MERGE! 2017 in Orlando : The many faces of the multi-discipline conference

MERGE! 2017 takes place in Orlando, FL, between October 14-18. The multi-discipline conference is aimed at a variety of professionals, from developers and domainers, to IP attorneys, marketing and brand specialists, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities to network and participate in the discussions and exchanges offered by MERGE! 2017. Here are some […]

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Bitcoin blues : Cryptos better than domains? LOL

Who would have thought that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies would rise to current levels. From being “funny” or “monopoly money,” to sought-after, unregulated currency, Bitcoin spawned a market that embraces both lawful and unlawful activities. Volatility in cryptocurrencies arrives with the territory, and BTC trades below $1,900 dollars currently, according to RealTimeBitcoin. BTC is also […]

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Joint ventures : Elon Musk launches X.com, acquires Y.com and Z.com as well

A few days after acquiring X.com, uber-entrepreneur, Elon Musk, has finally launched it. The minimalist web site, contains the letter “X” at the upper left corner, marking the spot most often reserved for a graphic or logo. “I’m a no-frills guy, and decided to just place the letter ‘X’ there. Who needs a complex, boring […]

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Autorenew OFF : Are the GoDaddy renewal emails “predatory” ?

GoDaddy has been quite aggressive with its renewal reminders, and email notices continue when one turns autorenew off. But are such notices predatory? One user seems to think so. In a Reddit post titled “GoDaddy’s transactional emails are downright predatory,” the GoDaddy customer explains: “I manage a set of about a dozen domain names for […]

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China’s 14 billion yuan domain market is old news!

China‘s local domain market is worth 14 billion yuan, and that’s the latest released data from 2015. In other words, that’s old news. During the Global Domain Summit held last week in Xiamen, China, some of the data presented involved the numbers of Chinese domain extensions, including IDN domains. Mao Wei, head of the Chinese-language […]

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BankWest.com lost after 20+ years in a UDRP decision

The registrant of the domain BankWest.com lost it in a UDRP, after holding onto it for more than 20 years. Commonwealth Bank of Australia of Perth, Australia challenged the domain, asserting rights to a BANKWEST trademark going back to 1994; the bank was founded in 1895. Ravindra Patel, gbe of Morganville, New Jersey, challenged the […]

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Mid-summer doldrums as LLL .com prices plummet

It’s the heart of the summer, and the proverbial doldrums are hitting the LLL .com niche market rather hard. Recent sales of three letter .com domains that we reported, indicate that prices are retreating to pre-Chinese boom numbers. The bread and butter of that boom was formed by letters that for many years were considered […]

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Complete guide to the EPP domain codes used by Registrars and Registries

What are EPP codes? Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) domain status codes, also called domain name status codes, indicate the status of a domain name’s registration. There is at least one active status code at any time for a particular domain, but there can also be more than one. EPP status codes come in two flavors, […]

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Dipping Chips : Sub $800 dollar sale a prelude for lower rates?

We’ve been tracking the rise, progress and demise of domain “Chips” for the past couple of years, and another negative milestone was reached recently. Once valued at more than $2,500 dollars, LLLL .com domains without vowels or the letter “V” dropped to $1,000 levels in recent months. And now, a NameJet auction for the domain […]

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Pilotfish.com : Three member panel delivers finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking in UDRP

The domain PilotFish.com was challenged via the UDRP process; the Complainant is Pilotfish Networks AB of Göteborg, Sweden, represented by Ports Group AB, Sweden. They operate Pilotfish.se. A three member panel at the WIPO, found the Complainant guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking, for challenging this 2001 domain registration. “The Panel finds that the decision […]

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Got a viral meme domain? Sell it as fast as you can!

If you were lucky enough to grab a domain name inspired by a popular meme or viral statement, sell it as soon as you can! Sitting on such viral domains is a death sentence for most of them. Once the steam dissipates, the domain’s value is gone down the drain. The Internet crowds retain a […]

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Hotels.CLUB rolls out huge hotel savings for NameSummit 2017 in NYC

To save on hotel room costs during NameSummit in NYC, look no further than booking through Hotels.CLUB. George Verdugo, founder of Hotels.CLUB, told us that his booking cost for the venue’s hotel, New York Hilton Midtown, is insanely low. You can save between $100 – $150 dollars in hotel costs, by signing up for Hotels.CLUB […]

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