February 23, 2015 · SPECIAL REPORT
ESQwire.com is a domainer-friendly law firm, totaling decades of experience between its principals, Ari Goldberger and Jason B. Schaeffer; the end result is an impressive portfolio of domains that have been successfully defended against litigation or UDRPs. Both IP attorneys are actively involved... [Read more]
Hasbro, Inc. Games maker Hasbro sold one of its digital assets last year, the premium domain name Game.com. While this isn’t exactly a secret, Game.com was acquired by Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co., mother company of the Chinese domain auction market, 4.CN. The selling price for Game.com was uncovered today, once... [More]
MohammedEmwazi.com Minutes after the unveiling of the infamous “Jihadi John’s” identity, the dot com domain of Mohammed Emwazi got registered. Its registrant is now offering MohammedEmwazi.com for sale, as witnessed by the landing page for the domain. The registration of such domain names is questionable,... [More]
Despite a stingy situation that involves a lawsuit filed against it by Verisign, the XYZ Registry is gearing up to ascend new peaks. Last month, we covered the upcoming climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro by iron-kneed domainer, Ian Clark. Ian’s attempting to climb the tallest mountain in Africa, hoping to raise money for... [More]
Money. Crazy money. Domain investor George Kirikos has uncovered what appears to be the highest ever valuation for a domain name. The entire business behind Cars.com, which was valued at $2.5 billion dollars last year, includes a monetary reference of “intangible assets” – or, the very domain name, Cars.com. Its... [More]
A new web app uses the gTLD domain name, SwipeMy.Pics to deliver an easy to use method of viewing Instagram photos. By accessing SwipeMy.Pics on the web, whether on your PC or mobile device, you can move through an Instangram account’s photos by swiping left and right; zoom is available by double-tapping. Created by... [More]
Italian victory at the WIPO over Alessandro.com. Alessandro.com, a domain registered in 1998 by an American of Italian descent, was challenged in a UDRP by Alessandro International GmbH of Düsseldorf, Germany. The domain’s registrant, Alessandro Gualandi of New York, represented himself against the Complainant’s... [More]
Prominent IP attorney, John Berryhill. Domain attorney John Berryhill is known for his sense of humor, and for the relentlessness when responding to UDRP cases. In a case involving the aged domain name Axero.com, the Complainant, Axero Solutions LLC, asserted that the domain Axero.com was rightfully theirs. The domain was... [More]
Remember the sale of Flowers.mobi for $6,500? That was a while ago, and while the dot .mobi TLD has lost a lot of domain registrations since, it doesn’t mean it serves no purpose. Take, for example, the launch of the Kazam Tornado 348, the world’s slimmest phone, at 5.15mm thick. Googling “Kazam”... [More]
Uniregistry has invested in its own cryptocurrency. Since 2014, Uniregistry has been offering the use of Topcoin as alternate payment method; there is a 2/1 exchange rate to the dollar, for domain registrations, renewals and transfers. Topcoin is yet another cryptocurrency, launched after the success of Bitcoin, and it’s... [More]
After giving away several thousand dot .Science domain names for free, domain registrar AlpNames was unresponsive earlier today. Working with the dot .Science registry, Famous Four Media, AlpNames seems to possess a sense of humor, despite their downtime. Their homepage currently displays the following message: “Science... [More]
Michele Neylon, founder of Eire-based Blacknight Solutions, is known for his sense of humor – and appreciation of good food. With the release of several new gTLDs recently, the Irish domain registrar is having a unique promotion of these new domain ‘extensions’. The use of visuals in the form of cult movie... [More]
After yesterday’s successful launch of our “retro domaining” open series, we continue with more whimsical imagery, that combines last century’s computers with events from the domain industry. Seeing those monstrous mainframes from the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s one can only imagine what a time... [More]
Australian domain registrar and domain services company, Melbourne IT, has entered into an agreement to acquire Uber Global Group. Despite a name similarity, Uber Global is unrelated to the US-based car maker; the acquisition will complete in April, for the sum of $12 million USD ($15.5 million AUS). Uber Global, operating... [More]
No love for .XYZ from Verisign. The news of Verisign filing a lawsuit against the .XYZ registry is quite shocking. Not because of the variety of allegations included, but because Verisign – a behemoth of massive proportions – actually feels threatened by a gTLD registry. The fact is, that there are no good .com... [More]
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