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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 hour, 1 min 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 hour, 16 min 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 hour, 42 min 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 hour, 56 min 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 2 hours, 1 min ago

#InternetOfficial Contest from Verisign

 Mark As Read    

Verisign operates the .com registry, and the company has been working hard to continue promoting .com domain names. This morning, Verisign announced its #InternetOfficial contest on the company's blog. The contest helps to commemorate the 30th anniversary of .com domain names, and someone can win $35,000. In the email I received announcing the cont...

Domain Investing 3 hours, 16 min ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Monday, January 26th, 2015

 Mark As Read    

We released our first ever newsletter last night.  At this point it's an early preview of this daily list.  I'm also putting in a bunch of links of news that relates to business.  Some are domain related. Others are just things I found interesting or entertaining.  Aaron and I will grow the newsletter as we go. I think it will be worth your time, e...

Domain Shane 4 hours, 45 min ago

Coinbase Receives Approval to Launch Regulated U.S. Bitcoin Exchange

 Mark As Read    

Coinbase to launch regulated Bitcoin exchange Monday Coin Desk reported that Coinbase will be rolling out a regulated Bitcoin exchange that has been approved by half of the nation's state regulators. The Winklevoss  Twins announced on Friday that they plan to start a regulated Bitcoin exchange called Gemini, which they are financing out of their [&...

The Domains 12 hours, 35 min ago

Negative Domain Parking Revenue?

 Mark As Read    

Domain parking sucks, is getting worse and worse, year after year… but could it get SO BAD that you end up with a negative balance? We have all had the 1 click for $0.00 but could it be worse? According to SmartName, it appears so. I mentioned my displeasure with SmartName earlier this week about "Quality Adjustments" and nothing to back up t...

Dot Weekly 13 hours, 2 min ago

Sputnik News: Interview with ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehadé

 Mark As Read    

ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehadé, gave an interview to the Russian news agency, Sputnik News. The interview was conducted over the phone, by Russian investigative reporter, Nikolai Domienenko. Here are the highlights from the English edition, to be published tomorrow at Sputnik News: Nikolai Domienenko: Hello Fadi, and thank for interview grant. I ask you, ...

DomainGang 14 hours, 13 min ago

.Co names seems to be back up and running just fine

 Mark As Read    

Dot Co was having some problems yesterday it was affecting some Twitter links. The Next Web reported on the issue with the .co extension which now seems to have gotten fixed. If you are still having a problem, they posted Update: Some are reporting that .co domains are beginning to work again. Flushing your DNS cache […]

The Domains 19 hours, 42 min ago

Flippa – A Look Forward: Tablets.org, GamingTalk.com Hit Reserve. NJI.com, HTF.com, Emerging.com, More

 Mark As Read    

Reserve Met and Will Sell Tablets.org – The commercial name doesn't necessarily fit the extension, but tablets are such a huge category right now that it will be fun to see how far this one runs…….the owner had the confidence to list the domain with no reserve. The .com is owned by Aron Meystedt of XF Investments and Heritage Auct...

Domain Shane 23 hours, 7 min ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 1-25-2015

 Mark As Read    

There seems to be a lot of MMA names dropping today. I don't think any of them made the list, but if that is a niche you are currently investing

Jason Thompson 23 hours, 9 min ago

Greek Elections: I Cannot Vote .org

 Mark As Read    

Greece is having crucial national elections today, the results of which some say might shock the European Union's economy, once again. In Greece, where democracy was established two and a half millennia ago, the right to vote has been both a privilege and an obligation, reserved for the Greek citizens aged 18 and above. As […]

Acro.net 23 hours, 38 min ago

Domain Movers: TheNightlyShow.com & Angus.com

 Mark As Read    

Weekend additions of domain name movers is almost always small and today is no different. Today's list includes a domain buy and a domain mover. TheNightlyShow.com has been purchased, I assume by Comedy Central but currently only shows generic MarkMonitor whois data. A new spin off show of The Daily Show launched on January 19, 2015 and holds the n...

Dot Weekly 1 day ago

Holovisions: Large domain portfolio holder entered the field 10 years ago

 Mark As Read    

After the successful acquisition of HoloLens.com by Microsoft via the use of a proxy buyer, the holography market is once again in the limelight. A domain pioneer in the field, is HoloVisions LLC, a Minnesota company formed by domain investor, inventor and entrepreneur, Robert Connor. Connor's company manages an impessive domain portfolio with such...

DomainGang 1 day ago

ICANN CEO Fadi Bites The Hand That Feeds It Calling out Those “Hogging” Domains”

 Mark As Read    

Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, in a story published by the HuffingtonPost.com, which also contains a video interview with Fadi at World Economic Forum in Davos, explaining how we "went from twenty-something" top domain names to hundreds" throws large domain investors under the bus and then backs up the bus and rolls over them again […]...

The Domains 1 day ago

Donuts Wins The Rights To Operate The New gTLD .Cafe Beating Out Co. That Runs .Bar/.Rest

 Mark As Read    

Donuts has picked up another new gTLD extension winning the rights to .Cafe, beating out Punto 2012 the registry that runs .Bar and .Rest. The new gTLD string .Cafe was scheduled to go to the ICANN Last Resort auction later this Month. Other new gTLD's that touch .cafe include .Restaurant, which is operated by Donuts […]

The Domains 1 day ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Sunday, January 25th, 2015

 Mark As Read    

Prepping for a little snow today so not much time for chit chat.  I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and I hope I never have to read another distasteful article like this one for a while.  Maybe I'm the only one that don't find beheadings funny. Have a good day.  Here are today's names.   ZNS.com  First time an LLL.com has come up for sale i...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

NameJet Sells 941 domains for $5,984,520 – Liu.com led the way at $155,688

 Mark As Read    

NameJet sold close to 1000 domains at $2,000 or more (941) in 2014, these sales totaled $5,984,520 USD. 41 LLL.coms sold on the list, with the top sale being the overall top sale Liu.com at $155,688. 6 Numeric domains made the list led by 472.com at $43,700. liu.com 1/22/14 09:22 $155.688,00 liao.com 5/15/14 10:38 $100.000,00 […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Hung or frisky? Join some important .CLUB domains at a reasonable cost!

 Mark As Read    

The recent story of how Bruce Marler got Credit.Club for $10.99 is a story that kept domainers buzzing in disbelief. While there are plenty of quality .CLUB domains in the wild, there are plenty more that have been reserved by the dot .CLUB Registry. Most of these domains can be acquired for a fee in […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 day ago

GoDaddy SMS breaks new record in two-factor authentication

 Mark As Read    

GoDaddy, the biggest domain registrar in the world, takes domain security very seriously. After quickly scrambling to patch a security flaw last week, GoDaddy has now enabled Ultra Fast Two Factor Authentication (UFTFA) for all US-based customers. The introduction of UFTFA provides all accounts with nearly instant dispatch and delivery of SMS/text ...

DomainGang 1 day ago

Jeff Dunham’s New Wife is Suing His Old Wife Over Domain Names

 Mark As Read    

Here is one you don't see everyday Jeff Dunham the famous ventriloquist who shows up every other weekend on Comedy Central in three hour blocks of programming, has an interesting situation going on in real life. It seems that the ex-wife of Mr. Dunham, Paige Dunham decided to play the domain game and register the […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Domain Flips (Nachos.com, RealEstateForeclosures.com, 10x on TV.ae) and Flops (Baguette.com)

 Mark As Read    

Below is another look at a few recent domain flips and flops, with recent data courtesy of DN Journal and historical data from NameBio. Flips TV.ae – Sold recently at Sedo for $95,000, vs $8,000 in 2011 at Sedo. A nice 10x return in a few years. The new owner is Abu Dhabi Media, and their main site is at ADMedia.ae. "Abu Dhabi Media is one of...

Domain Shane 1 day ago

Afilias Wins The .Bet new gTLD Beating Donuts, Famous Four & UK Gambling Co. Ladbrokes

 Mark As Read    

The new gTLD .Bet has been settled in what we can only guess was a private auction won by Afilias. Afilias won the rights to operate the new Top Level Domain beating out two big portfolio applicants Donuts and Famous Four Media as well as Ladbrokes a publicly traded  British based gaming company. According to […]

The Domains 1 day ago

Oil terror: Saudi Arabia threatens to behead gTLD domain holders

 Mark As Read    

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the new king of Saudi Arabia and changes to the country that holds 16% of the world's oil reserves are already coming. It's not just oil that is affected, it's the global domain economy as well. In a message delivered via the threat to proceed with public beheading of […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 1 day ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 1-24-2015

 Mark As Read    

There are a couple of amazing names in the list today. My favorite name is CyberSecurityExperts.com. Towards the end of February I will start working for one of the biggest

Jason Thompson 1 day ago

5 Keys to Running a Successful Blog

 Mark As Read    

It's difficult for me to believe, but I have been blogging for almost 8 years. I started this blog in the Summer of 2007 (under the Elliot's Blog moniker), and I have published nearly 5,000 articles in that time. Based on traffic, revenue, and even longevity, I would consider this to be a fairly successful blog. There are many people who would like...

Domain Investing 1 day ago

Domain Movers: Grains.com, Untouched.com & More

 Mark As Read    

I'm a bit under the weather today but domains don't stop moving so I shouldn't (even though I feel like crap) so I did some digging this morning and noticed several interesting domain movers to share with you. Here we go with today's list: Grains.com has been purchased from Garry Chernoff of NetIncome Ventures Inc. by Barchart.com Inc for a current...

Dot Weekly 2 days ago

Crain’s Covers .NYC Domain Name Auctions

 Mark As Read    

Yesterday afternoon, Thornton McEnery of Crain's New York published an article about .NYC domain names: What's he smoking? Podiatrist foots $60K bill for marijuana.nyc. The article covered the recently concluded auctions for .NYC domain names, which grossed just under $750,000 in total sales, netting "roughly $300,000" for the government of New Yor...

Domain Investing 2 days ago

DomainShane’s BIG LIST of Domain Name Auction Picks: Saturday, January 24th, 2015

 Mark As Read    

You've heard me mention over the last few months I've been working on my websites more and I'm surprised how well its going.  I decided to set up the sites myself.  Wordpress themes have become pretty amazing in how easy they are to create unique looks.  Combine that with my adequate FTP skills and I'm just skilled enough to be dangerous.   I've fo...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Flippa Weekly Sales led by Coolant.com at $8,500

 Mark As Read    

Flippa released its sales from the past week, Coolant.com led the list at $8,500. The name was listed as exclusive to Flippa and sold at the buy it now. In new gtld sales, there was a package of 3 one letter .domains sold. A.domains,M.domains and U.domains sold for $701. The seller listed the premium at […]

The Domains 2 days ago

Update on Top 10 Sales from a Year Ago: Me.cn, AI.cn, LIU.com, BAK.com, More

 Mark As Read    

Listed below are updates on the top 10 domain sales from a year ago this week, as ranked by DN Journal. Lots of love for short domains…..nothing on this list is over 4 characters…..but not alot of love for development, with only three developed sites out of the top 10. Many .cn domains on the list, from direct acquisitions from the .cn ...

Domain Shane 2 days ago

Latest Quarterly Verisign Report Shows Continued Growth in Worldwide Domain Registrations

 Mark As Read    

Verisign has issued their latest Domain Name Industry Brief covering3Q-2014. Always a treasure trove of interesting information, the latest brief reveals that 3Q-2014 closed with a base of 284 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains, up almost 7% year over year,

DNJournal 2 days ago

Big Names Now Up for Bid in Next HA Live Domain Auction Coming Up Feb. 9 in New York City

 Mark As Read    

Pre-bidding  has now opened for the next live domain auction from Heritage Auctions. The mainstream auction giant will stage the sale on Feb. 9 at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. If you will be in the New York area you are welcome to attend the auction in person.

DNJournal 2 days ago

BisNow: You can forget .COM – Here come 1300 other TLD extensions

 Mark As Read    

In a new article about gTLDs, BisNow, an electronic publication covering the people and projects in the commercial real estate business community, describes the gTLD market with a positive, accurate outlook. Unlike a Forbes article that attempted to bury gTLDs presenting an amalgam of questionable stats and sources, BisNow covers the real, business...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Spam from China: Are DOPA employees completely ‘dope’ ?

 Mark As Read    

DOPA continues the lowlife practice of sending unsolicited email to domain owners, a euphemism for spam. The Chinese company ignores the protocol of voluntary inclusion to mailing lists, and instead emails their sales pitch to email addresses harvested from the WHOIS of domains. We have covered the spamming practice of DOPA on several occasions. Th...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Consumers Don’t Care About Files Anymore… Is That True?

 Mark As Read    

When a .com company I recognize goes public, I tend to kick myself. This is obviously figurtively speaking. What I mean by that is I enjoy seeing startups mature into

Jason Thompson 2 days ago

Fashion Metric launches drone delivery of custom made clothing

 Mark As Read    

Fashion Metric is off the charts; a few days after securing a seed investment of $1,000,000 the Austin company is using part of the investment to launch a new service: drone delivery. "What good is to measure your perfectly fitted clothes on an app or on the Internet, and not be able to get instant […] Copyright DomainGang

DomainGang 2 days ago

.Global Registry Offering A $25 Cash Back Rebate, But just for 8 Days

 Mark As Read    

The .Global new gTLD registry just launched a cash back program to give people who register 10 or more .Global Domain names a cash back bonus of $25 per domain. "This is a limited time offer only available between Friday 23th of January and Saturday 31st of January." For details on how to apply for […]

The Domains 2 days ago

Yoyo Email Ltd. loses another mass-UDRP for 9 domain names

 Mark As Read    

Yoyo Email Ltd., the British company alleging to have created a viable business model based on the registration of .Email domain names that match corporate names, brands and trademarks, broke UDRP records in 2014. The pattern continues in 2015, and the game is becoming bigger with every UDRP. As of late, instead of adjudicating single […] Cop...

DomainGang 2 days ago

My GoDaddy Domain Name Aftermarket List 1-23-2015

 Mark As Read    

How many of you like to blast music early in the morning? I do, and I made a vine video below of how my morning routine tends to go when

Jason Thompson 2 days ago

Timeless Pieces of Arts.org on Auction

 Mark As Read    

If you happened to catch the live NamesCon 2015 auction, by live streaming video, reading the end results or at the Tropicana Hotel during the event itself, you know that there was quite a lot of excitement when new gTLD's hit the auction block. Some of these noteworthy sales included Wine.Club for $140,000, Weed.Club for $16,000 and Tequila.club f...

NamePros 2 days ago

Official: Francois remains aboard the Domaining.com ship

 Mark As Read    

C'est officiel: Francois Carrillo, the French entrepreneur that operates Domaining.com, remains as the captain of the ship. In a statement sent earlier today, Francois is apologetic for declaring the domain as sold too early; an alleged buyer vanished in thin air. Instead, Francois is having a partnership in the works, with an important company in ...

DomainGang 2 days ago

Domain Movers: EchoSecuirty.com, HBONow.com & More

 Mark As Read    

Welcome to another round of domain name movers that I noticed while digging around and figured I would share some interesting things that I had seen. RightTrack.com was purchased by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, which appears to have taken place about 2/18/2013. The domain was purchased using the Name Advisers arm of MarkMonitor. Then the domai...

Dot Weekly 3 days ago

New TLD company Architelos sued after threatening IP Law Firm

 Mark As Read    

Architelos sent cease and desist letter to intellectual property law firm, with a predictable result. What happens when you send a cease & desist letter alleging trademark infringement to an intellectual property law firm? You get sued. That's what happened after new top level domain name services company Architelos sent a C&D to Californ...

Domain Name Wire 3 days ago

Using Twitter to Find Sales Leads

 Mark As Read    

I personally find it annoying when people tweet to me to ask if I want to buy a domain name. The vast majority aren't even domain names I would hand register, and it's a bit annoying when I receive two notifications about the tweet (email and Twitter). I think there is a better way to use Twitter to find a good prospect to buy a domain name, and I ...

Domain Investing 3 days ago

SelfieSticks.com sells for $29,100 and more expired domain name sales

 Mark As Read    

Joseph Peterson runs down the latest expired domain name sales at NameJet. If you're as un-with-it as uncool me, then you'll look at the $29.1k high bid for SelfieSticks.com and say, "Huh?" Apparently, selfie sticks are rods that attach to a camera phone so that you can hold it far enough away to take a picture of […]

Domain Name Wire 3 days ago

Jeff Neuman quits Neustar for Valideus

 Mark As Read    

Neustar's top domain name guy is moving to UK new gTLD consultancy Valideus. Jeff Neuman, who's been with Neustar for over 15 years, will become Valideus' senior vice president for North America, starting this coming Monday. I don't know who's replacing him at Neustar, where he's been in charge of the company's domain name business […] Relat...

DomainIncite.com 3 days ago
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