What domain names eBay, Mastercard and 22 others bought this week
Big brands among domain name buyers at Sedo this past week. Sedo had another strong week for domain name sales with a whopping 1,080 transactions for at total of $1.5 million. Many of these sales were, once again, short letter and numeric domain names sold to people in China. But this column focuses on end […]
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Verisign gets patent for evaluating typeability of domain names
Patent describes ways to score domain names based on how easy it is to type them on different keyboards. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 9,195,316 to Verisign for “Evaluating typeability of domain names.” The patent describes a way of taking different inputs, namely the layout/type of keyboa...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 12:3
New Forests Asset Management is a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker
Company filed dead-on-arrival UDRP after failing to purchase domain name it wanted. New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited of North Sydney, Australia has been found to have engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking over the domain name NewForests.com. The asset management firm uses the Australian country code domain name NewForests....
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:8
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Plan now for these Black Friday domain name specials
Registrars are discounting domain name registrations, and some of the sales have already started. People in the United States are getting ready to unplug for a couple days to eat copious amounts of turkey. As soon as they’re finished digesting turkey legs and pumpkin pie, the holiday shopping season is officially underway. I...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 9:38
Verisign issues statement on Chinese market for domain names
Company says it can’t predict if surge will continue, nor what renewal rates will be. .Com registry Verisign issued a statement today regarding an upcoming presentation at a financial conference and provided commentary on the Chinese domain name market. Domain name registrations in China are leading to an outsized performance i...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 23, 2015 - 17:52
Twerking & Clubbing – Jeff Sass – DNW Podcast #60
When will new top level domain names have their “twerking moment”. Have new top level domain names had their twerking moment yet? Jeff Sass, CMO of .Club, talks about what it’s going to take for new top level domain names to go mainstream. We also discuss what’s going on in China and the value of […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 23, 2015 - 11:30
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KeyDrive to rebirth TrafficClub name for NX traffic monetization
Traffic.Club Sàrl will be the new name of KeyDrive’s NX traffic monetization service. I took a trip down memory lane last week when I noticed that the domain name TrafficClub.com sold on Sedo for $899. TrafficClub.com was a domain traffic splitting system created over a decade ago by Moniker. Clients pointed their domain names ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 23, 2015 - 10:31
3 Letter .Com hits new auction site at $10 with no reserve
Greg Ricks is betting a valuable domain on getting attention for his own auctions. Domain name investor Greg Ricks has added auctions to his Perfect Name site, and he’s putting up a 3 letter .com domain name at no reserve to draw attention to it. DXC.com is currently in an auction on Perfect Name with […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 23, 2015 - 9:20
Judge: .XYZ statements were puffery and opinion
Judge explains why he dismissed Verisign’s lawsuit. Judge Claude M. Hilton has issued his reason for granting .XYZ’s motion for summary judgment in a battle with .com giant Verisign. The judge granted the motion for summary judgment on October 26. In an opinion released today, Hilton said that .XYZ’s and Daniel Nega...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 18:8
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XYZ 2, Verisign 0
Judge dismisses registry change lawsuit. A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit Verisign filed against .XYZ and CentralNic. Verisign sued the companies after two of Verisign’s clients sold their top level domain names to .XYZ and switched to CentralNic for registry services. .XYZ acquired .Theatre, .Protection and .Security. T...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 16:13
259999.com sells for $15,100 (and other expired domain name sales)
Who says there’s nothing new UnderTheSun.com ($3.8k)? Two months ago, a pair of 6-digit numerical domains topped these charts. But those headline-making expired auctions – $7.5k and $7.3k – fail to match last week’s $15.1k sale … even added together! Has the entire asset class doubled in price after 2 short months? ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:25
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Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 16:48
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2 Great (and Free) Tools for Domain Investors
Better bulk search and a handy new tool from DomainPunch. I come across good tools for domainers from time-to-time, and want to pass a couple good ones along to you. First is NameBright’s bulk availability search. Alan Dunn mentioned this tool in a blog post yesterday, and I gave it a shot. Most registrars limit […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:45
RDNH should have been considered in BankWell.com decision
Panelist gets decision correct but doesn’t consider reverse domain name hijacking. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has denied New Canaan, Connecticut-based Bankwell Financial Group in its cybersquatting complaint against Bankwell.com. However, panelist Peter Dernbach did not consider if Bankwell engaged in r...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 10:19
Booking.com buys .Hotels domain name for $2.2 million
Booking.yeah! Hotel booking company Booking.com has won exclusive rights to run the .hotels top level domain name for $2.2 million. The company was the only applicant for the .hotels domain name. However, .hotels and .hoteis were one of two sets of domains to be considered “too similar” in ICANN’s first pass of stri...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 21:59
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As .Com registrations surge, is Verisign a good buy?
Domain name registrations are outpacing Verisign’s guidance. There was a rather spirited conversation over at DomainSherpa today about the landrush on short domain names. Is it a bubble? Maybe so. But guests Frank Schilling, Andrew Rosener and Shane Cultra discussed one way you can play in this boom without ever buying a numeri...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:27
Oversee.net co-founder Lawrence Ng launches $10 million incubator
OnRamp Fund is just the latest of Ng’s ventures post Oversee.net. Lawrence Ng today announced the launch of OnRamp Fund, a new incubator with $10 million to invest in early-stage startups. Ng co-founded Oversee.net, best known for its DomainSponsor domain parking service. He served as CEO of the company until 2008, and then Cha...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 14:0
Google cross promoting domain names to existing customers
Company sends $10 discount to some Google Analytics customers. One of the reasons domain name registrars are keeping a close eye on competition from Google Domains is the search giant’s massive user base of small business customers. It already has customers plugged into its email, apps and analytics services. It’s easy to...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11:35
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With 24 hours to go, all .Club domains in auction have 2+ bids
.Club auction is sizzling on Sedo. The .Club numeric domain name auction on Sedo is a rare sight: All 37 domain names have bids and will sell when the auction closes tomorrow. In fact, each domain name has at least two bidders, so it’s likely we’ll see lots of activity over the next 24 hours. […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11:1
What domain names Business Insider and 18 others bought last week
Here are companies that bought domain names last week. Sifting through Sedo’s weekly sales list to find end user domain name sales is becoming a time-consuming task, but it’s good news for Sedo and the domain name aftermarket. The run on short domain names is filling Sedo’s coffers. Last week the company handled an ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 10:10
NAF Panelist Flubs another UDRP Decision
Panelist doesn’t address domain name owner’s evidence. Earlier this year I was dumbfounded by the actions of panelist Bruce Meyerson in a UDRP case at National Arbitration Forum. He literally asked the complainant to change its argument so he could find in its favor. Meyerson just decided another UDRP case at NAF that cal...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 13:31
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Be careful about domain name pumping
Carefully consider the source of domain name sales data. It’s no secret that money is being made with short domain names right now. It has moved beyond 2 and 3 character domains to longer domain names. I applaud those who have taken advantage of this price appreciation and are making money. But I also want […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:34
Electronic Frontier Foundation takes down spoof malware site
Site was spreading malware under “Pawn Storm”. It’s a bit ironic, really. Electronic Frontier Foundation, which defends privacy and online freedoms, was itself spoofed in an attempt to spread malware. The organization has won control of the spoof site, ElectronicFrontierFoundation.org, through a cybersquatting compl...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 9:26
9 years later, Twitter gets Twitter.com.au
Company finally gets hold of Australian domain name. Twitter has won a cybersquatting complaint against the owner of the Australian domain name Twitter.com.au. The company filed the complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization. Jason Boyce registered the domain name in 2006, just as the Twitter service was in development. ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 16, 2015 - 20:14
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This week’s new TLDs: Save the .Earth, .Forex and more
Targeted to eco-friendly sites, .Earth launches on Thursday. Earlier today I wrote about two new top level domain names that launched today: .broker and .forex. Investment opportunities are limited since .broker will set you back about $700 and .Forex is over $1,000 per year. There are two other domain names launching this week. On W...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, November 16, 2015 - 13:15

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