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Google publishes their TLD registry software: Nomulus Google announced this morning that they are releasing their TLD registry platform, Nomulus, which is written in Java, under an Apache 2.0 license. The company uses the software to run their own registry for their TLDs. Portfolio TLD applicant Donuts has partnered with Google and contributed to the source code – they will also be […] More...


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Live Results : NamesCon 2015 Right of the Dot Auction DNN will be live blogging from NamesCon in Las Vegas. We do not guarantee the accuracy of these results. Check here for results as we update them live from the show.  Bidding is also available on SnapNames.com and names unsold will be in a silent auction there until February 6th, 2015. In a charity auction before […] More...


TrafficZ Shutting down operations on Dec 31st, 2014 According to an email sent out by TrafficZ, it will cease it operations after Dec 31st, 2014, which is a relatively short notice. We’ve reached out for confirmation to Thought Convergence and also asked them if there’s any other properties/divisions that are still active besides DomainTools. As you no doubt have heard by now, we […] More...


Ron Jackson Finally Owns DomainNameJournal.com For more than a decade, Ron Jackson has been producing his domain industry publication DNJournal.  It’s been regarded as a “go-to” industry publication for his weekly sales reports and his “cover stories”, featuring prominent industry profiles, but did you know that Ron didn’t even own DomainNameJournal.com.  OMG Ron you don’t own all variations of your […] More...


ICANN systems compromised through phishing attack A number of ICANN’s staff email accounts have been compromised by a phishing attack, which lead to administrative passwords to other systems being exposed as well, as Necraft reports. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has fallen victim to a phishing attack which resulted in the attackers gaining administrative access to some […] More...


DomainFest will be part of NamesCon 2015 in Las Vegas A change on the Namescon Agenda lead The Domains to ask if NamesCon had bought out domainFEST – well, here’s the official press Release and reply. DomainFest becomes the first day of the conference geared towards newcomers. If you read the text on the updated DomainFest website, it appears that there’s a plan to carry […] More...


Europol seizes 292 domains for counterfeit goods on Cyber Monday The European law agency Europol has seized 292 domain names in cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and 25 law enforcement agencies from 19 countries. The sites were allegedly used to sell counterfeit merchandise, such as sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals, but also movies and music. Countries involved were: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, […] More...


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Clothes.com $ 4.9 Million Price Revealed in SEC Filings TechCrunch and DNW.com both covered this story today. Turns out that Zappos.com paid $ 4.9 million to acquire Clothes.com from IdeaLab in 2008.  The new revealed domain price puts Clothes.com at the second largest sale of 2008 behind the sale of Fund.com according to DNJournal’s sale chart for 2008. Big sales like this seldom get reported [...] More...


Fusu Still Accepting Submissions for Auction at DomainConvergence 2009 Do you have quality domain names sitting around that you want to sell for top dollar? Fusu is still accepting domain submissions for the online auction starting August 13 at Domain Convergence 2009. “You can present your domains to the very successful domainers that DomainConvergence attracts,” says Frank Michlick, the founder of DomainConvergence. “These are people [...] More...


iGuide.com Sells for $ 100,000 AfternicDLS reported $ 950,000 worth of domain sales last week including iGuide.com for $ 100,000 and Cric.com for $ 45,000. iGuide.com was purchased by Baroda Ventures LLC of California - a company founded by techonology entrepreneur David C. Bohnett (also the founder of GeoCities). The website currently forwards to OVGuide.com - an online video site that hosts TV shows, [...] More...


Server.com and Jesus.net Highlight Sedo?s Weekly Sales Sedo posted $ 1.7 million worth of domain sales this past week with a range of impressive sales including Server.com for $ 770,000, Jesus.net for $ 124,337, OMG.com for $ 80,000, Enlargement.com for $ 56,000, Loterie.fr for $ 50,000 (?35,000), MotorcycleInsurance.org for $ 34,000, and Cloud.me for $ 22,500. Following the massive sale of Server.com, Robin Wauters of TechCrunch speculated as to why we’ve [...] More...


Microsoft Aquires Office.com Microsoft has purchased the domain name Office.com for an undisclosed amount of money - perhaps preparing for the rumored Microsoft Office 2010 web applications. “At this point it’s too early to share details on our plans around www.office.com,” a Microsoft represented noted. However, Microsoft has already announced that Office 2010 will include the addition of browser-based [...] More...


?No Evidence of Front Running? Says Internet Security Expert Following ICANN-Commissioned Study Front-Running has been a significant issue within the domain industry in the past - most notably with Network Solutions - however Benjamin Edelman, an Internet security expert, has exclaimed that he found “no evidence of current front running” following a ten-month study at ICANN’s request. Edelman’s study involved testing 604 domains (304 .com, 200 .net, and [...] More...


Li Ka Shing - World?s 16th Richest Man - Linked to Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Li Ka Shing, the 16th richest man in the world with $ 16.2 billion, has been linked to an unusual case of reverse domain name hijacking. Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Cheung Kong Property Development Limited of Hong Kong (the “Complainant”), two companies owned by Li Ka Shing, were found guilty in a WIPO domain name dispute [...] More...


BREAKING: First Ever Criminal Prosecution for Domain Name Theft Underway Over the years hundreds of stories of domain name theft have been reported, most famous among them of course is the theft of Sex.com.  Even as recent as last week, reports of stolen domains sent a chilling reminder through the domain industry as valuable domains Before.com, Adios.com and others were stolen from Warren Weitzman. Until [...] More...


The Domain Space Reacts To Microsoft-Yahoo Deal It’s official - Microsoft and Yahoo have announced a 10-year search and advertising partnership that will give Microsoft’s Bing a better chance to show off its new search technology and provide Yahoo with an opportunity to challenge Google in online advertising. And in case you’ve haven’t seen the details, the deal goes like this: 10 year agreement. Microsoft [...] More...


OpenSRS Set To Add Sub-Resellers Support OpenSRS, the wholesale reseller services group of Tucows, has announced that it will be adding “Sub-Resellers Support” to its platform on August 6, 2009. The new addition is expected to give domain resellers the ability to brand their business, handle account funding and commissions, control pricing plans, create business networks, maintain their own domain store, and [...] More...


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What I got out of the Merge conference

The conference was good for catching up in one-on-one conversations. On Sunday afternoon I touched down in Orlando to attend the inaugural Merge conference for about 48 hours. One of my main reasons for attending was to learn more about blockchain and how it can transform businesses. Unfortunately, most of the blockchain programming was during […]

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11 end user domain name sales from the past week

A “cold chain” company and beauty products seller bought domain names this past week. Many of Sedo’s domain name sales from the past week are still in escrow or are using Whois privacy, so I have a limited list of end-user sales for this week. The usual trend applies: companies that own a domain in […]

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Jothan Frakes named interim executive director of DNA

Frakes to take leading role in industry association. Jothan Frakes has been named the interim executive director of The Domain Name Association (DNA). The announcement was made during a session at the Merge conference in Orlando today. Frakes has been involved in the domain name industry since the 1990s when he worked for what is […]

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Here?s why GoDaddy ? Donuts deal makes a lot of sense

Donuts sold its aftermarket portfolio and enters into expired domain partnership. This weekend, Elliot Silver broke the news that Donuts sold its aftermarket portfolio of domain names to GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) and will also begin sending Name.com’s expired domain names to GoDaddy Auctions. The first part of the deal didn’t surprise me much. I had predicted […]

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Afternic ups Fast Transfer max to $ 50,000

Afternic doubles the maximum listing price. Want to sell your domain names using Afternic’s extended partner network using Fast Transfer but don’t want to sell your domains for under $ 25,000? You’re in luck. Afternic has increased the maximum price for a domain to take advantage of Fast Transfer from $ 25,000 to $ 50,000. This means that […]

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