the Chinese government has absolute power over its people; the 1.3 billion Chinese enjoy “freedom” exactly as it’s filtered through the bureaucrats of Beijing. Despite recent flourishing in the domain market, China’s economy is dependent on construction and manufacturing, along with t... - Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:50
Hate logo: Airbnb rebranding looks like genitalia!
Airbnb, the online rentals business has released its new brand – and it literally looks like a load of bollocks. The triangular shape dubbed “Bélo” is a shorthand for “belong”; part of the Airbnb culture of sharing space when traveling. The explicit curves of the new logo reference human genitals, both m... - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 19:5
Second dot .Menu UDRP attempts to capitalize on Dunkin Donuts trademark
A UDRP for the domain Dunkin.Menu was filed by no other than the IP holding company of Dunkin Donuts; the Respondent is some donut-loving guy from India. This is the second dot .Menu UDRP we’ve seen, after Baskin-Robbins UDRP less than a week ago. It appears that the Dunkin.Menu registrant was pointing the domain to […] C... - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 14:13
First dot .Support UDRP hits Hewlett Packard domain squatter
A joke goes that 80% of the world’s support centers reside in India; the rest is from a basement that patches you to an Indian call-center. It comes as no surprise that the domain HPPrinter.Support is registered in India, for different reasons obviously. That didn’t sit too well with the corporate offices of Hewlett-Packa... - Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:5
Mary Lou Kayser: ICANN and Vanity Domain names
Mary Lou Kayser is a business coach and speaker, with a podcast to boot. When ICANN announced their master plan to expand the Internet name space in 2012, she wrote an insightful article about the so-called “vanity domain names.” Brushing aside the worries of skeptics fearing an increase in phishing, scams and other nefar... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 19:19 – The one the Chamber of Commerce let go away!
Branson, Missouri is a thriving city in the Ozark Mountains, named after Reuben Branson, local entrepreneur and postmaster in the 1880s. Entrepreneurship still goes strong in the Internet era, and the owners of know very well about it all. Yesterday, sold its 4,000,000th online ticket, something that wo... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 16:55
Dot .Africa contenders to resolve gTLD feud in traditional way
The contenders in the long-standing feud over the allocation of the dot .Africa gTLD are planning to resolve the matter using traditional methods. South Africa’s ZA Central Registry NPC will be engaging in a series of ancient African rituals, to force Sophia Bekele and DotConnectAfrica into abandoning their application. “Some p... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:43
Reactions to ICANN announcing the new gTLDs in 2012
In an article from January 12, 2012, Tom Espiner of c|net announced the intention by ICANN to roll out its new gTLD program. Titled, “ICANN: Time to register your generic domains“, the article concludes that the move “could trigger a dramatic expansion of the Internet”, as stated by ICANN at the time. It ... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:55
Domain infographic: XYZ registrations at Network Solutions
As far as Network Solutions is concerned, the party of .XYZ domain robo-registrations is over. The month-long fanfare by XYZ has dissipated to inaudible levels, and it seems that it’s a common secret what the bulk of .XYZ domains with Network Solutions is about. Here’s a quick domain infographic about the current state of... - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 11:14
Vantablack: Darkest black ever created absorbs the thought of registering the dot .com
British scientists created the darkest black ever, a hue that absorbs almost all but 0.035% of light – and they dubbed it “Vantablack.” Surrey NanoSystems created the material almost a year ago, but somehow the press release got delayed, leading to recent coverage by the media. Vantablack was created using carbon na... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 16:46
NamesCon 2015: Six months away!
The biggest new domain conference of the year took place in January 2014; NamesCon broke new records, both in attendee and presentation numbers. Most importantly, it presented a clear vision of the domain industry, as it expands in the coming years to embrace brands, gTLDs and exciting new products. Having reached the half-point thro... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 15:6
Winner of the 2014 World Cup Adidas Brazuca contest!
It’s finally over, and we have a winner! The much-coveted Adidas Brazuca contest that coincided with the World Cup 2014 in Brazil has found a new home. Earlier today, out of four entries that had guessed the World Cup winning team, Germany, correctly, one was picked at random. Without further ado, the lucky winner of […] ... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:31 UDRP fails to take generic domain owner to the cleaners
We thought we’ve seen it all with regards to the ingenuity of Complainants attempting to wrestle generic domain names away from their owners. In a case involving the domain names and, an individual with an obscure claim to a patent and vague claims to a common law trademark, tried to take... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:41
Beats sues the Chinese for billions; targets domain names
Beats, the multi-billion dollar arm of Apple’s audio department, is tired of Chinese counterfeiters and will take them to the cleaners. Capitalizing on the rather expensive headphones’ popularity, Chinese manufacturers set up shop on hundreds of web sites, selling counterfeit wares at discounted prices. Beats is going aft... - Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:14

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