Monthly archives: August, 2017

Gunheart, the gold-standard for VR shooters puts out its biggest update yet

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: I was lucky enough to be a part of the closed beta for one of the top VR games and without a doubt the gold-standard for VR shooters – Gunheart. The first game by DrifterVR, a studio founded by industry experts, Gunheart puts you into alien worlds as a badass robotic bounty…



The Hidden Opportunities in ccTLDs

Michael Gilmour: In the rush into the new gTLDs many domain investors have almost forgotten about the ccTLDs. The country codes are full of incredible domains that are in many cases still available at registration fee. The question we need to ask is why? There is one thing for certain, most ccTLDs have neglected marketing…



Green Bay Packers File UDRP Against TitleTown.com

By Elliot Silver Green Bay, Wisconsin is known as “Titletown” or “Titletown USA” because of the Green Bay Packers. Now it appears that the National Football League team wants the TitleTown.com domain name. The NFL team filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2017-1685. TitleTown.com is a domain…



Report on ICANN 59 Johannesburg

By Kamila Sekiewicz Internet Commerce Association: By Philip S. Corwin, ICA Counsel The 59th ICANN meeting was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 25th to 29th. Under ICANN’s new meeting schedule this mid-year gathering is the somewhat shorter “B” session devoted to intensive policy development work. This report details my engagement as ICA Counsel…



Report on ICANN 59 Johannesburg

By Kamila Sekiewicz Internet Commerce Association: By Philip S. Corwin, ICA Counsel The 59th ICANN meeting was held in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 25th to 29th. Under ICANN’s new meeting schedule this mid-year gathering is the somewhat shorter “B” session devoted to intensive policy development work. This report details my engagement as ICA Counsel…



Do Not Pay for a Domain Appraisal Before Selling

By Elliot Silver I saw a thread on NamePros from someone asking about a potential scam. Apparently, the person received an offer to buy a domain name but the person said a (paid) domain appraisal would be necessary before doing a deal. This doesn’t seem legitimate to me. From the NamePros thread: “I just received…



Cybersquatting: When the Battle for Domains Turns Ugly

By Tim Helming It is no secret that for businesses hoping to do well in the digital space, a good domain name is crucial to their success. Domain names are defined as ‘a… Source: Blog Domain Tools     



Namesilo reaches 1 million domain names under management

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: NameSilo, a U.S.-based domain registrar, announced that it has surpassed 1 million active domains registered by its customers following 7 consecutive years of growth. This puts NameSilo in the top 1% (top 30 registrars) of the nearly 3,000 ICANN accredited registrars in the world with a domain increase of over 35%…



Cyber-squatters Target Luxury Brands from Fendi to Prada – Infosecurity Magazine

Internet News: Infosecurity Magazine Cyber-squatters Target Luxury Brands from Fendi to Prada Infosecurity Magazine Cyber-squatting is the practice of purchasing domains with the intent of stealing internet traffic from a well-known brand or individual. The firm analyzed domains mimicking Cartier, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Hermes, Chanel, … Source: Domaining     



Hurricane Harvey Wipes Out Home and Possessions of Domain Industry Family – How You Can Help

DNJournal: The many victims of Hurricane Harvey included NamePros Admin Eric Lyon and his family who lost virtually everything but the clothes on their backs. Source: Domaining     



BTB.com domain : Chinese pinyin for Bitcoin sells for six figures USD

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: The three letter .com domain, BTB.com, is Chinese pinyin for “Bitcoin” – BiTeBi. According to domain investor and Guta.com founder, George Hong, the domain recently sold for more than $150,000 dollars. “A domain investor from China just acquired BTB.com (acronym for Bitcoin in Chinese), which might cost him ov… Source: Domaining     



Neustar Video: Potential of .Brand Domain Names

By Elliot Silver Neustar is in the business of helping brands with their .brand new gTLD domain name extensions. The company recently introduced a series of webinars aimed at decision makers responsible for implementing and managing .brand domain name extensions. I want to share a video that was posted by Neustar “which paints a picture…



Has 2017 been a good year for investors of Bitcoin domains?

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Bitcoin continues to increase in value, and it’s the most popular cryptocurrency among domain investors. Investing in BTC does not require investing in “Bitcoin domains” but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Drew Rosener is extremely supportive of Bitcoin and cryptos, and invests in BTC domains as well. Domai… Source: Domaining     



Green Bay Packers File UDRP Against TitleTown.com

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Green Bay, Wisconsin is known as “Titletown” or “Titletown USA” because of the Green Bay Packers. Now it appears that the National Football League team wants the TitleTown.com domain name. The NFL team filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2017-1685. TitleTown.com i… Source:…



A tip to increase commission at Uniregistry

By AbdulBasit Makrani AbdulBasit.com: Hello and Assalamo Alaikum, It’s been some time since I last posted but with holidays I took a break from postings as well. But that doesn’t mean I stopped domaining 😀 I was actively buying domains, though at a slow speed because the prices have gone as well as need to…



Beware of Extra Fees in UDRP Proceedings – CircleID

CircleID.com: Beware of Extra Fees in UDRP Proceedings CircleID The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is known as an inexpensive alternative to litigation (and that’s true), but some proceedings can end up costing a trademark owner more than it may have expected. There are generally two … Source: Domaining     



AUCTION RECAP OF AUGUST 30, 2017

By Travis M. DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on August 30, 2017. 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…



.vip, .shop and .ltd domain name extensions get Beijing approval

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: .vip, .shop and .ltd are the first 3 domain name extensions to receive approval by the Beijing Communications Administration. .VIP is an MMX extenstion, .Shop is managed by GMO Registry, Inc. and .ltd is owned by Donuts. In December 2016, .vip was among the first three foreign registries to receive central…



Chrome To Begin Showing “Not Secure” on all Sites Without SSL Certificate In October

By Michael Berkens The Domains: Google’s quest to form a more secure web will take a new shape this October with Chrome v62. Chrome will begin showing “Not Secure” on all sites without an SSL Certificate where users can enter text in a contact form. Nearly 50% of internet users choose Chrome as their browser…



Little Acorns Fostering lost .com domain to squatter, but who is to blame?

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: Little Acorns Fostering, a fostering agency in the UK, lost control of their domain littleacornsfostering.com; the current registrant wants 9,000 GBP to release it. Naturally, the company is upset, and its founder, Cheryl Jillions, calls the act “despicable:” “There are horrible people out there doing this just to m… Source: Domaining     



Do Not Pay for a Domain Appraisal Before Selling

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: I saw a thread on NamePros from someone asking about a potential scam. Apparently, the person received an offer to buy a domain name but the person said a (paid) domain appraisal would be necessary before doing a deal. This doesn’t seem legitimate to me. From the NamePros thread: “I just…



Beijing starts issuing ICPs on new top level domains

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Beijing residents of approved TLDs can now get a license to use them. Getting approval for registrants to use and host content on new top level domain names in China can be a complicated process for registries. First, they need to get approval from Ministry of Industry and Information…



FDA Designates MDMA As ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ For Post-Traumatic Stress

By The Frager factor The Frager factor: If your brand is scared by Amazon, then you will be terrified by Alibaba; Why You Don’t Need a Website To Build A Successful Business; How To Measure What Matters; Turmeric latte: a golden twist to coffee; 6 web properties you can use to protect your branded search…



Afilias gets patent related to community top level domains

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Patent describes way to verify registrant information to create trust and community. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted patent 9,747,378 (pdf) to Afilias this week for “Linked web presence pages associated with a top level domain”. I was a bit confused about what the patent covered and if…



No $17 million rebate for struggling new gTLDs

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: ICANN has turned down a request for about $17 million to be refunded to under-performing new gTLD registries. The organization cannot spare the cash from its $96 million new gTLD program war chest because it does not yet know how much it will need to spend in future, Global Domains Division…



Domain Industry Veterans Matt Serlin and Elisa Cooper Join Brandsight

By TNTNAMES TNTNames.com: With Management Team of Industry Experts, New Corporate Domain Name Registrar Seeks to Set New Standard of Service Leveraging Next-Generation Technology August 30, 2017 09:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brandsight, a provider of next-generation corporate domain management … Contin… Source: Domaining     



Company Domain Movers: F8.com, CB.org + More

By Jamie Zoch DotWeekly: This is Domain Movers! We focus on company related domain name transactions and report these findings to you. These are early detection’s and often reflect domain name upgrades, new brands, new advertising and marketing efforts and more. Here is a very small sample of domain name activity by my companies around…



.Cam will be confused for .Com

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: The similarity at quick glance will fool a lot of people. Verisign objected when companies applied for the .cam top level domain. It argued that the string was too similar to .com and would cause confusion. One panelist agreed with Verisign and another didn’t, leading to the ICANN board…



Creative Investments .COM .NET Related Keywords 75+ Reg Fee Opps…

By DropGrabs – Webmaster DropGRABS.com: Today’s Treat List An Exclusive Research Project for Availability of Domains Related to the Following Keywords: Creative Investments Creative Style and Variations Service Investments and Variations MORE Items in .COM and .NET at Reg Fee Opps… Enjoy the List MinuteMaster.com – Domain For Sale – eMail Me for Inf… Source:…



$104k in Sales on August 30th – Dispensers.com sold for $4,288 – Daily Market Report

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: The top sale of the day was Dispensers.com which sold for $4,288 at NameJet. NameBio recorded 187 sales for a total of $104,245 with an average sale price of $557. Compared to the previous day there was an increase of 13% in the number of sales and the total dollar amount…



Neustar Video: Potential of .Brand Domain Names

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: Neustar is in the business of helping brands with their .brand new gTLD domain name extensions. The company recently introduced a series of webinars aimed at decision makers responsible for implementing and managing .brand domain name extensions. I want to share a video that was posted by Neustar “which paints a…



Efty adds 22 new marketplace categories and matching For-Sale landing pages

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Efty added today an additional 22 categories, bringing the total number of categories and matching For-Sale landing pages to 46. When Efty launched it had a list of categories users could assign to their domains and to list them under on their marketplace sites. The list was based on a wide…



MMX: three gTLDs approved for sale in Beijing

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: Three foreign new gTLDs have been approved for sale and resolution in Chinese capital Beijing, according to MMX. The portfolio registry said today that its .vip is among the first to receive approval from the Beijing Communications Administration, one of China’s many regional authorities. According to MMX, while many gTLDs have……



Domain Shane’s Daily List of Domains at Auction for Thursday August 31st

By ShaneCultra DSAD.com: The horrible events of Houston and its impact on domain investors such as Eric Lyon show that we all can be effected by life’s hardships regardless of wealth and income level. Everyone assumes that as investors we must all be wealthy and that we make hundreds of thousands of dollars if not…



.museum soon could be open to all (no haters please)

By Kevin Murphy DomainIncite.com: The 15-year-old .museum gTLD could soon be open to a great many more potential registrants, following an ICANN contract renewal. The registry, MuseDoma, has negotiated a new Registry Agreement that rewrites eligibility rules to the extent that soon basically anyone should be able to register a name. Since the gTLD went…



117 Domain Discoveries for August 31st

By Michael Sumner NameBio.com: 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…



Daily Domain Picks 8-31-17

By Raymond Hackney TLDInvestors.com: Daily Domain Picks 8-31-17 Eric Lyon and his family have been rescued but lost everything. There are some fundraisers in the works. Go Daddy Auction Picks 8-31-17 Powered by ExpiredDomains.com Full List 65792.com AccessInvest.com AlwaysAwesome.com AudienceCentral.com AwesomeAlways.com BigSkyVentures.com BurnUp.com BusGeek.com CacheSo… Source: Domaining     



ICANN about to change Internet’s master key – ITWeb

Internet News: ITWeb ICANN about to change Internet’s master key ITWeb It created the current key at a secure data centre in Virginia on 16 June 2010 and ICANN has not touched it since. The organisation plans to perform a Root Zone Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) key signing key (KSK) rollover as required…



Deadline looms for org.za domain name deletion – ITWeb

Internet News: ITWeb Deadline looms for org.za domain name deletion ITWeb ZA domain name administrator follows an extensive two-year public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging org.za domain name owners to transfer their domains from ZACR’s Legacy platform to the EPP platform via the use of Accredited Registrars. Source: Domaining     



Relax the .ie domain rules and squatters could see an opening – Irish Times

Internet News: Relax the .ie domain rules and squatters could see an opening Irish Times The IE Domain Registry is proposing to loosen its rules so that applicants will need to prove only “a tangible connection to the island of Ireland”. It arguesthat this will make domain registration easier and faster, and will encourage citizens,…



Now is the time for us to come together as an industry and help

By Morgan MorganLinton.com: If you’ve been reading Domaining.com today then you’ve probably noticed a number of blogs talking about Eric Lyon, a very familiar name to many people in the domain industry as a long time admin at NamePros. Eric lives in Houston and luckily he was able to escape the floods with his family…



GoDaddy Rebrands X.CO Shortener Landing Page

By Elliot Silver In 2010, GoDaddy rolled out its popular X.CO url shortener. With just three letters and a period, X.CO was the shortest url available. During its first few years, I think it became one of the most popular single letter .CO domain names, along with T.CO (used by Twitter) and G.CO (used by…



Albanian domain registrar kicks Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer offline – ZDNet

Internet News: ZDNet Albanian domain registrar kicks Neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer offline ZDNet Host.al, an Albanian domain registrar, confirmed in an email to ZDNet that it has “blocked” the site after receiving complaints. The company said it had also seen “a number of tweets” pointing at the issue. Members of the Anonymous Alb… Source: Domaining…



5 Great Domain Names Owned by Facebook

By James Iles NamePros.com: Originally created in February 2004, Facebook membership was initially limited to a select few universities and high schools. Thirteen years later, over two billion people use Facebook every month and the company has made founder Mark Zuckerberg into the world’s fifth richest person with a net worth of over $63 billion….



APNIC backs resilience feature for global domain name system – iTnews

Internet News: iTnews APNIC backs resilience feature for global domain name system iTnews The Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) is sponsoring the development of a feature to make the global domain name system (DNS) more resilient against attacks that could silence the web. As the DNS is a hierarchical, tree-like system with … DNS…



Number 8 : Single digit .ORG in the hands of a domain investor

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: PIR, the .ORG domain registry, launched Project 94 a few years ago; the allocation of one or two letter/number .ORG domains to benefit communities. When .ORG first emerged in 1985, certain policies and recommendations required that a registry “set aside” a select number of domain names for future registration. Among this ……



Chinese domain market report : Prices down, sales volume down

By DomainGang DomainGang.com: The Chinese domain market has slowed down severely, with the overall sales volume dropping about 30%. Average price for the “Chinese premium” letters is hovering below the $900 dollar mark, something we witnessed in our last report. Some might say, it’s the end of summer doldrums, and overall, this year has been…



14 End User Domain Name Sales

By Andrew Allemann Domain Name Wire: Here are 14 examples of end users that bought domain names on the Sedo aftermarket over the past week. The top public sale at Sedo this past week was Quoin.com for $15,000. The buyer is a lawyer in Germany, so it might be for a client. Other end user…



GoDaddy Rebrands X.CO Shortener Landing Page

By Elliot Silver DomainInvesting.com: In 2010, GoDaddy rolled out its popular X.CO url shortener. With just three letters and a period, X.CO was the shortest url available. During its first few years, I think it became one of the most popular single letter .CO domain names, along with T.CO (used by Twitter) and G.CO (used…



It’s official, people know very little about the internet and domain names

By Konstantinos Zournas OnlineDomain.com: Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org, .ngo and .ong domains, debuted the findings of its first Internet 101 Survey, a study testing basic internet knowledge among U.S. internet users of all ages and backgrounds. The results underscore the need for widespread internet education among users and spotlight cr……



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