Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fri 30th November 2012
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UPDATED: Mike Mann Just Saved Almost $2 Million Dollars With Verisign’s No Rate Increase .Com Contract - (George Kirikos just pointed out that I did not take into account the compouding of the Verisign rate increase and he is correct so I have correct the math and the numbers) Mike Mann owns around 330,000 domain names. Based on Verisign’s contract  renewal to operate the .Com registry over the next six years, without being able to raise their prices 7% in 4 out of 6 years, according to our calculation Mike Mann just saved almost $2 Million dollars. The current rate for a .Com registration or renewal ... read more ...
 
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Verisign: If New gTLD’s Are Successful We Might Be Able To Lift All Price Caps On .Com’s - Coming out of the Verisign ( NASDAQ : VRSN ) conference call this morning announcing that the contract to operate the .com contract had been renewed for six years, without any price increases, is that all price caps on .Com’s could be lifted as early as 2014 if the new gTLD program is highly successful. Responding to questions, Verisign stated that through this contract renewal they”obtained an option for ourselves before 2018 to ask commerce to find   we no longer have “market power” and ... read more ...
 
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Verisign: .Com Contract Renewed For 6 Years With NO Automatic Price Increases - In what domain holder have to consider a victory, Verisign, Inc.  ( NASDAQ : VRSN ) was granted an six year renewal of the .Com registry but losses the ability to automatically raise prices. Verisign’s current pricing of $7.85 per domain name registration will continue for the six-year term of the Agreement. Under the current contract Verisign has to operate the registry which expires today they had the right to raise prices 7% in any 4 of the 6 years of its choice and in fact did elect to raise ... read more ...
 
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Did A Federal Appeals Court Just Block The $5.2 Million Dollar Bankruptcy Auction Of 153,000 Domain Names? - Last week DomainNameWire.com, reported that the domain name portfolio owned by Jeff Baron had been sold for $5.2 Million dollars in a bankruptcy auction. The portfolio consisted of 153,000 domain names. According to a Facebook post under the account SaveJeffBaron tonight it looks like a federal appeals court may have stepped into stop the transfer of the domains subject to the sale. This was posted by what appears to be Mr. Baron’s mother: “”Good news finally at least for now, the 5th Circuit ... read more ...
 
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U.S. goverment only gave .com domain owners a $10.78 taxation break - Cost of holding domain for six years decreases by as much as $10.78. Hey, don’t say the U.S. government never did anything for you. They just gave domain name owners a $10.78 price reduction over the term of the next .com contract by eliminating price increases. Assuming that Verisign would have increased prices in the first four years of its contract (it had the right to do it in 4 of 6), that equals a $10.78 savings per domain that you would have held for the ... read more ...
 
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Verisign shares dump 15% on agreement change - Verisign stock nosedives on news of new contract without price increases. Shares of Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) are down 15% in early trading after the company announced that its contract to run .com had been renewed without price increases. Verisign’s contract renewal with ICANN allowed it to raise prices 7% in four of the six years of the contract. That would have allowed the company to raise the price from $7.85 today to $10.29 after four years. But then the U.S. ... read more ...
Thu 29th November 2012
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Quick Poll: Will Verisign Gets The .Com Contract Renewed? - We are going to run a poll for just tonight on whether Verisign is going to get its contract  to operate the .Com registry renewed. Today Verisign scheduled a conference call and live webcast for tomorrow morning on the status of the renewal of the contract to run the .com registry. So the question is simple. Will Verisign Get its Contract to Run The .Com Registry Renewed? You can answer Yes No Yes but with price reductions Yes with reduced rate increases Yes with price reductions and reduced rate ... read more ...
 
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Breaking: Verisign To Hold Conference Call & Live Webcast Friday Morning At 8:30 AM On Status of .Com Contract - Verisign ( NASDAQ : VRSN )just announced they will be holding a conference call and Live Webcast tomorrow morning, Friday November 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM EST: “to provide a status update on the .com Registry Agreement renewal”. “The call will be accessible by direct dial at (888) 676-VRSN (U.S.) or (913) 312-0400 (international).” A listen-only live webcast of the conference call will also be available at http://investor.verisign.com. November 30th is the date previously set by Verisign as the ... read more ...
 
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Syria Shuts Down The Internet - According to Renesys, a Web-monitoring service,  Syria has shut down the Internet The “Syrian Internet Is Off The Air,” Renesys announced. The Associated Press is also says that a second web-monitoring company is also reporting a complete shutdown. This on a day a conference was held on internet governance and with the ITU meeting next month in Dubai with countries wanting to take control of the naming system from ICANN and putting it under the control of the UN     Google+Michael Berkens ... read more ...
 
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Conference On Who Should Govern The Internet Is On For Tomorrow In Washington & Is Being Streamed Live -   9am — Should the U.N. Save the Internet? Andrew McLaughlin – @McAndrew Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2011) 9:15 — Rethinking America’s Dot-Com Hegemony Ellery Biddle – @ellerybiddle Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy and Technology Andrew McLaughlin – @McAndrew Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2011) Milton Mueller – @miltonmueller Professor, Syracuse ... read more ...
 
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Lawyer Marc Randazza sues derogator Crystal Cox in weird case - Lawyer involved in domain disputes files his own cybersquatting lawsuit to protect his family’s names. Now this is a bizarre case. You may have heard of first amendment lawyer Marc Randazza before. He’s by all accounts a colorful character, and he was the one who represented the owner of glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com against Glenn Beck in a UDRP. It sounds like at some point he caught the attention of “investigative blogger” Crystal Cox. In ... read more ...
 
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Domain registry failures forward (and Verisign would like a obvious on recuperating them) - Largest domain registry applies for patent on recovering failed registries. With hundreds of new top level domains coming online in the next couple years, we’re going to see a lot of failed top level domains. Many of these TLDs will be backed by large registry providers that will takeover in the case of insolvency. But that doesn’t mean a registry (or even one of those large registry service providers) won’t suddenly go dark. But .com registry Verisign has ... read more ...
 
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Will .website domains give .ws a boost? - Contrary to government’s opinion, .website domains will give a boost to .ws. The government of the State of Samoa submitted early warnings on top level domain applications for the .website string. So what’s Samoa upset about? The country of 200,000 people has the .ws country code. Over the years it has tried to market this as being short for “web site”. That has mostly been a failure. Still, it claims .website is confusingly similar to .ws. We are writing ... read more ...
 
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DomainTools updates Reverse Whois, creation it (potentially) cheaper - Updated functionality lets users request details on a subset of domains owned by a business or person. DomainTools has released new reverse whois searching functionality, allowing users to hone in on exactly the records they’re looking for. By reducing the number of domain records in a search, it can also make it cheaper. The updated functionality allows you to add multiple ‘and’ and ‘or’ operators for the email address, registrant record, whois record, ... read more ...
Wed 28th November 2012
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Liao.com Sells For $118,888 On NameJet.com - The domain name Liao.com just sold for $118,888 on Namejet.com The auction had 224 bidders and 8 that bid $50,000 or more and 3 bid $75,000 or more. At the end two bidders went back and forth for over an hour with the bidder ID: wonderwgq The reserve on the domain name was set at $71,180. You can click here for some meanings for the term Liao Now the attention turns to the domain name YIN.com which is also at auction at NameJet.com by the same seller and has a bid of $53,100. The auction for YIN.com ... read more ...
 
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Google Offers New US Advertisers On AdWords Express Free Ads In Jan Equal To What You Spend In December - According to a blog post by Google issued today, they are offering new customers for its AdWords Express service free advertising in January in the same about you buy in December Here is the announcement” “To help businesses reach new customers this season and keep the holiday spirit rolling into 2013, we have a special offer for new AdWords Express users in the U.S. If you sign up for AdWords Express before December 16, 2012, you’ll receive a free advertising credit in January worth what you ... read more ...
 
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Liao.com Hits Its Reserve & Is At Over $75K With 2 Hours To Go At Namejet.com - The domain name Liao.com has hit its reserve price at auction at Namejet.com The reserve price was $71,180. The current high bid as of time of publication is $75,099. As of time of publication, there is a little over 2 hours to go in the auction (unless extended by bidding) and 8 bidders have bid $50,000 or more. You can click here for some meanings for the term Liao   We will let you know how it turns out once it completes. Google+Michael Berkens ... read more ...
 
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MarkMonitor.com Registers A Bunch Of Defensive Registrations For Clients: Sucks, Hate And The F Bomb - MarkMonitor.com registered a bunch of defensive domain name registrations for Bell Media yesterday, including the words suck, hate and even the F-Bomb Bell Media owns many TV networks in Canada including  the CTV, Much, and RDS Here are the domains: Google+Michael Berkens ... read more ...
 
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Everything.Me Gets Another $25 Million In Funding - TechCrunch.com is reporting on another startup .Me site, Everything.Me just got $25 Million in additional funding: “”Everything.me, a slick mobile app that lets users search for specific content across both native and mobile apps. (A full review of it is here.) Today, the company is announcing that it has picked up an investment of $25 million led Telefonica Digital, with participation from Mozilla, Singtel and existing investors, which include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, BRM Group, Horizon Ventures. ... read more ...
 
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Sedo Announces First New gTLD Client .HIV - Sedo announced this morning that is partnership with dotHIV, the future nonprofit registry behind the new .hiv generic top-level domain (gTLD) is  based in Berlin. As far as we can tell this is the 1st publicly released new gTLD client of Sedo. ”Sedo is helping dotHIV by appraising and auctioning premium .hiv domains, supporting preregistrations for people and organizations wishing to reserve names before the official launch, and evaluating the entire .hiv namespace to ensure that ... read more ...
 
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Announcement on daub about that new TLDs will get priority diagnosis in ICANN’s Powerball - Which new TLDs will get to skip to the front of the queue? We’ll find out soon. Fortunately for new top level domain applicants, the chances of getting a top spot in December’s top level domain “prioritization draw” are much better than winning tonight’s $550 million Powerball lottery. Unfortunately, tickets to the draw cost quite a bit more (and I’m not talking about the $100 ticket fee.) But many applicants still have questions about whether certain ... read more ...