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Statoil strike #2: What was the registrant of this dot .email gTLD domain thinking?

 Mark As Read    

Two weeks ago, we covered the first recorded UDRP for a dot .Company domain name; Statoil, a Norwegian oil company undertook the task of protecting its trademark. In this case, the same company filed a UDRP against the registrant of the domain name, Statoil.email. The Respondent, Giovanni Laporta of UK, asserted that the domain is […] Copyrig...

DomainGang 33 minutes ago

Donuts deal: Mega Church acquires Jesus.Saves for $2.4 million dollars

 Mark As Read    

For the past decade, so-called "mega churches" in the US have accumulated both large followships and extreme financial prominence that regular parishes do not possess. In a clear display of such combined power, the Church of Jesus Christ Savior Soter (JCSS) has made a large domain acquisition. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas the mega church paid [&#...

DomainGang 1 hour, 29 min ago

Minds + Machines Issues 350K Shares To Employee at 9P Stock trading At 11.50P

 Mark As Read    

According to a regulatory filing, Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM:MMX), the publicly quoted owner and operator of Internet top-level domains, announces that it has issued 350,000 new Ordinary Shares following exercise by an employee of 350,000 share options at an exercise price of 9p per share. The new Ordinary Shares will rank pari passu [R...

The Domains 2 hours, 54 min ago

10 Things we gathered at Webfair Virtual

 Mark As Read    

Webfair Virtual 2014 was an one day virtual conference for domain investors, SEO specialists and web hosts; we covered the even extensively, before, during and reviewed it after it completed. If you attended, that's great; chances are that we bumped into each other at some point. Or rather, due to the code's particulars, we might […] Copyrigh...

DomainGang 3 hours, 40 min ago

Company Domain Movers From Aldi, Kellogg & More

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Here is the latest company domain movers with new registrations and domain name purchases by large companies. Several interesting stories along with some of these domains today, so enjoy. Penguin Books Limited Purchased the domain name HappyReader.com, likely from Sedo. The domain was registered 3/11/2014...

Dot Weekly 4 hours, 18 min ago

Verisign stock jumps after earnings report

 Mark As Read    

Stock investors still think .com is king. Verisign reported earnings yesterday and shares in the company are up 12% in trading so far today. Why the jump in share price after a dismal quarter for net domain name adds? Well, Citigroup upgraded the company from sell to neutral today saying "fundamentals have likely bottomed". Financials […]...

Domain Name Wire 4 hours, 35 min ago

.Broadway Resolved as 2 of 3 Apps are Withdrawn

 Mark As Read    

Another new gTLD string has apparently been resolved, .Broadway The surviving applicant is Celebrate Broadway, Inc which is a Minds + Machines backed applicant. Those withdrawing their applications are broadwayacrossamerica.com and Donuts. We do not have any information regarding how the contention set was settle or what the terms were. We only kno...

The Domains 4 hours, 50 min ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 7-25-2014

 Mark As Read    

There are a lot of interesting 4 letter combinations in today's list. I've never been a big investor in 4 letter domains, but I could see why someone would pick

Jason Thompson 5 hours, 3 min ago

Paula Deen spends $27,900 on domain name for new venture (end user sales)

 Mark As Read    

Celebrity chef among end users who bought domain names last week. Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who experienced a spectacular fall from grace last year over her prior use of racial slurs, is making a comeback with Paul Deen Ventures. She's launching a subscription service called Paula Deen Network (PDN). She just made a smart move […]

Domain Name Wire 5 hours, 39 min ago

World Domain Day Uploads “Teaser” Videos

 Mark As Read    

World Domain Day (WDD) is a domain investing event that will be held in India in one month from yesterday. According to its website, "Indian Domain Owners Association, (IDOA), a newly-formed consortium of domain owners, web entrepreneurs and service providers in India, is organizing WDD for the first time in India on 24th August 2014 at Hyderabad."...

Domain Investing 5 hours, 46 min ago

Who Is SOJCOM, LLC Owners of Pen.com, Great.com & More?

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures SOJCOM, LLC Hand registered the domain name LustMustNeed.com yesterday using CSC Corporate Domains. This is interesting to me, because not much is known about SOJCOM from my understanding. I wrote about them appearing to have purchased LuxuaryWeddings.com here  and "Charley" commented that SOJCOM, LLC was...

Dot Weekly 7 hours, 0 min ago

2 Chat Names Sell for Over $220k

 Mark As Read    

Sedo reported its sales from this month's Great Domains auction, and there are a few notable sales to report. Chat.fr was reportedly sold for 99,999 EUR and Chat.de was reportedly sold for 65,000. The total of these two domain name sales was 164,999 EUR. At today's exchange rate, this is approximately $221,872.51 USD. Several of the other domain na...

Domain Investing 8 hours, 59 min ago

THE BIG AFTERMARKET LIST: Thursday’s Domains at Auction or Dropping on July 24th

 Mark As Read    

If you hadn't read Mark's article yesterday about Donuts not refunding his money for a mistake they made then you need to.  These are the types of things that Registries can not get away with.  Mistakes will be made by plenty.  Especially us domain investors buying too many of the new gTLDs but we certainly don't need to be paying for names purchas...

Domain Shane 9 hours, 36 min ago

Is The U.S. Lagging Behind China in Domain Savvy ?

 Mark As Read    

Kathy Nielsen did an article for Wired that took a look at the U.S. lagging behind China when it comes to gTLD awareness. From the article: The IDN movement is significant in China, which has 21.97% of the world’s Internet users, compared to just 9.58% of the world’s Internet users coming from the U.S. In […]

The Domains 10 hours, 4 min ago

DS + AD : Book of 10… HDMovies.info, Lawyers.cc, 50Y.com, RNR.com

 Mark As Read    

  Here is this weeks 10 names up for sale or at auction.       HDMovies.info (auction)   The sale of Movie.info for $24,000 shows the value of this one.  In the last two years, monthly searches for HD movies has gone 49K to 200K 38832.com (auction)  16880.com went at auction last week for over $3K.  The double 8s on both of them are ...

Domain Shane 18 hours, 4 min ago

Domain Sale #Fails

 Mark As Read    

There is no substitute for experience. When I was starting out, there were no websites, wikis or blogs to read. Those words didn't even exist. It came to a combination of hard work and trial and error. Here are just a few tips that have served me well over the years. 1. Ignore Low Ball ... The post Domain Sale #Fails appeared first on Domaining - W...

Domainer Income 19 hours, 10 min ago

Webfair Virtual 2014: The 1st Virtual Domain Conference reviewed

 Mark As Read    

After spending more than 5 hours at Webfair Virtual 2014 – the first virtual domain conference ever – it's time for a review. Phew. Our virtual legs, dressed in casual jeans and sneakers are definitely hurting. Exploring the entire area takes some time, even when one is speed walking by holding down the SHIFT key. […] Copyright Do...

DomainGang 22 hours, 9 min ago

How Many New gTLD End User Offers Have You Received Thus Far?

 Mark As Read    

In my case, there is absolutely nothing to report when it comes to end user offers but then again, my new gTLD portfolio is quite small. Therefore, I'm hoping those of you with larger portfolios can chime in and let us know how things stand up until this point. If possible, let us know how many

Domaining Tips 22 hours, 33 min ago

Verisign Goes Rouge: New gTLD’s: “Registration Numbers on Par With .Co” & .Net is Like One

 Mark As Read    

During ts earnings call today Verisign (VRSN) brushed away the new gTLD's saying "Gross registrations for new gTLD's are at 1.6 million which puts them on Par with .Co" Ouch Verisign's Representative went further to say that no one should build a conclusion on the new gTLD program until we go through a re-billing cycle […]...

The Domains 23 hours, 11 min ago

Epik Dropcatching Is Not Good

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Back in 2011, I think that was around when Epik.com announced it's dropcatching service, I had purchased one credit for $59 to see how well the service worked. I have attempted 12 different times to use my backorder credit, that you must pay for in advance before even catching the domain. (dumb, I know) N...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Verisign reports slowing growth, hikes .Net prices 10%

 Mark As Read    

.Com base inches forward, .Net prices are increasing. Verisign reported earnings after the bell today, and the results for .com/.net aren't that promising. It gets harder to grow something as it gets bigger, but net adds across these two domain names slowed by quite a bit. Verisign reported just 0.42 million net new ads during […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Verisign Reports: 128.9 Million .Com/.Net Domains; 57.2% Profit Margin & $1.5 Billion In the Bank

 Mark As Read    

VeriSign, Inc. (VRSN), the registry for .Com and .Net reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2014 after the market closed today and lets face it .com and net growth are basically stalled. VeriSign, Inc. reported revenue of $250 million for the second quarter of 2014, up 4.6% from the same quarter in […]

The Domains 1 day ago

HA Domain name auction grosses $774k, Cute.com and Digital.com sell for 6 figures

 Mark As Read    

Heritage Auctions' latest domain name auction goes well. Heritage Auctions latest domain name auction has concluded with $773,876 worth of domain name sales. That doesn't include after-auction sales, which almost always increase the total sales number. That total (and the prices below) include a 15% buyers' premium. Including the premium best repre...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Heritage Auctions Led by Digital.com sells $773,876 in domain names

 Mark As Read    

Heritage Auction Results total $773,876 which includes the Buyers Premium of 15 % The Heritage auction wrapped up today and the big sellers were Digital.com and Cute.com. Digital sold for $325,000 and with the buyers premium the total comes to $373,750. Cute.com sold for $200,000 and the buyers premium brought the total to $230,000. 16 […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Four 6-Figure Transactions Totaling Over $1.1 Million Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

 Mark As Read    

Someone mist have missed the "summer doldrums" memo! Four high end sales lit up the domain aftermarket this week with three of those not only topping our latest weekly all-extension Top 20 Sales Chart, but also crashing the top 20 sales for the entire Year to Date.

DNJournal 1 day ago

Google registering “MusicKey” domain names for music subscription business?

 Mark As Read    

Google registering MusicKey ccTLDs. Is this the name of its new music service? Usually, when I see a company registering a bunch of similar domain names, I can track it down to a new product announcement. I'm a bit unclear about recent Google domain name registrations for "MusicKey" domain names, but I suspect it might […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 7-24-2014

 Mark As Read    

I wasn't able to get a list up yesterday because it has been busy as hell at work! I'll do what I can, but I am still trying to come

Jason Thompson 1 day ago

Company Domain Movers From Apple, Ford & More

 Mark As Read    

DotWeekly.com - DotWeekly Internet Ventures Welcome to the latest company domain movers which I like to call DotWeekly Discoveries. This series is always interesting to see what large companies are buying and registering domain names. I try to include some information related to the purchase and or registration of domains when I can find it, so enj...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Bellweather or Anomaly? The Rise and (Apparent) Fall of .PW

 Mark As Read    

There’s been a lot of speculation about how domain registrations will take off (or not) in the new gTLDs that are rapidly coming online. Last year we covered the growth of .PW roughly one month after launch; this commercial re-launch of the ccTLD for Palau was watched closely because many felt it might predict customer […]

DomainTools Blog 1 day ago

A look inside today’s virtual domain name tradeshow

 Mark As Read    

Virtual tradeshow is clunky but presents a good opportunity to chat with domain name companies. I remember going to a virtual tradeshow about a decade ago. It was clunky and hard to use. Apparently that's the case in 2014 as well. I just attended Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow featuring a bunch of domain name […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Of The 9,025 .Voting Domains Registered Over 97% Registered To Co. With Ties To The Registry?

 Mark As Read    

One company is responsible for registering over 97% of the 9,025 .Voting new gTLD domain names. We reported earlier today that .Voting had 9,025 domain names registered after the first day of general availability However we see that 8,811 of the 9,025 domain names were registered by the domain name registrar, Registry Gate GmbH" which […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

Interesting .CEO comments started by Paul Kedrosky

 Mark As Read    

Last night venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky discovered .CEO and tweeted his thoughts on it to his 275,000 followers: Conversation obviously followed. One person noted: Kedrosky responded "Exactly." Another comment: To which Kedrosky responded "And that exact thought had already crossed my mind." There are some other colorful comments. Not every com...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

This Weeks New gTLD 1st Day Totals: .Voting 9,025; .Kaufen 4,325; Consulting 3,852; Media 3,438

 Mark As Read    

Yesterday a bunch of new gTLD's went into general availability (GA)  meaning domain names can be registered live on a first come first serve basis. All total include any Sunrise registrations and any Landrush/Early Access Program (EAP) registration which took place before GA: .Voting 9.025 .Kaufen which is German for the word "Buy" had 4,325 [̷...

The Domains 1 day ago

Weekly Expired Domain Report

 Mark As Read    

Domain sales charts — expired or otherwise — make for some strange bedfellows. Any given week presents an orgy of bizarre juxtapositions. What else but the domain market can bring together Bill Cosby and French Marxists? Malaysian tourism for New Yorkers alongside Azerbaijani gossip in the ccTLD of Western Samoa? (I'm referencing TheCos...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Sedo Transactions Total $1M; 52% Are BIN & Open.TV Sells For $25K

 Mark As Read    

Over the past week, 506 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1m. 52% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Highlights of public sales are: · Top .coms: gca.com at 90,000 USD · Top ccTLD: open.tv at 25,000 EUR · Top “other” TLD: matrix.org at 7,999 USD The […]

The Domains 1 day ago

GoDaddy Hosting Open House at New Office in Cambridge

 Mark As Read    

In the last year, GoDaddy has made three Boston-area acquisitions. The company acquired Waltham-based Afternic, Cambridge-based Locu, and Cambridge-based Canary. Because these three companies were based in the Boston area and are primarily staffed by locally-based employees, GoDaddy recently opened an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. According t...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Google and Vint Cert explain the NTIA transition (video)

 Mark As Read    

Simple video explains what's going on with the U.S. government's role in the internet. Vint Cerf, the "father of internet" and former Chairman of ICANN, now works for Google. Cerf has narrated a new Google video about the history of internet governance, ICANN and the role of the U.S. government. (See video embedded below.) It's […]...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

NYC picks Panama registrar for reserved names

 Mark As Read    

The City of New York is working with Panama-based registrar CCI REG to reserve government-related domains in the new .nyc gTLD, despite imposing residency requirements on registrants. CCI REG director Gerardo Aristizabal tells us it has already handled over 100 registrations during the "City Government-Affiliated Reserve List" phase of .nyc's protr...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

THE BIG AFTERMARKET LIST: Thursday’s Domains at Auction or Dropping on July 24th

 Mark As Read    

I used the new Namejet app for the first time yesterday.  I'm not a big app user but here's why I like it.  The push notices.  I don't need CNN telling me that three people had been shot in Detroit, or that Flappy bird needs me to come play, but getting a notice that I have an auction ending or that I have been outbid.  Namejet has been giving me t...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

How Donuts Became The World’s Largest Registry Overnight

 Mark As Read    

FastCo Labs is out with an article today about Donuts and how they became the world's largest registry overnight. I think the author forgot about Verisign who has many more domains under its wing than Donuts. In the article Daniel Schindler one of the co-founders discussed things like specificity and how they thought long and […]

Domainvestors.tv 1 day ago

You Want To illegally download content in the UK ? You will get some letters but no penalty

 Mark As Read    

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) must be wondering what the heck is going on across the pond in the UK. After years of trying to find the right solution to dealing with piracy, they are going to send citizens letters that are the equivalent to telling […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Sedo’s Weekly Sales Total $1Million

 Mark As Read    

The weekly sales were slow this week at Sedo which is normal considering its summer and a busy time for vacations in North America and Europe.  GCA.com took the top spot at $90,000.  Here's a look at the rest of this week's sales Domain name Price Currency .COMs gca.com 90000 USD logics.com 50000 USD pdn.com 27900 USD vivamedia.com 10000 GBP ghealt...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Flippa giving away a special link to redeem 1 FREE Domain listing!

 Mark As Read    

Flippa has certainly ramped up its domain only auctions since Kevin Fink came on board and jump started things there. There is a special promo running good for one week, that he just released, From now through month’s end, when you list a domain on Flippa, you’ll be given a special link to redeem 1 […]

The Domains 1 day ago

An Example of Why People Still CyberSquat

 Mark As Read    

Why do people still cybersquat ? That was a question posed a couple of weeks back on Namepros, and while I am not advocating it any way, I am going to give an example of how it still pays off in 2014. PluralSight.in sold on Wednesday for $16,000. The domain was registered in July of […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Reserved/Premium Domains – How Much Is Too Much?

 Mark As Read    

It's been a while since I registered a new gTLD domain and it's not because I didn't like the extensions but rather because quite frankly, there was nothing much left for me to get. Therefore, the following question arises: how much is too much?

Domaining Tips 1 day ago

A Visual Look at Recent 4L.com Acquisitions in Use, v2

 Mark As Read    

Here is the second edition of a look at a few recent LLLL.com acquisitions which have been put to use…..with acquisition prices as low as $125. Last week's first edition can be found here. XOVI.com sold for $25,000 in May 2014 and is currently owned by XOVI GmbH. An addition to the .de, which is a separate live site in German. The website tit...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

A Few Reasons Why The Austin Startup Scene Is Something Special

 Mark As Read    

We have now been living in Austin for about a month and a half and thanks to Techstars and the incredible network Jason and the team has built we've had a chance to meet upwards of 80 people involved in the Austin startup scene from VC's to Angel Investors, founders that just had a big […]

Domainvestors.tv 1 day ago
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