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No more free ride for ICANN Fellows?

Newcomers who get free travel to ICANN meetings will have to show they’re serious about participating in the community, under new rules. ICANN is revamping its Fellowship program to ensure that it’s actually meetings its goals of increasing the pool of mugs knowledgeable volunteers that the community can draw on. The program, designed to bring […]

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Afilias moves HQ to United States

Tax law changes influence decision to move headquarters to U.S. Domain name registry Afilias has made the United States its legal headquarters, moving it from Ireland. The company created a new Delaware company, Afilias, Inc. and made its previous parent company, Afilias plc, a subsidiary of the Delaware company. Afilias was one of many domain […]

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Do You Ever Stop Being a Domainer?

My career path has been… well, weird. My second book ended up becoming a Wall Street Journal and USA Today besteller, so I’m “obviously” (the operative word) an author. My YouTube channel is doing better and better (~31,500 subscribers), so I’m a YouTuber as well, just as obviously. However, in my case, crypto tends to […]

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Fraudsters Can Access Sensitive Information from Abandoned Domains

Gabor Szathmari explored the risks associated with domain name abandonment and found that he could use them to retrieve emails with sensitive information, account passwords, to take over accounts for …

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Pilot Fitness, LLC tried reverse domain name hijacking

Fitness website for pilots tries to get the .net to match its .com but is found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking instead. Pilot Fitness, LLC, a company that helps traveling professionals stay f…

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Adopting IDN to Reach New Untapped Markets

An IDN is a domain name which uses a particular encoding and format to allow a wider range of scripts to represent domain names such as Gujarati, Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari and many more scripts. In simple words, a domain name with non-English characters will be called an Internationalized Domain Name. Humans have a variety […]

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3 Ways Startups Screw Up Domain Deals

As a startup founder who invests in domain names (rather than the stock market or real estate like most people), I’ve been able to see the domain industry from two sides, and I can tell you the perspectives from each are very different. Domain Investors buy a domain for the lowest price possible, and sell […]

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Open Design Contest – OverseasBBall.com ($50 to winner)

Today: Liquid Domains as a part-time business / UK market domain investing / The waiting game with escrow holds / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: UK market domain investing – Are you already investing in domains targeted for the UK markets? Check out what […]

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135 Domain Discoveries for September 1st

Every day we scan more than one hundred thousand domains across all the major marketplaces and pending delete lists to find domains you can buy that have sold in the past. Sale history, like the age of a domain name, is a great proxy for quality to help the cream rise to the top. Today’s […]

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Non-com #domain sightings : #UCF .edu

Quite often we run across domain names on vehicles; we attempt to photograph these “domains in the wild” while we’re stationary. That’s right, we won’t compromise safety in order to produce a photo! Domain names are grouped in two categories: dot .COM domains, and all the rest. This time around, we have a rare TLD, […]

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WTF Domains volume 1

Welcome to the first edition of WTF? Domains. A look at the ridiculous, the funny, the sometimes obscene. Domains that make you go WTF? Here is the first list of names that have expired that I have been compiling, future posts will be the previous weeks names. Some of the names were registered for over […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 31, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 31, 2018. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where […]

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Daily Poll: Are You Going to ICANN Barcelona?

I am going to be attending the ICANN meeting in Barcelona in October. I am going to be at the first half of the meeting and then flying back to Boston due to a prior commitment. This will be my first ICANN meeting. I don’t know how many actual ICANN events I will be attending, […]

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Labor Day sales special, list a domain for sale

Let’s celebrate Labor Day with a weekend sales special. $1,000 max asking price. This post should be used to sell a name where you are making some money with no commission, and leave a little for the next buyer. Every once in awhile there will be a comment about do we expect great names listed […]

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Whois privacy did NOT increase spam volumes

The advent of more-or-less blanket Whois privacy has not immediately led to the feared uptick in spam, according to researchers. Data from Cisco’s Talos email data service, first highlighted by security company Recorded Future this week, shows spam levels have been basically flat to slightly down since ICANN’s GDPR-inspired new Whois policy came into effect […]

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You need to hire a specialist lawyer for domain name disputes

Another example of a UDRP case gone wrong that might have gone the other way with different arguments. “Maybe we should read Gerald Levine’s book about UDRP before filing.” Would you hire a personal injury lawyer to file a trademark application? I hope not. You should hire an attorney who specializes in trademarks. When it […]

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California.com Domain Name Acquired by One Planet Ops

WALNUT CREEK, Calif: One Planet Ops, Inc. announced that it has acquired the domain name California.com, and intends to build a new website at that address reflecting the best the Golden State has to …

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New gTLD reports have been updated

I just finished the update of all new gTLD reports for the month of August/September 2018. New domain name registration volumes are an opportunity to check if end users register domain names or not. We recently added two new reports: Luxury and Music: New gTLDs related to CATERING and RESTAURANTEERING(.restaurant – .kitchen – .bar – […]

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Study Finds GDPR Has Had Minimal Impact on Spam and Domain Registrations

Contrary to concerns regarding the effect of GDPR, “not only has there not been an increase in spam, but the volume of spam and new registrations in spam-heavy generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has been on the decline.” This according to the latest research by Cisco Talos which conducts monthly tracking of email and spam volume. […]

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141 Domain Discoveries for August 31st

Every day we scan more than one hundred thousand domains across all the major marketplaces and pending delete lists to find domains you can buy that have sold in the past. Sale history, like the age of a domain name, is a great proxy for quality to help the cream rise to the top. Today’s […]

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#Sedo auction results : #GreatDomains tallied $133,000 in sales for August

Sedo has released the results of its recent GreatDomains sale, the week-long auction that recurs every month. Note: Sedo is a premium sponsor of DomainGang.com. Although EM.com did not meet its six figure reserve, 40 other domain names did. The stats are as follows: 230 domains on auction 40 sold (17.39%) Total sales value: $133,484 […]

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Daily Domain Picks 8-31-18

Daily Domain Picks 8-31-18 A different name at the top XYNames made the top sale with StoryKids.com. Top sales/closes from yesterday: storykids.com 37,500 USD 2018-08-30 XYNames.com ebf.com 30,500 USD 2018-08-30 Sedo sudden.com 24,950 USD 2018-08-30 Sedo cyn.com 24,950 USD 2018-08-30 Sedo iaw.com 20,501 USD 2018-08-30 Sedo vqx.com 14,230 USD 2018-08-30 Sedo *data courtesy of Namebio […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 30, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 30, 2018. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where […]

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.GLOBAL domains become 4 years old (infographic)

4 years have passed since .GLOBAL was launched. Ever since the launch, .GLOBAL has seen steady growth rate. It is currently standing at about 43,000 registered domain names. You can see all domain name sales from the .global registry at Sold.Domains. The domain name renewal rates of .global are: Year 1 : 63% Year 2 : 73% Year 3 […]

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Sedo Great Domains Auction Results – August 2018

The monthly Great Domains auction on Sedo concluded yesterday, and the auction ended with 40 domain names sold at a value of over $130,000. The three largest sales in the auction were EBF.com ($30,500), Sudden.com ($24,950), and CYN.com ($24,950). Because the auctions closed just yesterday, the sales have not closed yet. They will be reported […]

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.tel’s second-biggest registrar gets canned

A Chinese registrar that focused exclusively on selling .tel domain names has been shut down by ICANN. Tong Ji Ming Lian (Beijing) Technology Corporation Ltd, which did business as Trename, had its registrar contract terminated last week. ICANN claims the company had failed to pay its accreditation fees and failed to escrow its registration data. […]

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Do these Jack Ryan domain name registrations make sense?

Amazon Prime just released a new Prime Original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Amazon has been promoting this on Prime Video for months. Yesterday, the company registered these domain names: jack-ryan-tv.com jack-ryanseries.com jack-ryantheseries.com jack-ryantv.com jackryan-tv.com jackryantv.com tom-clancys-jack-ryan.com tomclancys-jackryan-tv.com tomclancys-jackryanseries.com tomclancys-jackryantheseries.com tomclancys-jackryantv.com tomclancysjackryan-tv.com tomclancysjackryantv.com tomclanys-jackryan.com Amazon always makes a slew of defensive domain name registrations when […]

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Where to invest a spare $1,000 in domain assets

Today: How to monetize an established website / Share a problem you are facing in domaining and find the solution / K.vg sold for $9,999 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Pending Delete inventory quality drop – Are the pre-released domains holding all the quality […]

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5 Steps to picking the perfect domain name for your retail business

Did you know that there are over 1 billion live websites on the Internet? This means that when it comes to choosing a domain name for your retail business, you need to find something that is not alrea…

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Afilias Moves to the U.S., Becomes a U.S. Multinational

Afilias, a leading domain registry operator, announced today that it has formally established a new corporate parent entity, Afilias, Inc. of Delaware, USA. Afilias plc of Ireland is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Afilias, Inc. Afilias further announced the relocation of its global corporate headquarters to Horsham, PA, the current offices of its operating […]

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