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ICANN struggles to beat echo chamber after .Gay decision
Many responses to .gay community application decision are oversimplifying what happened…and getting it wrong. In headlines and tweets, it’s pretty easy to knock ICANN for a recent decision not granting .gay applicant dotgay llc community status for the domain name. The reality, for anyone who takes the time to understand ...
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 30 min ago
Paradise.com, Holiday.com and Iraq.com hit auction block next month
Valuable domain names go up for sale next month. For a company I hadn’t heard of before it announced it was auctioning Holiday.com a couple months ago, Breathe Luxury has assembled an impressive list of domain names for its auction next month. The company will auction off dozens of domain names in conjunction with the […]
Domain Name Wire - 3 hr 9 min ago
AnnualCreditReport.com goes after a big typosquatter
Company behind government-mandated free annual credit report site demands control of 227 typos. Central Source, a company created by the three major U.S. consumer credit bureaus, has filed an in rem lawsuit against 227 typos of its AnnualCreditReport.com domain name. This is the sixth cybersquatting lawsuit the company has filed this...
Domain Name Wire - 3 hr 34 min ago
Afilias plans to raise $100 million, warchest will help in new top level domain auctions
Afilias will float its shares on the AIM next month, and use proceeds in part to fund upcoming new TLD auctions. Domain name registry Afilias announced today that it intends to trade on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, raising $100 million. In doing so, Afilias will join fellow registries Minds + Machines and CentralNic on [...
Domain Name Wire - 4 hr 15 min ago
GetFixed.me upgrades to Fixed.com for $40k and other end user domain name sales
Fixed app fixes its domain name problem. I’m behind on last week’s end user domain name sales list since I was at the ICANN conference last week. This list is for sales taking place the week before last. The top reported sale was GoldPay.com at $50,000. It’s still in escrow, but I suspect the buyer […]
Domain Name Wire - 21 hr 47 min ago
YourNeighborhood.co owner tries to “pull a fast one” in UDRP
Trademark disclaims rights to “YourNeighborhood”. Eric Levy, who runs the neighborhood information site YourNeighborhood.co, has lost a UDRP against the domain name YourNeighborhood.com. He’s lucky the panelist didn’t bother to find him guilty of reverse domain name hijacking, too. The panelist determined that...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:28
Domain Name Wire Podcast #3: Tessa Holcomb on Igloo’s big domain name sales
Listen to Domain Name Wire Podcast #3. Every week, you read about domain name sales here on Domain Name Wire and on sites like DNJournal. These public sales just scratch the surface of total transactions taking place each week. Most sales, including most sales by domain broker Igloo.com, remain private. On this week’s podcast, ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:55
2 character domains get green light under new TLDs
ICANN Board approves resolution paving way for two character second level domains. Last week’s ICANN meeting started with good news for new top level domain name applicants: governments said they weren’t concerned about two letter second level domain names under new top level domain names. It got better as the week went o...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:19
This week’s new tlds: Military, .Realtor and sooome other domain
Rightside launches three military-themed domains, NAR launches .realtor, and a strange generic goes live. Here’s a run down of this week’s new top level domain name launches. On Wednesday, Rightside releases three military-themed domain names: .navy, .army and .airforce. Pricing runs from about $25-$35. Also on Wednesday,...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 20, 2014 - 9:42
This week’s TLDs: a Google launch and .Okinawa
A couple domains hit general availability, but hardly anyone notices. I was so busy at ICANN this week that I neglected to do my weekly preview of top level domain name launches… …but I didn’t miss much. Only two domain names hit general availability this week. On Tuesday, BusinessRalliart Inc. launched the Japan ge...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:52
Governments weigh in on community and two-letter domain names
ICANN GAC concerned about community priority evaluations but not two-letter domain names. The Governmental Advisory Committee to ICANN has issued its GAC Communique (pdf) from this week’s meeting in Los Angeles. There are a couple notable items on it related to new top level domain names. First, the GAC noted apparent inconsist...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 13:59
Expired Domain Report: A Chinese Takeover!
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week’s expired domain sales. Pretty soon, not speaking Chinese will disqualify me from reporting on the domain market altogether!  So many of the big-ticket domain sales look eastward — numerical domains, LL through LLLL, and Chinese Pinyin.  China dominated NameJet charts in September, an...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:50
10 photos from ICANN 51
A quick visual look at this week’s ICANN meeting in Los Angeles. It has been a busy, busy week in Los Angeles. I’ll have more thoughts on ICANN 51 later. For now, I have a collection of photos from in and around the event. Captions are below each photo. Entertainment during TLD Registry (“Dot Chinese […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:1
Oooh: .ooo domain name takes over front page of Times of India
New top level domain pays for front page impact. The backers of the new .ooo domain name have crazy predictions for how many domain names they’ll sell. I’ll tip my hat to them for at least backing it up with some crazy advertising. Indian e-commerce company Infinibeam took out the entire front page of the […]
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:3
Grafitti artist Banksy demands Banksy.com domain name
Agent files UDRP to get domain name. Famous grafitti artist Banksy has filed a cybersquatting complaint against the owner of Banksy.com. The case was filed by Banksy Inc (C/O Pest Control Office Limited). Pest Control Office is essentially an agent and certification group for Banksy’s work. It is currently trying to get a U.S. ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:23
Do-Over: 2 TLD apps killed by objections get another chance
.Cam and Amazon IDN domain name decisions will be reviewed. ICANN has given two new top level domain name applications new life after embarrassing inconsistencies in string confusion objections. The board’s new TLD committee determined that decisions against Amazon.com’s .通販 application and Rightside’s .cam should b...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:1
How is this not reverse domain name hijacking?
Domain was allegedly registered well before company started using name. National Arbitration Forum panelist Dennis A. Foster has turned in a UDRP decision in favor of the respondent for the domain name IAFT.com. The case was filed by International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT International LLC), and the case was dead on arriv...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:45
31 notable domain sales from NameJet
Joseph Peterson reviews notable domain name sales at NameJet last month. During September, NameJet closed 80 domain sales at or above $2,000  – down slightly from August’s spike of 95 but consistent with May (76), June (69), and July (82). Continuing my experiment from last month’s article, I’ll be using a “co...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 12:19
Domain Name Wire Podcast #2: Tips to fight domain theft and Howard Neu talks TRAFFIC
Listen to Domain Name Wire Podcast #2. It’s Monday, and that means it’s Podcast Day! This week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast includes the latest domain name industry news, plus 5 tips to make sure you don’t become a domain name theft victim. I also chat with Howard Neu, who co-founded the TRAFFIC conference with ...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 13:48
Which ICANN sessions domainers should attend
A quick look at relevant sessions at this week’s ICANN conference. ICANN 51 formally kicks off today in Los Angeles. There are a lot of domain name investors in attendance, so I created a quick guide to sessions that might be interesting to them. Even if you aren’t in L.A., ICANN has excellent online participation […...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 13, 2014 - 13:10

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