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Dress.com Dresses Up: Blue/Black or White/Gold?

 Mark As Read    

Jay Chapman from Digimedia replied to my tweet about "dress" domain names being registered in response to the debate about whether the viral photo of a dress is black and blue or white and gold. His company owns the Dress.com domain name, and the company is having a little fun with the dress color debate that seems to be showing up everywhere (incl...

Domain Investing 1 hour, 30 min ago

Google Decides To Reverse Ban of Sexually Explicit Material on Blogger

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Well that was quick. We wrote earlier this week about Google banning pornography and sexually explicit material on Blogger. Well today the company posted on its product forums website that the decision has been reversed. Instead the company will step up enforcement against those that do not mark their blogs as adult content and those […]

The Domains 1 hour, 31 min ago

Domain Name Movers Huge List 2

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Yesterday's list of domain names was huge and today's is as well. Again, these are often early discoveries by large corporations and domain names they have purchased, are moving around for one reason or another and more. Do you like these articles? Please consider helping DotWeekly staying alive, as the site makes very little to no money directly a...

Dot Weekly 3 hours, 35 min ago

NamesCon 2016 Pre-Registrations Pass the 100 Mark

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Richard Lau and I have been emailing about NamesCon, and he told me that over 100 people have already registered for the 2016 conference. I presume the discounted $199 rate incentivized people to register early, and the reduced rate is still available until Sunday, March 1. The rate will continue to increase until the conference begins. Richard sha...

Domain Investing 3 hours, 37 min ago

Domain Incite is five years old today

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Five years ago Domain Incite published its first story, with the introductory line "Let's start at the beginning, shall we?" I went on to describe how I'd registered the name domainincite.com and thrown up a live, resolving web site in less than one hour. But that wasn't quite the beginning. What I neglected to mention […] Related posts: UDR...

DomainIncite.com 3 hours, 58 min ago

GoDaddy’s latest patent applications

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Company adds to its stack of pending patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has just published a handful of patent applications filed by GoDaddy. Methods and Systems for Recommending Packages of Domain Names for Registration (application 14/500711) is a continuation of patents I wrote about earlier this month. It essentially describes a way ...

Domain Name Wire 4 hours, 38 min ago

FBI and Domain Crime : You want to be part of our Cyber Team?

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During NamesCon 2015, an FBI Cyber Agent joined us on the panel discussing Security and Domain Theft Prevention. It was an interesting and educating discussion for all of us involved in the documentation and reversal of domain theft. The FBI operates a team of Cyber Agents that tackle matters of computer threats, Internet attacks, digital […]...

DomainGang 4 hours, 56 min ago

Kit.com Domain Name Likely Sold

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During my daily digging it strongly is pointing to the domain name Kit.com as selling! Here are my findings: Kit.com whois ownership changed from KIT Electronics Limited and registered at GoDaddy to transferring to SafeNames LTD. and going into privacy. Mike Gleissner has owned Kit.com since 8/31/2009. In 2013 when the domain was owned by Mike yet,...

Dot Weekly 5 hours, 7 min ago

MarkMonitor: Predatory pricing by the gTLD Registries has to stop

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The VP of domain product marketing for MarkMonitor, a company that assists companies with brand protection, raised an interesting subject: predatory pricing by the gTLD registries. Elisa Cooper is urging brand owners to appeal to ICANN, so that the hefty bill paid during Sunrise registrations is lowered substantially. According to the current modus...

DomainGang 5 hours, 34 min ago

LeatherCrown.it, Holder of Italian Trademark Awarded LeatherCrown.com In UDRP Based On Links On Parked Page

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Oscar Studio di Cavallin Oscar of Veneto, Italy, which owns an  Italian Trademark  on the term "leather crown" just won a UDRP on matching .com LeatherCrown.com which was owned by Rob Monster of Epik who registered the domain name on July 18, 2012. The Complainant operates its site at LeatherCrown.it and has a Italian trademark […]...

The Domains 5 hours, 45 min ago

Many “Dress” Domain Names Registered

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Is the dress white and gold or is the dress blue and black? Amusingly, the great dress debate seemed to be what many people were talking about online yesterday, and there were quite a few "dress" .com domain names hand registered. According to Verisign's DomainView Keyword Trend Tool, ten of the newly registered .com domain names related to this tr...

Domain Investing 6 hours, 5 min ago

40 End User Domain Name Sales

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40 recent end user domain name sales at Sedo. During the past week, Sedo's network sold $900,000 in domain names. The 3 highest sales were Heika.com ($300k), which is a title associated with Japanese emperors; Anker.com ($150k), the German for "anchor"; and HOOQ.com ($50k). As usual, I've compiled a list of 40 domains where an end user can […...

Domain Name Wire 6 hours, 13 min ago

South Florida Domain Pros Get a Preview of THE Domain Conference Coming to Fort Lauderdale Next Fall

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The South Florida Domain Pros held a meeting last night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We drove over to see industry friends and also get a closer look at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel where Howard, Barbara and Ray Neu will be staging the debut edition of THE Domain Conference in September.

DNJournal 7 hours, 36 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015

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Yesterday the domain 50.com officially changed hands. I track several different names I'm interested in as well as every domain in Elliot Silver's portfolio and I received the email saying it just moved.  We know that Drew Rosener sold the name and he can't say what he sold it for but based on the asking price I can say that it was 100% over a mill...

Domain Shane 9 hours, 11 min ago

Meet The Man Who Just Received 100,000 Shares in Jet.com

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CNN Money published an article on Eric Martin of York, Pennsylvania, which is an two hour drive away from me. The article title was catchy, "This guy used a get rich quick scheme and got rich" When you read the article it seems Mr. Martin spent some money to get rich quick. We wrote an […]

The Domains 9 hours, 35 min ago

The IANA transition in a nutshell

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The US plan to remove itself from its unique DNS oversight role is about creating a coalition of nations to thwart attempts by Russia and other "authoritarian" countries to increase government control of the internet. That's according to Larry Strickling, assistant secretary at the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration, who ...

DomainIncite.com 10 hours, 46 min ago

Did Hasbro sell the domain Game.com for $3.4 million dollars ?

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Games maker Hasbro sold one of its digital assets last year, the premium domain name Game.com. While this isn't exactly a secret, Game.com was acquired by Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co., mother company of the Chinese domain auction market, 4.CN. The selling price for Game.com was uncovered today, once again by domain investor George Kirikos, who lo...

DomainGang 21 hours, 29 min ago

Google Paid Developers More than $7 BILLION in 2014 For Apps & Games On Google Play

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According to a blog post on it company blog today "Google Play now reaches more than 1 billion people on Android devices in more than 190 countries" "In the past year, we paid more than $7 billion to developers distributing apps and games on Google Play." "App discovery plays a critical role in driving your […]

The Domains 23 hours, 11 min ago

Mohammed Emwazi : ‘Jihadi John’ domain name got snagged in minutes

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Minutes after the unveiling of the infamous "Jihadi John's" identity, the dot com domain of Mohammed Emwazi got registered. Its registrant is now offering MohammedEmwazi.com for sale, as witnessed by the landing page for the domain. The registration of such domain names is questionable, and their attempt for immediate sale rarely generates any prof...

DomainGang 23 hours, 15 min ago

Jennifer Wolfe Joins the DomainDiction.com Board

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According to a press release we just received DomainDiction, a PR and marketing agency dedicated to the domain industry, announced that Jennifer Wolfe, "the world’s leading expert on TLDs for brands", will be joining the DomainDiction board of directors. " As a valuable new addition Jennifer will provide vital strategic guidance and experience with...

The Domains 23 hours, 39 min ago

Will You Buy a .App Domain Name?

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The big new gTLD story today was that Google reportedly paid a hair over $25 million to win the rights to operate the .App new gTLD extension (via DNW and TheDomains). There was 13 applicants for the .App extension, and Google prevailed over companies like Amazon, Radix, Donuts, and several others with deep pockets. I would imagine Google has a lot...

Domain Investing 23 hours, 44 min ago

Frank Schilling defends DBAT.com in UDRP

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Owner of .net domain name filed cybersquatting complaint. Baseball equipment company DBAT has lost a UDRP it filed against Frank Schilling for the domain name DBAT.com. The baseball company uses the DBAT.NET domain name. According to the decision (embedded below), DBAT originally threatened Shilling with a UDRP in 2009. It then tried to acquire the...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

XYZ : To the top of Kilimanjaro with the help of a Domainer ‘sherpa’

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Despite a stingy situation that involves a lawsuit filed against it by Verisign, the XYZ Registry is gearing up to ascend new peaks. Last month, we covered the upcoming climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro by iron-kneed domainer, Ian Clark. Ian's attempting to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, hoping to raise money for WaterSchool. One cannot […...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Videos.de Sells for 50k EUR at Great Domains Auction

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Sedo's monthly Great Domains auction concluded today, and the largest sale was Videos.de, which sold for 50,000 EUR ($55,975 USD at today's currency conversion rate). MNB.com was the second highest sale at 22,500 EUR ($25,192 USD at today's currency conversion rate). Although many of the domain names received 4 and 5 figure bids, only 9 of the doma...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Google: Make your website mobile friendly by April 21…or suffer

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Google says major mobile search changes are coming. Unless you want to lose search traffic, you need to make your site mobile friendly before April 21. Google announced today that it will place more weight on how mobile-friendly a website is when users search from a mobile device starting April 21. The company says this […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Sedo’s Great Domains Auction Results, Including Videos.de for 50,000 EUR, MNB.com, JUR.com

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I was stuck on a long conference call about construction dewatering permits and chose to instead focus my attention on the Sedo Great Domains auction which ended earlier today. Below are the unofficial results of the mixture of .com, .de, .nl, and a lone .org: Videos.de – 50,000 EUR (approximately $56,000 USD) MNB.com – 22,500 EUR (appr...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Google buys .app for over $25 million

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The fiercely competed new gTLD .app has sold to Google for a record-breaking $25 million. The company's Charleston Road Registry subsidiary beat out 12 other applicants for the string, including Donuts, Amazon, Famous Four Media, Radiz and Afilias. The auction lasted two days and fetched a winning bid of $25,001,000, more than any other new […...

DomainIncite.com 1 day ago

Google Wins The new gTLD .APP For $25 Million

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The new gTLD .APP sold for $25 Million to Google today in a ICANN Last Resort Auction which I think is very good news for the new gTLD program in general. This is the highest price paid in an ICANN Last Resort Auction. The previously high price paid for a new gTLD in an ICANN […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Google pays $25 million for .App domain

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Google pays dearly for rights to control .App domain name. Google has won the rights to operate the .App top level domain name after paying what may be a record-breaking price for a top level domain name. 13 companies applied to run the .app domain name, and 12 of them were still in the running […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

Cars.com domain was valued at $872 million dollars!

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Domain investor George Kirikos has unveiled what appears to be the highest ever valuation for a domain name. The entire business behind Cars.com, which was valued at $2.5 billion dollars last year, includes a monetary reference of "intangible assets" – or, the very domain name, Cars.com. Its valuation in the documents filed with the Governmen...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Interesting: Minds + Machines patent app for using domain names as currency

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Patent application describes a novel way to use domain names as a currency. So far, we've seen some innovation in how new top level domain names are distributed and sold, but not much innovation in how they're actually used. Minds + Machines has an idea that certainly seems innovative: using domain names as a currency. […]

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

SwipeMy.Pics : Instagram web app a huge endorsement for Uniregistry gTLD

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A new web app uses the gTLD domain name, SwipeMy.Pics to deliver an easy to use method of viewing Instagram photos. By accessing SwipeMy.Pics on the web, whether on your PC or mobile device, you can move an Instangram account's photos by swiping left and right; zoom is available by double-tapping. Created by ACNE, an […] Copyright DomainGang...

DomainGang 1 day ago

HUGE Company Domain Name Movers List

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Thursdays… it's something about Thursdays that never fail to have a lot of domain name movers by large companies and today is no different! Add in the fact I didn't post a list yesterday due to only discovering a few and today's list of domain name movers is huge! These are often early discoveries of domain name purchased, registered or movin...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Wow, how was this case not reverse domain name hijacking?

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WIPO panelist drops the ball in RDNH decision. A single member World Intellectual Property Organization panel has denied a UDRP complaint against the domain name alessandro.com, but failed to find the complainant guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Frankly, I'm stunned that panelist Pablo A. Palazzi did not find beauty products company Alessan...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago

16 Year Old Domain Alessandro.com Saved In UDRP Owned By A Guy Named Alessandro

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Alessandro International GmbH of Düsseldorf, Germany, just lost its bid to grab the domain name Alessandro.com from a guy named Alessandro In this case Alessandro Gualandi. The one member panel of Pablo A. Palazzi however refused to find reverse domain name hijacking which I thought was appropriate under the circumstances Here are the highlights: "...

The Domains 1 day ago

Germany vs Italy: Alessandro.com was saved in self-represented UDRP!

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Alessandro.com, a domain registered in 1998 by an American of Italian descent, was challenged in a UDRP by Alessandro International GmbH of Düsseldorf, Germany. The domain's registrant, Alessandro Gualandi of New York, represented himself against the Complainant's legal team, and won the case. How could he not, when he used the domain that matches ...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Axero: John Berryhill wins another UDRP over an aged dot .com domain

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Domain attorney John Berryhill is known for his sense of humor, and for the relentlessness when responding to UDRP cases. In a case involving the aged domain name Axero.com, the Complainant, Axero Solutions LLC, asserted that the domain Axero.com was rightfully theirs. The domain was registered in 2004 and it's currently being offered by its [̷...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Melbourne IT Acquires Uber Global For Over $12 Million: Australian Cloud Services Co & Domain Registrar

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Melbourne IT agreed to acquire the third largest Australian based cloud services provider Uber Global for $15.5 million AU (approximately $12.2 million USD) which also owns a ICANN Accredited domain name registrar. The deal, is expected to be complete by April 30, 2015 Melbourne IT reported the acquisition along with its 2014 financial results yest...

The Domains 1 day ago

Here Is Our Run Down As New gTLD’s Top 4.5 Million Registrations

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.Science added another 14K+ domain names registrations yesterday in its second day of general availability, putting the number of new gTLD registrations over the 4.5 million mark. New gTLD registrations still have a large percentage of free, almost free, very low cost and related party registrations. .Science domain names which just launched two da...

The Domains 1 day ago

.APP Rolls Into A Second Day In The ICANN Last Resort Auction; Here’s Why & What It Means

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.APP which went into a ICANN Last Resort contention auction yesterday, appears to be going into a second day. ICANN Last Resort auctions, like private auctions for new gTLD contention sets, are not held in a normal auction format that most people are familiar with. Unlike a online domain auction or live domain auctions where […]

The Domains 1 day ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015

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 I finally sold a domain this month.  I bid everything high and since I have a decent amount of cash I have no need to give anything away and that's resulted in lots of negotiations but no sales. But this one, unlike most offers I get, came in via email and was a good offer.  5 minutes of negotiation and we had a deal.  It was one of my 5L.com and ...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Sedo Rings Up One of the Year's Five Biggest Sales to Top This Week's Domain Sales Chart

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Though the year is still young we've already seen a lot of impressive domain sales, the latest coming this week when Sedo booked two nice six-figure sales - one of which ranks among the five biggest sales reported so far this year.

DNJournal 1 day ago

Great Domains Auction Ends Tomorrow, Including Domains From Yahoo. JUR.com, Videos.de Hit Reserve.

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Short domains rule again at Sedo's monthly Great Domains auction. As of this writing, three domains have met reserve: Videos.de at 24,999 EUR in bidding (approx $28,400 USD) JUR.com at $10,100 MJE.org at $169 On top of that, there is a strong contingent of solid LLL.com, as they've had in the past, with a few at bidding in the ballpark of their res...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

What To Do When You Do Not Own the Domain Name That Correspondences To Your Trademark?

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How can I get the domain name that matches my trademark? Domain names rights are on a first come, first serve basis. An experienced domain name attorney will be able to answer the question after analyzing both your trademark rights and the domain name registration and use in order to determine whether or not the requisite bad faith intent exists....

Traverse Legal 1 day ago

After I’ve Sold a Name, It’s Dead to Me

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These are the words I told Jamie Zoch yesterday when he let me know that Sello was purchased by Shopify.  In short, I could care less. My main reasoning?  Its not my name any more and if I don't get any money out of it, then it no longer effects me.  Two, I could give you a list of 50 names that sold for more after I sold them.  Pretty much every n...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Weekly Domain Broker Listings – 2/25

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The weekly domain name sale listings submitted by several domain brokerages are published below. If you want to buy one of the domain names, reach out to the broker directly rather than comment here. I am not involved in any of these deals. Visitors are welcome to submit one domain name that they own. The domain name must have a buy it now price an...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Kazam! World’s slimmest phone uses a .Mobi domain

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Remember the sale of Flowers.mobi for $6,500? That was a while ago, and while the dot .mobi TLD has lost a lot of domain registrations since, it doesn't mean it serves no purpose. Take, for example, the launch of the Kazam Tornado 348, the world's slimmest phone, at 5.15mm thick. Googling "Kazam" returns Kazam.mobi as […] Copyright DomainGang...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Marchex CEO steps down

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A new boss at Marchex and Q4 earnings released. Marchex reported earnings today, and also announced that long time CEO Russell Horowitz has stepped down. Company co-founder Pete Christothoulou has taken over the top post. The company, which derives the bulk of its revenue from performance advertising in which customers pay for phone calls, had [...

Domain Name Wire 1 day ago
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