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  • newGoDaddy completes Neustar Registry acquisition

    GoDaddy completes Neustar Registry acquisition

    GoDaddy is now in the registry business. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) has completed its acquisition of Neustar’s domain name registry business, marking a big entry into the wholesale part of the domain business. The company announced the $218 million acqui…
    - 14 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 6:34pm -
  • newUsing a trademark in a domain for comparative advertising

    Using a trademark in a domain for comparative advertising

    Two mattress makers square off over a domain name. National Arbitration Forum published a UDRP decision today that is worth reading. It deals with a competitor using another company’s brand name in a domain name. Bed and mattress company Hästens S…
    - 16 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 4:26pm -
  • new6 Reasons Why You Should Become an ICANN Accredited Registrar
    [This is a sponsored post from our friends at LogicBoxes.] There are businesses and then there are businesses that build a legacy. What sets them apart, is that they remain flexible to adapt to the ever-changing industry and upgrade their offerings a…
    - 18 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 2:11pm -
  • newThe Covid-19 Surge

    The Covid-19 Surge

    Domain registrars experienced a surge in new domain registrations in April due to the pandemic. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers April 2020.…
    - 19 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 1:03pm -
  • Judge won’t set aside TRO in Calculator.com case

    Judge won’t set aside TRO in Calculator.com case

    Domain will continue to point to original owner’s website. The judge overseeing a lawsuit for Calculator.com has ruled (pdf) that she won’t set aside a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that effectively transferred the domain back to the original…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 20, 9:41pm -

The Domains

  • newPurchased for $3,800 at NamesCon Europe 2019 Fibr.com sells for $75,000
    Fibr.com was sold for $75,000 on Tuesday. The domain was sold by Leo Angelo’s Domaincracy.com. According to Namebio it’s the third time it changed hands in 3 years. The domain name was last purchased for just $3,800 at NamesCon Europe 2019. Histo…
    - 4 hours ago, 5 Aug 20, 4:37am -
  • newSedo weekly domain name sales led by Hiphi.com
    Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Hiphi.com was the top sale at $99,999. Neos.com was second at 30,000 Euro, ($35,397). Hekate.com was third at $20,000. 44 .com sales 19 cctld sales 4 other tld sales Top 3 highlights of public SedoMLS…
    - 12 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 8:09pm -
  • James Altucher at Flippa conference and some of his older domain name thoughts
    Flippa ran a one day virtual show back at the beginning of July. The show was named “Own Your Future” James Altucher was one of the featured speakers. Flippa has now uploaded his talk to YouTube. Altucher is a guy that provides a lot of interesti…
    - 1 day ago, 3 Aug 20, 10:20pm -
  • All things UDRP – an interview with Gerald M. Levine
    Gerald M. Levine is the author of a critically acclaimed treatise on trademarks, domain names, & cybersquatting, Domain Name Arbitration, and the creator of a widely read Blog on domain name disputes and cybersquatting arbitrated under the UDRP and U…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Aug 20, 10:17pm -
  • Invest.com is running a private auction til the end of August
    There is an article on AmericanThinker.com a publication I had never read before until Koolishman at Namepros published a link. Talks about how China is trying to muscle an American company out on the domain name Invest.com. When you go to invest.com…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 6:22pm -

TLD Investors

  • newThen and now 8-4-20 A lot of action big flips and dips

    Then and now 8-4-20 A lot of action big flips and dips

    There was a lot of action on Tuesday, when it comes to domain names prices then and now. NYmortgage.com $9,600 on NameJet back in 2010 and $25,250 on NameJet Tuesday. Y.at sold for $5,863 on Sedo in 2016 and sold for $13,750 on Sedo Tuesday. Cloud.gg…
    - 2 hours ago, 5 Aug 20, 6:08am -
  • newDNGear.com does it again with sale of Mesh.XYZ

    DNGear.com does it again with sale of Mesh.XYZ

    Swetha from DNGear.com is at it again. I interviewed this .xyz superstar a few weeks ago. Today she announced the sale of Mesh.xyz for $9,888. The sale happened at Afternic. https://t.co/nCgHdSISH3 sold for $9888 @afternic. @xyz #domains #domainsfors…
    - 13 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 7:29pm -
  • Then and Now 8-3-20 EUcard.com from $10,000 to dropped

    Then and Now 8-3-20 EUcard.com from $10,000 to dropped

    EUCard.com was purchased at Uniregistry for $10,000 in 2015 and was left to drop. It went for $1,980 at DropCatch. EXUBERANCE.COM resulted in a nice sale selling for $8,055 at Sedo it was acquired in 2016 for $2,500. Gam.net transacted for the third…
    - 1 day ago, 4 Aug 20, 4:59am -
  • Then and Now 8-1-20 Some 2019 end user domain sales that were left to drop

    Then and Now 8-1-20 Some 2019 end user domain sales that were left to drop

    Saturday’s action saw a few domain names that end users purchased in 2019 that were left to expire in 2020. BuyDomains had two sales in late 2019 where the buyers did not renew and who knows maybe BuyDomains snapped them back up. (We will have to w…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Aug 20, 6:52am -
  • July total reported sales up $500,000 vs June 2020

    July total reported sales up $500,000 vs June 2020

    Looking back at July 2020 Domain Name Sales. Here we will examine domain name sales and data trends for certain naming categories. July saw Namebio reporting 10,921 vs 10,171 sales in June. Dollar value in July was $9.4 million vs $8.9 million June.…
    - 3 days ago, 1 Aug 20, 11:29pm -

Domain Investing

  • newGoDaddy Launches First .GoDaddy Website

    GoDaddy Launches First .GoDaddy Website

    In April of this year, GoDaddy announced that it would be acquiring Neustar’s registry business. Neustar has operated and offers back-end services for more than 215 domain name extensions, including .US, .CO, .NYC, .Biz, and a number of other exten…
    - 13 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 6:46pm -
  • newFavorite Search on NameBio

    Favorite Search on NameBio

    I use NameBio on a regular basis for blog research as well as general domain investment research. The domain name sales data dating back many years has considerable value to me because it is helpful when writing blog posts and when buying or selling…
    - 15 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 5:22pm -
  • newAfternic Should Offer 2FA

    Afternic Should Offer 2FA

    Domain name theft is a big issue for domain investors. I strongly recommend that investors and other domain registrants enable 2 factor authentication (2FA) on their domain registrar accounts to help secure them. Most domain registrars offer at least…
    - 19 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 1:21pm -
  • UDRP Filed Against Picture.com at WIPO

    UDRP Filed Against Picture.com at WIPO

    Late last week, I noticed a UDRP was filed against the generic, high value Picture.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is WIPO Case D2020-2016. Picture.com was originally created more than 25 years…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 2:17pm -
  • Payfone Acquires Prove.com and Rebrands

    Payfone Acquires Prove.com and Rebrands

    Over a year ago, I tried to buy Prove.com, but the six figure price tag of the domain name was beyond what I could spend for it as an investment. Using the DomainTools Whois History tool, I can see that Prove.com sold sometime between April and July…
    - 5 days ago, 31 Jul 20, 5:42pm -

DSAD

  • newAUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 3, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on August 3, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) an…
    - 17 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 2:45pm -
  • newIKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, August 4th
    For some reason I find history podcast’s interesting. I’m caught up on the American Revolution podcast, The British history podcast, and I’m not working through the Civil War, 1861-1865 A History Podcast. These things are like binge watching…
    - 22 hours ago, 4 Aug 20, 10:08am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 2, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on August 2, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) an…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 1:30pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday August 3rd, 2020
    I know a few of you know how to read so I figured I would post it here. I normally don’t have time to read but I am taking a vacation in a cabin and going to have some extra time. Anyone have a good book that was released in the last year that yo…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 1, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on August 1, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) an…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Aug 20, 2:59pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Sunday August 2nd, 2020
    In a hurry today so I will leave you with ten of my favorite series I’ve watched over the last 6 months. Actually its all I watched. If I didn’t like something I moved on. In no particular orderAlone Season 6Sex Education EuphoriaKilling E…
    - 3 days ago, 2 Aug 20, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 31, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on July 31, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 4 days ago, 1 Aug 20, 3:41pm -
  • IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Saturday, August 1st
    I sold a name at Uni the other day. I had just transferred the name somewhere so I wasn’t able to transfer the name directly to them. As I was pushing the name into the “Uni’s” holding account, AKA Afternic, I was reminded of Godaddy’s incr…
    - 4 days ago, 1 Aug 20, 8:44am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 30, 2020
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on July 30, 2020.If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and…
    - 5 days ago, 31 Jul 20, 2:24pm -
  • Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday July 31st, 2020
    Out of college I was in between jobs and took a job at Babbages. Some of you may have remembered Babbages. It was THE video game store. I took a job as assistant manager in one of the busiest malls in the US, Woodfield Mall. I took the job during…
    - 5 days ago, 31 Jul 20, 10:55am -

Domain Gang

Online Domain

  • GoDaddy ripping people off with .us domain names
    .US domain names are some of the cheapest domain names to register and renew. Yet somehow GoDaddy, a US company, has decided that .us domains are a good choice so it can rip off customers and make an extra $10+ a pop. .US domains cost $19.99 to regis…
    - 67 days ago, 30 May 20, 1:43am -
  • Internet grows to 366.8 million domain names in Q1 2020
    Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the first quarter of 2020 closed with 366.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain name registrat…
    - 68 days ago, 29 May 20, 1:39am -
  • Lost a GoDaddy auction, then the winner defaulted. How do I find who the bidder was?

    - 72 days ago, 25 May 20, 4:55pm -
  • “Is the lockdown driving domain registrations?”
    Numbers from CENTR show a spike in new registrations in the month of April 2020. A sample of 25 European ccTLDs saw a 20% increase in new domains registered in April 2020 from the same time a year earlier. So the Council of European National Top-Leve…
    - 76 days ago, 21 May 20, 4:15pm -
  • CSC moves from a New gTLD to a .com domain
    CSC, a brand protection agency (among others), announced today that its Digital Brand Services branch is moving from a New gTLD (cscdigitalbrand.services) to a .com (cscdbs.com) domain. CSC started using the (long) .services domain name in 2016 but n…
    - 77 days ago, 20 May 20, 1:42pm -
  • Domain Agents domain valuation guide – 20% increase in domain offers during lockdown
    Domain Agents has published its 2020 domain valuation guide and the first observation made by Ryan McKegney, CEO of DomainAgents, is that during lockdown there has been a 20% increase in domain name offers. “Even as the pandemic has created instabi…
    - 78 days ago, 19 May 20, 4:04pm -
  • How is shopping around for a domain going to help you?
    I have this same question for years. How is shopping around for a domain going to help you? Help you get it cheaper that is… I am not talking about different domains. I am talking about this one domain a buyer wants and the seller is accepting offe…
    - 83 days ago, 14 May 20, 4:48pm -
  • Liquid domains report: $7,398,803 in Escrow.com sales
    Giuseppe Graziano from GGRG partnering with Escrow.com and Estibot’s parent company Intelium and ShortNames.com published the 15th edition of the Liquid Domains Overview (LXDO), which focuses on the 614,928 .com domains we call “liquid”. The o…
    - 83 days ago, 14 May 20, 2:21pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 4 domains for $89,776 in April
    Mike Mann reported selling 4 domain names in April for a total of $89,776. Prices started at $14,888 and went up to $30,000. Mike Mann sold 4 .com domains. The average reported domain sales price was $22,444. If you want to further understand Mike Ma…
    - 84 days ago, 13 May 20, 3:53pm -
  • ElectricCar.com domain name sells for 6 figures
    ElectricCar.com Sedo announced today that the domain name ElectricCar.com was sold for a 6-figure price. The seller from Michigan USA has owned the domain name since late 2016 or early 2017. The domain was parked at Sedo and then for sale at Undevelo…
    - 86 days ago, 11 May 20, 2:56pm -
  • Tucows Q1 2020 report: revenue and gross profit growth of 6% and 11%
    Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC), a provider of network access, domain names and other Internet services, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. All figures are in U.S. dollars. “The first quarter was a ver…
    - 89 days ago, 7 May 20, 10:52pm -
  • Escrow.com sells $85.85 million worth of domain names in Q1 2020
    Escrow.com has just released today its Domain Investment Index Report for Q1 2020. Here are some key findings from the Escrow.com report: Domains prices grew from last quarter, with rocket growth for 4 character domain names. Transacted domain names…
    - 90 days ago, 7 May 20, 4:06pm -
  • GoDaddy will pay $218 million for Neustar
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. GoDaddy announced the price of the registry business of Neustar Inc. acquisition for $218.0 million in cash, with expected closing in the coming mo…
    - 90 days ago, 6 May 20, 9:31pm -
  • 2019 report: Domain market grows – Registrar consolidation increases
    CENTR has published the CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q4/2019 . The report covers the global status and registration trends in all top-level domains (legacy gTLDs, new gTLDs and ccTLDs), with additional focus on the European ccTLD market. Highlights f…
    - 91 days ago, 6 May 20, 4:54pm -
  • I lost 3 done deals in 3 days!
    I was in negotiations to sell 3 domain names to different buyers. I think all buyers were from the US. I reached an agreement with the buyers on all 3 domains but I eventually lost all 3 deals. That was last week. I lost 3 deals for a total of $20k i…
    - 93 days ago, 4 May 20, 3:46pm -
  • LXME rebrands to LMX.com (Liquid Market Exchange)
    LXME, Giuseppe Graziano’s Liquid Domain Market Exchange that launched in September 2018, is rebranding today to LMX.com, which stands for Liquid Market Exchange. “The purpose of LMX is to create a safe environment in which investors are able to t…
    - 96 days ago, 1 May 20, 4:30pm -
  • NamesCon Europe postponed to 2021
    You probably saw this coming, but NamesCon Europe 2020 is postponed to 2021. “Since every country is still fighting the coronavirus, we can’t predict what travel will look like this summer, so we are aiming to prevent last-minute inconvenience an…
    - 96 days ago, 1 May 20, 2:11pm -
  • Breaking: ICANN board withholds consent for a change of control of PIR and .org
    Today, the ICANN Board made the decision to reject the proposed change of control and entity conversion request that Public Interest Registry (PIR) submitted to ICANN. What I find really interesting is that “The entire Board stands by this decision…
    - 96 days ago, 1 May 20, 2:58am -
  • ICANN independence: ICANN’s new excuse for allowing the .org transfer
    An array of useful idiots have started vomiting “rebellious” posts and articles around the web supporting the new excuse that NoEthos publicists invented for ICANN. This new “argument” will be used to allow the .org transfer to proceed. The e…
    - 97 days ago, 30 Apr 20, 2:49pm -
  • What is the point of temporarily waiving domain restoration fees?
    Radix joined Verisign and some other registries in temporarily waiving off the domain name restoration fees. I don’t understand what is the point of temporarily waiving a fee that was totally unnecessary to begin with and almost no one uses anyway.…
    - 98 days ago, 29 Apr 20, 12:39pm -
  • Namesilo’s March 2020 domain name registration report
    Namesilo published its March 2020 domain name registration report. Here are some of the details published:  The post Namesilo’s March 2020 domain name registration report appeared first on OnlineDomain.com.Related Articles:Namesilo publishes m…
    - 99 days ago, 28 Apr 20, 3:14pm -
  • CentralNic 2019 report: revenue up 95% to USD 109.2m
    CentralNic Group PLC (AIM: CNIC) announced its audited results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic, commented: “I am delighted to report CentralNic Group enjoyed another record year in 2019, with 61% year-on-year gr…
    - 100 days ago, 27 Apr 20, 5:19pm -
  • Verisign Q1 2020 reports an operating margin of 66%
    VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Verisign had an operating margin of 66%. I guess that is not enough for Verisign or the corrupted ICANN so they will suck a few more billions out all registrants…
    - 24 Apr 20, 3:17pm -
  • Most abused domain extensions and registrars (Spamhaus Botnet Threats)
    Spamhaus released its botnet threat update for Q1 2020. Among other botnet related details, Spamhaus announced the most abused domain extensions and domain registrars associated with botnets. Here is what the Spamhaus wrote: Most abused top-level dom…
    - 23 Apr 20, 5:06pm -
  • Donuts migrates backend operations to Amazon Web Services
    Donuts Inc. has announced its migration of backend operations to the cloud. Donuts’ registry now operates on Amazon Web Services and is probably the first major registry backend operator to migrate an existing on-premises backend to the cloud. Donu…
    - 22 Apr 20, 5:05pm -
  • Google ignores many businesses and gives them ZERO ad credits
    In early April Google made an announcement that it will be helping small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time with the coronavirus and covid-19 by giving them free ad credits on Google Ads…
    - 21 Apr 20, 4:45pm -
  • ICANN was ready to approve the .org transfer
    ICANN was ready to approve the .org transfer on April 16 but the California Attorney General ruined their party. ICANN, ISOC, PIR and NoEthos Capital were very close to getting their corrupted plan completed but at the last minute California Attorney…
    - 20 Apr 20, 5:37pm -
  • Donuts sells my.life for $175,000
    Donuts announced today that it sold the domain name my.life for $175,000. The domain was purchased on March 31, 2020. Donuts is the registry of more than 200 domain name extensions and the domain name my.life was one of its platinum domain names that…
    - 17 Apr 20, 5:34pm -
  • California Attorney General slams ICANN, ISOC and PIR (CAG urges ICANN to reject .ORG transfer)
    California Attorney General sent a letter on April 15th urging ICANN to reject the transfer of control over the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital. In his letter the California Attorney General slams ICANN, ISOC and PIR repeatedly. “As discussed below,…
    - 17 Apr 20, 12:13am -
  • Sometimes it is hard to believe it!
    Sometimes I get so blindsided by an email that I don’t even know where to begin writing a post. I got an email through the contact form on this blog from a guy in the US asking me to evaluate 6 of his domains. “It probably should only take you ab…
    - 14 Apr 20, 6:27pm -
  • ICANN 68 will also be held as a remote public meeting
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), probably the most corrupted organization on planet earth, announced that its ICANN68 Policy Forum, which was to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will now be held via remote participat…
    - 10 Apr 20, 5:43pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 2 domains for $69,776 in March
    Mike Mann reported selling 2 domain names in March for a total of $69,776. Prices started at $19,888 and went up to $49,888. Mike Mann sold 2 .com domains. The average reported domain sales price was $34,888. If you want to further understand Mike Ma…
    - 9 Apr 20, 4:39pm -
  • WIPO 2019 report: 3,693 UDRP cases covering 6,298 domain names
    Trademark owners filed a record 3,693 cases under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in 2019. WIPO’s 2019 caseload covered 6,298 domain names in total. The Center held a major Oct…
    - 7 Apr 20, 6:40pm -
  • GoDaddy acquires Neustar’s registry business
    Goodbye Neustar! Hello GoDaddy Registry! GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), today announced it is acquiring Neustar Inc’s Registry business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close in Q2 2020. The Neustar Regi…
    - 6 Apr 20, 10:49pm -
  • Neustar will continue running the .CO domain registry
    The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinTIC) of Colombia announced as the winner of the tender for the operation and administration of the .co country code top level domain (.co ccTLD) to .CO Internet SAS. .CO Internet SAS is o…
    - 6 Apr 20, 5:02pm -
  • ISOC Ireland: “Ethos does not seem to understand or care about the .ORG community.”
    The Internet Society (ISOC) Ireland send a letter to ICANN on March 31, 2020 saying that “Ethos does not seem to understand or care about the .ORG community.”. This is one of many ISOC chapters from all over the world expressing their opposition…
    - 6 Apr 20, 2:09pm -
  • Thanks for nothing: Verisign waives the domain name restore fee!
    Last week, Verisign promised to not raise the .com prices (even though ICANN had not YET granted Verisign the permission to steal millions of dollars from the global economy by allowing 7% price increases for the next 4 years)  to “support” peop…
    - 2 Apr 20, 2:04pm -
  • .Club 2019 premium sales report
    Since its launch .CLUB  has earned total premium name revenue of $7.7 million USD. .CLUB is close to its sixth year of operation. They created 3 major programs and products to assist end-users to have easy access to .CLUB premium names. Here is how…
    - 1 Apr 20, 6:05pm -
  • Pay your fucking bills!
    I see a lot of people lately that are looking for an excuse to not pay their bills on time. (or ever?) And I am not talking about people that have lost their jobs or income due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yes, there are a lot of people that have or…
    - 30 Mar 20, 5:49pm -
  • Efty stats: inquiries are down, traffic is up!
    Efty decided to share some important stats around the impact the coronavirus outbreak has on domain name inquiries and traffic across its platform. “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound and serious impact on the global econom…
    - 27 Mar 20, 4:01pm -
  • Shop.app sold for $200,000 (bought on the 1st day of .app EAP)
    The domain name Shop.app sold for $200,000 at Sedo and it was not a registry sale. The seller was from California and the domain was brokered by Yiming Yang. The domain name is pending transfer out of GoDaddy that it is currently registered. Shop.app…
    - 27 Mar 20, 4:08am -
  • Adjusting your business to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic
    The Coronavirus pandemic has affected almost everyone in the world one way or another. A friend send me an email telling he is in self-quarantine, he can’t practice his main profession and is using this time to adjust his domain name pricing. I am…
    - 26 Mar 20, 5:12pm -
  • DAN removes all Corona Virus related domains
    DAN.com announced that starting today it will be removing all Corona Virus related domains from its marketplace. I mostly support the decision but I just think that the justification shouldn’t have been price related. It doesn’t matter whether th…
    - 26 Mar 20, 2:41pm -
  • Verisign promises not to raise .com and .net prices this year
    Verisign said today that it “promises” not to raise .com and .net prices this year, although ICANN has not approved (yet?) the .com price increases. (7% in each of the next 4 years) Verisign said will freeze registry prices for all of its Top-Lev…
    - 25 Mar 20, 3:17pm -
  • New York Attorney General investigating coronavirus-related domains
    The Office of the New York Attorney General (NYAG) is investigating the registration and use of coronavirus-related domains for the purposes of deceptive advertising, phishing schemes and malware dissemination. These activities may violate a number o…
    - 24 Mar 20, 5:36pm -
  • Fake websites selling coronavirus masks are scamming organizations
    The Coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a cottage industry of scam artists looking to prey on people’s fears. Fake websites selling coronavirus masks are scamming organizations out of millions. An investigation by Escrow.com has found a surge of…
    - 23 Mar 20, 3:42pm -
  • Google launches Coronavirus website and expands COVID-19 search experience
    Since the beginning of the year, search interest in COVID-19 has continued to climb around the world. Right now the disease is the largest topic people are looking for globally, surpassing even some of the most common and consistent queries we see in…
    - 21 Mar 20, 12:28pm -
  • Alarming Coronavirus messages in domain inquiries
    I have put up a contact form on a lot of my domains and I get quite a few odd requests on a variety of subjects instead of valid domain name inquiries. Most of the time it is people that get the wrong website and don’t understand what the contact f…
    - 20 Mar 20, 6:04pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 8 domains for $286,564 in February (CoronaCare .com, Ready .org)
    Mike Mann reported selling 8 domain names in February for a total of $286,564. Prices started at $2,288 and went up to $169,888. Mike Mann sold 7 .com domains and 1 .org domain. The average reported domain sales price was $35,821. If you want to furt…
    - 19 Mar 20, 7:17pm -
  • CentralNic announces Team Internet had $74m in revenue
    CentralNic Group plc (AIM: CNIC) announced an update on the FY2019 performance of its latest acquisition, Team Internet AG, Germany (“Team Internet”). As reported by Matomy Media Group Ltd. (“Matomy Media”) as part of their audited annual rep…
    - 19 Mar 20, 5:15pm -

Domain Incite

  • The pricey, complex, clusterfuck plan to reopen Whois

    The pricey, complex, clusterfuck plan to reopen Whois

    After a little more than two years, an ICANN working group has finalized the policy that could allow people to start accessing unredacted Whois records again. Despite the turnaround time being relatively fast by ICANN standards, the Expedited Policy…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 7:20pm -
  • Tucows sells off Ting business, retreats into the back-end

    Tucows sells off Ting business, retreats into the back-end

    Tucows has sold its Ting Mobile brand and customer based to DISH Network, repositioning itself as a provider of white-label back-end mobile services. The company which is also the second-largest domain registrar, has found success in recent years as…
    - 2 days ago, 3 Aug 20, 1:05pm -
  • No .sex please, we’re infected!

    No .sex please, we’re infected!

    MMX saw poorer-than-expected sales of porn-related defensive registrations in the first half of the year, the only blip in what was otherwise a strong period for the company. The registry updated the market today to say that its domain name base grew…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 5:55pm -
  • Domainers immune from the lockdown bump?

    Domainers immune from the lockdown bump?

    While the can be little doubt that the domain industry saw a boost in the second quarter due to the impact of coronavirus lockdown mandates, the same may not be true for those playing in the secondary market. Data out from Escrow.com last night shows…
    - 6 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 5:27pm -
  • Drop auctions not a slam-dunk, says Nominet

    Drop auctions not a slam-dunk, says Nominet

    Nominet has responded to criticism of its plans to introduce registry-level .uk drop auctions by saying it’s not about money-grabbing and is not guaranteed to even happen. Registry MD Eleanor Bradley today blogged: In some quarters the commentary s…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jul 20, 6:35pm -
  • After Chapter 11 filing, JCPenney dumps its dot-brand

    After Chapter 11 filing, JCPenney dumps its dot-brand

    American retailer JCPenney has told ICANN it no longer wishes to own its dot-brand gTLD, .jcp. The notice was filed just a month after the company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and announced the permanent closure of hundreds of stores. Lik…
    - 7 days ago, 29 Jul 20, 5:53pm -
  • Israeli registrar denies “arms dealer” claims

    Israeli registrar denies “arms dealer” claims

    Israeli registrar GalComm has denied being involved in a widespread malware distribution scheme after being fingered by a security outfit. Last month Awake Security accused the registrar, officially Communigal Communication Ltd, of being “at best c…
    - 7 days ago, 28 Jul 20, 8:10pm -
  • Nominet members revolt over “deepest pockets wins” auction plans

    Nominet members revolt over “deepest pockets wins” auction plans

    A group of Nominet members and registrars have launched a petition to prevent Nominet from introducing registry-level auctions for dropping .uk domain names. The petition, organized by Netistrar, reads: “We the undersigned members request that Nomi…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jul 20, 6:58pm -
  • CSC becomes first foreign registrar to get the China nod

    CSC becomes first foreign registrar to get the China nod

    It’s probably not the best time, politically, to be bragging about doing business in China, but CSC has nevertheless just announced that it’s been given the nod to act as a registrar in China. The company claims to be the first non-Chinese regist…
    - 8 days ago, 28 Jul 20, 6:29pm -
  • ICANN close to becoming $200 million gift-giver

    ICANN close to becoming $200 million gift-giver

    Remember how ICANN raised hundreds of millions of dollars auctioning off new gTLD contracts, with only the vaguest of ideas how to spend the cash? Well, it’s coming pretty close to figuring out where the money goes. The GNSO Council approved a plan…
    - 9 days ago, 27 Jul 20, 5:53pm -

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