Chinese #domain market report : The Jingwang Weishi app is after your files

Jingwang Weishi, translated as “web cleansing,” is a Chinese mystery app that is forcefully downloaded into phones in some parts of China. The app records a phone’s identifying information, including its IMEI number, model, phone number, and manufacturer, and many Ethnic Uighurs in China’s west are worried this is the Chinese government’s long arm at […]

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Chinese #domain market report: #Tiangong-1 crashing like #LLLL coms

The Chinese satellite, Tiangong-1, is waving goodbye to space, and in a week from now it will crash on earth. The exact place that it will burn itself onto is unknown, as China’s space engineers lost control of Tiangong-1 a while ago. Plummeting towards earth, it will hopefully end up in some remote, uninhabited area […]

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Chinese #domain market report : Shameless naysayers in the LLLL market?

China’s constitution changed recently, to accommodate for the power-grabbing, limitless ability of its leadership to cling to power. Western media and politicians consider the move to project dictatorial aspirations, and the Chinese state-run press called the response to be that of “shameless naysayers.” Sounds like the same thing that came from the mouths of peddlers […]

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Two 2-letter .com #domains acquired by #Chinese registrants; FMA sold one of them

Two 2-letter .com domains, the cream of the crop of domain brevity, changed hands in the past 24 hours. DF.com, a domain registered in 1993, turned up in our alerts of DNS changes, moving from a California registrant to someone in China. The transaction was completed by using the Chinese Ename escrow. Today, domain investor […]

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#Chinese #domain market report : One person controls 1.379 billion citizens

China operates on a distinct “Communist Capitalism” model, with the economy structured on top of an amalgam of ethics and culture. Don’t be fooled though; in the end, one person, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, runs the show. Currently, Xi Jinping is also the President of the People’s Republic of China, […]

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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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