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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GoDaddy restores gTLD domain partnership with Uniregistry

GoDaddy has restored domain registrations of Uniregistry gTLDs, a few weeks after they were suspended citing company policy. Uniregistry founder, Frank Schilling, stated: “We’re delighted to see Godaddy offering Uniregistry domain extensions to its customers. New name endings present a huge opportunity for future website owners. As a registry we are sometimes forced make difficult […]

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Is Trump At Mar-a-Lago, Florida? This domain name will tell you

Donald Trump has been going back and forth between Washington and Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where his exclusive club is. The presidential trip costs approximately $3.6 million dollars every time, according to a Governmental Accountability Office report. Is Donald Trump At Mar-a-Lago currently? A new web site, IsTrumpAtMaraLago.org will tell you, and it seems that so […]

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Domain loss : Your domain account does not update your WHOIS info

There is very little education of end-users about how important up-to-date WHOIS information is. In a case involving an end-user’s domain that was lost via the UDRP process, updating the Account Settings at GoDaddy was not enough. The GoDaddy customer, who is not an investor, assumed that by keeping that part of the contact information […]

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Domain history : Thirty years ago, there were less than 200 .COM domains

Symbolics.com, the first .com domain, was registered on March 15, 1985. By December 15, 1987, there were a total of 167 .com domain names registered. In other words, the lack of interest, and the manual approval and registration process, added just 166 .com domains in 33 months. Which were these domains? Here’s an alphabetical list, […]

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