Changing Your Website’s Domain Name – DNW Podcast #70
Here’s how one company switched its domain name. Changing your website’s domain name is scary. How will everyone find your website? What will happen to your Google search rankings? On today’s episode, we talk to someone who has successfully made this change, Jeff Gapinksi. Jeff’s company Huemor switched from a...
Domain Name Wire - 10 min ago
ICANN board resuscitates’ .Hospital top level domain name
Objection decision will be heard by new panel. ICANN’s board has approved a resolution that breathes new life into Donuts’ application to run the .hospital top level domain name. Back in 2013, an International Chamber of Commerce panel agreed with the Independent Objectors’ limited public interest objection to the ....
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 51 min ago
ICANN cans Panama conference over Zika fears
Mosquitos force relocation of June meeting. Late Friday, ICANN announced that it is moving this summer’s meeting scheduled for Panama City due to fears over the Zika virus. The non-profit posted a notice on its meetings page: ICANN56, scheduled to be held in Panama in June 2016, will be moved to another location due to […...
Domain Name Wire - 2 hr 20 min ago
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Taco Bell revealing Quesalupa during Super Bowl & Quesalupa.com in pending delete.
Matching domain name is about to drop. It looks like Taco Bell’s Super Bowl 50 ad this evening will unveil the Quesalupa. As the name implies, it’s a chalupa filled with cheesy goodness (and probably a bit of heartburn). I assumed Taco Bell would snap up the Quesalupa.com domain name ahead of running its 2016 […] Th...
Domain Name Wire - 20 hr 39 min ago
Exclusive: GoDaddy’s 2016 Super Bowl Ad!
Take a look at this year’s GoDaddy Super Bowl ad before the big game airs. In a worldwide exclusive for Domain Name Wire, we have obtained an advance copy of this year’s GoDaddy Super Bowl ad. GoDaddy has been advertising during the Super Bowl since 2005, and I can’t imagine what a Super Bowl would […] The pos...
Domain Name Wire - Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 13:48
CentralNic co-founder retires from Board, Instra CEO joins
One of the founders of CentralNic is stepping down for his board duties. Domain name registrar and new top level domain name registry CentralNic announced two changes to its board today. Executive Director Robert Pooke has retired from the Board of Directors. Pooke was one of the founders of CentralNic and has been involved in [̷...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:58
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Kurt Pritz joins Allegravita
Former ICANN executive teams up with China consultancy. Kurt Pritz has joined Allegravita, a consulting firm led by Simon Cousins that helps companies in the Chinese market. Pritz held a number of positions at ICANN from 2003-2013, including overseeing the new top level domain name program. After leaving ICANN, he was executive direc...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 17:59
Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio get “Domain Name Bump” after Iowa
Interest in domain names related to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio increase after vote in Iowa. Trump domain names are so last year. Following Ted Cruz’s win in the Iowa caucuses and Marco Rubio’s strong finish, both became popular names in newly-registered .com and .net domain names. The graph below (from Verisign DomainView) ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 14:23
CHIPs, Numbers, and other expired domain name sales
Joseph Peterson analyzes the past week of expired domain name sales. Once again, China tops these charts – but not in the customary way. Rather than numerical domains, 4-letter “CHIPs”, or even Chinese Pinyin, we’re looking at an English domain about China: ChinaTech.com. The auction outcome itself ($4.7k) isn’...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:3
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Company sues Vox Media, demands TheVerge.com domain name
Indiana company that started as a meetup group says popular media site infringes its trademarks. An Indiana company has sued (pdf) Vox Media, publisher of the popular websites The Verge and Re/Code, claiming that the company is infringing its trademark for the term “Verge”. Indy Founders, LLC started a meetup group for en...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:9
.Gay domain name applicant denied again
ICANN Board Governance Committee denies one .gay applicant’s request for reconsideration. dotgay LLC has lost again in its attempt to get community status for its .Gay top level domain name application. The company lost its first bid for community status, and then got a second crack at the Community Priority Evaluation process ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 16:14
January’s Top 5 Domain Name Stories
From the Golden State Warriors to .Shop, here’s what made news last month. 2016 kicked off in style for the domain name business with NamesCon. Here’s what else happened last month, ranked in order of views on Domain Name Wire: 1. New Golden State Warriors arena to be Chase Center – I scooped that Chase […] Th...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 14:42
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Who bought what? End user domain name purchases
End user buyers include Fluor, which has a $6 billion market cap. Sedo handled 588 domain name transactions last week for a total of $1 million. A number of these domain names were purchased by end users, including the pricey acquisition of Choose.co.uk. Among other notable buyers, Engineering company Fluor bought a four letter domai...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 11:29
.Com Winners & Losers: Chinese registrars, Uniregistry continue surge
Chinese surge continues in latest .com reports ICANN has published Verisign’s registrar data for .com from October, and it shows the continued surge of registrations in China. Last month I wrote about how two Chinese domain name registrars, HiChina and eName, surged into the top 5 registrars worldwide for .com registrations. Bo...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 13:5
Huge C-Suite Shakeup at Sedo
Company will have new CMO, CSO and CFO. Sedo announced a slew of changes to its executive offices this morning. Solomon Amoako is stepping down from his role as North American Chief Sales Officer for personal reasons. Dima Beitzke will assume management of both the North American and International sales teams as Chief Sales Officer [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 11:30
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Domain name investor wins domain on NameJet, then wins UDRP
DiamondTrust.com was hit with a UDRP just after selling on NameJet. A domain name investor has successfully defended the domain name DiamondTrust.com in a UDRP filed just after he won the domain name on NameJet. James Kim of SouthKorea.com won an auction for DiamondTrust.com for $1,319 at NameJet in October last year. Diamond Trust C...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 11:21
Bazaarvoice founder launching new company on .World domain name
Startup chooses data.world domain name. Austin entrepreneur Brett Hurt, who founded Bazaarvoice and later took it public, is launching a new startup on a new top level domain name. Hurt announced that he has joined up with a number of former Bazaarvoice execs who later went to HomeAway to found data.world. (HomeAway, another Austin c...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:33
Minds + Machines Reports Q4 data
Billings surge in Q4. New top level domain name company Minds + Machines has released some of its Q4 and full year 2015 results ahead of the publication of full results in April. The company generated $4.18 million in billings for domain name registrations in Q4, with $1.52 million of this from premium domain names. […] The pos...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:20
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Which Self-Driving Car Domains will Win?
Is there gold in self-driving car domain names? I’m optimistic about the future and the innovations it will bring. Last week I published a post on UpMoney about trends and technologies that are changing our world. One of these technologies is self-driving cars, which will have a profound effect on society and many industries be...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 13:28
Buying “Distressed” Domain Names – DNW Podcast #69
How to buy a domain from a company that hit hard times. Companies own a lot of great domain names, but prying them from their hands can be difficult. When companies go through bankruptcy or reorganization, however, there’s a buying opportunity for domain names that have been locked up for years. Today’s guest, Dmitriy Che...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:30

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