Final #Chinese #domain market report of 2017, as “Year of the Dog” lies ahead

It’s the final Chinese domain market report of the year, as we’re bidding farewell to 2017. China’s domain aftermarket for “coinage” domains, such as LLL.com and LLLL.com, remained relatively healthy, having survived a crappy 2016. Domain investors moved some liquidity to cryptocurrencies, giving the short domain market a much needed correction. No longer in $2,500 […]

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#Chinese #domain market report : Banning ICOs in #China was a smart move

Domain investors in China wishing to enter speculative cryptocurrency markets were re-aligned earlier this year, after local ICO launches were outlawed. Pan Gongsheng, executive at People’s Bank of China, has said that the Chinese regulators made the right decision: “If we didn’t shut bitcoin exchanges and crack down on initial coin offerings a few months […]

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Domain flippers? Chinese domainers upset over Rick Schwartz’s statement

A group of Chinese domainers from the Guangzhou province in China are upset with Rick Schwartz. The reason: The Domain King’s recent statement about exclusive traders of numeric, or letter domains not really being “domainers.” Said Rick via Twitter earlier today: Not all #Domainers are really Domainers. Those that focus ONLY on number #Domains or […]

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Chinese domain market report : Government seeks the full identity of China’s domainers

Chinese domain investors and common registrants alike, take notice: China’s government wants your real identity when registering domains. The world’s second largest economy has grown in strides, but socially it utilizes a flavor of “Communist Capitalism” that Westerners aren’t familiar with. And now, domain name registrations in China require the submission and verification of real […]

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MERGE! 2017 : Information and photos from day 3 in Orlando, Florida

We’ve been covering MERGE! 2017 in Orlando, Florida; the multi-discipline conference catering to domain investors, developers, cryptocurrency and blockchain boffins, and more. Day 3 of the MERGE! conference was quite busy, with a schedule spread across several rooms, allowing everyone to pick their preferred session. Lots of activities from 9am onward, kept visitors engaged and […]

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MERGE! 2017 : Chinese market analysis and Rick Schwartz makes a cameo appearance

Rick Schwartz established a virtual presence at MERGE! 2017 in Orlando, Florida today. During the Chinese domain market session, one of Rick’s popular quotes was presented by Guta.com founder, George Hong. The related PowerPoint slide can be seen below, both in English and Chinese. The Domain King’s quote reads as follows: “Domains would go up […]

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Chinese domain market report : China issues fines, delivers censorship

The Chinese government issued large fines against its own technology giants, for not complying with censorship guidelines. Baidu, Tencent and Sina Weibo were fined up to 500,000 yuan each ($75,000 dollars) for not doing their best to combat pornography, violence and other prohibited content. China recently pulled the plug on unlicensed VPN providers. In recent […]

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Chinese domain market : No more Bitcoin exchanges in China

China is getting ready to pull the plug on local Bitcoin exchanges, a step beyond ICO banning. The Chinese government is an unstoppable machine that regulates the Internet in China, hiding many Western service companies behind the Great Firewall. By ending the activity of local Bitcoin exchanges, China intends to strengthen its control and regulation […]

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Chinese domain market report : Prices down, sales volume down

The Chinese domain market has slowed down severely, with the overall sales volume dropping about 30%. Average price for the “Chinese premium” letters is hovering below the $900 dollar mark, something we witnessed in our last report. Some might say, it’s the end of summer doldrums, and overall, this year has been better than 2016, […]

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Chinese domain market report : Chip prices drop below $900

The unthinkable has finally happened, and we’re not talking about the nuclear Armageddon looming over the North Korea crisis. Chinese “Chips” – long considered to be the domain coinage of choice among progressive domain investors – have steadily declined in value, along with the resurgence of Bitcoin. During the past 18 months prices fell from […]

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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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Chinese domain market report : No more VPN access in China

The Chinese government wants its citizens to play nice, and refrain from using virtual private networks (VPN) to access forbidden content. VPNs allow the bypassing of China’s “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas web sites. With that in mind, Apple was ordered to remove VPN apps from its store, and the 15th biggest […]

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