Sedo Weekly Transactions Total $2 million led by CustomFit.com
- 685 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $2m.
57% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.
Highlights of public sales are:
Top .com: customfit.com at 21,000 USD
Top ccTLD: leasing.co.uk at 9,999 USD
Top “other” TLD: ekspres.net at 5,500 USD
There were a few triple repeating letter sales in .Club with RRR.club leading the way at $3,000.
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Rightside reports record income though new TLD income expansion is slow
- Revenue grows in Q4 but new TLD revenue remains just a small fraction of the total.
Rightside (NASDAQ:NAME) today reported record quarterly revenue for Q4 of $55.7 million, and full year revenue of $212.5 million.
All three segments of the company — registrar, registry and aftermarket — showed quarter-over-quarter growth. But registry services (aka new TLDs), where the company is betting on its future, grew only slightly.
The company reported $2.5 million of registry services revenue, up from ... read more ...
$32 million .Org agreement adult for bids
- Public Interest Registry asks for proposals to run its backend registry.
Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that runs the .Org top level domain name, just put out a request for proposal for its backend registry provider.
Afilias currently runs the registry operations for .org, and has since .org was transitioned from Verisign to Public Interest Registry in 2003.
The company is richly compensated for managing the registry. According to Public Interest Registry’s 2013 tax return, Afilias was ... read more ...
Domain name financier gets RDNH win
- China ready, but not ready for a UDRP.
Domain name investor Warren Weitzman has successfully defended his domain name ChinaReady.com, and the panel found complainant China Ready and Accredited Pty Ltd to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by bringing the case.
The complainant uses the lengthy domain name chinareadyandaccredited.com.
It claimed first use of the “China Ready” mark dating to 2012. But Weitzman registered ChinaReady.com back in 2006. See the problem for the complainant? ... read more ...
.Com Tops 125 Million Domain Registrations
According to Verisign (VRSN) the registry for .Com, the number of .Com registration crossed the 125 million mark in the Domain Name Base.
The active zone file is just over 124 Million domain names.
The active zone file does not include domain names that are not configured for use, and those in client or server hold status.
At TheDomains.com when we report on .Com domain registrations we always use the Domain Name Base figure.
In January 2014 the number of .com registrations stood at 112 Million.
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The Story Of How Harvey Levin Bought The Domain TMZ.com For $5K
The Newyorker, just published a very interesting story on the history of TMZ, including the story on how the founder of the company, Harvey Levin bought the domain name for just $5,000 back in 2005.
“The site needed a name, and “Feed the Beast,” “Frenzie,” and “Buzz Feed” were all considered, according to Rowe’s notes. Then, one day, a Telepictures executive suggested “Thirty Mile Zone.” It was an old movie-industry phrase, dating back to the mid-twentieth century, which designated ... read more ...
A Report from China – DNW Podcast #71
- What are people in China saying about the domain name market?
Tom Jennings, Director of Business Development at Snapnames, just returned from a trip to China, including the CNNIC conference. On today’s episode, Tom discusses what people in China are thinking about the current state of domain names there, and if they’re bullish for the future.
Also: ICANN’s new boss, Verisign’s opening brief, and Donuts deals with MPAA.
Subscribe via iTunes to listen to the Domain Name Wire podcast on your ... read more ...
.Cloud hits ubiquitous accessibility on Tuesday
- Affordably-priced domain name presents an opportunity for domain name investors.
One of the most-anticipated new top level domain names arrives on registrars’ shelves tomorrow.
Aruba IT won a hotly-contested auction for the top level domain name in 2014, beating the likes of cloud giants Amazon and Google.
I interviewed Eric Sansonny, General Manager at Aruba, after his company won the auction. Although plans were tentative at the time, he said the goal was to launch the domain at mass-market ... read more ...
.Club Passes 9 Year Old .Mobi In Numbers of Domain Registrations
- .Club has just passed .mobi in terms of domain name registrations.
According to RegistrarStats.com .club has 691,522 domain registrations while .mobi is at 691,342
.Mobi become available to be registered in 2006.
.Club was 1st available for general availability on May 7th 2014 making it less than 2 years old.
According to registrarstats.com, .club becomes the 9th most registered TLD, including .com, .net and .org
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LeBoeuf Corporation Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on Leboeuf.com
- LeBoeuf Corporation (“Complainant”), represented by Jeffrey M. Rosenfeld of KRONENBERGER ROSENFELD, LLP, California, USA, has just been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on the domain Leboeuf.com
“”The three member panel of the Honorable Karl V. Fink (Ret.) (Chair), David J. Steele Esq., and The Hon Neil Anthony Brown QC found that the domain name was generic as the term “le boeuf” is French for “the beef” or “the ox”; found that the complainant had no registered trademark, ... read more ...
Your Tax Dollars At Work: Clinton Department Of State Email's Shows Interest In A Domain
- “”Domain Names: “The World We Want”
Per your request, I have investigated the availability of internet domain names derived from or related to the phrase “The World We Want.”
By way of summary, the most desirable names related to this phrase are already owned. However, at least one owner is plainly willing to sell and others appear to be potentially receptive to purchase offers. One of the most desirable domain names would be Worldwewant.com
It was purchased on September 21, 2011 for ... read more ...
CSC’s China Country Manager Speaks About The Adoption Of New gTLDs. (Video)
13 February, 2016
CSC Digital Brand Services’ country manager for Greater China, Alban Kwan, spoke with Conventus Law about ICANN’s New gTLD Program—specifically what’s driving their adoption, how using new gTLDs affects search engine optimization (SEO), and how they will compare with country code domains. The interview is available in three concise video briefs.
For the video What seem to be the greatest factors influencing the growth of New gTLDs, please click here.
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Market Recap 2/12/16 Web.com adult over 10%
- Market Recap 2/12/16
Web.com (WWWW) was up over 10% today, the company posted earnings last night (Non-GAAP EPS were $0.66, three cents above estimates) and received several upgrades today.
Verisign (VRSN) was up close to 4% today and closed at $76.97. The company reported earnings on Thursday.
Tucows (TCX) was up over 5% on the day.
Disclaimer – Any stock price and market data provided on our website is for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon for trading purposes. Historical ... read more ...
Rightside Establishes Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in China & Plans To Be Licensed in 2016
- Rightside (NAME) announced today its expanded operations in China by establishing a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE).
Rightside says that there are almost 90,000 domains registered in the their portfolio of 39 new gTLD’s in the Chinese market, with .LIVE, .NEWS, and .PUB being the most popular.
There are currently 5.4 million new TLDs registered in China, which represents 45% of all new TLD registrations.
China is requiring all domain name registries to acquire a license for their domain ... read more ...
.Pro Domain Extension Hits All Time High Number of Domain Registrations
On November 15th, 2015 the restrictions on the TLD .Pro were lifted.
Since it was approved in 2000, .Pro domain names had been restricted to to three classes of professions; lawyers, doctors, and accountants.
According to Domainincite.com, “.pro started this July with about 122,000 registrations.”
According to RegistrarStats.com, .Pro never hit 150,000 registrations when it was restricted but as of today according to .Pro domain registration sits at almost 170K domains, most of us wish we owned ... read more ...
What domain names Mozilla and others bought final week
- Mozilla buys domain names for open web game.
It used to be that domain name marketplaces saw a sales slowdown over major Western holidays, particularly Christmas. Now, there’s another holiday that dials things back: Chinese New Year.
Sedo handled about $1 million worth of domain name sales last week. This is in line with many weeks last year, but below recent weeks propped up by Chinese buyers. But with “everyone” in China on vacation, it’s back to the old norm for a couple weeks. Perhaps ... read more ...
Verisign: What goes adult competence come down
- Strong end of 2015 could make for a challenging end to 2016.
.Com domain name registry Verisign reported Q4 results after the bell yesterday.
Thanks to Chinese domain name investors, the company had 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net last quarter, as compared to 8.2 million for the same quarter in 2014. This boosted its base of .com and .net by 4.6 million after deletions.
Verisign does not expect this surge to continue. It expects a return to normalcy in Q1, with net additions ... read more ...
Verisign Working On Getting Contract To Operate .Com Registry For 10 More Years
- In the earnings call today, Verisign (VRSN) announced that it was in “in the final stages of drafting the new Root Zone Maintainer Agreement with ICANN “to perform this Root Zone Maintainer role as a commercial service for ICANN upon the successful transition of the IANA functions.”
“To ensure that root operations continue to perform at the same high level during the expected 10-year term of the Root Zone Maintainer Agreement, ICANN and VeriSign are in discussions to extend the term of the ... read more ...
Verisign Expects Higher Non-Renewal Rates From Those 4th Q Domains Reg By Chinese Investors
- Verisign reported its earnings for the 4th quarter of 2015 and financial results for 2015.
In the earnings call today, Verisign made some interesting comments about that huge volume of .Com domain name registration we saw from Asia the 4th quarter of 2015:
Bottom line Verisign expects those domain names registered in the 4th quarter, which those in the domain investor community, know consisted of a lot of numeric domain names NNNNNNNN.com going into the 8,9 and even 10 digits long, and domain names ... read more ...
Web.com Buying Local Ad Co. Yodle for $342M Which Is About 40% of Its Market Cap
- Web.com (NASDAQ:WEB) announced today it’s acquiring Yodle, a provider of local online ad/marketing services for 50K+ small businesses, for $300M in cash up-front + payments of $20M and $22M at the first and second anniversaries of the deal’s closing date.
Web.com closed today with an $826M market cap.
At a $342 Million dollar purchase price that represents over 40% of its market cap although like many stocks, the company is trading close to its 52 week low of $15.71 with a 52 week high of $26.04
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Market Recap 2/11/16 Verisign Reports Earnings Down in After Hours
- Market Recap 2/11/16
Verisign (VRSN) reported earnings after the close, the stock was up on the day but is down in after hours.
VeriSign, Inc. and subsidiaries (“Verisign”) reported revenue of $273 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, up 6.5 percent from the same quarter in 2014. Verisign reported net income of $102 million and diluted earnings per share (“diluted EPS”) of $0.76 for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $65 million and diluted EPS of $0.48 for the same ... read more ...
Halle Berry wants her domain name
- Actress files complaint against owner of HalleBerry.com.
Actress Halle Berry has filed a cybersquatting complaint in order to obtain the domain name HalleBerry.com. The case was filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with World Intellectual Property Organization.
The domain name is owned by Alberta Hod Rods, a company that has registered many celebrities’ domain names. The company has already lost cases filed by Pamela Anderson, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock and Cameron ... read more ...
Sedo Weekly Transactions Total $1million led by VacationUSA.com
Over a past week, 534 exchange took place on Sedo’s marketplace and around SedoMLS, totaling $1m.
57% of sum sales were a outcome of Buy Now listings.
Highlights of open sales are:
- Top .com: vacationusa.com at 20,000 USD
- Top ccTLD: bestbaby.de during 3,900 EUR
- Top “other” TLD: blt.net at 4,800 USD
Carman's Fine Foods is a retreat domain name hijacker
- Australian company nailed for abusing cybersquatting dispute policy proceedings.
An Australian seller of cereals and granola has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in a .au Dispute Resolution Policy dispute.
Carman’s Fine Foods went after the owner of Carmans.com.au, whose name is Ross Wayne Carman.
Mr. Carmen used the domain name for one of his businesses.
The complainant made some silly arguments, including:
The Respondent’s surname is distinct from his former business ... read more ...
Two engaging GoDaddy obvious applications
- Applications describe system for recommending different domain names for a website, and making it easy to transition.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published two interesting patent applications from GoDaddy related to search engine optimization and localization.
Applications number 14/453415 and 14/453418 (pdf) are for “Optimized domain names and websites based on incoming traffic” and “Search engine optimization of domain names and websites”.
Both describe essentially the same ... read more ...