Brands And Domains 2017 : Agenda of The Hague conference released

The 2nd Brands And Domains conference is coming up, and will be taking place in The Hague, on October 2nd and 3rd, 2017. Brands And Domains is an annual conference dedicated to dotBrand registry operations and future applications. It offers numerous opportunities to exchange and discuss key topics, best practices, research and analysis with the […]

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Markmonitor : Corporate guide to acquiring domain names

A white paper by Markmonitor reveals the recommended corporate approach to domain name acquisition. Titled, “Assessing the Value of a Domain,” this white paper attempts to define the necessary steps, in order to acquire domains necessary to one’s brand strategy. “Have you ever wanted to register a domain only to find that it is already […]

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Chinese domain market report : Amazon to end VPN access for AWS in China

The Chinese government is upping the game of VPN thrones, ordering Amazon to end its VPN services for China’s customers. Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Chinese partner, are informing cloud customers in China that VPNs will no longer be allowed. Beijing Sinnet Technology, the local partner for AWS operations in China, sent out several […]

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Editorial : This post is not about NameJet

This story is not about NameJet, and won’t mention NameJet beyond this point. Sundays are great days for introspection, particularly by finger-pointing domainers with plenty of time on their hands. Popcorn-popping discussion threads often attract tinfoil hatters and kooks alike; whether there is a real fire or not, such events soon become eruptions of volcanic […]

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Bright.md : Medical startup secures millions of dollars in funding on a ccTLD

Start up Bright.md secured $8 million dollars in Series B funding round led by B Capital Group. Based in Portland, Oregon, Bright.md provides software automating care and communications between physicians and patients. “Bright.md’s SmartExam acts as a virtual physician’s assistant – think of it as the best automated medical resident ever – that enables primary […]

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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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One million .XYZ domains are about to drop

One million .XYZ domains are missing from the zone files, and are about to drop. Current registration numbers show that while there are 5.6 million registered .XYZ domains, a total of 4.6 million exist in the zone files. The difference, one million .XYZ domains, is the imminent drop size during the 35 day window. The […]

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Chinese domain market report : Can’t blog about celebrities in China!

The Chinese Internet consumers are like everywhere else; they love reading juicy news about celebrities. In yet another act of censorship, China’s government will be closing down social media accounts that share gossip about celebrities, asking Internet providers for a “crackdown.” The Beijing Cyberspace Administration states that “web sites need to adopt effective measures to […]

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Cars.com confirmed to be the largest domain sale in history

Cars.com has been confirmed to have been the largest domain sale in history, with a staggering $872,320,000 dollar valuation. Domain investor, George Kirikos, provided this number two years ago, and is once again quoting the numbers from the latest Cars.com financial statement: In connection with our acquisition by Parent, we have an intangible asset with […]

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UDRP loss : Virgin Enterprises continues to assert it has sole rights to the VIRGIN mark

Virgin Enterprises Limited of London, United Kingdom, continues to go after domains that incorporate the keyword “virgin.” Despite VIRGIN being a famous mark, the company has been targeting domains that are unrelated to the services that the mark represents. In some cases, there is marginal connection but the domain gets lost regardless. A UDRP against […]

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Obaji.com owner wanted $231,500 dollars but got hit with UDRP

The domain Obaji.com was listed on eBay with a massive $231,000 dollar price tag. Instead of achieving a sale, however, the domain was slapped with a UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum. The Complainant is Obagi Medical Products, Inc., that produces a series of cosmetics; they own the OBAGI mark since 1998. They operate from […]

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Domainers.org : Veritable domain about domainers sold at CAX

Domainers.org, the veritable domain for all domainers, was sold at CAX.com today. French domain investor, Francois Carrillo, put it up for sale; the domain was promoted via basic advertising through his domain news aggregator, Domaining.com. The domain Domainers.org received a total of 36 bids from 12 bidders, and the closing price was $1,292 dollars. It […]

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