Wow: Sedo sold 100 four letter .com’s last week
Four letter domain names are the new three letter domain names. Now that all of the three letter .com bargains have been picked over, it seems investors are on the hunt for the next best thing…four letter domain names. Sedo sold a whopping 100 four character domain names last week. Prices ranged from $749 for […]
Domain Name Wire - 5 hr 7 min ago
Google bolsters Google Domains, switching to Domains.Google?
Registrar is revving up with simple email connection, more domain options. Google announced today that it’s adding features to its domain name registrar Google Domains, plus expanding the number of domain names it offers. I suspect Google is also getting ready to change the domain name the service is hosted on. The company is m...
Domain Name Wire - 6 hr 23 min ago foreshadows AWS re:Invent news with domain name registrations
What will Amazon reveal at AWS re:Invent this week? Here are some clues. registered 21 domain names yesterday that likely foreshadow product announcements at this week’s AWS re:Invent conference. The company registered 5 internet of things domain names as it prepares to launch a cloud-based service for IOT this week:...
Domain Name Wire - 11 hr 20 min ago
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Thoughts on the latest domain name “scandal”
A prominent figure in the domain name industry has apparently hit hard times. I’ve been writing Domain Name Wire for ten years. When I started writing, domain forums were where all of the discussion took place. Over time, blogs have become a central point of discussion in the domain name industry. Part of the reason […]
Domain Name Wire - 11 hr 42 min ago
.Sex domain name enters “matching” period
Companies have 30 days to buy matching domain names. The .Sex top level domain name has exited sunrise and is now available to more registrants. From now until October 30, anyone who owns a .xxx domain name can register a .sex domain name. Also, if you paid to block your .xxx name during the .xxx […]
Domain Name Wire - 13 hr 12 min ago
This week: .Film top level domain name launches
It’s more restricted than the already-available .movie. array of registrars. In order to register .film domain names, you must be a member of one of these organizations. You also have to have a close tie to the name(s) you register at the second level. In other words, no speculating in .Film. .Film will compete with […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:35
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Richard Lau’s Journey, and NamesCon – DNW Podcast #53
Richard Lau tells his story and what to look forward to at NamesCon 2016. Richard Lau’s life hit bottom in 2000. His business was essentially wiped out in one week. Worse, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Since then he has perservered in both business and in health. On today’s show, he discusses his journey. […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:30
.Com Winners Update: Google Domains is Growing
Here’s how registrars fared with .com in June. ICANN has published Verisign’s registrar data for .com from June. As always, GoDaddy dominated the charts in terms of new registrations. And, for the second month in a row, it avoided the top 5 when it comes to net transfer losses. But the bigger story to me […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:51
What stadium is National Car Rental buying naming rights to?
A new stadium for the St. Louis Rams? In 2013 I scooped that Levi’s was buying naming rights to a stadium based on domain name registrations. It turned out to be for the NFL 49ers stadium. Recent domain name registrations suggest its National Car Rental’s turn. The company just registered: nationalcar...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 13:12
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September’s Top 5 Domain Name Wire Stories
A look back at last month’s top domain name news. Ashley Madison, domain name liquidity and a domain parking lawsuit were popular topics last month. 1. Ashley Madison takes down – the company got it by filing a UDRP. 2. How can we bring liquidity to the domain name business? – with nearly 10...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:32
.Miami domain names go on sale today
Miami gets its own domain name today. I didn’t get around to my usual weekly roundup of domain name launches, but there’s a big one happening today at noon ET: .Miami. .Miami joins .NYC and .Vegas as the only .city domain names in the United States. Unlike many of the other geo domain name launches, […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 2, 2015 - 9:15 for $27.3k and other expired domain name sales
A weekly wrap of expired domain name sales. One reading of ($27.3k) is “warlike” (好战 / hào zhàn). China fortunately isn’t – not compared to the USA – but its domain buyers sure are aggressive lately! At least 3 of the top 4 expired domain auctions at NameJet last week fit the profile: Pinyin, […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 14:39
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Kurt Pritz resigns from Domain Name Association
Executive Director steps down from role. Kurt Pritz has stepped down from his role as Executive Director of Domain Name Association, and advocacy group for the domain name industry. In a letter sent to DNA members this afternoon, Chairman Adrian Kinderis did not identify a successor. Kinderis wrote: Fellow members may have concerns a...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:49
BMW wins B.MW domain name cybersquatting case
Domain name owner had a plausible defense, but didn’t bother to respond to the allegations. Car company BMW has won rights to the domain name B.MW through a cybersquatting arbitration proceeding through World Intellectual Property Organization. .Mw domain names are country code domain name for Malawi. .Mw domain names use the s...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:19
Domain name registrars no longer have to carry general liability insurance
ICANN waives insurance requirement for accredited registrars. ICANN’s board approved a resolution this week to waive an insurance requirement for domain name registrars. The registrar accreditation agreement requires registrars to carry general liability insurance of at least $500,000, but ICANN will no longer require this. ICA...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:58
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Don’t be like a Tesla apologist
Some criticisms are valid, and this extends to the domain name industry. I stayed up to watch the Tesla Model X launch event online Tuesday night. It was supposed to start at 8 PM PST. Nearly an hour later, Elon Musk shuffled onto the stage unapologetically and proceeded to give a lackluster introduction to a […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 9:55
ICANN selects Panama for June 2016 meeting
Panama City selected for next summer’s meeting. ICANN’s summer meeting next year will take place in Panama City, Panama. The decision was made during a board meeting earlier this week. I think this meeting will draw a lot of domain name investors. Many already live in Panama (such as Andrew Rosener of Media Options) and [...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 9:13
20 end user domain name sales up to $20,000
A firefighting equipment manufacturer, event crew provider and celebrity news site bought domain names last week. Sedo handled 697 domain name transactions this past week, for about $1 million in sales. This includes a number of solid end user domain name sales in the five figure range, such as and for $20,00...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 11:51
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Even before, people thought was owned by Taco Bell
Sure, some people will type instead of But that confusion isn’t new. Yesterday I wrote about how I think is a great shortcut web address for Taco Bell, and perhaps better than Many people disagree, and one commenter (on the first post about asked how much traffic will end up […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:43
NBC launching SeeSo streaming service?
Company registers domain names for what appears to be a streaming TV service. Judging from recent domain name registrations, NBC Universal is getting ready to launch an over-the-top streaming service called Seeso. The company registered dozens of domain names related to the service yesterday. I can’t track down any related trad...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:9
16,000+ .NYC domains will be released next week
Some good .nyc domain names will be released next week. .NYC will release 16,674 previously blocked .NYC domain names on October 8. The domain names were all blocked as name collisions. Not all name collision names will be released, however. Names like,, and are still being held back, pr...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 15:45
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Lawsuit filed to recover stolen domain name
Company files lawsuit after losing UDRP. After failing to recover the allegedly stolen domain name through a UDRP, the previous owner of the domain name has turned to the courts., LLC, which generates leads for education companies, filed a lawsuit (pdf) in U.S. District Court in Virignia late last week to recove...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:22
Why is better than
For Taco Bell, using is better than Yesterday Taco Bell began promoting the domain hack for its updated website, which gives people the ability to order customized Taco Bell menu items online. (Finally! I can add bacon to my Doritos Locos Tacos!) Will from posted this comment on Domain Name Wire:...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 10:50
New TLD competition report is worthless
Getting answers to the wrong questions… ICANN released a report yesterday called “Phase I Assessment of the Competitive Effects Associated with the New gTLD Program”, undertaken by an outside research firm. I found the report mostly worthless. This is partly because the new TLD program’s focus on increasing ch...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 10:27
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Panel rules reverse domain name hijacking in dispute. A three person National Arbitration Forum panel has found the complainants in a UDRP over to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. You’re probably not surprised about an RDNH in a case for a million dollar generic like What...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 28, 2015 - 15:51

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