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Human glitch lets hackers into ICANN

 Mark As Read    

It's 2014. Does anyone in the domain name business still fall for phishing attacks? Apparently, yes, ICANN staff do. ICANN has revealed that "several" staff members fell prey to a spear-phishing attack last month, resulting in the theft of potentially hundreds of user credentials and unauthorized access to at least one Governmental Advisory Committ...

DomainIncite.com 53 minutes ago

Oversee Out of Conference Business - Sells Domainfest to NamesCon - New Shows in the Offing?

 Mark As Read    

After Oversee.net sold off the last of their high profile domain divisions, DomainSponsor.com, earlier this year most have expected them to ditch the Domainfest conference as well. That has now happened with NamesCon acquiring the event. Are new shows ahead?

DNJournal 2 hours, 30 min ago

Fa La La La La… Uniregistry Rumcakes!

 Mark As Read    

Twas the week Before Christmas When all through the ‘net I was regging domains Gasping at how much was spent When out on the lawn There arose such a clatter I sprang from my desk To see what was the matter Away to the door I flew like a flash There was Fedex! Bringing some

Godaddy Sued For $50 Million By Russian Millionaire Konstantin Malofeev

 Mark As Read    

According to Courthousenews.com, GoDaddy.com has been sued for $50 million by A Russian millionaire claiming Godaddy defamed him by hosting a number of websites that accuse him of fraud. Konstantin Malofeev sued GoDaddy, Domains by Proxy and John Doe – the anonymous operator of the websites – on Dec. 14 Malofeev claims he is a […]

The Domains 2 hours, 52 min ago

Russian millionaire sued GoDaddy in $50 million dollar defamation lawsuit

 Mark As Read    

Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian millionaire who alleges that GoDaddy defamed him by hosting a number of websites that accuse him of fraud, has filed a $50 million dollar lawsuit. According to Courthouse News Service, Konstantin Malofeev sued GoDaddy, Domains by Proxy and John Doe – the anonymous operator of the websites – on December 14 ...

DomainGang 3 hours, 2 min ago

.Website Collision Domains Give A Boost In Registrations: Here Are Available LLL/NNN/One Word Domains

 Mark As Read    

.Website which had its ICANN collision lists freed up recently has seen a nice bounce in daily registrations. Like a bunch of other TLDs, the spike in registrations appears to have come on the back of Black Friday and Cyber Monday registrations. The TLD saw volumes of 5 times that of the previous day’s registrations […]

The Domains 3 hours, 15 min ago

Could new TLDs have an SEO benefit in the future?

 Mark As Read    

Only if it improves search results. Using a new top level domain name instead of a .com or other gTLD does not give you a benefit in Google search results. Ditto for using a .com instead of a new TLD. They're basically the same. That's what Google says. And it makes sense when you think […]

Domain Name Wire 3 hours, 16 min ago

Yoyo Email: Last UDRP of 2014 lost to Lloyds Bank

 Mark As Read    

By now, one should be familiar with Yoyo Email Ltd; the British company asserts that its business model does not infringe on the brands and trademarks of others, all while using domains that conflict with that claim. More than two dozen cases were brought against Yoyo Email Ltd in less than six months in the […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 4 hours, 16 min ago

GoDaddy Job Opening: Vice President of Asia

 Mark As Read    

GoDaddy's Paul Nicks posted an interesting job opportunity on LinkedIn that may be of interest to someone who reads this blog. GoDaddy is seeking to hire a company Vice President of Asia. GoDaddy is looking to build a strong market position in Asia, and this hire will be helping to lead the company. According to the job opening on the GoDaddy caree...

Domain Investing 4 hours, 35 min ago

ICANN hacked, zone file system among victims

 Mark As Read    

Hackers phished ICANN employees to gain access to systems. ICANN revealed today that its systems were compromised by a phishing attack. The attack involved emails designed to look like they came from ICANN's own domain name being sent to members of its staff. Email credentials of several ICANN staff members were obtained. It appears the […]...

Domain Name Wire 6 hours, 30 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Wednesday , December 17th

 Mark As Read    

It's official, Namescon has become THE domain conference. Congrats to everyone at Namescon for merging with DomainFest.  Not sure you could call it a merger or an absorbing, but either way DomainFest will live on.  It was inevitable that either DomainFest was going to call it quits or join forces with someone.  Even more surprising…Domain Nam...

Domain Shane 8 hours, 25 min ago

ICANN Spear Phishing Hack Compromises Account Data

 Mark As Read    

Just over an hour ago I received an email from ICANN notifying us that: "ICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into our systems. We believe a spear phishing attack was initiated in late November 2014. It involved email messages that were crafted to appear to come from our own domain being sent to members of ... The post ICANN Spear Phishing Hac...

Domainer Income 12 hours, 7 min ago

ICANN Believes They Had A Spear Phishing Attack in November

 Mark As Read    

ICANN is looking into an attack on their systems that took place back in November, they have posted an announcement on their website and have said to stay tuned for further updates by checking back. ICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into our systems. We believe a "spear phishing" attack was initiated in late November […]

The Domains 14 hours, 13 min ago

ICANN alerts users of CZDS & ICANN Wiki about security breach

 Mark As Read    

ICANN has sent out a password reset email, acknowledging a CZDS system intrusion that occurred in November. Through this notification, the system now alerts to the setting of a new password for all account holders: ICANN is investigating a recent intrusion into our systems. We believe a "spear phishing" attack was initiated in late November […...

DomainGang 14 hours, 30 min ago

The Right Of The Dot / NamesCon Auction List is Live, and It’s Absolutely Loaded

 Mark As Read    

When reading through the NamesCon site tonight looking at the upcoming agenda, I stumbled across the link to the Right Of The Dot / NamesCon auction pre-bidding that is already ongoing at SnapNames. As expected when domain industry veterans Monte Cahn and Michael Berkens are involved, the list is stacked with great names at a wide range of reserves...

Domain Shane 15 hours, 10 min ago

How do you measure the success of a new domain extension?

 Mark As Read    

Today TheDomains.com announced that .XYZ is the first new domain name extension to break the 750,000 registrations barrier. It's not secret that the domain community wasn't a fan of the Network Solutions giveaway but looking at the numbers now it's clear that this growth is from something else, it's spreading, people know about .XYZ and […]...

Domainvestors.tv 18 hours, 5 min ago

Flippa Recap: HackerMagazine.com, Buttercups.com, and a $95k Website Sell. Left.com, Sell.org Do Not

 Mark As Read    

Some Domains That Sold Last Past Week HackerMagazine.com – $6,000 – Quickly sold at the BIN, when the bidding was only at $51. Also included the .net/org/info and HackerMag.com/net/org/info. This follows on ITMagazine.com for $10,000 recently, and Hacked.com for $50,000. 236 Domain Portfolio – $3,850 – Names include SpamRati...

Domain Shane 20 hours, 9 min ago

Escrow.com Golf Tourney + Go Daddy + Parsons Foundation = $380,000 for Wounded Veterans!

 Mark As Read    

Escrow.com and Hanna's Restaurant stages an annual golf tournament in Southern California to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund. This year's tournament raised $190,000 with Go Daddy & the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation matching that!

DNJournal 21 hours, 6 min ago

NamesCon Acquires DomainFest & Will Be Part of NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas!

 Mark As Read    

Well our hunch was right yesterday, as today NamesCon announced they have acquired DomainFest from Oversee.net in a press release we just received. "Starting with small conferences in LA and Barcelona, Oversee grew Domainfest into a large, global conference series, attracting domainers, marketing professionals and celebrity speakers from all over t...

The Domains 21 hours, 11 min ago

DomainFest Announced as Part of NamesCon 2015 Las Vegas!

 Mark As Read    

DomainFest is one of the longest running events in the Domain Name industry. Its early origins in the early 2000s was a one day gathering with a mix of sharing new industry information and a social networking event. DomainFest will continue that tradition after being acquired by NamesCon. Originally established as a casual meeting of domain […...

DomainGang 21 hours, 21 min ago

Shoes.com Sold

 Mark As Read    

According to Bloomberg.com, Shoes.com has sold "Brown Shoe Co. (BWS), owner of the Famous Footwear retail chain, sold its Shoes.com online division to a closely held Seattle company pushing into a market Shoeme, parent of OnlineShoes.com and Shoeme.ca, is purchasing Shoes.com for an undisclosed price, the companies said in separate statements today...

The Domains 22 hours, 59 min ago

Rare sighting of ‘Mobi’ name in the wild!

 Mark As Read    

When dot .Mobi launched in 2005, everyone raved about the endless possibilities of this alternate gTLD for the cellular & mobile market. A lot of things changed since that launch, and even Flowers.mobi had to be sacrificed in the name of sanity. We often see domain names on car tags, but they are usually dot […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 23 hours, 1 min ago

Brown Shoe Co. sells Shoes.com busines

 Mark As Read    

Owners of SHOEme and OnlineShoes.com buy Shoes.com. Publicly traded Brown Shoe Co has sold its Shoes.com online business to online shoe-seller SHOEme. SHOEme operates Shoeme.ca/com and OnlineShoes.com. Hardy Capital acquired both of these companies earlier this year. In an interview with Business in Vancouver, SHOEme CEO Roger Hardy said “Predomina...

Domain Name Wire 23 hours, 48 min ago

Christmas Development Deals – Dec 16th – Dec 25th

 Mark As Read    

Discounts on logo design, domain portfolios and WordPress sites from today until Dec 25th

Buy It Now Links & Buttons from Escrow.com

 Mark As Read    

When I have a domain name with a set price, I don't want to have to pay a commission to a brokerage or marketplace if the buyer visits my domain name with the intention of buying it. I also don't generally use Paypal for 4 figure + domain sales, so I needed to have the ability for a buyer to easily start an escrow transaction. Brandon Abbey emailed...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

.XYZ Is The 1st New gTLD To Break 750,000 Registered Domains

 Mark As Read    

.XYZ has become the first new gTLD to break through the 750,000 mark for domain name registrations. According to the .XYZ registry the number of registered domain names is 750,073 The 750,000th domain name to be registered was Chez.XYZ that was registered today at the domain name registrar Gandi.net. We at TheDomains.com were the first […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Finally, a tried and true registrar that domainers can trust!

 Mark As Read    

Taking a leap to a new registrar can be quite a scary move for some people if they're not familiar with its user interface or they have concerns should the registrar be fairly new. Nevertheless, there is a tried and true registrar that domainers can trust, with lower expenses that will also save you a headache or two. I have personally used them si...

NamePros 1 day ago

Uniregistry: End of year savings and more domain updates

 Mark As Read    

Uniregistry announced its end of year savings, discounting several gTLDs. To take advantage of these promotions, register domains until December 31st, in the following gTLDs: .Christmas, for $18.88 per domain – regularly at $28.88 .Gift, for $12.88 per domain – regularly at $19.88 .Country, for $9.88 per domain – regularly at $29....

DomainGang 1 day ago

Hueston.com: Big Flip for Mike Mann

 Mark As Read    

I was browsing Twitter this morning when I noticed the tweet embedded below from Mike Mann, announcing the sale of Hueston.com for $25,000. This is a solid sale price, but even more impressive is the ROI achieved from the sale. Mann reportedly acquired the Hueston.com domain name in March of 2011 for $69. http://t.co/HOxJJmRNBz, we dont have a prob...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Highly Desirable France.com Domain Name Provides a Significant Opportunity to Capitalize on the $10.8 Trillion Travel Market

 Mark As Read    

France.com Domain Name Now Available Exclusively With Igloo.com Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 16, 2014 Igloo.com, a leading broker of premium domain names and websites, has been engaged to broker the sale of one of the world’s most valuable domain names,France.com. … Continue reading →

TNTNames.com 1 day ago

New .VOTE and .VOTO Web Domains Launched

 Mark As Read    

Dedicated space for governments, candidates & others to engage voters December 15, 2014 10:38 AM Eastern Standard Time SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Monolith Registry, a venture backed by global registry services provider Afilias, today announced the first phase of the introduction of … Continue reading →

TNTNames.com 1 day ago

T-Mobile creates ‘Data Stash’ product without the dot com

 Mark As Read    

T-Mobile, the fastest growing cellular phone company in the US, announced the availability of ‘Data Stash‘ – a data rollover product – starting in January 2015. With most phone companies, if you max out your plan's data you either get throttled in speed or penalized with extra fees. Along with the introduction of unlimited d...

DomainGang 1 day ago

See all 152 trademark apps filed by the Trademark King (at a cost of $50k!)

 Mark As Read    

Guy spends nearly $50,000 on application fees to try to trademark terms such as Google.com, NCAA Final Four and Elvis.com. I've written a couple times about Trademark King Inc, an Indiana business that filed a lot of trademark applications matching mostly famous names and common terms. The company has filed 152 applications, according to a […...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

RiskIQ.com Files Suit Again Risk.io For Federal Trademark Infringement

 Mark As Read    

RiskIQ.com. sued Risk.IO, for trademark infringement and unfair competition based upon Risk IO’s having improperly and willfully used the names, yesterday in the United States District Court in the Northern District Of California San Francisco Division for trademark infringement asking for disgorgement of profits, for civil penalties, and for preli...

The Domains 1 day ago

Moniker wins the prestigious ‘Registrar of the Year’ award

 Mark As Read    

The Web Hosting and Domains Weekly announced its industry awards a little earlier this year; for the past decade, the awards are meant to congratulate distinguished industry leaders. Despite recent problems related to security and lack of customer service, the Registrar of the Year award went to an unlikely finalist, Moniker. "The Registrar of the ...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Hotly contested gTLDs up for auction tomorrow

 Mark As Read    

ICANN's fifth set of last-resort new gTLD auctions is set for tomorrow and it's another small batch. Just two contention sets — .baby and .mls — are set to be resolved, with ICANN stashing the winning bids into its special fund. .baby is hotly contested with no fewer than six applicants — five portfolio applicants […] Relat...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

CompareNow.com buys Compare.com domain name

 Mark As Read    

Auto insurance comparison site upgrades its domain name. Auto insurance comparison company CompareNow.com has purchased the domain name Compare.com, according to Whois records. CompareNow.com was founded by Andrew Rose, previously the chairman and CEO of Elephant Auto Insurance. If that name sounds familiar, it might be because the company unsucces...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

As .trust opens for sunrise, Artemis dumps .secure bid

 Mark As Read    

Amazon is now the proud owner of the .secure new gTLD, after much smaller competing applicant Artemis Internet withdrew its bid. Coincidentally, the settlement of the contention set came just yesterday, the day before Artemis took its .trust — which I've described as a "backup plan" — to sunrise. I assume .secure was settled with [̷...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Tuesday , December 16th

 Mark As Read    

There are a lot of fantastic names dropping today at Namejet.  There are 10 names that I think could go over $10K  and I am a bidder on quite a few of them.  Not sure if I'm going to hit reserve but I'm going to give them a good shot.  Here are today's names. IPRM.com  16 years old.  Best letters on the board today RazorBlades.net   Only one bidder...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Trademark applications for ‘Domain’ brands hint of upcoming services

 Mark As Read    

Several new trademark applications for domain related services were filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office during the past three weeks. First, the application for ‘Raj Domains' was filed on November 26th, for the following classes: "IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Brand development in the field of Domain names; Advertising […]...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Quirky Product Sales via Amazon’s Affiliate Program in 2014

 Mark As Read    

I'm not a big Amazon seller, but I still have a few hundred minisites that pay their way……….mostly with Adsense, but sometimes combined with sales of products through the Amazon affiliate program. With Amazon, you get a commission if a visitor buys something…..even if that something has absolutely nothing to do with the orig...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

New TLDs give no SEO advantage and .Geo domains don’t work how you might think

 Mark As Read    

Google reiterates its guidance on TLDs and search results, and also says it isn't geotargeted .geo domains on their own. A month or two ago a couple reports came out suggesting that new top level domain names give some sort of inherent search engine advantage. I've gotten into the nasty habit (sarcasm) of actually reading […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Did NamesCon Buy DomainFest.com?

 Mark As Read    

I was going through the schedule for the Namescon conference taking place in January 2015 at Las Vegas and found this session: Sunday, January 11 • 10:00am – 10:15am (which is the 1st day of NameCon) "Welcome to DomainFest @NamesCon! " Namescon unlike any previous domain conference that I'm aware of is allowing people to […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

Dissecting Strange Domain facts

 Mark As Read    

I came across an interesting article today that covered their version of "10 strange domain facts." I thought I would go over them and add my personal thoughts. This should be fun, right? Lets find out! :) Let's begin! 1. Webmasters purchasing misspelled domain names to prevent people from taking away traffic to their main site is common practice....

NamePros 1 day ago

Dear Chinese domain investors!

 Mark As Read    

This is an open letter to all the legitimate, hard-working domain investors from China. After numerous cases of domain hijacking and domain theft from individuals originating in the Chinese mainland, it is time to address the issue among your peers. China's economy is expanding in leaps and bounds, and it's slated to surpass in volume […] Cop...

DomainGang 1 day ago

A Detailed Look at a Site I Bought on Flippa a Year Ago

 Mark As Read    

Almost exactly 13 months ago I bought ApexWebGaming.com through this flippa auction, for $2999. How do you think it went? Was it a good purchase? Would you have bought it yourself from that auction? Why did I buy it and how did I do my due diligence on it? What did I do after  buying? What […]

Domain Magnate 2 days ago

ICANN Denies Allegation That New gTLD Have Widespread Phishing & Malware Sites

 Mark As Read    

According to a company blog post out today, by brand protection company CSC, citing Amy Mushahwar, counsel and Chief Information Security Officer at Washington, D.C. law firm ZwillGen PLLC, says: "New domains (new gTLD's) are being registered as phishing sites and for drive-by downloads of malware." "Nefarious uses have been very widespread. It's i...

The Domains 2 days ago

Best fake name used in a domain name scam. Ever.

 Mark As Read    

I don't think think this scammer meant to be so funny. By now, pretty much everyone has seen the Fake Trademark Protection domain name scam, sometimes called the Asian Domain Scam. Here's how it works: A scammer, typically pretending to be an Asian domain name registrar, sends an email to the owner of a domain […]

Domain Name Wire 2 days ago

EasyGroup Does It the Hard Way - Coughs Up Over $21,000 For a Domain 9 Years After UDRP Failed

 Mark As Read    

A common complaint about the UDRP process is that decisions by arbitrators can be wildly inconsistent. That resulted in an oddity we saw today involving the EasyGroup who won one "Easy" domain through UDRP but were forced to shell out five figures for another 9 years after a UDRP loss.

DNJournal 2 days ago

My Thoughts on Phone Negotiations

 Mark As Read    

I have never really enjoyed chatting on the phone. This sometimes goes for chatting with friends, but it almost always pertains to domain name negotiations. There are some times when a phone conversation can be fruitful though, and I thought I would share some thoughts on phone negotiations. When I want to inquire about a domain name as a buyer, I ...

Domain Investing 2 days ago
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