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Court Finds .Com is Entitled to Trademark

In a surprising decision, DigitalNewsDaily reports that a federal trial judge has ruled that online hotel reservation service Booking.com is entitled to trademark protection for its name. The decision, issued last week by U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia, appears to contradict at least two other opinions issued by a federal appellate […]

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The Coinsquare Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency Exchange Is a Scam!

What better way to start the day than telling you guys about how I’ve been scammed… Right from the beginning, I want to make this perfectly clear: if you were thinking about doing business with the Coinsquare.com bitcoin/cryptocurrency exchange, don’t. Just don’t. To explain how I’ve been scammed by Coinsquare and why Coinsquare should be […]

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Google has a problem

Google has a problem that seems to be snowballing, more and more advertisers are pulling out of all “non-search” advertising. Inc.com reports: A growing number of brands have suspended their spend with Google, following The Times’ investigation into ads appearing alongside extremist content on YouTube and Google’s display ad network More than 250 brands have […]

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On-line & Offline Global Domain Auction Total Amount was more than $11.3M at GDS2017

Global Domain Summit (GDS) 2017 Global Domain Summit (GDS) 2017 was held in the domain city Xiamen, China during 7th -9th July,2017. GDS 2017 is co-organized by Verisign, Godaddy, AliCloud, Baidu Cloud, eName and Bizcn. On-line & Offline Global Domain Auction was arranged in the afternoon of 8th July, 2017. There were 48 domain were […]

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When the Backend Registry is too expensive

What we call a “backend registry” is the mandatory technical platform to operate a domain name extension and all registries have one. It is the backend registry that allows accredited registrars to technically sell domain names for each extensions. The question here is: what happens to a registry, who sells domain names to accredited registrars, […]

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Domain Registrars Fined Over $2M for Scamming Australians

The Federal Court has penalized two related companies, Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd, for tricking Australians out of a total of $2.3 million. Dan Pearce reporting in Lexology writes: “During a period spanning from November 2015 to April 2017, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had received a multitude […]

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Cisco Appears to Sell Latitude.com + More Domain Movers

GDPR sucks! It has basically killed Domain Movers and I really do not see a reason to continue the series. The following is about 2 weeks worth of work, with 3-4 hours research, 7 days a week. I feel like I’m working for the Boring company and I only have a plastic spoon to dig. […]

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How to save yourself from Domain Trading scams ?

Domain name buying & selling is a lucrative business with a low barrier to entry. This opens the door for a wide variety of public but at the same time makes it easy for people with unethical backgrounds. As Domain name industry is an open market with no real regulators, it becomes all the more […]

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Brandable domain name sales week 23: SportLine.com, CandyPay.com, DogWorld.com

Marketplace Sedo closed some impressive brandable domain name sales last week with the $50,000 sale of SportLine.com topping the chart. The domain name currently redirects to a company selling horse riding apparel. Another noticeable sale was that of CandyPay.com which was purchased for $20,000 by Kaidianbao Payment Service Co, a payment company from Shanghai, China. DogWorld.com […]

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Adding Like and Dislike buttons to my comments

Earlier this week I had dinner with my friend Steve Kaziyev. If you don’t know Steve, you probably do but just don’t know that you know him. He’s been in the domain industry for a long time and currently runs the NameSummit conference in NYC. During dinner Steve asked me, “hey, why don’t you have […]

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Are you less likely to buy a domain under 1 or 2 years old?

Today: What to look at while registering handpicked domains / Why domain age matters / SongExchange.com for $25,000 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Buying domains with traffic and revenue – Be sure to double check your portfolio for a traffic and revenue  domain. This […]

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$137k in Sales on June 22nd – TheFinest.com sold for $6,211 – Daily Market Report

The top sale of the day was TheFinest.com which sold for $6,211 at GoDaddy. NameBio recorded 244 sales for a total of $136,879 with an average sale price of $561. Compared to the previous day there was a decrease of 15% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount decreased by 38%. […]

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Feds take over the domain #Prblogics .com for contraband, owner arrested

The office of Homeland Security Investigations has seized the domain Prblogics.com, for the following reasons: Pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court, under the authority of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2323. Intentionally and knowingly trafficking in counterfeit goods is a federal crime that carries penalties for first time […]

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Daily Domain Picks 6-22-18

Daily Domain Picks 6-22-18 Reasons.com closed at $50,001 to lead the way on Thursday. UZY.com closed at a rather low $13,400. Reason.co sold for $5,300. Top sales/closes from yesterday: reasons.com 50,001 USD 2018-06-21 NameJet uzy.com 13,400 USD 2018-06-21 NameJet ecig.co.uk 9,275 USD 2018-06-21 Sedo liquide.com 6,380 USD 2018-06-21 Sedo wundheilung.de 5,800 USD 2018-06-21 Sedo reason.co […]

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AUCTION RECAP OF JUNE 21, 2018

A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on June 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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Donuts makes it easier to register .Travel domains

Donuts Inc. announced the re-launch of the .travel top-level domain (TLD), which it had acquired earlier this year. Donuts has simplified the registration process, making it much easier for registrars to offer the domain for sale, and easier for individuals and businesses to acquire a .travel domain name. In fact, .travel registrars now include GoDaddy, Encirca and Name.com. “GoDaddy is focused on […]

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Daily Poll: How Many Times Do You Follow Up?

Negotiating to close a domain name sale is one of the more interesting (and perhaps exciting) aspects of domain investing. Engaging an active prospect and trying to work out a mutually agreeable deal never gets old for me. On the other hand, trying to get a lead to respond can be frustrating. This is especially […]

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Poll Says 55.9% of Millionaires Consider Investing In Cryptocurrencies

An article on NewsBTC.com reported a poll by CapGemini that gauged the interest of high net worth individuals and their interest in cryptocurrency. No surprise there was greater interest from millionaire’s who were 40 and under as compared to those 60 and over. 13% of those over 60 expressed an interest. From the article: The […]

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.CO Stars on the Latest Domain Sales Chart Claiming the Top Spot and Tying for  #2

.CO has had a good run since the re-purposed ccTLD started marketing itself as an abbreviation for “company” but it made an especially big splash this week.

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Why I Invested 6 Figures in my Startup’s Domain – with Erik Bergman

Watch two competing bidders from a 6 figure domain auction meet, discussing the auction process for each of them. Hear the full details of a startup’s domain name search process and 6 figure domain investment from Erik Bergman, serial entrepreneur and founder of Great.com.

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$44 billion company is latest deadbeat gTLD registry

Indian car-making giant Tata Motors has become the latest new gTLD registry to fail to pay its ICANN fees. According to a breach notice (pdf), $44 billion-a-year Tata hasn’t paid its $6,250 quarterly registry fee since at least November last year (though probably much earlier). Listed on the New York Stock Exchange and elsewhere and […]

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Regional court in Germany to reconsider Whois data GDPR case

Court exercises its option to re-evaluate its ruling before kicking appeal up to higher court. A German court that ruled against an injunction last month in a Whois data dispute will reconsider its decision. ICANN filed a legal action in Bonn after domain name registrar EPAG, which is owned by Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX), informed ICANN […]

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How to optimize interaction with clients

Are you frustrated that communication with clients is unfocused, unproductive, or both? Read on for six tips to optimize interaction with clients in ways that benefit both sides of the conversation. 6 ways to optimize interaction with clients Here are my proven methods for improving communication with clients: Invest in reliable, easy-to-use and safe email. […]

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Happy National Selfie Day!

Today is National Selfie Day. How are you celebrating? At Verisign, we did a quick search on NameStudioTM, our easy-to-use, domain name suggestion tool to see what interesting .com and .net domain names were available to register today … and here are some of our favorites! AVAILABLE .COM AND .NET DOMAIN NAMES* .COM prettygenes.com topselfiesticks.com […]

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ICANN org Republishes Reserve Fund Replenishment Strategy Public Comment Report

LOS ANGELES – 22 June 2018 – ICANN org has republished its Report of Public Comments on “ICANN Reserve Fund: Proposed Replenishment Strategy” to include public comments and their corresponding responses that were inadvertently omitted from the original 30 May 2018 posting. The report can be found here: https://www.icann.org/public-comments/reserve-fund-replenishment-2018-03-06-en While the topics in the omitted […]

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Trying to value drunkshopping.com

I currently own the following domains as well as the trademark to 'drunk shopping'. What do you guys think the value of this package is? drunkshopping.com drunkshopping.co drunkshopping.me drunkshopping.org drunkshopping.us submitted by /u/tractortractor [link] [comments]

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VF Corp. brands file complaint against 831 domain names

Four subsidiaries of Greensboro-based VF Corp. have filed a complaint against the individuals and entities behind 831 domain names. The complaint was filed June 14 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida by plaintiffs Vans, The North …

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The Blogroll: Week 14

If you’re asking “what the heck am I looking at?”, here’s a primer. Also, if you know of an article or blog I should be reading, let me know. * Alex Tabarrok – The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely Freedom of movement is a basic human right. Thus the Universal Declaration of Human Rights […]

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Verizon Scores on 8 Domains

Verizon has laid claim to eight parked domains after a World IP Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center panel found that the original registrations were filed in bad faith. The disputed domain names all used the Verizon trademark alongside various gTLDs. All of the domains ended with ‘Canada’, while some incorporated the word ‘wireless’. The disputed […]

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How to get familiar with domain investing

Today: It’s Starting…Government Censorship On The Internet / Be sure to check all the marketplaces when you register a domain name / Reasons.com Sold for $50,001 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: If .com equals $X, then .net, .org and .info equal… – How […]

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