Too much #rum? Puerto Rican pride and joy #domain was auctioned off

Puerto Rico is the rum capital of the world and not just because it’s home to several big rum factories and brands. Boricuas appreciate the presence of Bacardi and other distilleries on the three main islands of Puerto Rico, but the reason that PR is the rum capital of the world is due to the […]

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Pivotal Ventures: Did the Melinda Gates foundation pay $100,000 for the .com?

Pivotal Ventures was founded by Melinda French Gates in 2015, to accelerate the pace of social progress in the United States. The corporation is branded as Pivotal and operates from the domain name PivotalVentures.org, registered in 2015. Meanwhile, PivotalVentures.com is a domain that was registered in 2001. A domain investor acquired the domain at a […]

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No, Dan.com does *not* steal your domain names!

“Dan.com stole my domain in under 24 hours.” This inaccurate claim is part of a recent review of Dan.com, a platform designed for domain owners to sell their assets on. The reviewer asserts that Dan.com is part of a group of “cybersquatters” that steal domain names – a completely false claim. Note: Dan is a […]

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GoDaddy: Working to recover domains for Riz’s family

Domain investor Rizwan “Riz” passed last week and the domain community shared our collective sadness for his untimely loss. The domain investor is remembered for his kindness to others and willingness to share his knowledge achieved through personal success. Domain registrar GoDaddy, where Rizwan kept his domains at, is working diligently to recover domain name […]

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GoDaddy wars: Is the HugeDomains bot unbeatable?

HugeDomains has a strong presence on the GoDaddy auctions and it’s overwhelming domain investors. Not unlike the infamous Taryn bot that dominated NameJet auctions on behalf of Frank Schilling, the HugeDomains bot captures many domains for its master. But it seems that the HugeDomains bot is far more competitive; while Taryn would pull out when […]

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Epik: Pakistani orphans to get 1/2 of warehoused #domain’s auction proceeds

An epic thread over at NamePros about an expired domain at Epik has all the ingredients of a soap opera: backorders kicking in at 15 days past expiry, accusations of clickbait and thuggery, and a domain auctioned off with half of the proceeds to go towards orphans in Pakistan. This incredible exchange is now 4 […]

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PiracyIsACrime.com: Former anti-piracy portal sold to comedians by #HugeDomains

In 2004, the Motion Picture Association, the Federation Against Copyright Theft, and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore put together the anti-piracy video “Piracy it’s a crime.” The video was then promoted on DVDs and in movie theaters, making it the most iconic anti-piracy PSA ever made. The once-official web site PiracyIsACrime.com campaign site shut […]

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Will GSM.com change ownership after a #GoDaddy auction?

A lot can be said about GoDaddy auctions of expired domains, and GSM.com is one monster LLL .com currently in auction. The 1993 registration expired on August 3rd and somehow its registrant hasn’t gotten whiff of its status yet. Renewing a premium domain such as GSM.com would be a non-brainer, if the automatic renewal succeeded […]

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BNP Paribas dropped the domain EBanking.com!

BNP Paribas S.A. is a French international banking group; it is the largest French banking group, the largest bank in Europe, and the world’s seventh largest bank by total assets. In 2019, the bank had 44 billion Euro in revenue. And yet, it somehow managed to let a premium domain name asset, Ebanking.com, lapse. The […]

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FreshBread.com and eBeer.com: Two domains loaded with carbs got sold!

DropCatch auctioned off two domains that are loaded with carbs, yesterday. FreshBread.com, an exact match .com domain for “fresh bread” aficionados, sold for $5,601 dollars. That’s a lot of dough for a domain that existed since 1997 and which was inexplicably not renewed. Canada-based Weston Foods dropped this loaf in late April, at Webnames.ca. The […]

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QualityInfo.org : Oregon Employment Department forgets to renew #domain

QualityInfo.org is a domain name registered to the Oregon Employment Department, featuring a web site for posting economic data. The site went dark last week, after the department failed to renew the domain name at Network Solutions. Registered in 2001, the domain QualityInfo.org is both generic and aged, and if the Oregon Employment Department had […]

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Visit Lorain County #domain lost via #GoDaddy auctions

Visit Lorain County, a web site operated by Lorain County in Ohio, channeled most of its tourist traffic through the domain VisitLorainCounty.com. Someone responsible for renewing the domain name didn’t pay the bill, however, and the domain ended up at the expired auctions at GoDaddy. A high traffic geo-domain such as VisitLorainCounty.com ended up selling […]

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