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AUCTION RECAP OF JULY 6, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on July 6, 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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#Domain rebranding : #GreekGeeks is now DOPE

Domain rebranding can be a challenging task; Greek design studio, GreekGeeks, has just recently ventured into this territory. For years, the Athens-based company operated from GreekGeeks.com; their development activity included Greek government projects, and they often mediated for the acquisition of domain names on behalf of their customers. In a shocking turn, GreekGeeks has changed […]

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Addressing Technical and Operational Needs with TechOps

In the ICANN realm, TechOps stands for Technical and Operations and its goal is to simplify processes, to find solutions, and to advise on technical and operational matters. There are three TechOps groups: The Registry, the Registrar and the joint Registry and Registrar, also known as Contracted Party House (CPH). How did we get there […]

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How GDPR is impacting Whois in the European Union

CENTR releases data on how ccTLD managers are treating Whois under GDPR. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has had a big impact on the domain name business, particularly with the display of domain ownership information in WHOIS. While the long arm statutes of the law mean registries and registrars around the world […]

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Chicago Blackhawks win Blackhawks.com domain in cybersquatting dispute

Hockey team filed complaint 23 years after the domain was registered. The Chicago Blackhawks won a dispute to get Blackhawks.com. The Chicago Blackhawks hockey team has won a cybersquatting dispute it brought against the owner of the Blackhawks.com domain name. The hockey team filed the dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization after inquiring about buying […]

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Daily Domain Picks 11-28-18

Daily Domain Picks 11-28-18 Bipartisan.com sold for $7,000 to lead the way on Tuesday.  Seel.com closed at $6,205 on GoDaddy, alt spelling for seal, will be interesting to see how it used. Top sales/closes from yesterday: bipartisan.com 7,000 USD 2018-11-27 Sedo curative.com 6,500 USD 2018-11-27 NameJet seel.com 6,205 USD 2018-11-27 GoDaddy scorereport.com 5,500 USD 2018-11-27 […]

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Brandable domain name sales week 19 & 20: Hemper.com, Dynamind.com, Memberly.com

It seems that the best strategy to get top dollars for your domains at the moment is simply letting them expire and go through the expired domain auction process. The disadvantage of this strategy is that DropCatch, GoDaddy or NameJet will pocket those dollars instead Looking at today’s auction prices it sometimes seems that the domain name […]

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How to Spot Liquid Domains

Today: Pitching The Government To Buy A Domain / How to respond to student domain purchase inquiries / HireYourself.com for $7,500 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying domains with the word visual – Be sure to check your portfolio for a “Visual” domain name. […]

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Global domain names come to VN

The availability of a series of new foreign domain names in the Vietnamese market is offering more choices to local companies and opening up new opportunities for domain name registrars. The penetrati…

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Afilias finally admits it’s American

Afilias has changed its corporate structure and is now officially based in the United States. A new holding company, Afilias Inc, has been created in Delaware. It now owns Afilias Plc, the Ireland-based company that has been until now the parent of the Afilias family. Being “based” in Ireland and doing business primarily in the […]

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Daily Domain Picks 9-4-18

Daily Domain Picks 9-4-18 Lumoid.com was the top close on Monday, the auction closed at $8,352. This was a business that shutdown last year. TechCrunch wrote about it here. Top sales/closes from yesterday: lumoid.com 8,352 USD 2018-09-03 GoDaddy magnifi.co 5,000 USD 2018-09-03 Sedo bussgeld-katalog.de 4,060 USD 2018-09-03 Sedo seeplus.com 3,500 USD 2018-09-03 Sedo unioninsurance.com 2,968 […]

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Fidelity Acquired FDAS.com

According to an article published on CNBC, Fidelity Investments is establishing a new company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services: “Financial services giant Fidelity is taking a huge step into cryptocurrency. The 72-year-old firm announced the launch of a separate company, Fidelity Digital Asset Services, on Monday that will handle cryptocurrency custody and trade execution for […]

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Donuts launches Travel.Domains

Donuts Inc. announced the launch of the www.travel.domains website, with features to enable travel organizations, enthusiasts and industry professionals to browse, discover and purchase  travel domains from its TLD portfolio. Donuts acquired the .TRAVEL domain name extension in February 2018 and made it easier to register .Travel domains in June. Using Donuts’ Relevant Name Search […]

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"In the Public Interest"

Gaining clarity on the NTIA-Verisign Cooperative Agreement. Prior to November 30th of this year, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) must decide whether to renew or allow to expire its Cooperative Agreement with Verisign, the private-sector corporation that operationally controls the root of the Internet. Addressing Competition Concerns vs. Internet Governance The Cooperative Agreement […]

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Google opens developer preview of AMP URLs showing publisher domain names

A big publisher frustration with AMP has been that their own domains don’t display in the URLs when people click on AMP results from Google Search. Google has been working on a fix for months …

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Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 4 (MSR-4) for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (RZ-LGR)

Open Date: 26 November 2018 Close Date: 10 January 2019 Originating Organization: Global Domains Division Categories/Tags: Top-Level Domains Brief Overview: ICANN is releasing for public comment version 4 of the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-4: HTML, XML). This version is upwardly compatible with MSR-3 and adds three code points to the repertoire of Latin script and […]

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The new Domain Magazine Daily Sales & Auction Analysis Series

Daily Sales analysis and Auction Recommendation series First of all I would want to apologize for all our readers for not having any content for a while.  I have been away for a while because I dived into the world of cryptocurrencies , Blockchain  and also enjoying some holidays . But now that I am […]

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The April 2018 update: new gTLD reports

Once a month, new gTLD reports are updated: they allow to check which new domain name registration volumes increase or decrease in various categories of businesses. These numbers are a monthly snapshot of registries’ performance. They can also be an indicator as if a new domain name extension is successful or not. Note that some […]

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Random discussion about domains that sold and why

Today: Buying LLLL.com + LLL.net + LLL.org / SkiSwitzerland.com sold for $3,550 / .ventures showcase / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Dtaz.com – Interesting four letter .com. Letter + three letter pronounceable (D-Taz). How much do you think the liquid value of this one would […]

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Neustar swaps out CEO, PIR looking for new CEO

There are to be changes at the top at two of the industry’s stalwarts. Neustar has announced that eight-year CEO Lisa Hook has stepped aside to be replaced by Charles Gottdiener, who comes from the world of private equity. He was most recently COO and MD at Providence Equity Partners. Hook, who became CEO in […]

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Dot .com #domain sightings :  #Rinaldis AC for when your wife is hot!

As domain investors and enthusiasts, we keep track of domain names emblazoned on vehicles; these domain sightings fall into two main categories: dot .com, and everything else. It goes without saying that we take all photos while being stationary, as safety comes first, and we strive to commemorate the domain sighting for our readers. In […]

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Clueless #domainer lists #JacksonvilleShooting .com on NamePros

Following a mass shooting tragedy in Jacksonville, Florida, a clueless domainer registered JacksonvilleShooting.com. Such domain registrations related to crimes or disasters are frowned upon by domain investors. In this case, the registrant listed the domain at NamePros, and asked for people’s opinions on its value: ” Unfortunately there was a mass shooting today in Jacksonville […]

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Why I haven’t even thought about domain monetization for years

The other day I got an email from someone who said they watched my interview on Domain Sherpa and were inspired by my interest in monetization. Yikes, I thought – that was true then but it sure isn’t true now. This is why I always say that most advice has an expiration date, that’s true […]

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How to Make Money If the Domain Market Crashes

Opportunity is invisible to most. THAT is why it’s an opportunity to begin with. You have to look for voids and holes in the fabric of society – for the customer – and if you fill that gap, voila!  – Rick Schwartz, The Domain King Like any industry or asset class, booms and busts come […]

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Photos & Highlights from the Final Day of the 2018 MERGE! Conference in Orlando

The 2018 MERGE! Conference is now history. We have photos & highlights from the busy closing day in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.

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.Bond and .ePost top level domains get the axe

University and postal company terminate domains. Bond University in Austrailia and Deutsche Post AG are dropping new top level domain names. Both entities have informed ICANN that they wish to terminate their agreements to run a top level domain name. Bond University is terminating .bond and Deutsche Post AG is terminating .epost. Bond University only […]

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Are mobile apps on their way out?

A few years ago there were some that liked to spread the narrative that apps would make domain names less valuable, possibly obsolete. There is not as much talk about that scenario over the last couple years. Josh Metnick forwarded me an article about how Lance Ng sees mobile apps actually becoming obsolete. From an […]

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Gumwand Inc. files lawsuit to get Gumwand.com domain name

Gumwand Inc, a company that sells tools to remove gum from flooring and public spaces, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in Federal District Court in Virginia to get the domain name Gumwand.com. The company u…

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165 Domain Discoveries for August 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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ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee Announces Updated Selections

LOS ANGELES – 16 September 2018 – The ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee announces that Danko Jevtovic will begin a three-year term with the ICANN Board of Directors at the conclusion of ICANN63 in Barcelona, Spain. This is an update to the ICANN 2018 Nominating Committee’s 2 August announcement introducing selections for leadership positions within ICANN, […]

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