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  • Biohacks GmbH tries reverse domain name hijacking

    Biohacks GmbH tries reverse domain name hijacking

    Panel had a laundry list of problems with the company’s case. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found German company Biohacks GmbH guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Biohacks GmbH filed a cybersquatting dispute against Bioh…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 10:12pm -
  • Former France.com owner continues fight

    Former France.com owner continues fight

    Man who lost domain name to France files petition for en banc rehearing. Jean-Noël Frydman isn’t done fighting to regain control of France.com, a domain name he registered in 1994. Frydman lost control of the domain name in 2018 after the French g…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 3:38pm -
  • Details behind MMX sale to GoDaddy

    Details behind MMX sale to GoDaddy

    MMX reveals details behind asset sale. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) announced yesterday that it is acquiring most of the assets of MMX (London AIM: MMX), aka Minds + Machines, for $120 million. Today, MMX issued a notice to shareholders about its planned sal…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 3:42pm -
  • Sedo’s lastest end user domain name sales

    Sedo’s lastest end user domain name sales

    A design tech company paid $62,500 to buy the .com to match its .design domain. Sedo’s top public sale this past week was Spline.com for $62,500. A company that uses a .design domain bought it and forwards it to the .design domain. Here’s a list…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 1:17pm -
  • Breaking: GoDaddy to acquire MMX, .Club, .Design

    Breaking: GoDaddy to acquire MMX, .Club, .Design


    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 8:45pm -

The Domains

  • newPeter Askew on the Practical Ecommerce podcast
    Peter Askew (VidaliaOnions.com) was on a podcast by Practical Ecommerce, Peter discusses how he acquired VidaliaOnions.com back in the day. The host Eric Bandholz Bio then goes into domain names and how and where to buy them with Peter. Since the ma…
    - 57 mins ago, 10 Apr 21, 9:26pm -
  • NameJet/Snapnames March sales led by ManagedCareMag.com
    NameJet/Snapnames sales for March were released today. At NameJet Mutation.com was the top sale at $26,555. Neway.com was second at $14,500 and Enak.com took third at $10,500. At Snapnames ManagedCareMag.com was the top sale at $28,000. iWager.com wa…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 3:53pm -
  • On the heels of a huge IPO here is how Coinbase chose Coinbase.com
    A member of Namepros showed a leaked email about the early days of Coinbase. There is a leaked email from 2012 that shows what the founders were thinking of when it came to naming their company. Founded in 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam they…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 4:49am -
  • GoDaddy making moves on the registry side acquiring .club and others
    Big news on the registry side of the business. GoDaddy is acquiring .Club, .design and 28 extensions from Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX). .Club has seen a lot of press lately due to Clubhouse and people registering .club domain names for their…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 9:26pm -
  • Sedo weekly domain name sales led by Spline.com
    Sedo released their weekly domain name sales and Spline.com led the way at $62,500. Multitude.com was second at $50,000 and psilocybin.org was third at $49,000. 55 .com sales 22 cctld sales 10 other tld sales Top 3 highlights of public SedoMLS sales…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 8:25pm -

TLD Investors

  • Logan Flatt sits a top the list of reported .gg domain name sales

    Logan Flatt sits a top the list of reported .gg domain name sales

    Logan Flatt announced on Twitter the highest reported .gg sale of all time. He quipped to Nikul Sanghvi that he was inspired by his recent .gg sale, and then got carried away. The name is ETH.gg. Congrats to LoganThe post Logan Flatt sits a top the…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 8:12pm -
  • Why did you become a domain investor?

    Why did you become a domain investor?

    So Squadhelp did a post on why people got into domain investing. They actually asked the question on Twitter. Tell us why you became a domain investor in 10 words or less? Some of the answers included: “a domain like an idea can change the world”…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Apr 21, 4:59am -
  • Kia.io purchased for $475 flipped to $6,025 sale in a year

    Kia.io purchased for $475 flipped to $6,025 sale in a year

    Kia.io was picked up for $475 last February and was sold at Park.io for $6,025. It looks to be another private sale and not an expired auction. Kia.io was one of 5 .io sales on Tuesday. Fossil.io sold for $3,550. Birch.io $2,675. Rounding out the 5 s…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 5:02am -
  • April .Ai auctions led by MVP.ai

    April .Ai auctions led by MVP.ai

    Whois.AI concluded their auctions for April and MVP.ai was the top closing price at $6,024. 18 auctions closed in the four figure range. Here is a look back at March. mvp.ai 6,024 USD 2021-04-05 Whois.ai enhance.ai 5,025 USD 2021-04-05 Whois.ai techn…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 2:43pm -
  • With a desire to get into sports betting Lottery.com buys Sports.com

    With a desire to get into sports betting Lottery.com buys Sports.com

    Lottery.com announced they acquired Sports.com. Registered in 1998 and looks to have been owned by a company called Achieve Investments Limited. Believe it or not Sports.com dropped 3 times before 1998. The plan is to get into sports betting which ha…
    - 5 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 3:06am -
  • Exclusive details on the 6 figure sale of ExpiredDomains.com

    Exclusive details on the 6 figure sale of ExpiredDomains.com

    Many years ago Sameh from NameMarket.com (formerly GenericDomainMarket.com) started advertising here on TLDinvestors.com. The daily GoDaddy picks in our daily picks post were syndicated from his list at ExpiredDomains.com. Sameh kept the lists up for…
    - 5 days ago, 5 Apr 21, 7:00pm -
  • GoDaddy does not collect the $50K on SuperCharging.com – DropCatch gets $13K plus

    GoDaddy does not collect the $50K on SuperCharging.com – DropCatch gets $13K plus

    Back on 2/12/2021 SuperCharging.com closed at $50,005 on GoDaddy auctions. The domain name expired and previously sold two times before. The domain name was picked up for just $500 in June of 2018 at NameJet. It was flipped for $3,500 at Flippa three…
    - 7 days ago, 3 Apr 21, 11:24am -
  • A breakdown of March Keyword domain sales (Shop has a great month led by eShop.com)

    A breakdown of March Keyword domain sales (Shop has a great month led by eShop.com)

    March saw strong numbers for Online and Shop keyword sales. They posted about 50 more than February and is always the leader in most sales. Shop had one outlier sale with the six figure close of eShop.com. A strong month for Coin as well. Popular Key…
    - 8 days ago, 3 Apr 21, 12:08am -
  • Namepros “May the odds be in your favor”

    Namepros “May the odds be in your favor”

    Many at Namepros have been waiting to see what the green timer meant? It started with a countdown clock and many saw right away the timing coincided with April Fool’s. Well now it looks like members are going to duel What it all means I am not sure…
    - 9 days ago, 1 Apr 21, 1:06pm -
  • .io reported domain name sales cross the $7 million mark

    .io reported domain name sales cross the $7 million mark

    With a stellar March the dot io extension crosses $7 million in reported domain name sales. Namebio has now documented $7 million in reported sales for .io. The first sale was recorded back in 2005, Casino.io sold for $6,300 in 2006. Interestingly Ca…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Apr 21, 1:05am -

Domain Investing

  • GoDaddy Auctions Outbid Email Should Have High Bid Amount

    GoDaddy Auctions Outbid Email Should Have High Bid Amount

    When I place a bid on an auction at GoDaddy Auctions, I receive an email with my maximum bid amount. I typically place my bids on the morning, and the auctions close several hours later in the afternoon. By that time, I’ve lost track of how much I…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 2:10pm -
  • Registrant Gives Up Domain Name But Wins UDRP

    Registrant Gives Up Domain Name But Wins UDRP

    A company called Pet Plan Ltd. filed a UDRP against MyPetPlans.com at WIPO. This company has filed many successful UDRPs to protect its intellectual property, so it’s not a big surprise it took issue with this particular domain name. The complainan…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 2:09pm -
  • More Consolidation in the Registry Space with GoDaddy Acquisitions

    More Consolidation in the Registry Space with GoDaddy Acquisitions

    GoDaddy made a major announcement in a press release yesterday afternoon. The publicly traded company intends to purchase .Club, .Design, and Minds & Machines (MMX) TLDs. These TLDs will be folded into the company’s GoDaddy Registry division. Terms…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 1:07pm -
  • Appraised Value May Decrease After Deletion

    Appraised Value May Decrease After Deletion

    Many people use the automated appraisals shown on domain name auction websites as a form of valuation. I don’t always agree with the valuations shown, and I think these tools can be far off in their valuations. You may disagree with me about whethe…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 2:12pm -
  • RDNH on HSIL.com and SHIL.com UDRP

    RDNH on HSIL.com and SHIL.com UDRP

    A three member UDRP panel decided the SHIL.com and HSIL.com UDRP was brought in bad faith, and a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) ruling was made. The decision has not yet been published at the World Intellectual Property Organization, but it is…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 6:59pm -

DSAD

  • newAUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 9, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 9, 2021. 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…
    - 7 hours ago, 10 Apr 21, 3:17pm -
  • newIKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Saturday, April 10th
    I sold 2 names last evening through Afternic fast transfer, haven’t sold any through them in awhile so it was a nice surprise. I think part of the problem was that I took too long to integrate premium listings with afternic, but I’m not sure sin…
    - 13 hours ago, 10 Apr 21, 9:20am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 8, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 8, 2021. 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…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 3:43pm -
  • Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Friday, April 9th, 2021
    I don’t normally hand register names but I’ve been registering a handful of dot io in the NFT space. I’m amazed how much traffic they get. I tweeted yesterday about one I registerd NFTR .io . It’s gotten 63 visits in the two weeks I’ve…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Apr 21, 10:59am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 7, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 7, 2021. 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, 8 Apr 21, 3:11pm -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 6, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 6, 2021. 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, 8 Apr 21, 3:04pm -
  • Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday, April 8th, 2021
    I am here to say that working with family is one of the toughest things you can do. I was given the opportunity by my Dad to run a business when I wasn’t ready to run it. And after all the suffering he went through as I grew, I now get to suffer…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 11:00am -
  • Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday, April 7th, 2021
    “If there is anything I can do to help let me know”. I’m sure you’ve had someone say that to you before.  In reality it’s something you say when you’re really not sure what else to say but you do really care. I have no doubts that someo…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 11:00am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 5, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 5, 2021. 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…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 2:19pm -
  • IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, April 6th

    - 4 days ago, 6 Apr 21, 12:01pm -

Domain Gang

  • Humidity.com applies for trademark registration at the USPTO
    The operators of the ultra-premium domain name, Humidity.com, have applied for a federal trademark registration at the USPTO. Registered in 1995, the domain Humidity.com has been in the possession of its registrant, Walter Meier, a Swiss company, sin…
    - 50 days ago, 19 Feb 21, 7:21pm -
  • Oh NOO.com! #UDRP Complainant found guilty of Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking
    JHO Intellectual Property Holdings LLC and Elite IP Holdings LLC filed a UDRP against the three letter .com domain, NOO.com, and the end result is a resounding NO. Registered in 1998, the domain’s registration date predates any marks claimed by the…
    - 50 days ago, 19 Feb 21, 4:09pm -
  • SmartContract.com and #BTC : Sergey Nazarov is NOT Satoshi Nakamoto
    Bitcoin is on its course “to the moon” as its current price trajectory shows. Each BTC is worth $53,800 dollars as of this moment and while its price fluctuates BTC is being adopted by mainstream financial entities, including PayPal. The quest fo…
    - 50 days ago, 19 Feb 21, 3:59pm -
  • Domain Cloud: Google is upping the ante with one-stop management shop
    Google is the #1 search engine and also an accredited domain registrar that’s about to leverage is immense footprint. Cloud Domains is a new, one-stop shop by Google, providing administrators and developers with the convenience of managing domains,…
    - 51 days ago, 18 Feb 21, 5:54pm -
  • Area.com is a stolen domain asset
    The aged, premium domain name Area.com has been reported as stolen. Area.com was moved away from its registrant’s possession at Network Solutions, to BizCN in China. The same domain registrar was used in several other recent domain theft incidents…
    - 51 days ago, 18 Feb 21, 3:13pm -
  • Seven with Sedo: The February 2021 #GreatDomains auction
    GreatDomains is a bimonthly, 7-day long auction by Sedo, our premium sponsor, from February 18-25, featuring an eclectic selection of domain names. The domains are carefully curated and this time around we have more than 125 domains included on the l…
    - 52 days ago, 17 Feb 21, 4:47pm -
  • Fairway.com and Home.com #domain buyer files for matching #trademarks
    The buyer of the domains Home.com and Fairway.com has not wasted time: they’ve filed for the registration of the matching trademarks, HOME.COM and FAIRWAY.COM at the USPTO. Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation upgraded its corporate domain to F…
    - 52 days ago, 17 Feb 21, 3:20pm -
  • #GoDaddy removed the “Interested in purchasing this domain” option from #WHOIS contact form
    GoDaddy has removed the option to contact the owner of a domain via its WHOIS, if you’re interested in buying it. When looking up domain names registered at GoDaddy, you can see underlying Registry data, contact the domain holder, or report an inva…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 9:27pm -
  • Winter storm power loss led to mass #domain deletion
    The ongoing winter storm in the US has led to extended power loss. Millions of customers in several states are without power, among them Deep Freeze Domains. The secure domain registrar operates from Texas, a hard-hit state. After 16 hours without po…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 7:48pm -
  • #Sedo : Domain sales report for February 15, 2021 — Triple.com at $220000
    Sedo domain sales report: Top sale is that of Triple.com at $220,000 dollars! Welcome to the latest domain sales report by Sedo; this time we cover the two-week period ending on February 15, 2021. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, kind…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 3:28pm -
  • SexToy.com applies for #trademark registration at the USPTO – How much did they pay for the #domain?
    The registrant of SexToy.com, a 1995 domain, has applied for the registration of the mark SEXTOY.COM at the USPTO. The trademark application was filed for the following classes of services: Cleaner for use on adult stimulation aids Personal lubricant…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 2:58pm -
  • Numeric #domains: 0699.com closed at five figures
    Short numeric domain names are sought after, especially by Chinese investors. The Chinese like to use numbers representing letters or words even and a four number (NNNN) .com domain such as 0699.com can fetch a pretty dollar. Indeed, the auction at D…
    - 54 days ago, 15 Feb 21, 9:13pm -
  • Old #GoDaddy logo maintains its global nostalgia
    The old, iconic GoDaddy logo is full of domain nostalgia for many platforms that display the GoDaddy brand. For example, the TD Ameritrade app shows the original GoDaddy logo on the GDDY stock detail page: This ancient GoDaddy logo seems to resonate…
    - 54 days ago, 15 Feb 21, 4:50pm -
  • Bootcamp.com #trademark application indicative of aged #domain sale
    The operators of the ultra-premium domain name, Bootcamp.com, have applied for a federal trademark registration at the USPTO. Registered in 1994, the domain Bootcamp.com was offered for sale on Afternic until late 2020, where it most likely changed h…
    - 54 days ago, 15 Feb 21, 2:59pm -
  • Happy New Year of the Ox(ley) with some Sushi.com
    Happy Chinese New (lunar) year! This is the year of the Ox, an animal that is perceived as a hard worker. Zodiac experts believe the Year of the Ox is a period when hard work will be rewarded even more than usual. The Ox also reminds us of Brent Oxle…
    - 56 days ago, 13 Feb 21, 7:20pm -

Online Domain

  • DNWE makes changes to marketplace and domain submission
    DNWE made some big changes a few days ago to its marketplace and the domain name submission flow to both curated and non-curated domains for sale. Here are all the changes: One Marketplace Now there’s only one single marketplace and all domains, bo…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 11:44pm -
  • More details on the .design sale
    Yesterday it was announced that GoDaddy is acquiring 28 New gTLDs from MMX, .Club and .Design from the Top Level Design registry. Top Level Design shared today some more details on the sale of .design and that the registry will continue operating .wi…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 2:36pm -
  • More details on the $120 million sale of 28 New gTLDs to GoDaddy
    Minds + Machines (MMX) shared more details today on the proposed sale of 28 New gTLDs (and other assets) to GoDaddy for $120 million. The 28 New gTLDs that are the subject of the proposed sale are these: .VIP .NRW .CASA .VODKA .XXX .FIT .MIAMI .FISHI…
    - 2 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 11:10am -
  • GoDaddy acquires 28 New gTLDs from MMX, .Design and .Club
    GoDaddy Registry today announced that it is acquiring the .club and .design domain extensions, as well as 28 domain extensions (and certain other business assets) owned and operated by Minds + Machines Group Limited (MMX). GoDaddy Registry, wholly-ow…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 2:00am -
  • GoDaddy is acquiring the .Club domain extension
    Jeff Sass, .CLUB’s Chief Marketing Officer, announced today that GoDaddy is acquiring the .Club domain extension. This was frankly expected as single New gTLD domain extensions are more expensive to run (and smaller profit margins) and because this…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 11:39pm -
  • NameSilo: domains under management reached record levels at 3.82 million
    NameSilo Technologies Corp. issued a corporate update: Domains under management continue to grow and have reached record levels having surpassed 3.82 million. As of the last RegistrarOwl reporting period (November 30, 2020) Namesilo was the 12 larges…
    - 5 days ago, 5 Apr 21, 5:23pm -
  • GoDaddy and Naomi Osaka partner on mystery project
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) is partnering with global tennis star Naomi Osaka. Together, GoDaddy and Naomi will bring to life a project that Naomi is deeply passionate about and has been working on for over a year. GoDaddy and Naomi expect to reveal th…
    - 11 days ago, 30 Mar 21, 2:24pm -
  • GoDaddy’s top 20 domain name sales from November 2020 (exclusive, bodo, https)
    GoDaddy released today its November 2020 domain name sales report. You can see below the top 20 public domain sales for November 2020. The list is inclusive of all channels (GoDaddy, Afternic, Uniregistry) and the price listed is the final price paid…
    - 12 days ago, 29 Mar 21, 4:09pm -
  • Nominet EGM removes 5 board directors
    Nominet announced that four directors have been removed from their board seats as a result of a vote at today’s Extraordinary General Meeting. Russell Haworth has stood down from his board seat before the vote and will also be leaving the company.…
    - 18 days ago, 23 Mar 21, 2:59pm -
  • ICA issued statement on Nominet’s Extraordinary General Meeting
    ICA issued the following statement on Nominet’s Extraordinary General Meeting: On Monday, March 22, 2021, Nominet, the United Kingdom’s registry operator for .UK domain names faces a stark choice between those who want it to remain true to its or…
    - 22 days ago, 19 Mar 21, 4:54pm -
  • European country-code domains (ccTLDs) reached a 6-year high growth of 4.4%
    New report says that 2020 was a historic year in that the median growth of European country-code domains (ccTLDs) reached a 6-year high of 4.4%. The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q4/2020 has been published and report covers the global status and regis…
    - 23 days ago, 18 Mar 21, 5:57pm -
  • Tucows votes in support of the Nominet public benefit initiative
    Tucows has voted in support of the Nominet Public Benefit Initiative at the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting on March 22, 2021. This is the current support of the Public Benefit Initiative: 462 Supporting Members 2,023,089 Voting Rights 28.8% o…
    - 23 days ago, 18 Mar 21, 12:05pm -
  • Mike Mann sells 6 domains for $133,552 in February
    Mike Mann reported 6 of his domain name sales in February 2021 for a total of $133,552. Reported prices started at $2,888 and went up to $59,888. Mike sold 5 .com domains and 1 .org. The average reported domain sales price was $22,259. If you want to…
    - 24 days ago, 17 Mar 21, 6:16pm -
  • NamesCon Europe 2021 in Budapest is canceled
    NamesCon announced today that the NamesCon Europe 2021 conference in Budapest has been canceled. The July event was canceled because of pandemic uncertainty and high reluctance of attendees to travel for an in-person gathering. Here is the announceme…
    - 24 days ago, 17 Mar 21, 2:35pm -
  • .FR domains grow by 7% in 2020
    Afnic, the association responsible for .FR domain names, is publishing its annual review of the .FR ccTLD and presented the figures behind a good performance in 2020. With 3,670,372 names in stock at 31 December 2020, i.e. up 7% compared to 2019 with…
    - 29 days ago, 12 Mar 21, 11:44am -
  • GoDaddy’s top 20 domain name sales from October 2020
    GoDaddy released today its October 2020 domain name sales report. You can see below the top 20 public domain sales for October 2020. The list is inclusive of all channels (GoDaddy, Afternic, Uniregistry) and the price listed is the final price paid b…
    - 31 days ago, 10 Mar 21, 3:41pm -
  • DAN starts offering 2FA authentication
    DAN started offering today 2FA authentication for additional account security using a new universal OTP 2FA Authentication integration. The new security layer that can help with keeping your DAN.COM account safe is to enable 2-Factor authentication…
    - 32 days ago, 9 Mar 21, 4:49pm -
  • Spamhaus creates new IP and Domain Reputation Checker
    Spamhaus is transforming its Blocklist Removal Center (BRC), an online tool used to check if an IP or domain is listed on any DNS Blocklists (DNSBLs). BRC was first released over a decade ago and now Spamhaus wanted to build a tool fit for today’s…
    - 32 days ago, 9 Mar 21, 3:43pm -
  • How the ‘Lease to Own’ model can help you make more money
    DAN gave an example of a domain name sale and how DAN’s ‘Lease to Own’ model can help sellers make more money over time. DAN’s Lease to Own model introduced a new markup model last year which acts as a negative incentive for buyers to not at…
    - 33 days ago, 8 Mar 21, 5:23pm -
  • Escrow.com report: 2020 Q4 domain sales up $16.3 million from Q3
    Escrow.com issued its latest Domain Name Report: Domain Investment Index: Q4, 2020. It contains data from all the domain name sales at Escrow.com gor the quarter ending December 31st 2020. The Escrow.com Domain Investment Index for Q4 2020 provides i…
    - 36 days ago, 6 Mar 21, 12:51am -
  • MMX trying to sell 725k of mostly worthless domains using Estibot appraisals
    MMX (Minds + Machines) announced ‘The Great Release’ which moves 725k “premium names” to their standard pricing. These are the New gTLD domains that nobody bought and MMX is now using Estibot appraisals to convince people to purchase their st…
    - 36 days ago, 5 Mar 21, 2:20pm -
  • 2020 ended with 366.3 million domains on all TLDs
    According to Verisign’s Domain Name Industry Brief, the .com and .net registry, the fourth quarter of 2020 closed with 366.3 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), a decrease of 4.4 million domain name registrations,…
    - 37 days ago, 5 Mar 21, 1:19am -
  • Misdirected emails containing sensitive information
    Over the years I have received many misdirected emails on websites I am operating or contact form messages from domain names I own. I get these on all extensions but mainly .com, .org and .gr. A lot of people are confused and they mistakenly type an…
    - 38 days ago, 3 Mar 21, 5:30pm -
  • Network Solutions is introducing new security features
    Network Solutions, the domain name registrar of choice for all domain thieves, is introducing new security features. Here is what their announcement said today: “With so many people working remotely, it’s more important than ever that the tools w…
    - 39 days ago, 2 Mar 21, 6:28pm -
  • Peter Sunde says ICANN is not a democratic institution
    Peter Sunde provided an update about his domain name registrar application that was denied by ICANN. It turns out that he is actually banned from doing business with ICANN. ICANN will not say when (if ever) Peter will be allowed to get a domain name…
    - 39 days ago, 2 Mar 21, 3:20pm -
  • .IS domain fee increases for the first time
    ISNIC’s Board of Directors approved the CEO’s proposal to increase the annual domain fee of an .is domain name by 2 Euro. .IS is the ccTLD of Iceland. After the increase, the annual fee for ‘.is’ domains will be 31.90 Euro without taxes, to r…
    - 40 days ago, 1 Mar 21, 2:30pm -
  • ICANN denied Peter Sunde’s registrar application
    Peter Sunde, co-creator of Njalla, says that ICANN denied his application to become a domain name registrar. (You can read more about the Njalla privacy domain registration service here.) Peter Sunde was also the co-founder of Pirate Bay back in 2003…
    - 43 days ago, 26 Feb 21, 5:51pm -
  • Uniregistry to use Tipalti to process payouts
    Uniregistry is changing its payment processor. Starting on the 1st of March 2021 Uniregistry will be using Tipalti to process payouts. Tipalti is an accounting software financial technology business that provides comprehensive accounts payable and gl…
    - 43 days ago, 26 Feb 21, 11:49am -
  • GoDaddy launches new WooCommerce extensions for managed wordPress ecommerce hosting
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) today announced a plugin bundle expansion for its Managed WordPress Ecommerce customers, featuring free access to a library of over 75 premium WooCommerce extensions. The new extensions come from GoDaddy’s recent acquisiti…
    - 45 days ago, 24 Feb 21, 2:14pm -
  • Must-read: “Busting domain name secondary market myths”
    An article co-authored by Zak Muscovitch, General Counsel of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) and Nat Cohen busts some of the most common domain name secondary market myths. The Secondary Market, where already registered domain names are bough…
    - 46 days ago, 23 Feb 21, 4:31pm -
  • Search Console adds new association functionality
    Google announced that Search Console has an enhanced Association page within the settings menu. Association is a connection between a Search Console property, and some other entity or property in another Google service: for example, between a Search…
    - 46 days ago, 23 Feb 21, 2:04pm -
  • CentralNic acquires Wando
    CentralNic Group plc (AIM: CNIC) announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Wando Internet Solutions GmbH (“Wando”) for an initial consideration of EUR 5.4m (c.USD 6.5m) (the “Acquisition”). The transaction is expected…
    - 46 days ago, 23 Feb 21, 11:22am -
  • GoDaddy announces proposed $800 million offering of senior notes
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) (“GoDaddy”) today announced that its subsidiaries, Go Daddy Operating Company, LLC and GD Finance Co, Inc. (the “Issuers”), intend to offer, subject to market and other considerations, $800 million aggregate principa…
    - 47 days ago, 22 Feb 21, 11:52pm -
  • Afternic had a security issue
    Afternic had a security issue on Thursday, February 12 when a security researcher contacted the company about a potential issue with a Web API. Afternic claims that no password or credit card information was at risk. It is well known to GoDaddy, Afte…
    - 47 days ago, 22 Feb 21, 4:30pm -
  • Clubhouse: newbies and snake oil salesmen?
    What is going on with Clubhouse? Is this good for the domain name community or not? Clubhouse is an invitation-only audio-chat social networking app launched in 2020 by software developers Alpha Exploration Co. It is currently only available for iOS…
    - 52 days ago, 17 Feb 21, 6:21pm -
  • PIR launches new institute to combat DNS abuse
    Public Interest Registry, the .ORG registry, today launched the DNS Abuse Institute as part of its ongoing efforts to protect Internet users from the threat of DNS Abuse such as malware, botnets, phishing, pharming, and spam. The Institute will bring…
    - 52 days ago, 17 Feb 21, 4:22pm -
  • .Cloud turns 5 today and releases Premium Domain Sales Report
    .Cloud turns 5 today and just released its first ever Premium Domain Sales Report. The .cloud top-level domain (TLD) was launched on February 16, 2016, when it opened the door for general availability registrations. 2020 Premium Domains Report This i…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 5:27pm -
  • Nominet says campaign can’t appoint board directors without elections
    A campaign that is calling for a Nominet Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) and plans to remove the current Chair, Remuneration Chair and Executive Directors and replace them with new directors has made Nominet feel the heat. Nominet now says that t…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 3:49pm -
  • BODIS now supports SSL on over 6M host names
    BODIS now resolves HTTPS requests for over 6M host names. How It Works: When a visitor arrives to an HTTPS page for the first time, Bodis adds that host name to a queue. Within minutes, a background task generates an SSL certificate for that host nam…
    - 53 days ago, 16 Feb 21, 1:10pm -
  • Verisign will increase the .com price from $7.85 to $8.39
    Verisign announced today in its fourth quarter and full year 2020 results that it plans to increase the price of .com in 2021. Verisign will increase the annual registry-level wholesale fee for each new and renewal .com domain name registration from…
    - 58 days ago, 12 Feb 21, 12:28am -
  • VeriSign 2020 report: $1.27 billion revenue in 2020, up 2.7%
    VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020. Fourth Quarter Financial Results VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $320 million for the fourth quarter of 202…
    - 58 days ago, 12 Feb 21, 12:05am -
  • GoDaddy adds 1.4 million net customers in 2020
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. “2020 was a really strong year for our business despite the obvious challenges, as our customers proved once again to be resourceful…
    - 58 days ago, 11 Feb 21, 11:59pm -
  • Endurance Web Presence combines with Web.com to create Newfold Digital
    Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. (“Endurance”) in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $3.0…
    - 59 days ago, 11 Feb 21, 12:18am -
  • Nominet feels the heat and starts making promises
    A campaign that is calling for a Nominet Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) and plans to remove the current Chair, Remuneration Chair and Executive Directors and replace them with new directors has made Nominet feel the heat. Nominet has now started…
    - 59 days ago, 10 Feb 21, 11:31am -
  • Tucows Q4 2020 report: revenue drops to $70.8 million
    Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020. All figures are in U.S. dollars. “The fourth quarter was a solid finish to a very good year for Tucows,” said Elliot Noss, Presi…
    - 60 days ago, 10 Feb 21, 12:38am -
  • Mike Mann sells 2 domains for $49,776 in January
    Mike Mann reported 2 of his domain name sales in January for a total of $49,776. Reported prices started at $9,888 and went up to $39,888. All 2 domains were .com. The average reported domain sales price was $24,888. If you want to further understand…
    - 61 days ago, 8 Feb 21, 4:09pm -
  • 82.5% of .eu domain names are connected to a web server
    In an effort to further understand its customers and maintain the .eu “competitive” edge, EURid has completed the 2nd part of the .eu website categorisation. (You can see the first part here.) In November 2020, EURid crawled 150,000 .eu domain na…
    - 65 days ago, 5 Feb 21, 8:57am -
  • Google creates icon that provides more info about search results
    Google Search is now rolling out a special icon that provides more information about the source of a result, if your connection to it will be secure, and more. This is a beta feature for now, offered in English in the US. Starting on February 1st 202…
    - 65 days ago, 4 Feb 21, 6:12pm -
  • Tucows CEO Elliot Noss talks about content moderation (video)
    Last Friday, NamesCon Online hosted a fireside chat with Tucows CEO, Elliot Noss, titled “How do we make the Internet better from here?” The discussion at the closing session of NamesCon 2021 included some reminiscing about Tucows’ early days a…
    - 65 days ago, 4 Feb 21, 4:34pm -
  • RADIX reports $2M revenue
    RADIX shared its bi-annual premium report for the second half of 2020. This report gives a full overview of the premium domain sales across the RADIX nTLD portfolio from 1st July 2020 till 31st December 2020. Some of the key highlights from the repor…
    - 66 days ago, 3 Feb 21, 6:15pm -

Domain Incite

  • China could block GoDaddy’s $120 million MMX swoop

    China could block GoDaddy’s $120 million MMX swoop

    GoDaddy’s proposed $120 million acquisition of essentially all the meaningful assets of portfolio gTLD player MMX will be subject to Chinese government approval, it emerged this morning. Following GoDaddy’s bare-bones press release announcing the…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Apr 21, 9:33am -
  • .CLUB CEO on selling to GoDaddy, Clubhouse, and .club’s “twerking moment”

    .CLUB CEO on selling to GoDaddy, Clubhouse, and .club’s “twerking moment”

    .CLUB Domains CEO Colin Campbell says he’s planning to continue to promote the .club gTLD long after its acquisition by GoDaddy Registry, announced earlier today, closes. The deal was one of several announced last night by GoDaddy, the highlight be…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 11:56pm -
  • GoDaddy buys 30 new gTLDs for over $120 million

    GoDaddy buys 30 new gTLDs for over $120 million

    GoDaddy Registry has just announced it is acquiring 28 new gTLDs from rival MMX, along with the TLDs .club and .design. The MMX deal is worth at least $120 million; the value of the other two deals was not disclosed. GoDaddy is also taking over the b…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 9:14pm -
  • Nominet members wail as ousted director made CEO

    Nominet members wail as ousted director made CEO

    Nominet has been accused of being “tone deaf” to its members’ criticisms after it appointed two staffers to its board of directors and named a recently ousted director as interim CEO. The .uk registry told members last week that Eleanor Bradley…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Apr 21, 10:47am -
  • XYZ adds .tickets to its gTLD stable

    XYZ adds .tickets to its gTLD stable

    XYZ.com has taken over the ICANN registry agreement for the gTLD .tickets, according to records. It looks to be the registry’s 23rd TLD, the latest of XYZ’s acquisitions of unused or floundering new gTLDs. In the case of .tickets, it’s picking…
    - 5 days ago, 5 Apr 21, 2:20pm -
  • EFF rages as Ethos closes Donuts buy

    EFF rages as Ethos closes Donuts buy

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks the acquisition of Donuts by “secretive” private equity group Ethos Capital represents a risk to free speech. The deal, which sees Ethos buy a controlling stake from fellow PE firm Abry Partners, closed e…
    - 8 days ago, 2 Apr 21, 1:25pm -
  • Outrage at ICANN’s new “clown shoes” social distancing mandate

    Outrage at ICANN’s new “clown shoes” social distancing mandate

    ICANN has been slammed by community members after announcing a return to in-person public meetings this year, but only to attendees wearing clown shoes. The Org said the new rule, which will come into force at ICANN 71 in The Hague this June, was “…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Apr 21, 12:02am -
  • ICANN refuses to say why it allowed Donuts to buy Afilias

    ICANN refuses to say why it allowed Donuts to buy Afilias

    ICANN appears determined to make its decision-making process when it comes to industry consolidation as opaque as possible. The Org has denied a request from two rival registries for information about how it approved the acquisition of Afilias by Don…
    - 12 days ago, 29 Mar 21, 5:46pm -
  • ShortDot bought another gTLD. Guess what .sbs stands for now?

    ShortDot bought another gTLD. Guess what .sbs stands for now?

    Growing new gTLD portfolio registry ShortDot has acquired another unwanted dot-brand, .sbs, which it intends to repurpose as an open, generic TLD. .sbs was originally owned by SBS, for Special Broadcasting Service, an Australian public-service broadc…
    - 12 days ago, 29 Mar 21, 4:44pm -
  • As Net4 goes dark, NIXI says customers won’t lose their expired domains

    As Net4 goes dark, NIXI says customers won’t lose their expired domains

    Indian ccTLD registry NIXI has thrown a life vest to the owners of some 73,000 .in domain names, giving them a way to transfer out of slowly sinking registrar Net 4 India. NIXI also said that it will not cancel expired domains that registrants have b…
    - 12 days ago, 29 Mar 21, 4:21pm -

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