Chinese domain market report : Red Windows is coming

Microsoft wants to “invade” the Chinese government, creating a custom version of its Windows 10 that passes China’s security controls. What that means, basically, is that China will have access to the source code of “Red Windows” software, in order to inspect its functions – potentially adding special privileged access points. In doing so, Microsoft […]

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Chinese domain market : May 31st is doomsday for domainers in China

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the Chinese domain market report. May 31st is “doomsday” in China, and domain investors in particular. Major cloud providers, such as Alibaba, have provided a government-issued warning, that user verification must complete before then. The process entails providing credentials to match domains with the real names of their owners. […]

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Chinese domain market report : Was Beijing.com just sold?

China is seeking an international cooperation to tighten Internet regulation, increasing its defense against cyberattacks. A new Chinese cyber policy paper emphasizes the Communist Party’s position that countries must impose authority on all cyber-related matters in their territory. Along with those statements comes an increased censorship, data privacy changes and how business trade is conducted […]

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Rick Schwartz’s 977.com domain went straight to China

Details about the recent sale of 977.com by Rick Schwartz emerged today, and the destination country for this short, numeric domain is none other than China. The domain had been in transfer for a few days, and the WHOIS has just now updated. Chinese bidding powerhouse, Golden Name, is shown as the new registrant; in […]

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Chinese domain market report : is the Great Firewall of China going down soon?

Luo Fuhe, a Chinese official, said that the “Great Firewall” of China blocking western web sites, is too restrictive and hinders economic progress, discouraging foreign investments. It’s a rare demonstration of opposing the Chinese government policy, and one of two things might happen: Mr. Luo Fuhe might be reprimanded for disrespecting the party’s position, or […]

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Chinese domain market report : How are your Chips doing so far?

Domain sales in China are inching up; the year of the Rooster has started on a solid, spur-loaded foot, apparently. Then again, last year’s first quarter wasn’t too disappointing either, but come May, things became very muddy for the Chinese domain market. In recent weeks, we witnessed a lot of Chinese “Chips” changing hands; thousands […]

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Chinese domain market report : Stability or plateau?

The Chinese domain market witnessed a rebound from last year’s doldrums, during the first quarter of 2017. Ending 2016 on a whimper, instead of a bang as it did in 2015, the falling prices of Chinese “premium letters” of the “Chip” variety raised fears of a crashing market. Chinese domain investors playing the dangerous flipping […]

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Chinese domain market : Fingerprinting foreigners, while hundreds of “Chips” are changing hands in China

China is rolling out a new security measure that affects travelers to the largest nation in the world. According to Chinese government sources, foreigners entering the country from Friday, will be finger-printed, as announced by the Ministry of Public Security. All foreigners, aged 14-70, are required to submit their fingerprints when entering China, and the […]

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Chinese domain market report : It’s the year of the Rooster

The Chinese year of the Rooster is on, and a long weekend of celebrations is underway in China. Millions of dollars is given away as monetary presents, in a tradition that intends to bring good luck and prosperity to the recipients. Just like at the beginning of last year, the Chinese domain market is witnessing […]

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Chinese domain market report : Credit card worthiness system to slow down investors

Domain investors in China, take notice: a new credit card worthiness system is taking effect soon, and it has the potential to affect the Chinese domain market. Initially rolled out for 16 occupations such as public servants, real estate agents, tour guides, lawyers, teachers and pharmacists, the credit rating for trustworthiness will eventually expand to […]

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Weekly Chinese domain market report : Grab the Rooster by its eggs

The Chinese domain market faced plenty of challenges in 2016 and this year, the Year of the Rooster, is hopefully going to be different. Since the beginning of 2017, Yuan, China’s national currency, has been on a depreciation roller-coaster. In China, the world’s 2nd largest economy, personal and national debt has skyrocketed, and the beginning […]

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West.CN auctions: Single digit domain 2.XYZ sold for how much?

Short, numeric domains in almost every TLD seem to be doing well, and .XYZ is no exception. Still, it’s a hit or miss, and it depends on the market conditions, particularly of the Chinese domain market. According to DNJournal, last year’s biggest single digit domain sales include 1.XYZ for $181,000 dollars and 9.XYZ for $170,000 […]

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