ICANN To Offload Domains from De-Accredited Registrar
Who wants 1,440 domains? Good question.
When RegisterFly lost its ICANN accreditation, GoDaddy swooped in to take over the registration of RegisterFly clients’ domain names. It was a nice pickup for GoDaddy of nearly 1 million domain names.
So what happens when a small registrar with only 1,440 domain names under management loses its accreditation? That’s a good question, especially since a registrar has to endure a lot of trouble to get the domains.
ICANN ... read more ...
DNForum Opens “Geo Domains for Sale” Category
New section allows geo-related domain names to be sold.
In yet another sign that the geo domain name market is hot, domain name forum DNForum launched a new section called “Geo Domains for Sale” earlier today.
The section is part of the Platinum Forums section, meaning you must purchase a platinum membership in order to post domains for sale. A platinum membership costs $59.95. Gold members can upgrade to platinum for $40.00.
As of now, there are only two listings ... read more ...
Wicked Fashions Thinks it Owns The South Pole (.com)
Company files UDRP for generic domain name.
Who owns the South Pole?A clothing company thinks it does.Photo from Wikimedia Commons
The onslaught of companies trying to steal generic domain names continues.
The latest attempt is from Wicked Fashions, Inc., a clothing brand that has a couple trademarks for “SouthPole” for its clothing lines. The company wants to get its hands on SouthPole.com and filed a complaint through Nation Arbitration Forum that commenced ... read more ...
Google Thinks You Like TheDomains.com
Google Ad Planner offers some wicked cool data. Some is useful for domainers.
Yesterday I took Jay Westerdal’s advice and signed up for Google Ad Planner. This tool provides incredible site statistics to estimate traffic for just about any web site.
I think the traffic stats in Google underestimate traffic for many sites, including Domain Name Wire and DNJournal. But the richness of data puts all other sources, including the easily-gamed Alexa, to shame.
One ... read more ...
Say Hello to Zingspot.com
- According to reports Dell will take another shot at a digital music player to compete with the ipod.
The music player could ship as early as September, and be priced at less than $100.
Dell has applied to register Zingspot as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It describes it as “an Internet consumer platform to allow users to access and purchase digital entertainment content.” The company has also registered Zingspot.com.
The player will be linked to a set of new services ... read more ...
Closed .ME Auctions Update
- Here is a complete list of all closed .ME auctions that have sold for $100 or more.
There are about 275 active auctions over $100 currently ongoing with the top 3 being:
Here is the list of the closed auctions:
lastminute.me ... read more ...
Google YouTube.com Sued for $500 million Euro’s
- Mediaset SpA Italy’s largest private broadcaster, said Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit for at least EUR500 million against Google’s YouTube for the unlawful use of the Italian company’s audio and video files.
Mediaset’s legal action is the latest in a string of other copyright and trademark lawsuits, which analysts see as eventually weighing on Google’s earnings.
In a statement, Mediaset said it filed the suit against Google and its video- sharing unit YouTube in a Rome court.
The Milan-based ... read more ...
Marchex Launches Next-Generation Local Advertising Platform
- Marchex, announced today that it has launched Marchex Connect 2.0, its next-generation local advertising platform.
Marchex Connect 2.0 integrates three important advertising products: online advertising, call-based advertising and Business Profile Pages, which are fully trackable branded Web pages that give advertisers an immediate local online presence.
Marchex Connect serves national advertisers who want to target locally and large businesses, such as Yellow ... read more ...
Future Media Architects Prevails Against Equifax for EFX.com
Company wins three character domain dispute.
After losing a UDRP for the generic domain name LH.com to airline Lufthansa, Future Media Architects (FMA) has won a case against credit heavyweight Equifax for EFX.com. FMA claimed that Equifax decided to come after the domain name because it saw FMA had lost a couple other acronym domain name cases:
Complainant delayed bringing this action for five years and only brought it when it appeared that Respondent had become ... read more ...
Domain Watch: Entrepreneur Magazine, .Mobi Research
Here’s a look at some interesting domain news around the web.
When a news story falls through the cracks, we don’t call on Lewis Black. We do it ourselves. Here’s a look at some domain stories from around the web…
Entrepreneur Magazine publishes “Imminent Domaining“. The article includes interviews with Howard Hoffman (ppcincome.com) and Ron Jackson (DNJournal). It’s a good article, but I disagree with its assertion that “While the real-world real ... read more ...
5 Best Domain Name Company Acquisitions
A look back at smart domain name company acquisitions.
There’s been a lot of consolidation in the domain name industry over the past couple years. Here are five acquisitions that have (or will) payoff handsomely for the acquirer.
Thought Convergence acquires Name Intelligence. Thought Convergence runs the TrafficZ domain parking network, LeaseThis.com, and the soon-to-be-launched Aftermarket.com. Name Intelligence runs the popular Domain Tools site, owns a registrar ... read more ...
Justice Department indicts Senator Ted Stevens
The Justice Department announced currently that it has indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (cosponsor of a Snowe Bill) on 7 depends of unwell to divulge thousands of dollars in services he perceived from a association that helped reconstruct his home.
Stevens, is using for re-election this year
This post was submitted by Edwin Sherman.
Some Interesting Ebay Auctions
- Here are some ongoing ebay.com auction that look interesting.
As always you need to be careful before bidding on any of these:
Mozzilla.com starting bid is $40,000, with a buy it now of $80K
according to the listing the domain Earned $2600/mo on 33,9987 visitors for JUNE.
Mom.org has a buy it now price of $19,000
CV.org starting bid of $50K
jewels.org starting bid at $5K
thrice.com currently at $1,200
this one was sold at the last traffic silent auction
Because.ca with a buy it now for $495.00
Google+Michael ... read more ...
ENGINEERING.com Sets adult Mail System
- ENGINEERING.com today announced the launch of its newest service called Engineering Mail, an email service for registered members. The service has been in pre-release testing with over 1,000 existing members for several weeks. The company is now making the service available to all engineers, engineering students and other members of the engineering community.
The new service provides two things that the big players such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft’s Hotmail cannot. The ENGINEERING.com domain ... read more ...
Intel, HP and Yahoo Team Up for Cloud Computing
- Intel, Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard are teaming up to create six open-source labs to research “cloud computing”, software applications accessed through a Web browser.
The companies said the labs located in Singapore, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, will each have 1,000 to 4,000 processor cores capable of supporting the data-intensive research associated with cloud computing. The labs are expected to be operational and available ... read more ...
T. Boone Dumps Yahoo
- The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday that billionaire oil investor T. Boone Pickens sold all his shares of Yahoo appearently in frustration over its failure to reach a deal with Microsoft .
Pickens bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May, backing a bid by activist shareholder Carl Icahn to bring the Internet pioneer back to the negotiating table over a $47.5 billion takeover offer from Microsoft.
Last week, Yahoo reached a settlement to put Icahn and two of his nominees on its board after ... read more ...
Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008: What Does it Mean?
- The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 was introduced in the Senate last week.
The law would increase penalties for counterfeiting, with damages as high as $2 million for “willful” trademark violations, empower federal prosecutors to bring civil suits against copyright infringers, provide for the seizure of property used to violate copyrights and trademarks.
The law allows the President to appoint an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (or “copyright czar”), ... read more ...
.vn Websites Hacked
- “It’s believed the hackers broke in through a hole in DNS to control the administration,” said VNCERT Technical Branch Chief Do Ngoc Duy Trac.
Trac also said VNCERT recommended Vietnam Internet Network Information Center (VNNIC) and other internet service providers (ISPs) assist the recovery work.
PA Vietnam Ltd, which is affiliated to the Ministry of Information and Communication’s National Domain Center, is one of the companies that provides the “.vn” domain.
Statistics from VNNIC ... read more ...
Matt Bentley Leaving Sedo
Long time employee leaving, will retain consulting role.
Sedo Chief Strategy Officer Matt Bentley is leaving the company, Sedo announced today. The move is effective the end of this month.
Bentley joined Sedo in 2002 as Director of International Operations. He was one of the first dozen people at the company and was CEO of Sedo.com (the U.S. subsidiary) for two years.
Bentley was a familiar face at domain conferences, and it will be interesting to see if he hangs ... read more ...
GoDaddy Now Offers .Ca Domain Names
Registrar adds Canadian country code domains to offerings.
The world’s largest registrar now offers .ca domain names through its newly formed Canadian registrar (but purchased directly on GoDaddy.com). .Ca is the country code domain name for Canada. Registration fees are $12.99 per year.
The .ca domain name is one of the more popular country code domain names in terms of adoption by its country. You must be a resident of Canada or meet other presence requirements ... read more ...
Sedo Sells InsuranceLeads.com for $50,000
Another strong week for Sedo sales.
Sedo finalized the sale of InsuranceLeads.com last week for $50,000. The leads business is huge, and insurance leads are one of the most popular categories. Leads companies gather leads from search engine marketing (including PPC) and affiliate networks and resell these to insurance agents, repair companies, real estate agents, etc. I think this will be a solid buy for ITSOL, a California-based leads company. An example of a ... read more ...
Barack Obama Goes .Mobi
Presumptive Democrat nominee uses .mobi for mobile web site.
United States Presidential candidate Barack Obama is leveraging the mobile web to get his message out. His campaign is using ObamaMobile.mobi. And unlike most popular .mobi domain names, it actually resolves to a .mobi domain rather than just forwarding to a mobile version of a .com we site.
The site does a good job providing interactivity despite mobile limitations. For example, it provides a text response ... read more ...
Are You Going to TRAFFIC NYC?
TRAFFIC New York City is just a couple months away.
The next TRAFFIC domain name conference takes place in New York City September 23-26. The show will feature 5 different domain auctioneers selling domains, a major change from previous events.
If you’re thinking about going, the deadline for the reduced fee of $1795 is this Thursday, July 31. With that in mind, are you planning to attend the show? Please submit your answer in the poll below and add a comment ... read more ...
Elysium Internet Completes Name and Ticker Change
- Elysium Internet, Inc. a member of our domain stock parking index, announced today that it had Completed its Name and Ticker Change.
The company begins trading today under the new ticker symbol “EYSM”
Elysium Internet Founder and CEO Scott Gallagher commented, “We’re excited to have completed the lengthy process of changing our name and ticker symbol. We look forward to becoming a profitable public Company and creating increased shareholder value by leveraging our premium Internet domain ... read more ...
So You Think Every Business Has a Domain?
- A new survey in Australia found that a majority of small businesses have little or no web presence and no registered domain name.
Out of almost 1700 small businesses surveyed by accounting software firm MYOB, only 41% say they have a website. Even fewer businesses (29%) actually use their websites for e-commerce.
A slightly higher proportion of businesses have registered a domain name, but they are still the minority with 55% saying they have yet to do so.
I love stories like this that show how far ... read more ...