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Bitcoin company among end user buyers at Sedo last week
A bitcoin company bought a domain at Sedo last week. Sedo had a solid sales week last week with $1.3 million worth of sales. Here are ten that were purchased by end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. Coinify.com $10,000 – BitCoin Nordi, a bitcoin seller. ForzaFootball.com $1,900 – FootballAddicts AB, ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 18, 2014 - 14:46
Afilias’ new top level domain names have very slow first day
Color me surprised. Afilias launched its first six new top level domain names yesterday, and I’d rate it as the worst first day performance of any portfolio applicant. I’m basing this on changes to the zone files. Here are the six domains Afilias’ launched in general availability yesterday with how many domains they...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 18, 2014 - 9:31
Rightside’s first two domain names enter landrush
After supporting dozens of Donuts’ launches, Rightside is finally ready to play its own hand. Rightside’s first two top level domain names are getting closer to market. The company, currently part of Demand Media, launched .democrat and .dance in landrush today. Although these are the first two of its own domains to enter...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:44
Panelist digs up key fact in Massy.com UDRP
Intent-to-use trademark does in complainant. Neal & Massy Holdings, a business conglomerate operating in the Carribean, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name Massy.com. Massy.com is owned by domain investor Gregory Ricks. Ricks defended himself without counsel in the UDRP. He made a good defense, pointing out that the...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:19
.Marketing and .Holiday each pick up 2,000+ domains on first day
First day .Marketing numbers seem rather low. Donuts launched .marketing and .holiday into general availability yesterday (post the Early Access phase), with both picking up over 2,000 registrations in the first partial day. .Marketing picked up 2,564 domains to hit 2,970 and .holiday added 2,125 to reach 2,341. These numbers are fro...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:24
Power of Press: London Standard’s front page article about .London
London Evening Standard dedicates half of front page to .london web address. .City domain names are popular with local press, and here’s a great example. Michael Blend (formerly with Demand Media) snapped this photo in London today. It’s the front page of London Evening Standard, and it looks like half of it is devoted to...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 15:34
With just 22 domains registered, .Rich is the biggest bomb in new TLDs. Or is it?
.Rich zone file only has 22 names in it. Last week the .rich top level domain name quietly launched in general availability. And I mean quietly. .Rich registry I-Registry’s website is still promoting the January launch of the .rich sunrise. There’s no mention of registrars carrying the domain, either. I can only find a ha...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:50
18 end user domain name sales
3D printing company among end user domain name buyers last week. Afternic and GoDaddy combined to sell over $2 million worth of domain names last week. Here are some that were sold to end users. You can view previous end user sales lists here. sa3at.com $14,000 – BinMadi Watches. As best I can tell this […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:15
Uniregistry activates thousands of reserved domains per TLD
Company held back thousands of domains and has not activated and parked them. If you take a look at Uniregistry’s zone files for its TLD launches so far, you might think yesterday was a huge day. After all, its previously launched .sexy domain jumped from 6,849 to 12,318 registrations. That’s an 80% increase. .Tattoo jump...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:44
A new TLD just canceled its landrush citing “little engagement”
.Best says registrars suggested little benefit to holding a landrush. The applicant for the .best top level domain name has canceled the landrush phase of its new top level domain name launch. The company says that “registrars have given us feedback that there has been very little engagement with the TLD Landrush Phase”. ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:18
GoDaddy.com Goes Down
Site won’t let users log in. GoDaddy appears to be having technical difficulties right now. Users trying to log in are greeted with a message like this: Service Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later. Reference #6.c758acc6.1397587049.b44810 I was able to enter my login crede...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:39
I finally registered a new TLD. Here is the (long) story.
I registered four new TLDs today. It took two hours. Today was the day. I finally registered a domain in a new TLD. Actually it looks like I ended up with four registrations, all in .link. Here is my story. Genre: horror. When I got to the office this morning I decided I was going […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:48
The smartest domainers of the past decade
Rather than complain about outside forces destroying their business, they grabbed the bull by the horns. The past decade has been one of ups and downs for domain name investors. Domain parking busted around the same time the overall economy imploded. Domain values faced downward pressure as investors no longer had rich parking profit...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:45
Expired domain guru wanted to write for DNW
Are you an expired domain junkie? Do you follow and actively participate in expired domain auctions at NameJet, SnapNames, and (perhaps) even GoDaddy auctions? Do you also enjoy writing? Domain Name Wire is seeking someone to write a weekly expired domain article that covers both recent sales as well as hot domains coming up in [R...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:21
WTF: No reverse domain hijacking if you try to buy domain first
Panelist says no reverse domain name hijacking because domain owner didn’t respond to purchase inquiries. Today’s “WTF, why isn’t this reverse domain name hijacking” case comes courtesy of panelist Alistair Payne and Czech Arbitration Court (CAC). The case was filed by the proprietor of French trademarks...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 14, 2014 - 15:9
CTIA kills Amazon.com’s bid for .mobile domain name
International Chamber of Commerce decision eliminates Amazon.com’s plans to run the .mobile top level domain name. CTIA, a trade group representing mobile phone carriers, has successfully objected to Amazon.com’s application to run the .mobile top level domain name domain name. CTIA filed Community Objections against appl...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:36
Wolfram doesn’t use computation in URS dispute
A lot of brain power missed the connection. Wolfram Research, Inc. has lost a Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) case for mathematica.guru and wolfram.ceo, and the case is noteworthy for a couple reasons. First, the domain names were owned by two different people. One of the whois records has privacy on it, and companies often file [R...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:3
Sedo hacked over the weekend
Intrusion resulted in confirmation emails sent to a “small number” of customers. Sedo was compromised over the weekend due to a security hole. This resulted in a number of registered Sedo users, including myself, receiving an email asking them to confirm their account. The confirmation email started: Dear Andrew, Thank yo...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:32
Uniregistry Whois tells you why a domain isn’t available
Whois explains if domain is on name collision list. One of the most frustrating challenges of pre-registering new top level domain names is having the registrar return a search “not available”. You end up asking yourself “why isn’t it available?” The first instinct is to blame the registry for holding ba...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 11, 2014 - 15:25
Dune.com hit with UDRP
Generic word targeted with UDRP filing. The generic domain name Dune.com has been hit with a UDRP at World Intellectual Property Organization. The case was filed by Dune Holdings Limited, a London-based seller of shoes and accessories. The company uses the web address DuneLondon.com, so it’s no wonder that it wants the shorter ...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, April 11, 2014 - 12:3

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