Cameroon (.com.cm) Domain Sunrise Period Opens Oct 15th
- NETCOM.cm Sarl, the official registry in charge of the Country Code Top level Domains of The Republic of Cameroon, proclaimed today that it will launch second level .cm domain name registrations on 15 October 2008.
Now NETCOM can offer .COM.CM, .NET.CM and .CO.CM to businesses and individuals throughout the world.”
“We would like to take this chance to thank our three partners for the great efforts they made to NETCOM in the past few months: ANTIC – National Agency for Information Technology ... read more ...
DomainConvergence to Host Auction — With a Twist
Conference will include auction managed by Fusu.
DomainConvergence, a new domain conference coming to Canada October 6-8, will include a live and online domain name auction managed by Fusu.
So what’s the twist? People selling domains in the auction will have to pay 1% of the reserve price up front. The goal is to encourage low reserves.
I’m a big fan of this market-based approach to ensuring high quality domains are submitted at reasonable reserves. It works ... read more ...
Live Current Partners with Domain Strategies to Develop Karate.com
Deal will help monetize one of Live Current’s many valuable domain names.
Hot of the heels of its latest cricket media announcement, Live Current Media (OTC: livc.ob) has announced a new deal with Rob Monster’s Domain Strategies for the domain name Karate.com. Live Current and Domain Strategies will develop a new company to own and develop the domain name.
Because Live Current is publicly traded, we’ll likely get a good look at how this deal plays out through ... read more ...
Sedo Sells Coiffurefemme.net for $80,000
French .net term sells for close to $80,000.
Sedo has completed the sale of coiffurefemme.net for 55,000 EUR, or almost $80,000 USD. The domain means women’s hairstyle in French. This is a surprising price paid for this domain, and the domain’s whois record is protected by whois privacy so it’s difficult to understand who bought it. The .com version of this domain is listed for sale on Sedo and BuyDomains with no specific price. If anyone has insight to ... read more ...
$18 Million For Three Weeks On The Job: No Wonder The System is Broken
- So as you know by now there was a blood bath on Wall Street Today with the Dow recording its largest one day point loss. Larger than any day during the great depression, larger than the first day of trading after 9-11. It is reported more than 1 Trillion dollars in equity was lost today in the market.
Yes its worth repeating, 1 trillion dollars lost in one day.
How did we get in this mess? I’m not smart enough to even take a run at it.
But I did find an incredible example.
Take the case of ... read more ...
Kentucky is only a beginning
- This is a guest post written by Richard Douglas. He is the CTO of Secure Hosting Ltd., a company specializing in offshore servers with offices in Nassau, Bahamas and Kingston, Jamaica. Secure Hosting has been providing offshore web hosting services to clients since 2001.
The recent news about the Kentucky 141 is just the beginning. It is expected that there will be more court challenges to more domains in the coming months.
Remember that a court order from a US court can only be ... read more ...
“We The People, In Order to Acquire a More Perfect Domain Name…”
Legal services company tries to lay claim to WeThePeople.com.
A legal document company that operates at the domain name WeThePeopleUSA.com has lost its attempt to secure the generic domain name WeThePeople.com through UDRP arbitration.
In a case decided at National Arbitration Forum, the panel found by a narrow margin that We The People, L.L.C. didn’t have a trademark in the term “We the People”, but only in the term in addition to a drawing. This is not ... read more ...
Lessons from ConAgra and Defensive Domain Registrations
How ConAgra played it smart by registering PeanutButterRecall.com, and lessons for other companies.
[Editor’s note: Tim Morse, President and CEO of Penguin Search Engine Services, recently investigated defensive domain registrations. He became interested in the topic after discovering that food company ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) registered the domain PeanutButterRecall.com in the wake of the 2007 peanut butter recall but never used the domain. On Morse’s blog you can ... read more ...
Cricket.com Takes Shape; Live Current Announces New Deal
Live Current Media continues to grow cricket channel.
Live Current Media (OTC: livc.ob), formerly Communicate.com, owns category killer domains such as Perfume.com, Boxing.com, and Brazil.com, but it’s looking more like a cricket media company than anything else.
The company just announced a new cricket site in agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (“BCCIâ€): bcci.tv. That is in addition to its existing Indian Premier League web site ... read more ...
Dell: “We’re F’d”
Dell registers some interesting domain names.
Either computer manufacturer Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is making some defensive domain name registrations or it is getting ready to release a line of highly interactive computers. Domain Name Wire has discovered that the company just registered a handful of its trademarks preceded by the f-bomb.
Among the domains Dell registered last week are:
Personally, ... read more ...
MeetDomainers.EU Holds First Domain Show and Live Domain Auction in Poland
- This is a guest post by Daniel Dryzek who is organizing a show in Poland this week and is a reader to this blog who is responsible for its content
MeetDomainers – final domain list to be auctioned in Poland has been released
MeetDomainers is a meeting for polish domainers to be held in Cracow, Poland, from 3 to 4 October. Almost one hundred people will participate in this event – experts in domain investing, hosting services, web development and domain parking.
List of names at first domain live ... read more ...
Final Thoughts From TRAFFIC: Don’t Believe a Hype
- When Rick Schwartz announced that there would be a multiple auction format for the first time at TRAFFIC and that Rick Latona and Aftermarket would be holding competing auctions, a funny thing happened in the domain community.
Well actually not funny.
Actually really sad.
I read on numerous board and blogs that Moniker was going to get their “ass kicked”.
I read how the auction game had changed and someone new, was going to show Moniker how an auction should be run.
That the king was dead and ... read more ...
Kentucky Hearing Update
- Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate, holding a hearing concerning the gambling domain names seized by the state, today gave attorneys for the 141 sites, seven days to file legal briefs.
The next hearing will be held on October 7th.
The Interactive Media Entertainment Gaming Association (iMEGA.org) has been granted standing and issued a Motion to Dismiss.
“I have a good feeling about our Motion,” expressed Edward Leyden, President of iMEGA, who was on hand during Friday‘s postponed ... read more ...
One Last New Auction From New York
- Just before heading out of the show, I decided to start one more final auction.
To end auction week in grand style we are auctioning off:
The Official Signed Rick Schwartz Bobblehead.
This auction is conducted with Rick’s full blessing and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.
After a very stressful week in NY and in the industry over the Kentucky action, lets have a little fun and raise some money for a great organization that is working to save lives.
So if you couldn’t ... read more ...
Kathy Griffin Sues for Her Name and Cash
- Comedian Kathy Griffin filed a lawsuit against a company that owns KathyGriffin.com, claiming they are making money off her name and image.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on September 16 seeking $100,000 in damages and the domain as well as an injunction to enjoin the defendants from further using her name, pictures and likeness for the Web site.
Griffin said she was contacted in July by the owners offering the site for sale for $3,500.
Since then, Griffin claims, the site is composed ... read more ...
How Monte Cahn & Crew Pulled It Off
$3 million auction was well executed.
If anyone was scared about how yesterday’s live domain auction at TRAFFIC would go, their fears dissipated about 30 minutes into the auction. Domains were selling and bidding was intense.
Sure, the final tally of $3 million ($4 million for all auctions this week) was much less than the $10 million last year, but it’s a coup given what’s going on in the economy.
So how did Monte Cahn and his crew at Moniker pull it off?
1. ... read more ...
Governor Beshear Has Bitten Off More Than He Can Chew
Governor of Kentucky’s drastic step to seize domain names may backfire.
Beshear: Public Enemy #1
I haven’t written about what’s going on in Kentucky yet. Frankly, I was so dumbfounded by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s action to seize online gambling domain names that I didn’t know what to write.
Yesterday I got a call from a reporter for The Courier-Journal and I spent about a half hour talking through the issues with her. (You can see her article here.) ... read more ...
The Top 10 Myths about Domain Investment
1. Just since we register a domain someone will offer we millions of dollars for it.
2. There is an ‘easy’ approach to make income with domains, buy my ebook.
Moniker Traffic Auction Nets Almost $3 Million
- The Moniker.com domain auction at the TRAFFIC New York Show just concluded and the sale grossed a total of just under $3 Million.
.me was the darling of the show, with all 11 .me domains selling for between $6,000 and $70,000.
FinancialAid.com was the highest selling domain at $800K, followed by floor.com for $275,000.
Combined with the first night moniker auction, the Rick Latona Auction and the Aftermarket auction, the total sold at the TRAFFIC show was just about $4 Million, showing the continued ... read more ...
Kentucky Hearing Postponed Until Tomorrow
- News just in from Kentucky that the hearing scheduled for today has been postponed until tomorrow Friday and will be held at 3:30pm.
The court released the following:
“””Please be advised that the Commonwealth of Kentucky we will be conducting settlement conferences tomorrow with a number of defendants in the above captioned matter. In light of those conferences, the Court has continued tomorrow’s hearing, and rescheduled it for Friday, September 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm est. At that time the ... read more ...
Observations From The Auctions
- Yesterday was an historic day at the TRAFFIC conference. For the first time an auction was held not run by moniker.com. Actually there were 2.
The first held by Rick Latona was a fast moving auction lead by an auctioneer and floor men which were cowboys. The auctioneer and his team are used to selling horse, hogs and such, but yesterday in true fashion, moved quickly through the auctions.
As in any new venture there were mistakes. For the first 15 or so domains the auctioneer would call “sold” ... read more ...
While we Attend TRAFFIC in NY, CADNA Meet’s in Atlanta
- CADNA issued a press release today. The release appears below and our comments follow:
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) held its eighth educational forum on online Brand Abuses and Internet Governance on Tuesday, September 23. Hosted by CADNA, Turner Broadcasting System, and Alston Bird at the CNN Center inAtlanta, the event featured expert advice on proactive, preventative and reactive online domain name strategies available to brand owners and provided a forum for frank discussion.
The ... read more ...
Yahoo Going After AOL?
- According to numerous reports Yahoo maybe looking to acquire AOL.
Yahoo’s board, according to reports are in negotiations for a combination Yahoo and AOL.
A deal between Yahoo and AOL might derail a deal between Yahoo and Google
Google+Michael Berkens ... read more ...
Yahoo Introduces Digital Advertising Platform
- Yahoo introduced its digital advertising platform for publishers, called APT.
The new Apt from Yahoo platform will initially involve newspapers in a 2-year-old consortium led by Yahoo.
The platform promises to make it easier for advertisers and publishers alike to buy and sell display ads.
Yahoo President Sue Decker said in an interview with The Associated Press that Apt positions the company to capture growth in display advertising following several years of focus on search.
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Stars May Align for Moniker Domain Name Auction during 3PM Today
Outlook getting rosier by the minute for Moniker Auction.
[Update: FinancialAid.com sells for $800,000.] Earlier today I wrote about how financial uncertainty is peaking and this has weighed down on the live domain name auctions this week. I also said that Moniker’s timeslot — 3 PM EDT today — may end up being a very lucky happenstance. It’s looking more that way. Democrats and Republicans have apparently come up with a bailout plan and the stock market ... read more ...