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.ooo owner Infinibeam isn’t just crazy, it’s a misinformation machine
Company is spreading a lot of incorrect information about domain names. I was rather amused when Infibeam, the Indian ecommerce company behind .ooo, announced its bold ambitions for the domain name last month. I figured it was just a publicity stunt. Kevin Murphy called the company’s sales targets including millions of first ye...
Domain Name Wire - 1 hr 50 min ago
“Creepy” .Com videos get 600k watches, here are 2 more [Watch]
If you thought “Fish on a Bus” was weird, wait until you see “Bee in a Bar”. Last week Verisign released videos under its new marketing campaign “Make Your Idea Internet Official”. The videos have been described in a number of ways, with “creepy” being one of them. Yeah, “Fish on ...
Domain Name Wire - 3 hr 3 min ago
Domain Holdings sold nearly $10 million in domain names last quarter
…and 98% of sales were .com. Domain Holdings’ outbound domain name sales machine continued to churn last quarter, with the company selling $9.55 million worth of domains in Q3. That’s down slightly from the $9.9 million it sold in Q2, but that quarter included a $5.0 million sale. The biggest transaction in Q3 was $...
Domain Name Wire - 23 hr 26 min ago
21 end user domain name sales at Sedo
A sex toy company, pet food seller and Big Blue bought domain names last week. Sedo sold $1 million worth of domain names last week, including some to big name buyers. It looks like IBM even got into the mix. Here’s a list of 21 end user sales at the marketplace last week: (You can […]
Domain Name Wire - 23 hr 50 min ago
Critics say Google is “Hispandering” with new .Soy domain name
If the company is Hispandering, it’s also mompandering and corporationpandering. New top level domain name registries offering regional, niche, or cultural domains, take note: the people you’re targeting might take it the wrong way. That’s apparently the case with .soy. Google’s new domain name isn’t tar...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:55
TLD Registry opens Chinese headquarters and names GM
Chinese IDN registry opens office in “China’s Silicon Valley”. TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China. The company’s China headquarters is in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, commonl...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 16:6
Amazon.com trademark might tip off plans for new top level domain names
Trademark application covers registry services related to selling domain names to the public. What does Amazon.com plan to do with top level domain names it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just Amazon.com’s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers? We don’t [...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:56
.Feedback plans to bundle feedback platform with domain names
.Feedback domain names will come with a full-fledged feedback system. Jay Westerdal’s company Top Level Spectrum has submitted a request to ICANN to offer a feedback platform combined with its forthcoming .feedback top level domain name. The platform would mean that .feedback registrants could almost instantaneously launch a si...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 10:19
Radix gets .site – did Google participate in a private auction?
Radix tops Google and three others to win .site domain name. New top level domain name company Radix has secured the .site domain name, the company announced on social media this morning. That means the company has .website, .site and is still in the running to complete the trifecta with .web. Particularly interesting is that […...
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 9:32
Turkish restaurant chain guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Develi Restaurant chain guilty of abusing UDRP. A restaurant in Turkey has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name develi.com. The complainant runs a restaurant chain called Develi and uses the domain name DeveliKebap.com. A key problem for the complainant was that Develi is also the name of a city [&#...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 13:34
Domain Name Wire Podcast #4: Ron Jackson recaps this year’s domain name sales
Listen to Domain Name Wire Podcast #4. What impact has the launch of hundreds of new top level domain names had on the domain name market? In this episode of the Domain Name Wire podcast, DNJournal editor Ron Jackson recaps year-to-date domain name sales and discusses recent sales trends. He also talks about how he […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 11:14
This week’s new TLD launch
Slim pickings for new top level domain names this week. You might notice something subtle in the title of this post. It’s singular. That’s because, as best I can tell, just one publicly available domain name is entering general availability this week: .saarland. Saarland is a German state. The domain name launches on Thur...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:46
.XYZ harnesses the power of .Com to promote its domain names
Company uses com.com to market .xyz domain names. Regardless of what you think about its approach, I’ve got to hand it to .xyz. The top level domain is trying a bunch of creative marketing and sales tactics. Here’s one a reader just tipped me off to: the company is using the com.com “typo” to inform […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, October 27, 2014 - 9:50
ICANN: no decision yet on Morocco meeting
Organization is considering its options due to possible travel restrictions. ICANN today responded to rumors about postponing next February’s meeting in Morocco by saying it has not yet made a decision. However, it confirmed that it is considering a postponement related to the Ebola outbreak. While Morocco itself is not at the ...
Domain Name Wire - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 19:49
Over 200 expired domain name sales [results]
Joseph Peterson reviews the past week of expired domain name auctions. It will surprise some people that the country responsible for last week’s #2 Namejet expired auction is Turkey. Kemer.com ($11.4k) describes a seaside resort region. No, Italy, Greece, and Spain are not the only countries on the Mediterranean. ICANN has offi...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:37
Analyst ups forecast for new TLDs, $900MM bookings by 2016
Analyst becomes more bullish on new top level domain name potential. B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha has increased his forecast for new top level domain name registrations after attending last week’s ICANN conference in Los Angeles. Previously, he was calling for about 20 million new TLD registrations from 2014-2016, now he’...
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:53
Why .com had a good quarter (and .net didn’t )
Thank the Chinese and discount pricing for continued demand for .com domain names. Verisign handled 8.7 million new registrations in .com and .net in the third quarter this year, the most ever in a third quarter. That amounted to 1.15 million domain names added to the namespace. The addition was basically all in .com, as […]
Domain Name Wire - Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:2
Bad news for IDN.com investors
Verisign still negotiating with ICANN over .com transliteration domain names. Owners of IDN.com domain names that are patiently waiting for .com transliterations are going to have to keep waiting. In an SEC filing today, and on its investor conference call, Verisign said it has received an extension to the deadline for negotiating it...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 20:19
Lawsuit filed to recover stolen three letter domain names
Suit alleges 35 domain names were stolen from a GoDaddy account. Acme Billing Company filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) in U.S. District Court this week to recover 14 stolen domain names, including 9 three letter domain names. The suit alleges that an unknown person stole 35 domain names from Acme Billing Company’s GoDaddy account....
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:42
.Com rebound: Verisign adds 1.15 million domain names to hit 130.0 million
After slow second quarter, Verisign returns to health growth in net-adds in third quarter. Verisign just reported third quarter earnings, and it appears to have been a pretty good quarter in terms of .com and .net registrations compared to the previous quarter. The registration base for .com and .net increased by 1.15 million domain ...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:32

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