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The sale of by Thought Convergence, the bootstrapping start-up founded by domain investor Ammar Kubba, was not that surprising. After all, paid a pretty penny for a pair of rare items that was included in the sale, raising the price and valuation of to millions of dollars. “I had to give away [&... - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 18:7
By invitation only: Social media newcomer Ello built on .CO
Social media newcomer, Ello, is a private and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers. Ello, operating from the domain, can be joined by invitation only. What sets Ello apart, is its promise for an ad-free environment, and a policy that opposes the gathering of personal data: “Virtually ... - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 13:23
More than One Billion dot .XYZ domains now registered and developed
Surpassing all previous expectations, and delivering a swift blow to the face of all XYZ haters, the gTLD designed to materialize the dreams and aspirations of the X,Y and Z generations is completely rocking it. “We have broken through one billion registered XYZ domains and continuing our attempt to set new records, whether ... - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 12:21
Bendgate: Huge Domains points the dot .com to a GoDaddy purchase page
The “bendgate” hashtag was trending on social media on Wednesday, thanks to a video demonstrating the bending potential of the iPhone 6+. Since that video turned viral, another one demonstrates the uniqueness of the problem, as neither the iPhone 6 (standard) or the Moto X and HTC One M8 have that issue. Regardless, BendG... - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 1:4
Social media marketing Rantic behind “Emma Watson You’re Next” web site
It was a hoax aimed at raising awareness against Internet abuse and bullying of women. Social media marketing company Rantic, operating from, registered the domain name with eNom, on 9/21/2014. Initially providing a count-down as a “threat” to a date after which there would be an expose of pe... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 16:49
Alert: Chinese registered domain to phish AMEX customers
An email pretending to arrive from American Express is using a recently disclosed breach of customer data at Home Depot to phish for your personal banking information., the domain used in this phishing scam was registered with Chinese information, per DomainTools., the Chinese registrar where the phi... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:38
Ma che cazzo! UDRP argues that Michelina olive oil infringes on Michelin mark
Sometimes, even hot shot corporate lawyers should have their common sense questioned. Michelin North America, the automotive tire manufacturing giant, took a stab at the domain, asserting that it infringes on the famous Michelin mark. The UDRP, filed at the WIPO actually states that “the disputed domain na... - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:10
Chinese domain squatter gets slammed over Amazon trademarks!
Sole WIPO panelist, C. K. Kwong, was right: the incorporation of words which are identical or confusingly similar to the Complainant’s said four registered trademarks consisting of or comprising the respective words “amazon”, “fire”, “kindle” and “goodreads” in the Respondent̵... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 13:23
Celebrity nightmare: The Fappening exposé uses gTLD Domains to spread nude pics!
It’s still Fappening: The hackers that took advantage of weak passwords in iCloud accounts, have spread fear, frustration and anger among Hollywood’s top celebrities. Nude pictures of popular stars, including the Domainfest 2013 keynote speaker, Kim Kardashian, have been shared on web sites such as 4chan, Reddit and even ... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:29
Aging supergroup U2 to perform during ICANN ‘gala’ in Los Angeles
The Irish superband, U2, will be among the top performers during the highly acclaimed ICANN51 ‘gala‘ in Los Angeles, California. ICANN president and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, announced the inclusion of U2 among other top celebrities to be performing. “As a manifestation of the multi-stakeholder model, we welcome and suppor... - Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:31
Domainers: The ultimate guide to Chinese culture, names and numbers
To make it or break it into the lucrative Chinese domain market, savvy domain investors must understand the Chinese culture a little better. Our very own Attila Steven, who spent several years in China and other Asian countries, know well the mechanics of Chinese business. It’s not a secret that many Chinese do not understand [... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 17:49
Domain Obituary: Nepali Kusal Shrestha is a dead(beat) domainer – RIP
This is a Domain Obituary for Kusal Shrestha, using the email addresses and and a phone number from Japan 080-4334-7288, logging in from the IP in Tokyo, Japan. On September 1st, after placing an offer of $2,100 which was accepted on Domain Name Sales, Kusal Shrestha agreed ... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:3
Bahamas bound: Elliot celebrates birthday with ‘Silver Airways’ sponsorship!
It’s domain investor Elliot Silver’s birthday today, and the big news isn’t that Elliot finally turned 30 years old. “The big three-oh is an important milestone for all domain investors, but I have better news today,” said Elliot Silver, unveiling his sponsorship agreement with a major airline, Silver Ai... - Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:30
Dot .CN domain names : Less control by the Chinese government
Apparently, the Chinese government has once again eliminated the need for special paperwork in order to register dot .CN domain names. Confused? So are we. Here’s a timeline of events: Several years ago, when the dot .CN ccTLD opened up for business, only Chinese registrants could register .CN domains. Later on, these restricti... - Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 19:13
DomainTools planned downtime causes stress, anxiety to domainers
The planned downtime of the popular destination for domain investors, DomainTools, is causing unnecessary duress on a Sunday. Thousands of visitors to receive a message citing the planned downtime, and clearly this notice isn’t enough to calm down the spirits. “It’s suffocating me, I cannot breathe, ... - Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 15:59
4chan crashed as Domainfest keynote speaker’s nude pics were leaked
The scandal-hounding web site 4chan has been down for the past couple of hours, following the alleged release of stolen pictures, depicting Kim Kardashian in the nude. A former Domainfest keynote speaker, Kim Kardashian appears to be the target of the same hacking incident that took advantage of an iCloud vulnerability to expose ... - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 22:35
Domain Obituary: Christo Georg or “Georgiev” is a dead(beat) domainer
This is a Domain Obituary for Christo Georg, or “Georgiev” with an email address of and a phone number from Bulgaria +359888613795, logging in from the IP in Alicante, Spain. On April 23rd, 2014, after placing an offer of $2,000 which was accepted on Domain Name Sales, Christo Georg... - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:21
NamesCon: Domainer lost 45 lbs with the “gTLD diet”
If you’re a domain investor and a fan of the Adkins diet, there’s a new king in town: the gTLD diet. Most domainers struggling with weight issues can attribute their extreme gain to the food served during domain conferences. Jacob Spudowski, a domainer from Seattle witnessed his weight yoyo between 180 to 325 lbs. “... - Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:59
Why get an .XYZ or a .Website when you can get a great .Link ?
The recent launch of dot .Website domains left us unimpressed, the longer version of .Web has an appeal to content creators with an obsession for this archaic term.But web sites aren’t the only destinations on the Internet, which is utilizing mobiles to tap the potential of apps and other interactive content. With pricing starting at... - Friday, September 19, 2014 - 20:55
Invest in Greece: Ron Jackson’s retirement .Link goes through Uniregistry
Domain reporter and investor, Ron Jackson, is very fond of Greece. A couple of years ago, we wished Ron a happy birthday, overlaying his jovial image onto popular Greek destinations. That photo album of Ron Jackson became the trigger apparently, for some recent domain investments, on the dot .Link gTLD managed by Uniregistry. Indeed,... - Friday, September 19, 2014 - 15:50

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