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My .website results: Hexonet wins the day
Hexonet did remarkably well with my .website pre-orders. On Wednesday, I wrote about the challenges I had pre-registering domain names at various registrars. I was specifically trying to pre-register .website domains. .Website was supposed to launch Wednesday, but was delayed a day for technical reasons. This gave me another 24 hours...
Domain Name Wire - 9 hr 14 min ago
Susan Lawrence joins Minds + Machines
Former Oversee.net and Above employee to work for registry. Ron Jackson’s job placement service has just placed a new candidate. Susan Lawrence, who has worked at several domain name companies, has joined Minds + Machines as Senior Director of Affiliate Marketing. Most people in the domain industry know Lawrence from when she w...
Domain Name Wire - 10 hr 31 min ago
Verisign would like to remind you that plenty of .com’s are still available
…but it paints availability in the best possible light. Ever since new top level domains started rolling out, Verisign has been pushing the idea that plenty of high quality .com domain names are still available. It’s sort of right. Take a look at this infographic the company just put out. The company has some interesting ...
Domain Name Wire - 11 hr 14 min ago
Expired Domain Report: 4 letter domain sells for $31.5k
Chinese container shipping — which is to say global freight –  must account for last week’s $22.6k sale of QianWan.com. The Qingdao Qianwan Container Terminal Co., Ltd. manages one of the world’s busiest ports. Namejet’s top expired auction, on the other hand, isn’t so easy to I.D.: IDAI.com for $3...
Domain Name Wire - 11 hr 45 min ago
Donuts wants to patent Domain Protected Marks List
Registry files patent application for brand protection tool. Donuts wants to patent the Domain Protected Marks List (DPML), a service that helps brand owners prevent their trademarks from being registered across multiple top level domains. The company filed U.S. patent application 13/804919 (pdf) in March 2013 for “Domain Prote...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 17:19
.Buzz discovers that its registrants enjoy the high life
New TLD .Buzz found a customer base it wasn’t targeting. When Bill Doshier decided to apply for the .buzz top level domain name, he had a vision for how it would be used: entertainment, social media, fashion…you get the idea. Once the domain name went live, he noticed an entirely different customer segment registering dom...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 15:15
Igloo acquires Aftermarket.com
Domain broker acquires domain name marketplace. Igloo, a fast growing domain name broker, has acquired domain name marketplace Aftermarket.com from Thought Convergence. The move makes sense for Igloo. While its focus in the past has been on larger, high touch transactions, it is now handling the sale of the old DomainSponsor portfoli...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 11:0
New TLDs find their religion: .Church wins the day
.Church was the top TLD launch yesterday. Going into yesterday, I bet that .guide would be Donuts’ top domain name launch of the week. It’s a fairly generic domain that works with a number of second level domains, similar to .tips (which now has 30,000 registrations). I should have known that word travels fast in […...
Domain Name Wire - Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:22
Wow: Amazon.com buys .Buy for $4.6 million, .Tech sells for $6.8 million
You might think new top level domain names aren’t meeting early expectations, but applicants still apparently value the opportunity very high. ICANN held its second “auction of last resort” for new top level domain names today. Three contention sets were resolved at very high prices. Here are the results: .Tech sold...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 22:18
WWE accepts the challenge, fights for WWE.org
Domain name owner makes preemptive defense against UDRP. A UDRP for WWE.org was just filed with National Arbitration Forum. You’ll see a curious message when you visit the domain name: Disclaimer: wwe.org (Western Women Entrepreneurs) is not associated with wwe.com (World Wrestling Entertainment) nor we have any intention to re...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:43
CoolMath.com files cybersquatting suit against leased domain name
Company wants control of CoolMathGames.com, which Vertical Axis might have leased to another party. If you’ve ever stumbled upon a site in the CoolMath.com network of websites, you probably thought you had taken a trip back to the 1990s. With black backgrounds and neon graphics, all that’s missing are spinning logos. But ...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:55
Radix delays new TLD launches until tomorrow
Pricing configuration issue delays launch of three top level domain names. New top level domain name applicant Radix has delayed the launch of its first three domain names until tomorrow. .Website, .Press and .Host will all launch tomorrow at noon EDT. They were scheduled to release at the same time today. Sandeep Ramchandani, busine...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 14:19
.Vegas launches with strong support from local businesses
.Vegas off to solid start with lots of locals registering domain name. The .Vegas domain name launched on Monday and generated about 3,000 domain name registrations in the first hours of availability, plus another 1,400 registrations on Tuesday. .Vegas is somewhat unique because it represents both a U.S. city and a global brand synon...
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 14:7
Hey domain registrars, get your sh*t together!
Pre-ordering new TLDs is (still) a complete mess. This morning I tried to give my money to a handful of domain name registrars. I tried really hard. Some of them refused to take it unless I jumped through a bunch of hoops. Mind-numbing, hair-pulling hoops. Someone pass the Propecia, because I’m going to need some […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:57
Should this UDRP complainant have withdrawn its case?
The response made it clear it would not win its case. The group that owns the the French wine estate Chateau Ausone filed a UDRP against the owner of Ausone.com. On the face of it, I can understand why they filed the complaint. At the time they filed, visitors to Ausone.com saw a parked page […]
Domain Name Wire - Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 11:19
DotGreen Community is back!
Group that promoted .green domain name for years is back at the table. Remember DotGreen Community, the company that wanted to run the .green top level domain name but gave up in the face of competition? The company never really went away, but it famously gave up its bid to run .green after determining it […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 14:27
$25,000 new TLD sale among this week’s end user domain name sales
Travel company is among at least four end users who bought new TLDs at Sedo this past week. There is an aftermarket for new top level domain names. It’s not huge, and few people are getting rich from it. But there is a market. Take this week’s $25,000 sale of Baltic.cruises by Viking River Cruises. […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 13:18
Minds + Machines’ new domain names off to slow start
Demand appears to have been low at launch. Minds + Machines launched its first six owned and operated top level domain names yesterday. The results can only be described as weak, at least based on overnight zone file numbers. Here’s the activity in the zone files: .Vodka 421 to 469 .Cooking 378 to 439 .Fishing […]
Domain Name Wire - Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:19
Owner of CountryGirlStore.com guilty of reverse domain name hijacking
Company abused policy to try to deprive rightful owner of CountryGirl.com domain name. LML Investments, owner of Country Girl branded clothing sold at CountryGirlStore.com, has been admonished by a panel for abusing the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against PA Gordo...
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:55
This is the biggest week yet for new TLDs (16 domains!)
16 domains hit the market this week. At the end of last month, I wrote about how the next 50 days would be important for new TLDs. Within that 50 days, this week is perhaps the biggest: 16 domain names will enter general availability. Call it Launch Week, and it’s really big for two of […]
Domain Name Wire - Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:27

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