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Story Behind the .CO Registry Sale to Neustar

 Mark As Read    

Neustar closed on its acquisition of the .CO Registry yesterday afternoon, and the $100+ million deal was wrapped up. The Miami Herald had an interesting story that covered the closing, and it also had some of the backstory about how the deal came about with .CO Registry founder Juan Diego Calle offering some comments. I think it's worth a read whe...

Domain Investing 23 minutes ago

After 50 ICANN Meetings, Its Amazing ICANN Never Held A Meeting In These 10 Places

 Mark As Read    

ICANN is about to hold its 50th meeting in London from June 21st. June 25, 2014. Looking back at the previous 49 ICANN general meetings and where they have been held.  I figured I would point out 10 spots around the globe that its pretty hard to believe ICANN has not held a meeting in. […]

The Domains 33 minutes ago

Promising Start for Dot Link – 19,954 Registrations Yesterday

 Mark As Read    

Not bad! According to RegistrarStats.com, there were 19,954 dot link registrations yesterday. Dot photo also did well, with 5,196 registrations and the same thing can be said about dot gift (4,392 registrations yesterday). Dot pics didn't do as well as dot photo but still, it got 2,210 registrations on the first day of general availability....

Domaining Tips 1 hour, 11 min ago

Yahoo Beats Estimates and Stock Pops After Hours

 Mark As Read    

  Yahoo was up after hours as the company showed growth for the first time in a year. Yahoo posted earnings of $0.38 per share on revenue of $1.09 billion in the first quarter, just beating Wall Street estimates for earnings of $0.37 a share on revenue of $1.08 billion. The Wall Street Journal reported: […]

The Domains 5 hours, 31 min ago

New gTLDs Will Affect *All* Portfolio Owners

 Mark As Read    

Now sure, the "super premiums" probably won't be affected but let's be honest, not even the best domainers have portfolios that consist only of amazing domains. Pretty much everyone has "so-so" domains and it's precisely those domains that will be affected by new gTLDs. Let me explain why. Put yourself in an end user's position and let's...

Domaining Tips 8 hours, 20 min ago

Mr.Berkens Regs The First Uniregistry Domain of the Day on What Was A Busy Day

 Mark As Read    

It was a busy day today for Frank Schilling and his company Uniregistry, as five uncontested strings went live at around 12 noon Eastern time. The strings that went live today were the following: .Pics, .Photo, .Gift, .Link and .Guitars. Out the gate at 12:03 Frank tweeted: .photo past 1000 — Frank Schilling (@Frank_Schilling) April […]

The Domains 8 hours, 22 min ago

Hershey’s Files UDRP On 16 Year Old ChocolateWorld.com; 17 Year old NewBody.com Also Hit

 Mark As Read    

A couple of interesting UDRP filings today Hershey's just filed a UDRP on the domain name ChocolateWorld.com The domain name was registered in back in 1997 however it is going to a blank page and according to Screenshots the domain may never have resolved to any type of site or page, not even a parked […]

The Domains 14 hours, 6 min ago

Some First Impressions as Six More New gTLDs Entered General Availability Today

 Mark As Read    

New gTLDs continue to sprout in numbers that are threatening to put the spring flower population to shame. 6 more entered general availability today, with 5 of those coming from Frank Schilling's Uniregistry. Will they blossom or wilt in a very competitive environment?

DNJournal 14 hours, 25 min ago

ICA Tells ICANN to Pull the Plug on IGO/INGO Overreach

 Mark As Read    

For the third time in six months, ICA has told ICANN that the legally questionable and largely unnecessary attempts of International Governmental Agencies (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Agencies (INGOs) to secure extraordinary protections for their organizational acronyms at second level domains should be met with a firm and resounding no...

Internet Commerce Association 15 hours, 35 min ago

Obama Administration Backpedals on Giving up ICANN Oversight

 Mark As Read    

Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won't happen for years, if ever. […...

Howard Neu, The Internet Lawyer 16 hours, 21 min ago

DNS: “We May Have the Perfect Alternative For You”

 Mark As Read    

This afternoon, I received an email from DomainNameSales.com that said, "We may have the perfect alternative for you to [Redacted].com." The brief email continues, "Many great names, including those ending in .LINK, are available now!" Frank Schilling's Uniregistry operates the .Link domain registry, and the company began selling .Link domain names...

Domain Investing 16 hours, 29 min ago

Afternic/GoDaddy Sells $2.06 Million In Domain Names

 Mark As Read    

Afternic/GoDaddy released its sales report for the week of 4/7/14 – 4/13/14. All sales for the week totalled $2,065,279. The top .com sale was lead by NGSN.com for $20,000 followed by AnyView.com for $17,000. The top non-com sale lead by Flavour.ca for $17,650. Below is the complete report: .COM Sales Price ngsn.com $20,000 anyview.com $17,000 [...

The Domains 17 hours, 20 min ago

Sedo Transactions Total $1.3 Million Led By Gab.com For $200K

 Mark As Read    

Sedo just reported that 620 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.3 Million dollars for the week. 46% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Highlights of public sales are: - Top .coms: gab.com at 200,002 USD - Top ccTLD: mobile.com.co at 15,000 USD - Top “other” TLD: […]

The Domains 17 hours, 30 min ago

Above.com Lead Generation Auction Ends Tomorrow

 Mark As Read    

At the end of March I covered a "Lead Generation" themed auction that Above.com featuring a pretty extensive list of names. Well, like most good things, the auction is coming to an end tomorrow so I wanted to put out a quick reminder for anyone that may have put this on their to-do list. I […]

Domainvestors.tv 18 hours, 7 min ago

Have a hand registered beer with Sevan and some chick pics with Darryl!

 Mark As Read    

Sevan Derderian, Director of Sales for Uniregistry, is a beer aficionado; the warm, sandy beaches of the Cayman islands is the best place to kick back and have a cold one. With Uniregistry launching five new gTLDs today, Sevan would not let the opportunity pass by, and he is the proud owner of Beers.link – a […] The post Have a hand reg...

DomainGang 18 hours, 9 min ago

Can New gTLDs Save Demand Media ?

 Mark As Read    

Scott Hopkins wrote a piece on Seeking Alpha today stating that the new gtlds were the last chance for Demand Media. Demand Media has been languishing in the stock market for awhile now. The stock is down 25 % this year and is down 46 % over a one year time period. Demand Media owns […]

The Domains 18 hours, 21 min ago

GoDaddy.com account management Goes Down

 Mark As Read    

Site won't let users log in. GoDaddy appears to be having technical difficulties right now. Users trying to log in are greeted with a message like this: Service Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later. Reference #6.c758acc6.1397587049.b44810 I was able to enter my login credentials, but when I [&...

Domain Name Wire 18 hours, 29 min ago

.Buzz May Have The Strangest List Of 100 Reserved Domains Of All New gTLD’s

 Mark As Read    

.Buzz goes live today and like all new gTLD registries they are entitled to keep 100 domains for their own use for marketing and other purposes, but going through the list of .Buzz reserved domains it maybe the strangest list of 100 (actually 85 by my count) that I have seen for any registry. Bill […]

The Domains 19 hours, 32 min ago

Go Daddy Going To Court in India over Copyright/Trademark Infringement

 Mark As Read    

Go Daddy is going to have to go to court in India regarding a claim by the National Stock Exchange and their online trading platform. It is hard to see how Go Daddy has liability in this case as they are not profiting from the sales of software, but I am not a lawyer and […]

The Domains 19 hours, 57 min ago

I finally registered a new TLD. Here is the (long) story.

 Mark As Read    

I registered four new TLDs today. It took two hours. Today was the day. I finally registered a domain in a new TLD. Actually it looks like I ended up with four registrations, all in .link. Here is my story. Genre: horror. When I got to the office this morning I decided I was going […]

Domain Name Wire 20 hours, 20 min ago

Dot .photo past 2000 registrations as new Uniregistry gTLDs launch

 Mark As Read    

Dot .photo, the Uniregistry gTLD aimed at photography enthusiasts, jumped past 2000 registrations in its first minutes of availability, earlier today. Other gTLDs launching today from Uniregistry include dot .link, which is being promoted as a great alternative to dot .com, dot .pics, dot .guitars and dot .gift. The official zone files will be rele...

DomainGang 20 hours, 56 min ago

Warrior Forum joins Freelancer

 Mark As Read    

Warrior Forum, one of the oldest web forums for Internet marketers – often referred to as affiliate marketing specialists – has been absorbed by Freelancer, a freelance job industry giant. This might not please some of its oldest members, as the Warrior Forum community was always seen as independent from any external influence. Many tho...

DomainGang 21 hours, 18 min ago

The smartest domainers of the past decade

 Mark As Read    

Rather than complain about outside forces destroying their business, they grabbed the bull by the horns. The past decade has been one of ups and downs for domain name investors. Domain parking busted around the same time the overall economy imploded. Domain values faced downward pressure as investors no longer had rich parking profits to […]

Domain Name Wire 21 hours, 23 min ago

Y8.net Lost in UDRP

 Mark As Read    

Web Entertainment, LLC of Las Vegas, Nevada, just won a UDRP on the domain name y8.net The Respondent did not reply to the UDRP The complainant has a trademark on the term Y8 that was filed in 2012 and has a gambling website at Y8.com The domain name Y8.net was first registered in 1998 but […]

The Domains 21 hours, 31 min ago

Google Explains How It Reads Your Email

 Mark As Read    

Google has changed its terms of service when it comes to Gmail.   (Reuters) – Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' [&...

The Domains 21 hours, 39 min ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 4-15-2014 Best Vaporizers, Cheap Hotel, Drink At Work

 Mark As Read    

Today is tax day! This is the day where Americans scramble to the post office to try and get everything mailed to the IRS at the last minute. This is

Jason Thompson 21 hours, 48 min ago

Yes! I Work from Home….

 Mark As Read    

Tired of explaining to your Mother what you do all day at home or have trouble getting out of that midday hour long conversation with your neighbor? I made this handy sharable just for you. &nbsp

.CO Brands Should Buy Matching .co.com Domain Names

 Mark As Read    

The .co.com domain registry, under the leadership of CEO Ken Hansen, began selling its .co.com domain names about a week ago, and the registry is currently in the landrush phase. Anyone can now reserve .co.com domain names at one of 13 domain registrars (like 101Domain), and more registrars are reportedly being onboarded in the future. General avai...

Domain Investing 23 hours, 2 min ago

Pricey .luxury made $500k already

 Mark As Read    

The new gTLD .luxury seems to have sold more than $500,000 worth of domain names already. Today's zone file for the Luxury Partners-owned TLD popped from 1 domain to 470 domains. Most of the new names appear to have been registered during the sunrise period, which ended early last week. Given the current retail price […] Related posts: .co e...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

25 Plaintiffs Filed Federal Suit Over 231 Domains; 26 of Which Are No Longer Registered

 Mark As Read    

A federal lawsuit was filed last week in the New Jersey District Court for trademark infringement against the owners of  231 domain names some of which are pretty generic and 26 of which are no longer registered. Besides the 26 that are no longer registered,  16 domain names named as defendants in the lawsuit are […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Belgium comes out against Donuts’ .spa bid

 Mark As Read    

Belgium wants Donuts' application for .spa rejected after the new gTLD applicant declined to sign a deal with the city of Spa. In a March 20 letter to ICANN, published today, the Belgian deputy prime minister Johan Vande Lanotte said "negotiations between the stakeholders are closed", adding that Belgium: requests the Board of Directors of […...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

SHANE’S BIG LIST: Tuesday’s Domains at Auction or Dropping on April 15th, 2014

 Mark As Read    

They say you can't control the weather but I disagree.  You certainly can move to a place that has weather to your liking.  If you like 24 degree lows and 40 degree highs in April I would like to invite you to Illinois.  78 degrees one day and 30 the next.  If consistency bothers you then pack on up and come on out.  I have a spare bedroom for you....

Domain Shane 1 day ago

The Sale of .Co To Neustar Closed Today; Offices To Stay In Miami

 Mark As Read    

Although it was announced a few weeks ago, the sale of the  .CO Internet S.A.S to Neustar for $109 million dollars actually just closed today. According to the MiamiHerald.com, the "Champagne popped and bonuses flowed after .CO Internet closed its chapter as an independent company and became part of the publicly traded Neustar on Monday […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

The ICA Comments on ICANN Preliminary Issue Report on IGOs and INGOs

 Mark As Read    

Phil Corwin of the ICA has sent a comment to ICANN regarding the Preliminary Issue Report on Access by IGOs and INGOs to the Curative Rights Protections of the UDRP and URS. In that report, the staff recommended the GNSO Council initiate a PDP (Policy Development Process) to see if they should modify the UDRP […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Happy Passover domainers!

 Mark As Read    

Passover began in the evening tonight; for many domainers of the Jewish faith, this is a chance to get together with friends and family to celebrate a very old tradition. Passover celebrates the liberation from slavery under the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, more than 3300 years ago. The Hebrew Bible describes the event in the […] The post Happy...

DomainGang 1 day ago

DomainShane/Accidental Domainer Looking for “Who Bought What” Writer

 Mark As Read    

Do you like to research who bought the names that recently sold? Do you follow and research who bought certain names at NameJet, SnapNames, and (perhaps) even GoDaddy auctions? Do you also enjoy writing? DSAC formerly known as DomainShane is seeking someone to write a bi-weekly "Who Bought What" article that covers both recent sales and those that ...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

ICANN threatening acronyms and other desirable domain names

 Mark As Read    

Canadian Domain investor, George Kirikos, has been following ICANN closely for more than a decade. Often commenting on upcoming changes and proposals requesting public feedback, George Kirikos is able to ‘read between the lines‘ and identify more or less visible issues, and often raises awareness to them. In an exchange that identified ...

DomainGang 1 day ago

82 Heartbleed Domain Names Registered

 Mark As Read    

The Heartbleed bug has been all over the news during the last week. In addition to information on tech media outlets, a number of mainstream news outlets also covered this big story. Websites of all sizes sent emails to customers and members to encourage them to change their passwords because of the heartbleed bug. When news like this breaks and is...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Expired domain guru wanted to write for DNW

 Mark As Read    

Are you an expired domain junkie? Do you follow and actively participate in expired domain auctions at NameJet, SnapNames, and (perhaps) even GoDaddy auctions? Do you also enjoy writing? Domain Name Wire is seeking someone to write a weekly expired domain article that covers both recent sales as well as hot domains coming up in […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Which Domain(s) Should You Develop?

 Mark As Read    

When I announced the "official" launch of MegaSites.com yesterday (the actual launch took place in 2013 but wasn't public, I basically limited myself to a few pilot projects to test the concept), I made it clear that developing small websites is *not* a viable long-term business model in 2014 and beyond. As some of you

Domaining Tips 1 day ago

Must-Read Mondays: The Lean Enterprise

 Mark As Read    

Hello, happy Monday, and welcome to Must-Read Mondays here on MorganLinton.com! Today I wanted to share a book that I think will most-likely be one of the most popular business books of 2014, it's called The Lean Enterprise and it is the most comprehensive book ever written about applying the lean principals in larger organizations. […]

Domainvestors.tv 1 day ago

ICANN: ‘Training wheels off’ in a new global Internet governance advertisement

 Mark As Read    

ICANN has been upping its game with regards to raising awareness about the proposed multistakeholder assumption of Internet governance. President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, stated recently that the Internet is mature enough to let go of its "training wheels" – a clear reference to the anticipated end of stewardship by the US government. A new [&#...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Google Acquires Drone Maker That Facebook Was Eyeing

 Mark As Read    

Todd Wasserman  is reporting for Mashable that Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, a 20 person drone maker that Facebook was also interested in purchasing. There were no financial terms on the deal released on the acquisition. Apparently Facebook was interested to the tune of $60 million. Google has purchased Titan Aerospace, a maker of drones [&...

The Domains 1 day ago

WTF: No reverse domain hijacking if you try to buy domain first

 Mark As Read    

Panelist says no reverse domain name hijacking because domain owner didn't respond to purchase inquiries. Today's "WTF, why isn't this reverse domain name hijacking" case comes courtesy of panelist Alistair Payne and Czech Arbitration Court (CAC). The case was filed by the proprietor of French trademarks for "ikase" against the domain name iKase.co...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

What is at stake after the Sedo intrusion incident

 Mark As Read    

On Saturday, I reported a potential glitch at Sedo that might have generated emails sent to existing users, asking them to confirm their accounts. Today, Sedo announced in an email, that the welcome email was the result of an intruder to the Sedo web site. The notification email from Sedo reads in part: We wish […] The post What is at stake a...

Acro.net 1 day ago

Lana Del Rey Releases “West Coast”

 Mark As Read    

I am sure you've heard of Lana Del Rey by now, and you probably also know that her dad is domain investor Rob Grant. This morning, Lana released a new single called "West Coast," and you're probably going to hear a lot more of it on the radio this summer. To give you an idea of her popularity, the song was released this morning, and it already has ...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

From $355 Purchase in 2005 to $200,000 Sale in 2014

 Mark As Read    

Mike Berkens and his MostWantedDomains.com sold the domain youpay.com for $200,000. The domain was purchased in 2005 for $355. The new owner is Inter-Mark Corporation out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Congrats to Michael and good luck with the name to the new owners.  

The Domains 1 day ago

Neustar – 80 % of Local Searches on Mobile Phones Convert

 Mark As Read    

Neustar put out a study and an infographic on the high conversion rates experienced  in local search by those using mobile phones. Jessica Lee covered this on Search Engine Watch From the article: How Local Searches Convert Four out of five searches via mobile devices lead to a purchase, often within a few hours, the […]

The Domains 1 day ago

European Domain Conference Coming Up

 Mark As Read    

Next month in Valencia, Spain, one of the largest non-US domain conferences called Domaining Europe will be taking place at the Sorolla Palace Hotel. The event will be held from May 8 – 10, and the cost to attend is € 600.00 (a little over $800 USD). The sixth annual conference is being organized by Dietmar J. Stefitz. The robust agenda can b...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Domainer doldrums end as Tax deadline nears

 Mark As Read    

Thousands of domain professionals are about to return to their usual domain investing activities, as Tax season ends tomorrow in the US. Having processed hundreds of documents, payment stubs and expenses, domainers are wrapping up crunching numbers in order to pay Uncle Sam's taxes. "I cannot believe it took me so long to wrap up […] The post...

DomainGang 1 day ago
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