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  • newRadix reports $2 million premium revenue in 2020 H2

    Radix reports $2 million premium revenue in 2020 H2

    New top level domain company’s TLDs generated about $4 million in retail premium revenue last year. Radix has released data about premium domain sales within its ten top level domains from the second half of last year. The company estimates that to…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 6:45pm -
  • newMSCHF’s latest marketing stunt uses domain names to target presidential candidates

    MSCHF’s latest marketing stunt uses domain names to target presidential candidates

    The company registered potential candidates’ domain names and offered shares to the public. MSCHF, the creative marketing company that ran the “High Off” campaign to promote musician Future using over 150 new top level domains, is back at it wi…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 6:19pm -
  • newGoDaddy to introduce Buy Now lander for aftermarket domains

    GoDaddy to introduce Buy Now lander for aftermarket domains

    Lander will be in addition to current “request price” landers. GoDaddy is introducing a “Buy Now” lander for domain name sales after many requests from the domain investment community. The company is currently testing the landers. GoDaddy wil…
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 5:11pm -
  • newHugeDomains gets reverse domain name hijacking win

    HugeDomains gets reverse domain name hijacking win

    Company in Spain filed dispute against CloudTango.com. HugeDomains has won a reverse domain name hijacking charge against the company that operates CloudTango.org, a directory of cloud services providers. The Complainant, listed as Jordi Vilanova in…
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 4:52pm -
  • Court: Lotto Sport Italia must pay $237k attorneys’ fees in reverse domain hijacking case

    Court: Lotto Sport Italia must pay $237k attorneys’ fees in reverse domain hijacking case

    Lotto Sport tried to reverse domain name hijack a lottery operator’s domains. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Fine has ordered (pdf) sports apparel company Lotto Sport Italia to pay approximately $237,000 in attorneys’ fees stemming from a rever…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 11:49pm -

The Domains

TLD Investors

  • newThat’s an interesting way to use MacyGray.com

    That’s an interesting way to use MacyGray.com

    When I think of Macy Gray, I think of the song “I try” not an Indonesian online casino. But MacyGray.com is now an online casino. But for $22,700 someone is looking to get a return on their money. So for Macy Gray fans who also like to play a lit…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Jan 21, 4:38am -
  • newHyper Personalized Search Listings

    Hyper Personalized Search Listings

    As brandable boutiques became more popular and flooded with listings, many have questioned the search protocols. Many a debate on Namepros around which tags were used on BrandBucket and if certain people got special treatment. Squadhelp rolled out wh…
    - 16 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 9:50pm -
  • One year later 7910.com closes significantly lower

    One year later 7910.com closes significantly lower

    7910.com closed at $18,423 on GoDaddy auctions Saturday. The name closed one year ago to the day at GoDaddy auctions for $83,250. The domain name was registered in 2002 and was at eName for many years before moving to GoDaddy. The registrant was from…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 9:43am -
  • What’s one insight that has led you to become a better domainer?

    What’s one insight that has led you to become a better domainer?

    Squadhelp published an interesting little article about ten days ago. The article centered around one simple question, What’s one insight that has led you to become a better domainer? It was asked on Twitter and they published several of the respon…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 4:19am -
  • MontyPython.net expires closes at $43,500

    MontyPython.net expires closes at $43,500

    British comedy troupe Monty Python are legends in the world of comic entertainment. It looks like someone let MontyPython.net expire and it went for a big number at GoDaddy auctions. Closing at $43,500 the domain name has a solid link profile and dom…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Jan 21, 7:32am -
  • What is the best way to make GoDaddy auctions better?

    What is the best way to make GoDaddy auctions better?

    Last week GoDaddy announced they would be changing how they handle closeouts on GoDaddy auctions. No surprise many are not happy. The discussion over at Namepros has gotten a bit spicy. The pricing structure will be handled in Dutch Auction format. D…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jan 21, 9:32pm -
  • Climate.vc highest reported .vc sale

    Climate.vc highest reported .vc sale

    The .vc country code got a lot more attention in 2020 than in previous years. I had a solid sale on IP.vc over at Epik. But there have not been many big sales, to be fair there has never been a big sale. The highest reported .vc sale was only $10,000…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jan 21, 12:55pm -
  • Understand Your Own Magic Words

    Understand Your Own Magic Words

    Future of New Domain Names in Voice Recognition and AI. Since 2014, hundreds of new domain extensions (new domain names, or new gTLDs) were introduced into internet space. Now we can register domain names in extensions like .life, .world, .live, .onl…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Jan 21, 3:34am -
  • Seller of Masks.com drops asking price

    Seller of Masks.com drops asking price

    Last month I wrote about the website Masks.com going up for sale on Flippa. The starting price was $975,000 and the other part of the equation was that the ownership of Masks.com did not come in the deal. The entrepreneur running the business (by him…
    - 10 days ago, 17 Jan 21, 4:48am -
  • Dynadot wins the Namepros end of the year favorite registrar poll

    Dynadot wins the Namepros end of the year favorite registrar poll

    So Dynadot won the Namepros end of the year poll. The poll was held to get the voting on schedule for future years. Epik still won best registrar 2020. This poll had some different mechanisms such as three votes. Even though it said no employees vote…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:19pm -

Domain Investing

  • newGoDaddy to Introduce Branded BIN Landing Page

    GoDaddy to Introduce Branded BIN Landing Page

    I was on a call with GoDaddy this morning where the company shared some insights from the past year along with some things that are coming in 2021. One of the most exciting things I think domain investors will appreciate is that GoDaddy will be launc…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 6:06pm -
  • Initial thoughts on Clubhouse

    Initial thoughts on Clubhouse

    I signed up for an account (@elliots) on the new Clubhouse app yesterday (thanks, Andrew), and I spent some time using it over the last couple of days. It is neat to be able to jump into an audio chatroom spanning all sorts of topics and listen to pe…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 6:20pm -
  • SmallestDick.com: Someone Trolling Ted Cruz

    SmallestDick.com: Someone Trolling Ted Cruz

    I was visiting random websites last night, when I came across SmallestDick.com. Ok, I kid, but these two tweets popped up on my timeline, and I apprehensively clicked through after reading some of the replies: https://t.co/VTmWCkm0MJ – who did this…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 2:15pm -
  • Clubhouse Panel at NamesCon Online

    Clubhouse Panel at NamesCon Online

    One of the nice things about hosting an entirely virtual conference is that organizers have more flexibility when it comes to panels and keynotes. Some breaking news here or there, and NamesCon Organizers can quickly put together a discussion panel w…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 10:33pm -
  • Video: NamesCon Platform Tour

    Video: NamesCon Platform Tour

    NamesCon Online 2021 is coming up next week. This industry conference is taking place entirely online due to the global pandemic, and the conference will be held on a customized platform. In anticipation of the conference, NamesCon shared a video to…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 3:35pm -

DSAD

  • newShane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
    No talks or panels for me at NamesCon this year. Wasn’t asked. I’m sure I opened my big mouth and said something somebody didn’t like. I also don’t have anything to sell so I wasn’t very driven to ask to participate. Either way, I know…
    - 4 hours ago, 27 Jan 21, 10:20am -
  • newAUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 25, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 23, 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)…
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 4:47pm -
  • newAUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 24, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 24, 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)…
    - 21 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 4:40pm -
  • IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Tuesday, January 26th
    I had an eventful day yesterday. I sold a domain on Brand Bucket, transferred another one that was sold through them, crashed into a ditch at work and caught a trout. I wasn’t even working. I was fishing down the street from the station after work…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Jan 21, 11:50am -
  • Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Monday, January 25th, 2021
    I love the new Clubhouse app. Spent half the weekend on it exploring and listening and I think it’s got a great future. But I absolutely don’t love that some people in our industry are “pushing” dot club as a great money-making opportunity f…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 23, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 23, 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)…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 3:34pm -
  • Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Sunday, January 24th, 2021
    People are always talking about the fraud of Tether propping up the Bitcoin market and not being backed by any real asset. Tether has been fairly quiet but recently said they are 100% backed by real assets. And I absolutely believe they are. But I do…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 10:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 22, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 22, 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)…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Jan 21, 4:16pm -
  • IKE’S LIST OF DOMAINS AT AUCTION FOR Saturday, January 23rd

    - 4 days ago, 23 Jan 21, 9:55am -
  • AUCTION RECAP OF JANUARY 21, 2021
    A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on January 21, 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)…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 3:37pm -

Domain Gang

  • new#Sedo : Domain sales report for January 25, 2021 — BetterCare.com at $30000
    Sedo domain sales report: Top sale is that of BetterCare.com at $30,000 dollars! Welcome to the latest domain sales report by Sedo; this time we cover the two-week period ending on January 25, 2021. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, kin…
    - 17 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 9:11pm -
  • new#GoDaddy : Grand plans for Afternic, Uni Market in 2021 and beyond
    GoDaddy hosted a Zoom meeting today, reviewing 2020 and the effects of the pandemic on the domain industry, along with a presentation of its plans for the year ahead, and beyond. We’ve created a PDF of the plans by GoDaddy, regarding Afternic 2.0,…
    - 19 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 6:27pm -
  • newRDNH decision: It takes two to CloudTango.com
    A Reverse Domain Name Hijacking decision graced the UDRP against CloudTango.com. Two out of three panelists concurred on the RDNH finding, but that’s all it takes to “tango.” The Respondent in this case was Huge Domains, that registered the dom…
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 4:16pm -
  • newDoob.com : Cannabis #domain owner applies for trademark at the USPTO
    Doob is a slang term for a cannabis cigarette, apparently, and the owner of the matching .com domain Doob.com is aiming high. A new trademark application at the USPTO for DOOB.COM involves the following products and services: Providing news and infor…
    - 24 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 2:16pm -
  • #Clubhouse domainers : Time to get your 10 dollar domain name?
    Call me stupid, but I just had to join Clubhouse. It’s an iOS app, so for us Android plebes it’s a no-go. My fingers typed in www dot apple dot com and minutes later I was ordering a spanking new Apple iPhone 12. Seven hundred dollars lighter—I…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 8:27pm -
  • Finwise.com : DropCatch sale ends up in #UDRP loss for Respondent
    The buyer of the domain Finwise.com won the domain in a DropCatch auction, paying $4,190 dollars for it. Source: NameBio. Finwise BV, Belgium, filed a UDRP to get the domain, based on a series of trademarks they hold for FINWISE. According to the UDR…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 6:18pm -
  • Digital Real Estate Academy launches for beginner domainers
    Domain investor and broker, Ryan Colby, announced the launch of his latest project, the Digital Real Estate Academy. It provides classes in the form of seminars with additional information, catering for the most part to absolute beginners in domain i…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 3:55pm -
  • Uniregistry moving to daily payouts for domain sales
    Uniregistry is revamping its payment process in the coming months. The new process will manage all future payments and services to help streamline the payment experience of customers. What types of improvements are slated for the payment system? Acco…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 5:01am -
  • #DropCatch font : Simple change wiLL save you thousands of dollars
    DropCatch is innovative; the biggest sole drop-catcher of domains in the known cosmos runs on a great user interface, and is constantly improving. Believe it or not, the latest improvement involves changing a single letter: the lower case “l.” Of…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 7:40pm -
  • ChanceryTrack.com : #Domain dispute a byproduct of pending divorce
    Chancery Track LLC contested the ownership of the matching domain chancerytrack.com via the UDRP process. In its filing, the Complainant shed light on the personal dispute of its officers due to a pending divorce: Complainant contends that it has ope…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 21, 2:26pm -
  • XYZ Registry took down malicious #domain names used in phishing campaign
    A group of .XYZ domains were used in a months-long phishing attack targeting corporate email accounts. The scammers used Xerox scan layouts to imitate real portals and launched their attack utilizing .XYZ domain names. We reported on this yesterday.…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Jan 21, 7:47pm -
  • Media Options acquired “Hillary” Clinton #domain name
    Political domains can last a long time. In the case of Hillary Clinton, her political aspirations started years ago. In 2007, Hillary Clinton was a junior US senator in NY; that year she announced her candidacy for the Democratic party’s nomination…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Jan 21, 3:48pm -
  • Watchers.net : Domain King’s winning bid at #DropCatch!
    Who’s watching the domain watchers? That’d be the Domain King, Rick Schwartz, whose bidding at DropCatch this week reaped the domain Watchers.net. Originally registered in 1997, the dictionary word .net domain dropped and Rick picked it up for a…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 7:34pm -
  • Unethical Capital LLC acquired dot Taco #domain registry in all-cash transaction
    PR Domain Wire – San Fransisco / CA – Via Internet News Global hedge fund managers, Unethical Capital LLC, has acquired veteran domain industry underdog registry, dot .Taco Domains, a specialist in new gTLDs. The all-cash transaction was welcomed…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 5:48pm -
  • Bunch of .XYZ #domains used in phishing attack against corporate accounts
    A group of random character .XYZ domains was utilized in a phishing attack that lasted for several months. Last August, attackers initiated a phishing campaign with emails that masqueraded as Xerox scan notifications, prompting users to open a malici…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 2:31pm -

Online Domain

  • newMike Mann’s top 10 domain name sales in 2020
    Mike Mann reports selected domain name sales on social media that OnlineDomain.com reports monthly. These are Mike Mann’s top 10 domain name sales in 2020. Ready.org $169,888 LightRock.com $94,888 Society.org $75,000 ListeningRoom.com $75,000 Dance…
    - 20 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 6:14pm -
  • new.NL introduces landing pages for disabled domain names
    From today, SIDN, the .NL registry, is linking an informative landing page to domain names whose name servers have been delinked. In its role as operator of the .nl domain, SIDN can delink the servers of .nl domain names reported to the Police Nation…
    - 22 hours ago, 26 Jan 21, 4:18pm -
  • Uniregistry announces payment improvements
    Uniregistry, a GoDaddy company, is introducing a new payment process for sold domain names in the coming months. The new process will manage all future domain name payments and services to help streamline payment experience. What key improvements are…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 6:58pm -
  • MMX settles with ICM Registry and gets a new CEO
    Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the top-level domain registry company, announces that it has entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with the vendors of ICM Registry, LLC (“ICM”), including Mr Stuart Lawley,…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 5:26pm -
  • Ethos Capital acquires Donuts Inc.
    Erik Brooks and Fadi Chehadé, Co-CEOs of Ethos Capital, made the announcement today that Ethos Capital is going to acquire controlling interest of Donuts Inc. Last month Donuts completed the acquisition of Afilias. Here is the announcement today: As…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 5:45pm -
  • R.I.P. Tucows Downloads
    Tucows Downloads, the software download site that has been around since 1993, has been retired after more than 25 years of service. I didn’t know anything about domain names when I was using Tucows to download freeware and shareware software back i…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 1:28am -
  • Mike Mann sells 9 domains for $146,064 in December
    Mike Mann reported 9 of his domain name sales in December for a total of $146,064. Reported prices started at $8,888 and went up to $25,400. All 9 domains were .com. The average reported domain sales price was $16,229. If you want to further understa…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jan 21, 5:22pm -
  • Nearly a million new .nl domain names registered in 2020
    Last year saw the registration of 995,000 new .nl domain names. That’s 20 per cent up on 2019, when 827,000 new .nls were created. Thanks to the registration surge, the total number of .nl domain names stood at 6.1 million on 1 January 2021, accord…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jan 21, 11:11am -
  • ICANN launches audit of 183 registrars
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the launch of an audit program aimed at reviewing how registrars are fulfilling their contractual obligations related to addressing reports of potentially abusive domains. This…
    - 8 days ago, 19 Jan 21, 4:57pm -
  • GoDaddy statement regarding AR15.com
    GoDaddy issued a statement regarding the removal of the website AR15.com from GoDaddy registrar and hosting. Why did GoDaddy suspend services to AR15.com? On January 8, we received a complaint regarding certain content on AR15.com. Per our policy, ou…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 3:24pm -
  • “Want to change the world? Register a sweet domain.”
    Today it was Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, that made a tweet about domain names. 2 days ago it was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, that tweeted about domain names. This is what Chad Hurley wrote on Twitter today: Want to change the world? Register a s…
    - 13 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 10:47pm -
  • Elon Musk tweets about domains
    Elon Musk tweeted yesterday once again about domain names. The tweet has a link to x.com and an image that shows how much someone hurts when the domain name they bought for a side project (that never launched) is up for renewal. Spoiler: it hurts a l…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 3:16pm -
  • CentralNic acquires SafeBrands
    On 9 January 2021, CentralNic acquired SafeBrands, a France-based award-winning innovator and technology pioneer for a total cash consideration of up to EUR 3.6m ($4.4m), representing 0.9x its FY2019 revenue. SafeBrands operated at approximately brea…
    - 15 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 12:02am -
  • Liquid domains report: $11M+ in Escrow(.)com domain sales
    Giuseppe Graziano from GGRG partnering with Escrow.com and Estibot’s parent company Intelium and ShortNames.com published the 17th edition of the Liquid Domains Overview (LXDO), which focuses on the 614,928 .com domains we call “liquid”…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Jan 21, 4:29pm -
  • DAN 2.0 is coming soon with a new domain registrar
    Dan.com will be showing a preview of DAN 2.0 at CES2021. (Dan.com will showcase their “Tech Solutions for Global Challenges” at CES2021. Dan.com have been selected to represent the delegation from The Netherlands at CES.tech to showcase how Dutch…
    - 16 days ago, 11 Jan 21, 12:19pm -
  • Rick Schwartz’s 10 lessons in domaining
    Rick Schwartz has been tweeting non-stop in the past few days providing very important tips and lessons about domain names. Here are Rick Schwartz’s 10 lessons in domaining so far: Lesson 1: If you give a price, YOU LOSE!! Lesson 2: If you give a c…
    - 19 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 5:02pm -
  • 81,000 .EU domain names were SUSPENDED
    On 1 January 2021, following the notices EURid, the .eu registry, published on their website since June 2020 and the emails they sent to affected registrars and registrars, over 81 000 domain names whose registrants had GB/GI as country code were mov…
    - 20 days ago, 7 Jan 21, 6:53pm -
  • DNWE is switching to a subscription model
    DNWE 2.0 is launching on January 10th, 2021. Here are all the announced upcoming changes to the platform: Platform Subscription DNWE will be switching to a subscription model for all users. The 2021 subscription price will be $14.99 per month or $149…
    - 21 days ago, 7 Jan 21, 1:01am -
  • Epik update on Afternic fast transfer status
    See below Epik’s update on Afternic fast transfer status after GoDaddy terminated the Afternic/Epik partnership. Today is the day the agreement was set by GoDaddy to terminate. Regarding Afternic Faster Transfer and Epik’s Commitment to Protectin…
    - 22 days ago, 6 Jan 21, 12:57am -
  • Stats about the .blog New gTLD extension
    The .blog registry, Knock Knock WHOIS There, shared some stats about the quality of the New gTLD extension. Knock Knock WHOIS There, LLC is a subsidiary of Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com and Jetpack. It was created in 2015 to manage…
    - 22 days ago, 5 Jan 21, 4:48pm -
  • GoDaddy fail
    I won a domain at GoDaddy auction on the 1st of January 2021. I tried to pay for it. Here is all I tried so I could pay and failed: I tried to pay using the firefox browser on my PC. Clicking to pay for the domain or clicking on my cart left me with…
    - 24 days ago, 3 Jan 21, 4:02pm -
  • Donuts completes the Afilias acquisition
    Donuts Inc. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Afilias, Inc. The announcement came after ICANN approved the change of control of Afilias. “Now under one corporate structure, the two companies will continue to operate securely and re…
    - 28 days ago, 30 Dec 20, 3:20pm -
  • Sahil Gupta tries to steal Spase .com again and fails miserably!
    Sahil Gupta, this world class idiot, tried to steal the domain name Spase .com again and failed miserably! This time it was even worse. He filed the same UDRP complaint for the same domain name spase.com at The Forum (formerly known as the National A…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Dec 20, 6:38pm -
  • The NamesCon 2021 domain name auction is now live
    The NamesCon domain name auction is now live at GoDaddy Auctions. You can use the drop down on the popular searches to navigate to the “NamesCon 2021 Auction” listings. At the time of writing there were 30 domains in the auction. There are more n…
    - 29 days ago, 29 Dec 20, 3:02am -
  • Last Brexit notice to .eu registrants and registrars
    Last week EURid, the .eu registry, notified (for the second time and probably the last) by email all UK registrants and their registrars that as of 1 January 2021 UK registrants will no longer be eligible to hold a .eu domain name unless they demonst…
    - 30 days ago, 28 Dec 20, 10:58am -
  • Mike Mann sells 2 domains for $31,888 in November
    Mike Mann reported 2 of his domain name sales in November for a total of $31,888. Reported prices started at $4,888 and went up to $27,000. All 2 domains were .com. The average reported domain sales price was $15,944. If you want to further understan…
    - 49 days ago, 9 Dec 20, 3:39pm -
  • R.I.P. Dietmar Stefitz
    I was very sad to hear on Friday the passing of Dietmar Stefitz. Dietmar Stefitz was among many other things the founder of Domaining Europe. (Later sold to NamesCon/GoDaddy and became NamesCon Europe.) I went to my first Domaining Europe in 2015 and…
    - 51 days ago, 7 Dec 20, 5:24pm -
  • MediaOptions partners with DAN.COM for domain brokerage
    MediaOptions today announced a partnership with DAN.COM, the blockchain-powered Domain Automation Network, to provide brokerage services to customers listing domains on the DAN.COM platform. The partnership combines the DAN.COM platform with MediaOpt…
    - 55 days ago, 3 Dec 20, 6:13pm -
  • Over 22,000 .UK domains were suspended in the past 12 months
    Responsible for running and keeping the .UK internet infrastructure secure, Nominet has published its update on .UK domains suspended for criminal activity over the 12 months to October 2020. Nominet suspends domains following notification from th…
    - 56 days ago, 2 Dec 20, 11:28pm -
  • Sahil Gupta files the same complaint! (Also tweets to NASA about nasa(.)org!)
    Someone many years ago said that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”. Well, it is official! Sahil Gupta, our favorite reserve domain name hijacker of 2020, had done it again! T…
    - 57 days ago, 1 Dec 20, 3:29pm -
  • Founder of MetaLab regrets not paying $17,000 for the .com in 2009
    Andrew Wilkinson, the founder of MetaLab in 2006, said that he has regretted not paying $17,000 for metalab.com in 2009. 11 years later and he now owns the domain name. This is what he shared in a tweet today: “It took 15 years of negotiation, but…
    - 58 days ago, 1 Dec 20, 12:51am -
  • WIPO reaches 50,000 UDRP cases since 1999 and has an 11% increase in 2020
    The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has registered its 50,000th “cybersquatting” case after almost 21 years. WIPO had its first UDRP case in December 1999. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is at the heart of WIPO’s…
    - 58 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 6:24pm -
  • Q3 2020 continued with high rates of new domains
    The CENTRstats Global TLD Report Q3/2020 has been published and shows that Q3 2020 has seen a continuation of high rates of new domain creations as well as a slight decrease in deletes. Furthermore, for several countries, the national ccTLD also gain…
    - 58 days ago, 30 Nov 20, 1:23pm -
  • Internet grows to 370.7 million domains at the end of Q3 2020
    VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) announced that the third quarter of 2020 closed with 370.7 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 0.6 million domain name registrations, or 0.2 percent, compared to the seco…
    - 64 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 3:27pm -
  • Nominet and London police add new landing pages for suspended domains
    Nominet today introduces law enforcement landing pages for domains suspended due to criminal activity to provide information for those who may have been affected by activity related to the domain name. In collaboration with the City of London’s…
    - 64 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 3:12pm -
  • GoDaddy employees used in website attacks
    Krebs on Security wrote about how GoDaddy employees were used in website attacks. “Fraudsters redirected email and web traffic destined for several cryptocurrency trading platforms over the past week. The attacks were facilitated by scams targeting…
    - 67 days ago, 22 Nov 20, 1:20am -
  • .ORG was “saved”. Now get ready for some huge price increases!
    Yes, we know .org was”saved by all the people that stood against the corrupted ICANN, Public Interest Registry (PIR), the Internet Society and (No)Ethos Capital. But was .org really saved? Abry Partners has many close ties to Ethos Capital that tri…
    - 68 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 2:58pm -
  • Donuts agrees to purchase Afilias
    Donuts Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Afilias, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, which will not include Afilias’ mobile software and registrar businesses, is expected to close in Q4 2020, following succ…
    - 69 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 6:44pm -
  • Afternic emails Epik domain name owners regarding Fast Transfer
    Afternic sent an email today to Epik domain name owners regarding Fast Transfer. These are Afternic customers that are selling their Epik registered domain names using Afternic Fast Transfer. People with domain names in their Afternic account that ar…
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  • What is going on at Namejet?
    What is going on at Namejet? People that have been with the company for years are departing from the domain name auction platform. Namejet’s parent company is Web.com. Jonathan Tenenbaum left Namejet very recently and was named COO of MediaOptions…
    - 70 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 4:41pm -
  • GoDaddy rebrands Brandsight as GoDaddy Corporate Domains (GCD)
    GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) today announced the launch of GoDaddy Corporate Domains (GCD), a domain management solution for large companies. The launch builds off of GoDaddy’s acquisition of Brandsight in February 2020. Brandsight is actually rebrand…
    - 71 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 5:49pm -
  • GoDaddy drops Epik from an Afternic partner
    GoDaddy sent a notice of termination letter notifying Epik that Afternic is dropping Epik from a registrar partner. GoDaddy provided a 60 day notice after which Epik will not be part of the Afternic premium promotion. The termination of Epik on the A…
    - 72 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 5:05pm -
  • GoDaddy’s top 20 domain name sales from July 2020
    GoDaddy released today its July 2020 domain name sales report. GoDaddy started reporting domain name sales last month after a long pause after it went public. (NYSE: GDDY) You can see below the top 20 public domain sales for July 2020. The list is in…
    - 75 days ago, 13 Nov 20, 11:48pm -
  • Google page experience signal gets into search ranking in May 2021
    This past May, Google announced that page experience signals would be included in Google Search ranking. These signals measure how users perceive the experience of interacting with a web page and contribute to an ongoing work to ensure people get the…
    - 75 days ago, 13 Nov 20, 2:14pm -
  • Front-running by Steen Hof aka MarkMon
    In the past few days I have been receiving more front-running emails for domain names currently in auction. It was a coincidence (or not so much) that I was already watching a couple of these domains and was already in the auction (or had them backor…
    - 77 days ago, 11 Nov 20, 5:31pm -
  • Tucows Q3 2020 financial results: revenue is down after Ting Mobile sale
    Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX, TSX:TC) reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. All figures are in U.S. dollars. Note on the Financial Impact of Tucows’ Sale of Ting Mobile Customer Relationships and Transition to Mo…
    - 78 days ago, 10 Nov 20, 5:30pm -
  • Uniregistry claims parking improvements are resulting in higher earnings
    Uniregistry claims in an email today that parking improvements it has made over the past few months are resulting in higher earnings. Uniregistry was acquired by GoDaddy in February 2020. I have stopped using Uniregistry for a few years now. Here is…
    - 79 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 6:14pm -
  • Escrow Q3 2020 report: domain transactions and median prices are up
    The latest Escrow.com Domain Investment Index for Q3 2020 is out. The report provides insight into the domain name market for the third quarter of 2020, compared to previous quarters. The latest data from Escrow.com indicates a recovery across most s…
    - 79 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 3:47pm -
  • .au Q3 2020 report: record high of 3,214,384 domains
    The recent digital shift has also seen more new and existing businesses pivot online as they recognise the need for a digital presence. As a result, there was strong growth in registrations in the .au country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), particular…
    - 79 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 12:40pm -
  • Escrow.com domain name transactions bounced back in Q3 2020
    The latest Escrow.com Domain Name Report is out. Q3 saw $77.5 million total domain name transactions using Escrow.com. That was a $22.3 million increase from Q2! Total domain name transaction amount bounced back in Q3 2020 after a slow quarter in Q2.…
    - 82 days ago, 6 Nov 20, 4:29pm -

Domain Incite

  • newAmid .club boom, one AV vendor is blocking the whole damn TLD

    Amid .club boom, one AV vendor is blocking the whole damn TLD

    .club may be experiencing a mini-boom in sales due to the popular new Clubhouse app, but one antivirus vendor has reportedly decided to block the entire TLD. According to Forbes, the free MalwareBytes Browser Guard plug-in will warn users attempting…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 Jan 21, 11:22am -
  • New rules could stop registries ripping off big brands

    New rules could stop registries ripping off big brands

    New gTLD registries could be banned from unfairly reaching into the deep pockets of famous brands, under proposed rules soon to be considered by ICANN. A recommendation approved by the GNSO Council last Thursday targets practices such as using reserv…
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  • MMX vows to refocus under new boss after crappy 2020

    MMX vows to refocus under new boss after crappy 2020

    MMX says it plans to refocus its business on higher-margin products after a 2020 marred by plummeting registrations, product delays and financial irregularities that led to senior management being oustered. The new gTLD registry also revealed that it…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Jan 21, 12:52pm -
  • Failed .org buyer Ethos Capital buys Donuts

    Failed .org buyer Ethos Capital buys Donuts

    Donuts is to be acquired by Ethos Capital, the private equity company that tried and failed to buy .org manager Public Interest Registry a year ago. Donuts tells me that Ethos is to purchase the controlling interest in the company from Abry Partners,…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 21, 5:30pm -
  • Crackdown looms for new gTLD auction gaming

    Crackdown looms for new gTLD auction gaming

    ICANN will be urged to consider taking a stronger position against companies who apply for new gTLDs simply to lose them at auction or immediately flip them to others. A community working group, known as SubPro and tasked with developing rules for th…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Jan 21, 6:42pm -
  • Would-be new country wants to share another country’s ccTLD

    Would-be new country wants to share another country’s ccTLD

    What do you do if you’re the government of a country without a ccTLD, because the rest of the world does not recognize you as a country? Perhaps the strangest solution to this predicament is to ask another country with a semantically meaningful ccT…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Jan 21, 2:39pm -
  • 153 registrars fingered for ICANN security probe

    153 registrars fingered for ICANN security probe

    Registrars will be asked to account for abusive domain names found on their services, under a new ICANN security audit. ICANN says it will soon send requests for information to 153 registrars, asking them to provide documentation showing how they dea…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 4:59pm -
  • ICANN axes Cancun again. Apparently there’s a pandemic

    ICANN axes Cancun again. Apparently there’s a pandemic

    ICANN has formally confirmed that its seventieth public meeting will be online-only, disappointing restaurateurs and sex workers in Cancun, Mexico for the second year running. The meeting will also be mercifully shorter, with two days cut from its ru…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 2:37pm -
  • Gun nut site crashes at Epik after GoDaddy shoots it down

    Gun nut site crashes at Epik after GoDaddy shoots it down

    A site for American gun enthusiasts has switched registrars, moving its domain to Epik — apparently with the consent of CEO Rob Monster — after GoDaddy turfed it out for allegedly inciting violence. According to a GoDaddy statement at the weekend…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Jan 21, 2:10pm -
  • It’s pandemic continuity versus gender diversity in ICANN’s board wish-list

    It’s pandemic continuity versus gender diversity in ICANN’s board wish-list

    ICANN’s Nominating Committee will be asked to pit two fundamentally opposed principles against each other when they pick three members of the organization’s board of directors this year. Board chair Maarten Botterman has asked NomCom to prioritiz…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 1:51pm -

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