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I think 2019 is going to be the year I start investing in numeric domain names

Numeric domain names have been on my mind quite a bit this year. I’ve written a number of articles about 5N .COMs selling for mid four-figures in expired domain auctions and overall I’ve been watching numeric .COMs more than usual. Well, more than usual is a pretty low bar since historically I haven’t paid any […]

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ButterflyLabs.com sold for $9,100

Today: Using a “sleeper”email address when trying to acquire a Domain via Email / Quantum related domains.. showcase, sales, talk, etc. / Official .WTF Showcase and Discussion Thread / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying LLLL.coms – Do you have any four-letter .com’s in your […]

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136 Domain Discoveries for September 22nd

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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#TaxNews : Dropped #domain sells for a good chunk of money at #DropCatch

With death and taxes being life’s two unavoidable things, it’s not surprising to see tax related domains sell for a lot of money. Take for example TaxNews.com, a domain that was originally registered by the British company PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC.) Somehow, that 1996 registration dropped, perhaps due to the registrant email “pwcgts@ca.pwc.com” not receiving expiration notifications. […]

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Daily Domain Picks 9-22-18

Daily Domain Picks 9-22-18 I saw Morgan Linton write about how he was looking to get into numerics next year. A couple 5N.com that would be classified as not Chinese friendly possessing either a 0 or 4, did make the top 6 list on Friday. 00550.com closed at $3,512 and 93488.com closed at $3,500. Top […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on September 21, 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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The .com/.net uptime is almost 20 years! (video)

Verisign made an interesting video on how the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure works. It is mostly directed to a novice level but it is quite interesting to watch. It is meant to be a Verisign marketing video as you can tell from the video description but nevertheless: “Find out how Verisign keeps the internet […]

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Apple Marketing New iPhones on a .Apple Domain Name

Apple is now using its .Apple domain name extension in a meaningful way. According to an article written by Benjamin Mayo in 9to5Mac, Apple is using Experience.Apple as a marketing tool for its new line of iPhones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. From the article: “Apple is using its own top-level domain in […]

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Gab.ai upgrades to Gab.com

Over a week ago we wrote about Gab.com being sold for $220,000. The domain had previously sold for $200,002 on Sedo back in 2014. The sale took place on Flippa and as expected the buyer is now revealed as Gab.ai the social networking site that has gained a lot of publicity over the last year. […]

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Mediators hired as Whois reformers butt heads

ICANN has hired professional mediators to help resolve strong disagreements in the working group tasked with reforming Whois for the post-GDPR world. Kurt Pritz, chair of the Expedited Policy Development Process for Whois, last week told the group that ICANN has drafted in the Consensus Building Institute, with which it has worked before, to help […]

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IP Blockchain company Cognate picked up by GoDaddy

GoDaddy takes on Cognate team. Cognate, a trademark-in-the-blockchain company, is joining GoDaddy. I interviewed Cognate founder Bennet Collen on the DNW Podcast last year and he explained how the company uses blockchain to record proof-of-use of trademarks. The startup announced the news on its blog today. The release makes it sound like more of a […]

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Afilias Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title: Largest Migration of an Internet Top-Level Domain in a Single Transition

Afilias successfully completed the historic transition of more than 3.1 million domain names in the .au internet top level domain NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Afilias Australia Pty Ltd …

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Understanding Host Name Resolution

A host name can be defined in a number of ways. The more common methods used are: A nickname: This is an alias to an IP address which individuals can assign and utilize. A domain name: This is a set s…

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A dotBrand Email is a Seal

In August the 14th of 2018, we relayed the information that Canon email addresses would use a “.canon” domain name ending. Changing the domain name extension for websites is one thing but changing emails…is something else. A “.brand” domain name is seal We’ve already explained the benefit of using a personalized domain name, ending in […]

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New Brandsight Domain Management Survey Reveals Companies Face Challenges Managing Domain Portfolios

Brandsight recently concluded their Second Annual Domain Management Survey. Respondents to the survey were corporate domain name professionals. Of those that responded, 35% had portfolios that were between 3,000-10,000 domains and another 30% had portfolios greater than 10,000 domains. Fifty-seven percent of respondents reported that they manage domains out of the legal department, with the […]

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Boing Boing wrote an article that gives some pretty mediocre advice about domains and branding

I was a bit surprised to find an article in Boing Boing, a pretty darn popular blog, telling people that .COM is saturated so they should brand with .TECH. The article seems to completely gloss over the fact that people can still buy .COM domains even if they’re taken, let’s be honest, tons of names […]

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126 Domain Discoveries for September 21st

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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Can’t own NNNNNNN .com #domains that begin with “188” according to the #WIPO

Cube Limited of Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, has been enforcing its “188” trademark quite aggressively. We’ve reported on numerous UDRP cases since 2016, against domain names that begin with the three digit number “188:” UDRP for “188” domains puts owners of short numerics in danger WIPO and China : Another batch of 188* […]

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Daily Domain Picks 9-21-18

Daily Domain Picks 9-21-18 uHive.com was the top sale on Thursday, it sold for $9,999 on Sedo. There is uHive.life who I would imagine is the buyer. They are working on an ICO (initial coin offering)  UHIVE is an innovative social network platform with physical dimension and cutting edge hybrid block-chain Top sales/closes from yesterday: […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on September 20, 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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.CHARITY domains launched yesterday and there are 839 registered today

.CHARITY domains, a Donuts Inc. new extension, entered general availability yesterday. According to Namestat.org there are 839 .charity domains registered today. There were 307 before general availability started including some registry domains, sunrise domains and the Early Access Phase (EAP). .Charity domains cost about $30 to $40 to register in most registrars. .CHARITY is now […]

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Daily Poll: Is Apple’s Use of a .Apple Domain Name a Big Moment?

Apple is using one of its .Apple domain names to market its newest line of iPhones. I am sure some people, especially those with a vested interest in the new gTLD program, will look at this as a big moment in the short history of the new extensions. I am also sure that others will […]

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Sedo weekly sales led by Qnet.org

Sedo released their weekly sales and Qnet.org led the way at $27,250. There was a tie at second, Sudden.com and CYN.com both sold for $24,950. 46 .com sales 19 cctld sales 5 other tld sales   Domain name Price Currency .COMs sudden.com 24,950 USD cyn.com 24,950 USD directbooks.com 20,000 USD ninjasports.com 19,000 USD bestmind.com 15,000 […]

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Set buttocks to clench! ICANN approves risky KSK rollover

ICANN has approved the first rollover of the domain name system’s master security key, setting the clock ticking on a change that could cause internet access issues for millions. The so-called KSK rollover, when ICANN deletes the key-signing key that has been used as the trust anchor for the DNSSEC ecosystem since 2011 and replaces […]

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Only.com? Not quite.

A confusing logo led me to the wrong domain name. An advertisement for a furniture store in St. Louis I was watching a Cardinals baseball game recently and saw an interesting advertisement behind home plate (see image above). What’s the domain name being promoted here? Having never heard of this company, I wondered if its […]

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60 day lock – Deal breaker for resellers or end users?

Today: ePostBox.com sold for $8,773 / Investing in CVCV .com domain / The low-down on first name domain names / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: RoboLifestyles.com – I’m not sure what such a lifestyle would entail, but it sure sounds like it could be legitimate. How […]

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Afilias Sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title: Largest Migration of an Internet Top-Level Domain in a Single Transition

… for Largest migration of an internet top-level domain in a single transition following its transfer of 3,153,979 .au domain names on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The transfer was made from the systems of …

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A .design Domain Name Is Perfect For Creatives. Get One For Free!

Whether you’re a designer on a team, or a freelance professional, there’s no denying the value of a good domain name. Yes, you could add hyphens or even misspell part of it – but that leaves you expla…

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The LinkedIn new gTLD group is changing

Recently, LinkedIn informed group owners about a few changes on how groups will now work and on how can participants benefit more from being members. We are approaching the 3,000 participants but still, the level of participation remains low so I hope that the below will be of interest. What’s changing What LinkedIn recently changed […]

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The .BEST New gTLD: Second Interview

This is a one hour podcast giving all details about what the .BEST social network is going to be and how users will be able to generate an income from it. 100,000,000 users Yes, you read that correctly, we’re talking about a potential of 100,000,000 million users by 2022, and that means millions of “.best” […]

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