Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sun 31st August 2014
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So When Does Amazon Buy Twitch.com ? - Twitch.tv was purchased this week by Amazon for $970 million, the little experiment that grew out of Justin.tv has become a major player in online video. For a long time it was rumored that Google would acquire Twitch. Now we know it is Amazon and two questions remain, 1) When will Amazon buy Twitch.com ? and 2) For how much ? The UFC also had an issue with the .com getting spillover traffic from its UFC.tv and eventually purchased UFC.com. UFC.tv shows videos while the .com is the main hub for ... read more ...
 
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It’s David Vs Goliaths For Control of .Music - Harley Brown wrote an article for Billboard.com about the upcoming battle for .music. The indies vs Google and Amazon. The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced its support for the  music industry to control .music. A2IM believes that if Google or Amazon win the .music extension that they will obviously put profits ahead of industry and artist concerns. In a conversation with Billboard, A2IM President, Rich Bengloff expressed hope that ICANN would select a music community ... read more ...
Sat 30th August 2014
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Where Do You See The Value of Numeric.com Domains Going ? - Our latest poll takes a look at Numeric.com values. Numerics have continued to be one of the strongest categories for domain investors, fetching excellent prices and also being a very liquid category within the space. Michael has mentioned a few times that he has had several parties interested in 345.com which he owns. There have been multiple offers over $500,000. 4.CN completed its largest auction sale ever at 357.com sold for $161,633, 103.com sold for $130,164. Top 5 reported to DN Journal in ... read more ...
 
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.Bio Generates $250K in Revenue In Its First Week - Starting Dot Ltd. the registry operator for new generic top-level domains (new gTLD) .BIO, .ARCHI .SKI, , put out a press release today announcing that over 4,100 .BIO domain names have been registered at the end of the first week generating over a $250,000 USD in revenue. “The .BIO launch ranks in the top 15 in terms of new gTLD first week retail revenue* and validates the popularity of the extension in the market place.” Starting Dot Ltd. management attributes the recent sales success to the ... read more ...
Fri 29th August 2014
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Bitcoin Could Become Legal Tender in Australia According To Official - Australian official suggests making Bitcoin legal tender in Australia. In a talk earlier in the week Chris Jordan, the Australian tax commissioner said some would like to see Bitcoin as legal tender. Currently Bitcoin does not meet the definition under Australian law, but he said that could change. From the Guardian: The Australian tax commissioner has left open the possibility that the digital payment system bitcoin could be considered legal tender in Australia. Bitcoin has been described as a ... read more ...
 
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Breaking; HitFarm.com Closing Up On Oct 1st - HitFarm.com is closing up its operations effective October 1, 2014 Here is an email we just received with the subject line “Re: Notice of Permanent Closure” “We regret to inform you that Hitfarm will no longer be in service effectively from October 1st, 2014.” “Accordingly, you will need to update your name servers for all domain names parked at Hitfarm.com by 11:59pm PST on September 30th, 2014. ” “All outstanding payments as at September 30th will be made at the end of October.” At ... read more ...
 
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.Club Sells Its 100,000th Domain - CLUB Domains just announced that it has sold its 100,000th new domain name today, “setting a record as the first new generic top-level domain (gTLD) to sell 100,000 domains and continuing its streak as the best-selling new domain extension.” Although two other new gTLD’s have more domain registrations, no new gTLD has SOLD more domain names than .Club RightoftheDot.com a company of which I’m a Director and co-owner is brokering the Super Premium .Club domain names, including golf.club, country.club ... read more ...
 
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Google Authorship Comes To An End - Eric Enge wrote a very detailed and lengthy post about the end of Google Authorship, I remember when this first came out and everyone was telling me how important this was and to get on it. Bill Hartzer wrote an excellent piece about it on DomainInvesting.com back in March of 2013. This is one of the things that is frustrating with following Google like they are the masters of all things Internet, they start and stop a lot of projects. John Mueller told the  co-author of the piece with Enge, Mark ... read more ...
 
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SC Johnson plays tricks to extent consequences of Off! Botanicals recall - Information about recall is on a non-descript domain with a restricted robots.txt file. SC Johnson, maker of Off! bug sprays, is recalling certain 4 oz bottles of its OFF! Botanicals Insect Repellent. It’s undertaking some website and search engine tricks to limit the long term consequences. Although SC Johnson is publicizing the recall, it is taking some precautions to limit long term consequences in search engines. Yesterday it registered a number of domain names ... read more ...
 
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.Club initial new TLD to strech 100,000 paid registrations - Marketing efforts pay off as .Club crosses milestone. .Club sent out a press release this morning touting that it has now sold 100,000 domain name registrations — the first new TLD to reach this milestone. .XYZ and .Berlin have more registrations, but most of their registrations were given away for free. What was .club’s secret to getting to 100,000 registrations? Pick a good domain and then add money. The company has certainly outspent all of its rivals on ... read more ...
 
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Expired Domain Report: Carol.com, Pranksters.com and more - Deck the halls! Carol.com, which GoDaddy sold for $20.8k this past week, may be one of the best brand names for the Christmas season. Either that or some woman named Carol ought to be immensely flattered! Another dictionary-word .COM, Pranksters.com reached $7.1k. It’s not hard to imagine a “Pranksters” show based on the premise of pulling pranks proving pretty popular.  Plenty have. That clip I just linked to is also something of a comment on the price paid ... read more ...
Thu 28th August 2014
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Despite Competition from New gTLDs .ORG Continues to Grow with … - Still PIR has reason for optimism. .Org, used by many of the world's most widely known and respected non-profit organizations, is a strong, almost universally ... read more ...
 
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The ANA and Hand-Wringing - The Association of National Advertisers is at it again, this time spelling the death of new gTLDs barely after they emerge from the gate. In 1982, at the dawn of the video age, Motion Picture Association of America President Jack Valenti infamously told Congress, with more than one unfortunate reference to various types of violent crime, that the advent of the VCR would spell immediate and irrevocable doom to the motion picture industry, and that the device should certainly be thrown to the ... read more ...
 
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Holiday.com Hitting The Auction Block & “Experts” Predict It To Sell For More Than $30 Million - According to Dailymail.co.uk, the domain name Holiday.com is going to be auctioned off at the World Travel Market, a conference for the international travel industry at London Excel on November 5. According to unnamed “experts” the domain is about to “become the priciest domain name in history as it is auctioned for an estimated £20 MILLION” Of course that is 20 Million British Pounds which equates to over $33 Million dollars at today’s exchange rates. The story goes on to say the domain ... read more ...
 
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.HOST Announces Top Global Players as Pioneer Partners - Radix, Asia’s largest new gTLD applicant, announced top players of the global hosting community as Pioneers of the .host namespace, which rolled in to Landrush on 26th August ‘14. The Pioneer lineup includes big international names like MediaTemple, Bluehost, OVH, Arvixe, and the UK2 Group, in addition to regional leaders such as Natro (Turkey) and UOL (Brazil), HostPapa (Canada), Blacknight (Ireland). Several top global wholesale registrars, such as OpenSRS, ResellerClub and InternetX ... read more ...
 
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.Host Announces 15 Pioneer Partners - Radix, announced 15 top players of the global hosting community as  Pioneers of the .host namespace, which rolled in to Landrush on August 26th. The Pioneer lineup includes big international names like MediaTemple, Bluehost, OVH, Arvixe, and the UK2 Group, in addition to regional leaders such as Natro (Turkey) and UOL (Brazil), HostPapa (Canada), Blacknight (Ireland). Several top global wholesale registrars, such as OpenSRS, ResellerClub and InternetX have also signed on as Pioneer Partners. “Jumping ... read more ...
 
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New Domain Registry, dotHIV, Collects Clicks to Combat HIV/AIDS - Carolin Silbernagl, co-founder of dotHIV and CEO of the TLD dotHIV RegistryWe all know that HIV is a virus. But now, it's also a top level domain (TLD) on the Internet -- a technological and fundraising innovation that its sponsors hope will generate new resources and interest in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For years, a small and finite list of TLDs has been the most familiar: suffixes like .com, .org and .gov have been used for every website and email address. Over 300 new TLDs -- from .associates ... read more ...
 
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Nominet Handles 674 Domain Complaints Down 17%; 55% Result in Domain Transfer - Nominet the company that operates the .co.uk and now the .uk domain name extension (ccTLD)  just released its report for its Dispute Resolution Service in 2013 (DRS). In 2013 Nominet handled 674 complaints down 17% from 2012 although the number of domain names registered increase 2,7% Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, Barclays and St Johns Ambulance. Of the 674 cases, 437 (65%) progressed through the formal dispute resolution ... read more ...
 
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Minds + Machines Launching 1st Of Its String in September; Expects 25% Of All … - Minds + Machines (LON:MMX), is going to launch its first new gTLD’s strings into General Availability in September, actually 9 in all. The following new generic top level domains (gTLDs) in which Minds + Machines has an interest will go on general availability (GA) to the public on the following launch dates in September: September 9th .London On September 15th  .Cooking, .Country, .Fishing, .Horse, .Rodeo, .Vodka September 25th .Beer, .Surf September 30th .Bayern. On entering GA, all domain names ... read more ...
 
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Minds + Machines Launching 1st Of Its String in September; Expects 25% Of All Landrush Domain To Go To Auction - Minds + Machines (LON:MMX), is going to launch its first new gTLD’s strings into General Availability in September, actually 9 in all. The following new generic top level domains (gTLDs) in which Minds + Machines has an interest will go on general availability (GA) to the public on the following launch dates in September: September 9th .London On September 15th  .Cooking, .Country, .Fishing, .Horse, .Rodeo, .Vodka September 25th .Beer, .Surf September 30th .Bayern. On entering GA, all domain names ... read more ...
 
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Challenging Delegated Top-Level Domains: ICANN’s Trademark Post … - This year, hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are changing the landscape of the Internet. The long-awaited result of ICANN’s new gTLD program, top-level domains such as .NYC, .WINE, and .WTF will now join the familiar ranks of domains such as .COM and .NET. As we’ve written about previously, ICANN provided brand owners, trademark holders, and distinct communities the opportunity to object to proposed gTLDs before they were approved or “delegatedâ€� to ... read more ...
 
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.London Tops 15,000 Domain Registrations; General Availability Starts Sep 9th - One of the most anticipated new gTLD domain extensions .London,  now has 15,038 domain names registered, counting Sunrise registrations and now registrations granted to companies with a .London presence who had priorty to register .London domains. .London is now in 23rd place in terms of number of registered new gTLD’s domain names according to nTLDstats.com DomainMonster.com,  part of the Host Europe Group is the largest registrar of .London domains todate, with over 62% of all registrations. Tucows.com ... read more ...
 
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1st Day New gTLD Totals; .Hamburg 13.7K; Discount 1,819; .Fitness 1,271; .Furniture 605; .Schule 373 - Several new gTLD went into general availability yesterday and here are the total number of domain registrations including those domains registered in Sunrise by trademark holders and in any landrush or Early Access Program (EAP) which allows registrants to pay an additional fee for early access to new domains. .Hamburg had by far the biggest new gTLD 1st day total in a many months winding up with 13,737 registrations landing it in 26th place for all new gTLD’s. .Discount finished its first day