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Dogs Win: Godaddy Follows Our Advice & Pulls The #Godaddypuppy Super Bowl Ad

 Mark As Read    

It was just 8 hours ago when we posted the Godaddy Super Bowl Ad known as the #Godaddypuppy which went tragically wrong. Now the CEO of Godaddy has given in to the overwhelming condemnation of the ad and announced the commercial will not air during the Super Bowl. Had they reached out to anyone in […]

The Domains 46 minutes ago

GoDaddy to change controversial Super Bowl Commercial

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GoDaddy won't run controversial "Journey Home" commercial. GoDaddy's 2015 Super Bowl commercial, which it just released this morning, won't air on Sunday after all. GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving tweeted this afternoon: In many ways, the commercial was classic GoDaddy. It was sure to spark outrage, which got people talking about the company…much li...

Domain Name Wire 1 hour, 1 min ago

Oreos: Who will catch the .com and potentially the UDRP?

 Mark As Read    

As Mike Berkens noted, the domain Oreos.com has been in auction at DropCatch.com – an outfit of NameBright / Huge Domains. After other drop catching services failed to catch the former domain property of Kraft Foods, the current status of the auction which expires in less than a day, shows a top bid of only […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 hour, 2 min ago

Update: GoDaddy Will NOT Air Controversial Super Bowl Ad

 Mark As Read    

Thank you @animalrescuers for the candid feedback. What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it. — Blake Irving (@Blakei) January 27, 2015 According to a tweet from GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving, GoDaddy will not air the Super Bowl commercial that had widely been criticized earlier in the day. The tweet s...

Domain Investing 1 hour, 23 min ago

Sedo Transactions Total $1.2 Million, Led By One of Ours SuperSeats.com For $48,888

 Mark As Read    

559 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS last week totaling $1.2 Million Dollars All sales this week were led by one of our domain names,  SuperSeats.com which sold for $48,888 53% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Highlights of public sales are: · Top .com: superseats.com at 48,888 […]

The Domains 1 hour, 58 min ago

Dot .CLUB Registry did the right thing despite own error

 Mark As Read    

Big kudos to the executives manning the dot .CLUB Registry, for researching, acknowledging, and – most importantly – owning a Registry error. It all started with the astonishing manual registration of the domain name Credit.Club. Registrant Bruce Marler, a developer that shared the classroom stage on rapid WordPress development with wif...

Acro.net 2 hours, 35 min ago

TechCrunch Covers TheDrop.Club: By Twitch/Exec co-founder and Y Combinator Partner Justin Kan

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Techcrunch.com just covered TheDrop.club, what they describe as a "Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt for electronic dance music" The site is Thedrop.club and "Twitch/Exec co-founder and Y Combinator partner Justin Kan told TechCrunch: “I wanted something to create a constant stream of new electronic music tracks every day" TechCrunch.com goes on...

The Domains 3 hours, 37 min ago

Richard Kirkendall, CEO and Founder of NameCheap is Doing a Q and A Over at Reddit And It’s Going OK

 Mark As Read    

Richard Kirkendall, CEO of Namecheap. is doing an AMA aka Q and A over at Reddit to celebrate "Move Your Domain Day" a cleverly planned marketing day to get people to move their domains out of Godaddy.  Combine that with today's release of Godaddy's new Superbowl commercial and it should be pretty good time for NameCheap.  From what I heard, everyo...

Domain Shane 4 hours, 12 min ago

Namecheap.com Jumps On #GodaddyPuppy Outrage With PUPPYLOVE $3.98 Transfer w/$1.50 To Human Society

 Mark As Read    

Namecheap.com has jumped on the outrage from Godaddy's Super Bowl commercial and is offering a $3.98 special using the transfer code of  PUPPYLOVE to anyone to transfer in any .com, .net .org or .info and Namecheap will contribute $1.50 to the Humane Society for each domain name transferred. As we noted earlier today people are […]

The Domains 4 hours, 26 min ago

Howard Lefkowitz Shares Insight About His New Company

 Mark As Read    

Howard Lefkowitz is something of an icon in Las Vegas. As the former CEO of Vegas.com, Lefkowitz has tremendous experience building and managing a great brand, and he has a massive rolodex of contacts in Las Vegas and in the travel industry. While attending NamesCon, I had the opportunity to have dinner with Lefkowitz, and we chatted about his new ...

Domain Investing 5 hours, 0 min ago

Frederick Schiwek Interview at NamesCon 2015 [Video]

 Mark As Read    

Frederick Schiwek is the co-founder and CEO of DomainInvest with over 15 years of experience in internet marketing, international business development, and of course, domain names. In fact, he has over 50,000 domain names in his portfolio. According to his biography on DomainInvest, "He is widely known as the former EVP of EuroDNS . . . He has pers...

NamePros 5 hours, 17 min ago

The Negotiator Agency: Corporate proxy buyers for high value domains

 Mark As Read    

Large corporations do not want their branding plans exposed to the public outright. When billions of dollars are at stake, Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft utilize third party "proxy" buyers to acquire domain assets from their registrants. The case of HoloLens.com is a great example of how Wall Street operates; just because a company […...

DomainGang 5 hours, 34 min ago

2015 GoDaddy Super Bowl Commercial Causing Controversy

 Mark As Read    

For a while, GoDaddy has been sharing hints about the company's Super Bowl commercial and Buddy the dog's appearance. It seemed pretty evident that the company was not going to go the "sexy" route as it had done in years past, but the concept behind this year's Super Bowl commercial had not been shared. GoDaddy's 2015 Super Bowl commercial was poss...

Domain Investing 6 hours, 16 min ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 1-27-2015

 Mark As Read    

Domain investors are certainly wiser these days. I know for myself, being picky has helped out quite a bit. With that said, I recently received an offer on a name.

Jason Thompson 6 hours, 39 min ago

Godaddy Looks Like They Have A Disaster On Its Hands; People REALLY Hate It’s Super Bowl Ad

 Mark As Read    

Its been less than an hour since we posted Godaddy's new Super Bowl Ad and social media is already weighting in on what might go down as one of the worst marketing blunders of all time. Just go to Twitter and search for the hashtag #GoDaddyPuppy and you will see that the vast majority of […]

The Domains 6 hours, 43 min ago

Why Bruce Marler Can Keep Credit.club

 Mark As Read    

Because he's smart, and a developer.  Almost as soon as credit.club was registered, a great looking site went up on the formerly registry reserved domain name.  If you have questions about how to increase your credit score, p2p lending or any other credit topics, it's worth checking out. If you haven't already heard, the .Club […]...

NameTalent.com 6 hours, 46 min ago

Non-Traditional Deals May Not Make Sense

 Mark As Read    

I have this idea in my head that I will sell one of my domain names for cash plus equity, and the equity stake will become worth a substantial amount of money. Unfortunately for most of us, this is simply a pipe dream, and I think the likelihood of it happening is very slim. That being said, I have spent time negotiating deals like these, even thou...

Domain Investing 7 hours, 36 min ago

GoDaddy’s Super Bowl Commercial will be its most controversial yet [Watch]

 Mark As Read    

Here's proof you can have controversy without nudity. GoDaddy made a name for itself with controversial Super Bowl commercials. If you thought its move from sexy commercials to one featuring a puppy dog meant the company was shying away from controversy, you're in for a bit of a surprise. This year's commercial (embedded below) features […]...

Domain Name Wire 8 hours, 4 min ago

This week’s new TLDs: .Space, Google’s .How and .RIP

 Mark As Read    

5 new top level domain names will be released on Wednesday. A number of new top level domain names are being launched in general availability this week, all on Wednesday. Radix's .Space hits registrars' shelves at a price of about $10. It's a generic domain, but also conjures up the idea of your "space" online. […]...

Domain Name Wire 8 hours, 14 min ago

Here Is the Godaddy Super Bowl Commercial; Not Risque But Downright Risky

 Mark As Read    

The Godaddy.com Super Bowl commercial has been released and as promised for the first time features a dog, name buddy, with a VERY brief appearance by Danica Patrick Although there are no sexy, barely clothed women, I would say this commercial is as risky a commercial as the company has ever run on the Super […]

The Domains 8 hours, 29 min ago

Donuts Win Another New gTLD .Express Beating Out Express.com: No ICANN Last Resort Auctions For January

 Mark As Read    

Donuts has won yet another new gTLD string ahead winning .Express. The only other applicant was submitted by Express.com who has now withdrawn their application. This domain was scheduled for an ICANN Last Resort Auction. There are now 11 new gTLD scheduled to go to an ICANN in February and 19 more for March. As […]

The Domains 9 hours, 45 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

 Mark As Read    

I was very happy with the amount of newsletter signups we had yesterday.  I'd love to get it to the point where the newsletter goes out to enough people that I can really have some fun with it so sign up if you haven't.  On another note, I realize there are problems with all our auction services.  But we also need to be thankful for them.  They giv...

Domain Shane 11 hours, 17 min ago

Russian Dating Site Hacked: 20 Million Members Info Released Including email address of Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail

 Mark As Read    

Jennifer LeClaire over at CIO-Today published an article on the Russian dating site Topface being hacked by someone known as Mastermind. The website reports to have over 90 million members. From the article: “A hacker calling himself ‘Mastermind’ is claiming to be in possession of over 20 million credentials for an unnamed dating site,” Daniel [...

The Domains 12 hours, 22 min ago

ESQwire: Law firm assists with the return of 3 valuable numeric .com domains

 Mark As Read    

It's good news for the owner of three formerly stolen numeric domains: 224.com, 452.com and 605.com. ESQwire, the domainer-friendly law firm of attorneys Ari Goldberger and Jason Schaeffer, along with Greenberg & Lieberman, filed a lawsuit in November, to recover the domains on behalf of their owner. In late December, the Virginia court decided...

DomainGang 18 hours, 3 min ago

Flippa Recap: MyWearables.com, Najo.com, A.domains Sell. Wages.com, DYQ.com, Yields.com Do Not

 Mark As Read    

Some Domains That Sold Last Week MyWearables.com – $3,000 – Sold at the BIN, when the bidding was only at $115. I know wearables are all the rage, but it seems to me like a great price for the seller. A couple recent related domain sales include SportsWearables.com for $1,576, WearableStore.com at $676, WearableDevices.com at $4,388, an...

Domain Shane 22 hours, 17 min ago

Trademark application for ‘Holo’ : Microsoft planned ahead with HoloLens domain

 Mark As Read    

Microsoft used Marksmen, a third party acquisition service - aka, proxy buyer – to buy the domain name HoloLens.com for a mere $6,750 and some pondered on the timeframe of their brand development. The domain was retained for less than a week by Marksmen, before Microsoft announced the launch of HoloLens and took over control […] Copyrig...

DomainGang 23 hours, 21 min ago

Dot .CLUB Registry : It’s go ahead with Credit.Club

 Mark As Read    

Dot .CLUB CEO, Colin Campbell, announced the results of the Registry's official analysis, regarding the unexpected hand registration of the premium domain, Credit.Club by developer Bruce Marler. Clearing Marler of any wrong-doing, Mr. Campbell stated that the erroneous release of Credit.Club by the Registry will not be reversed. The registration of...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Nor’easter in Boston: Igloo offices to close early today

 Mark As Read    

Igloo, the domain brokering company closed its Boston offices early today, as a hefty Nor'easter threatened the area. Despite being formed in New Zealand, the US offices don't get to enjoy much of the beautiful landscapes of Kiwi-land; the latter, is reserved for co-founder, Gregg G. McNair. "It's safety first; with all this snow we'll […] Co...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Washington Post Takes A look at Flipping Websites on Flippa

 Mark As Read    

The Washington Post ran a story a couple hours ago on flipping websites. Caitlin Dewey took a look at some people who have taken to Flippa to try to make something off a website they no longer have the time or passion for. From the article: It helps, of course, that Flippa has a precedent […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Poster Boy For Frivolous UDRP Cases: Booked.xyz Guilty Of RDNH: TM Filed 16 Yrs After Domain Was Registered

 Mark As Read    

Booked Ltd of London which owns the domain Booked.xyz and Bookedxyz.com was just found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on the domain name Booked.com in one of the most baseless UDRP cases we have ever read. Its too bad there is not any penalties for those who bring frivolous UDRP cases other than a […]

The Domains 1 day ago

The Epic 12 hour battle for LiveStreetViewApp.com which closed at $13,007

 Mark As Read    

Well over the last two weeks I wrote about a couple epic auction battles on Go Daddy Auctions. These have been min bid battles back and forth for hours. Yesterday I watched one that lasted til past Midnight in the Eastern time zone. Yesterday's auction battle was different, the winning bidder first went hours with one bidder and then a new bidder ...

NamePros 1 day ago

Valideus Lures Jeff Neuman Away from Neustar to Help Launch New Company in America

 Mark As Read    

London based management consultancy Valideus decided to launch a sister company in the US and they have gotten off on the right foot by appointing veteran domain industry executive Jeff Neuman as the Senior Vice President for Valideus USA. Jeff started his new job today.

DNJournal 1 day ago

A look back at last month’s NameJet sales

 Mark As Read    

Joseph Peterson reviews last month's sales on NameJet. What a difference a month makes (to misquote Dinah Washington)! During November, NameJet reported only 61 domain sales over $2,000 with just 1 solitary auction up in the 5 figures; but December racked up 102 above $2k – 14 of which exceeded $10k. Judging by the over-$2k results, November was 20...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Hot Stuff Found in January 21 .CA TBR Drop & Grad.ca Sells

 Mark As Read    

DomainReport.ca Last week's .CA TBR Drop was not a huge one, with only 99 .ca domains grabbed.  I didn't see any outstanding domains, but as usual there were a few good ones to be had. As for .ca domain sales, there was one sale reported that I haven't posted yet, and that was: Grad.ca  -  $9,880  -  sold at Sedo Grad.ca doesn't resolve to a we...

DomainReport.ca 1 day ago

App.nl: A Picture Perfect Domain Sale

 Mark As Read    

Sometimes the owner of something can be completely unaware of how much its value will rise over time and that it could become an object of desire for others. This is a common situation with works of artwork and real estate. But the same thing also happens with Internet addresses – it’s just that many people aren’t as familiar with this. Sixteen yea...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 1-26-2015

 Mark As Read    

I started designing my own to-do lists. I figured to effectively accomplish tasks, I would need to literally map the way I think onto paper. Let's just say I am

Jason Thompson 1 day ago

Photo.com — sold for over $1 million twice — saved in UDRP

 Mark As Read    

Complainant makes interesting allegations in UDRP. A three person WIPO panel has handed down a decision in a UDRP for Photo.com in a case I wrote about in October. The complainant owns Foto.com, but there's a lot more to the story than just a company using UDRP to go after a great domain name. According […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Photo.com Saved In UDRP But No Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

 Mark As Read    

Fotocom Société Anonyme of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, just lost its bid to grab the generic domain Photo.com. Although the three member panel threw out the case out finding the Complainant failed on the first element of not proving trademark rights the panel refused to find Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). Here are the highlights: 4....

The Domains 1 day ago

Photo.com UDRP denied transfer to Complainant

 Mark As Read    

The domain name Photo.com was challenged in a UDRP, brought forth by Fotocom Société Anonyme of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Short version: The complaint was denied, although there was no finding of reverse domain name hijacking, as one would expect. Registered in 1998, Photo.com is an extremely generic domain name, and it's absurd that the...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Domaining Europe: Spaniards prefer their local ccTLD over .com and others

 Mark As Read    

Spanish consumers registered more dot .ES domains – the local ccTLD for Spain – than any other TLD in 2014. According to a report by Internet development agency, Red.es, there was an increase of 3.46% in dot .ES registrations, accounting for over half of all domain names registered in Spain. The total number of .ES […] Copyright D...

DomainGang 1 day ago

To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of .Com Verisign Is Giving Away Over $100K In Cash Prizes

 Mark As Read    

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of .Com and I'm proud have been asked to  judge Verisign's  #InternetOfficial .Com Domain Name Contest which will be awarding over $100,000 in cash prizes. Here are some details: Make your idea #InternetOfficial. Come up with the most descriptive, memorable and original .COM domain name(s) you can imagine—and registe...

The Domains 1 day ago

Frank Schilling Keynote at NamesCon 2015 [Video]

 Mark As Read    

If you have had the pleasure of seeing any of Frank Schilling's keynote speeches in the past, then you know that he doesn't disappoint. Frank captivated a crowded hall filled with hundreds of people at NamesCon 2015 with this speech. I'll let Frank do the talking from here on out... [MEDIA]

NamePros 1 day ago

Brannan’s brokerage offers category killer domains in latest newsletter

 Mark As Read    

Brannan's, the domain brokering outfit operated by domain broker David Clements, has some absolute gems in its latest edition. As stated by David, there are several investment quality domains on that list, that are priced competitively. In other words, it's a first come first served availability and some of these domains are absolutely stunning. We...

DomainGang 1 day ago

New TLDs with Donuts’ Richard Tindal – DNW Podcast #017

 Mark As Read    

A discussion about new top level domain names with the biggest new TLD company. Donuts Inc doesn't sell baked goods by the dozen — it sells new domain names. But like Krispy Kreme, it sells a lot of varieties of its product. In this episode, I chat with Donuts co-founder and COO Richard Tindal. Donuts […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Fresh Godaddy Codes and Updated Interface Review

 Mark As Read    

It looks like Godaddy has recently updated its user interface. While there are no big changes to report, navigating through your account using the drop down menus has a crisper and quicker feel to it. The domain management area itself also seems to be working faster when loading and making changes. On a not so positive note, […]

NameTalent.com 1 day ago

Two legit registrars held to account for lack of abuse tracking

 Mark As Read    

ICANN Compliance's campaign against registrars that fail to respond to abuse reports continued last week, with two registrars hit with breach notices. The registrars in question are Above.com and Astutium, neither of which one would instinctively bundle in to the "rogue registrar" category. Both companies have been told they've breached section 3.1...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

Buying Bids at Flippa: A look at marketplace integrity

 Mark As Read    

Joseph Peterson explores the problem of shill bidding at Flippa. Are you paying more than you should to buy a domain name at auction? That might be the case at some online venues. Throughout 2014, it was possible to purchase fake bids and endorsements for Flippa auctions from a website explicitly offering shill services for sale in […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

New ccTLDs may have to block name collisions

 Mark As Read    

ICANN is thinking about expanding its controversial policy on name collisions from new gTLDs to new ccTLDs. The country code Names Supporting Organization has been put on notice (pdf) that ICANN's board of directors plans to pass a resolution on the matter shortly. The resolution would call on the ccNSO to "undertake a study to […] Related p...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

Pop-ups boost most-popular new gTLD domains, and it’s not just .xyz any more

 Mark As Read    

The .xyz and .country gTLDs are currently dominating the league table of most-popular new gTLDs, but massive pop-up advertising campaigns using junk domains can account for the majority of their leading sites. Today, Amazon's Alexa site popularity tool sees 2,425 new gTLD domains in its top one million. Of those, 163 are in the top […] Relat...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

Vertical Axis Loses UDRP On ElectricFootball.com; Acquired When Complainant Let it Drop

 Mark As Read    

A three member UDRP panel has awarded the domain name ElectricFootball.com to Tudor Games, Inc. of Sammamish, Washington which owned the domain name until 1997 when they "unintentionally" let it expire and that is when Vertical Axis Inc. who was represented by ESQwire.com Law Firm, acquired the domain on the drop. The Complaintant did not […]...

The Domains 1 day ago
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