September 26, 2014 · SPECIAL REPORT
It’s been 5 great years already, and how the world of domains has changed since 2009! We now have gTLDs that only existed in “ClownPenis.fart” jokes. Halvarez is nowhere to be seen. Parked.com is gone. Morgan Linton is a millionaire (almost!) Frank Schilling owns a Registry, but... [Read more]
Tessa Holcomb, Igloo CEO. Premium domain brokers Igloo announced via a press release the sale of numerous top tier domains, but did not disclose any prices. Citing privacy agreements signed between Igloo and the parties involved, CEO Tessa Holcomb revealed that “Igloo’s Domain Advisors have closed upwards of $120... [More]
The ICANN CZDS. ICANN has restored access to its Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS) improving or adding features. The system is used for monitoring the zone files across TLDs and gTLDs: As previously communicated, ICANN has deployed several updates to the CZDS today. The updates haves been successfully completed and CZDS... [More]
Fadi Chehadé, ICANN president and CEO. ICANN has published its annual report for the Fiscal Year 2014, covering the expense reimbursements and other payments made to its directors between July 1st, 2013 and June 30th, 2014: During FY14, there were seven face-to-face meetings for Board members, including four regular ICANN... [More]
The folks over at Minds+Machines are losing their heads for Halloween! Minds+Machines is offering a special Halloween discount coupon today – the offer is good until midnight tonight, Pacific US Time. CLICK ON THE BANNER TO GET THE DISCOUNT. The discount coupon takes 25% off for all domain registrations for the following... [More]
Having a registered trademark does not entitle you to the .com automatically. Citing first use of the mark “InfoTrax” in 1999, InfoTrax Systems waited 13 years to pursuit a trademark. When the mark was registered with the USPTO in 2013, the company decided to go after InfoTrax.com – a domain registered... [More]
Sun servers, not the ones used by Namecheap hosting. After going off on a tirade on Facebook about not getting any love or media coverage from domain bloggers, domain registrar Namecheap announced the availability of discounted web hosting services. The price: a paltry $10 annually, or less than the average cost of a dot... [More]
TRAFFIC parties are legendary, and TRAFFIC 2014 in Miami marks the 10th anniversary of the original domain conference founded by Rick Schwartz. With dozens of costumed participants, the TRAFFIC Halloween party proved to be worthy of its reputation. All the big cheese domainers were there, including dozens more that attended... [More]
IBM is a world famous mark. Despite the new URS process that allows for trademark holders, particularly those of famous marks, to disable an offending gTLD domain, IBM took the UDRP route. In a case filed at the WIPO against the domain IBM.buzz, the Complainant was International Business Machines Corporation. The UDRP was... [More]
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a fine to the British dating services company JDI Dating, for using computer generated user profiles, referred to as “virtual cupids”. These fake profiles were used as a bait, tricking users into upgrading their own accounts to paid memberships. Upon creating their profile,... [More]
A bunch of yoyos. Another day, another UDRP for Yoyo Email, Ltd. – a UK corporation that has had a record number of UDRP cases filed against it this year. The reason: registrations of corporate names, brands and trademarks in the dot .Email gTLD, a practice that Yoyo Email refers to as a “business model”,... [More]
Shoshana B. Roberts We’ve said it before: if you plan to be part of a viral campaign, make sure you already own your name as a dot .com, maybe even a variation of it. Shoshana B. Roberts, a New York based actress, made national news recently over her role as a naturally beautiful, casually dressed female walking in... [More]
Dot .Realtor might not be as welcome as its Registry believes. In a brutally honest essay on the dot .Realtor availability, Real Estate agent, Teresa Boardman, states that she will stick to dot .com for now. “I think I’ll just stick with my .com domains. I can have domain names like StPaulRealEstateBlog.com and StPaulCondolife.com... [More]
When your brand copies off another business’s name, making claims about the name’s origin won’t work if you also copy their content. A UDRP filed at the WIPO against the domain name DigikaPart.com by DigiKey Electronics, was met by a surprising claim by the Respondent. DigikaPart was registered in Iran... [More]
Sedo has redesigned its homepage and content pages, giving them a much-needed “facelift.” The new design is not responsive, and the homepage places emphasis on the new direction in the domain industry, that of gTLDs. Below the masthead, domain listings are displayed, which refresh every few seconds - a nice... [More]
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