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 2018-06-22 16:33 

Domain Investing

SEC Filings Can Have Good Contact Information...

Whether you are looking to privately acquire a domain name or sell a domain name you already own, it is essential to have the contact information for prospective buyers. With GDPR in place, finding good contact information for a company can be challenging...

 2018-06-22 15:15 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: How Many Times Do You Follow Up?...

Negotiating to close a domain name sale is one of the more interesting (and perhaps exciting) aspects of domain investing. Engaging an active prospect and trying to work out a mutually agreeable deal never gets old for me. On the other hand, trying to get...

 2018-06-22 14:33 

Domain Name Wire

The "disclosure" on this fake domain renewal notice is hilarious...

Senders of misleading email specifically disclaim that it's misleading. Domain Name Wire readers have surely received lots of fake renewal notices telling them they must pay or lose their domain name. Or, at least mislead them into thinking that. This...

 2018-06-22 12:41 

Domain Name Wire

Regional court in Germany to reconsider Whois data GDPR case...

Court exercises its option to re-evaluate its ruling before kicking appeal up to higher court. A German court that ruled against an injunction last month in a Whois data dispute will reconsider its decision. ICANN filed a legal action in Bonn after domain...

 2018-06-21 18:18 

Domain Investing

NamesCon Announces NamesCon Europe 2019 will be in Lisbon...

One of the neat things about Domaining Europe was that the conference regularly changed locations in Europe. The conference, which was founded by Dietmar Stefitz, rebranded as NamesCon Europe, but the tradition of changing locations seems to have stuck. L...

 2018-06-21 16:25 

Domain Name Wire

In a classic Plan B UDRP, two panelists don't find RDNH...

One panelist calls it a "clear" case of RDNH, two others decline to find RDNH. A lot of reverse domain name hijacking decisions have been handed down in UDRP cases this week. Surprisingly, the majority of panelists in a dispute over CLH.com did no...

 2018-06-21 15:24 

Domain Investing

CLH.com UDRP Goes in Favor of Domain Registrant...

Another UDRP was filed against a valuable three letter .com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the decision was just published on the WIPO website. The three member WIPO panel found in favor of the respondent, and CLH.com wil...

 2018-06-21 14:12 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: At What Price Did Yellow.com Sell?...

Yesterday, I wrote about the sale of Yellow.com. Unfortunately, Andrew Rosener could not reveal the sale price for the domain name, and I did not hear back from the registrant. I would imagine that unless the buyer decides to open up about the purchase or...

 2018-06-21 13:43 

Domain Name Wire

Web.com to go private in $2 billion acquisition...

Siris Capital to acquire domain name and web presence company for $25 per share. Web.com (NASDAQ:WEB), the parent company of domain name registrars Network Solutions and Register.com, has agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in a $...

 2018-06-21 13:16 

Domain Investing

Web.com Agrees to be Acquired for $2 Billion...

Web.com issued a press release this morning announcing that it's board of directors approved an agreement to be acquired for $25.00 per share, which amounts to approximately $2 billion USD. The buyer is an affiliate of a private equity firm called Sir...

 2018-06-21 13:03 

TheDomains.com

Web.com to be acquired for $25 a share or $2Billion...

Web.com the company that owns Register.com and Network Solutions is being purchased in an all cash deal worth approximately $2 billion. Web.com acquired Register.com in 2010 for $135 million. Web.com acquired Network Solutions company in 2011 for $405 mil...

 2018-06-21 12:32 

Domain Name Wire

Walker Edison Furniture Company hit with RDNH...again...

Time to hire a new lawyer. Walker Edison Furniture Company or its attorney, J. Dustin Howell of Workman Nydegger, clearly doesn't understand the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Last month it was found to have engaged in reverse d...

 2018-06-20 16:48 

Domain Name Wire

35 end user domain name sales up to $125,000...

Sedo has facilitated lots of end user domain name sales so far this month. It's been three weeks since I did an end user sales list. I've been putting it off thanks to what has happened to Whois records as a result of GDPR. In reviewing the past f...

 2018-06-20 16:47 

Domain Investing

Yellow.com Acquired by Blockchain Company...

The Yellow.com domain name has been acquired by a blockchain investment entity called Yellow Corporation. The transaction price and terms of the deal were private, so unfortunately, this sale will not likely be reported in DNJournal or NameBio. I reached ...

 2018-06-20 14:34 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Would You Buy Top .Net Keyword Domain Names?...

This morning I wrote about some top .Net keyword domain names currently in auction at GoDaddy Auctions. In my opinion, these are solid keywords and I would love to own the .com domain names if I could. My portfolio has very few non .com domain names, and ...

 2018-06-20 12:48 

Domain Investing

Keyword .Net Domain Names in Expiry Auction at GoDaddy...

I was looking at GoDaddy Auctions' most active auctions this morning, and it looks like quite a few strong keyword .net domain names are in expiry auctions. Some of the keyword .net domain names that are in the list of most active auctions include the...

 2018-06-20 12:45 

Domain Name Wire

Mechoshade busted for reverse domain name hijacking...

Window shading company filed cybersquatting complaint that had "no chance whatsoever of success". Mechoshade Systems, LLC, which goes by the name MechoSystems, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name Mec...

 2018-06-20 10:20 

TheDomains.com

Poll Says 55.9% of Millionaires Consider Investing In Cryptocurrencies...

An article on NewsBTC.com reported a poll by CapGemini that gauged the interest of high net worth individuals and their interest in cryptocurrency. No surprise there was greater interest from millionaire's who were 40 and under as compared to those 60...

 2018-06-19 20:48 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by SecureChain.com...

Sedo reported their weekly sales and SecureChain.com led the way at $30,000. OnlineCasino.mx was the number two sale at 19,600 Euros. ($22,715). 59 .com sales 15 cctld sales 10 other tld sales Bit.ch was an interest domain hack if being used that way. 8,0...

 2018-06-19 19:58 

Domain Investing

CCK.com is Subject of UDRP...

Another valuable three letter .com domain name is subject of a UDRP filing. A UDRP was filed against CCK.com at the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is WIPO Case D2018-1357. CCK.com was created in October of 1996, making it over 20 years old. ...

 2018-06-19 15:22 

Domain Investing

Cassandra.com UDRP: Reverse Domain Name Hijacking...

A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization against the seemingly generic Cassandra.com domain name. The decision was published this morning, and the three member panel ruled in favor of the domain registrant. In addition, the panel f...

 2018-06-19 15:22 

Domain Name Wire

Cassandra.co owner tries to hijack Cassandra.com domain name...

Company filed baseless cybersquatting dispute at WIPO. A New York brand strategy company that uses the domain name Cassandra.co has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name Cassandra.com. Deep Focus...

 2018-06-19 14:05 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: How Long Do You Hold a Domain Name?...

I don't hand register all that many domain names each year. I would say the number is somewhere around 50 +/- and that figure varies each year. When it comes time to renew my hand registered domain names, I sometimes struggle to decide what gets renew...

 2018-06-19 14:03 

Domain Name Wire

Illinois property tax appeal attorney guilty of reverse domain name hijacking...

Anastasia Poulopoulos filed a cybersquatting dispute in bad faith, panelist determines. The owner of Appealmytaxes.BIZ, which offers a service to challenge property tax assessments in Illinois, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacki...

 2018-06-19 12:37 

Domain Name Wire

Mugshots.com defendants face arraignment later this month...

Defendants are due in Los Angeles courtroom on June 29 for arraignment. The defendants in a criminal case against Mugshots.com's owners face arraignment on June 29, according to the Superior Court of California website. Domain investor Sahar Sarid is ...

 2018-06-18 22:11 

TheDomains.com

Buyer of Vacation.Rentals believes the days of high priced .com sales are coming to an end...

Mike Kugler is the gentleman that purchased Vacation.Rentals for $500,300. Currently the highest reported new gtld sale. Yes Gay.app has been touted as being sold for $1million. No confirmation by any source that industry participants rely on. A website b...

 2018-06-18 16:11 

Domain Name Wire

Proeza, S.A. nailed for reverse domain name hijacking for failure to disclose...

In a common occurence, company fails to disclose prior corresondence and misleads panel. Here's a common pattern in cybersquatting disputes under the UDRP: A company reaches out to the domain name owner in an effort to either buy the domain or coerce ...

 2018-06-18 15:43 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: What is Mouth.com Worth?...

Peter Askew made me aware of a tweet from Jason Calacanis that discussed the shut down of Mouth.com and its potential availability: Bummed about https://t.co/ROztjwurDO shutting down — bidding for the assets, but need an Ecommerce/food founder who w...

 2018-06-18 15:39 

Domain Name Wire

MMX completes .XXX ICM acquisition after ICANN approval...

ICANN gives nod to adult domain name ownership change. Domain name overseer ICANN has approved the transfer of the .xxx, .porn, .adult and .sex top level domain names to Minds + Machines (MMX). As a result, MMX (London AIM: MMX) is completing its acquisit...

 2018-06-18 15:30 

Domain Name Wire

Three companies using new TLDs DNW Podcast #190...

Why these three people chose new top level domain names. How do people learn about new top level domain names? Why do they decide to register them rather than go with a .com? What are their experiences using the domains? On today's show, we talk with ...

 2018-06-18 13:21 

Domain Investing

Teamwork.com Acquisition was a Game Changer for Company...

In 2014, the Teamwork.com domain name sold for 500,000. The sale, which is recorded at $675,000 because of the exchange rate, is listed as the 14th largest sale of the year in DNJournal's sale report for 2014. Teamwork.com is a great domain name, and ...

 2018-06-18 13:08 

Domain Name Wire

Donuts acquires .Fan after original owner fails...

Donuts, one of the original applicants for .fan, acquires it from failing registry. The owner of .fan and .fans has failed, and Donuts was more than happy to pick up .fana domain name it originally applied for. Donuts announced today that it has "re-a...

 2018-06-17 14:10 

Domain Investing

VMI.com Subject of UDRP...

A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum against the valuable 3 letter VMI.com domain name. This is case #1790831, and the commencement date is June 15, 2018. VMI.com does not resolve to an active website for me. When I visited, I saw a default ...

 2018-06-16 13:26 

Domain Investing

Time Warner Rebranding as Warner Media Without Matching Domain...

AT&T and Time Warner are merging, and the result is a rebranding of Time Warner. According to NBCNews.com, Time Warner will be rebranded as Warner Media: "WarnerMedia is the new name for Time Warner, according to an internal memo from the AT&T executi...

 2018-06-15 15:32 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Do You Broker Domain Names?...

Do a search on LinkedIn for "domain broker" or "domain name," and you will see a lot of results for people who list domain name broker in their LinkedIn profile. There are way more people who consider themselves to be brokers or who offer ...

 2018-06-15 14:12 

TheDomains.com

first quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 333.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains...

Verisign released their Q1 2018 Domain Name Industry Brief Of note was the decrease in new gtld registrations, they actually showed a decrease of 400,000 names. Some statistics from the report: The first quarter of 2018 closed with approximately 333.8 mil...

 2018-06-15 12:42 

Domain Name Wire

Canadian company GVE Global Vision Inc tries reverse domain name hijacking...

Package proofreading firm guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. A Canadian company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name GlobalVision.com. GVE Global Vision Inc (which goes by the name GlobalVision) helps ...

 2018-06-15 12:35 

Domain Investing

RDNH Finding in GlobalVision.com UDRP...

Sometimes when I see a UDRP filing, my first thought is that the domain name seems very generic. This is what I thought when I saw the GlobalVision.com UDRP filing at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and it looks like the panelist agreed. This is cas...

 2018-06-15 01:29 

Domain Name Wire

Namecheap starts sending expired domains to GoDaddy Auctions...

GoDaddy Auctions increases its expired domain footprint. Namecheap is the latest domain name registrar to send its expired domain name inventory to GoDaddy Auctions. A Domain Name Wire reader noticed a domain in the GoDaddy Auctions expiry stream today th...

 2018-06-14 18:37 

Domain Name Wire

Man gets 20 years in prison for trying to steal a domain name...

Man tried physically force domain owner to transfer the domain name. A Cedar Rapids, Iowa man will head to prison for 20 years for trying to steal a domain name, the Associated Press reports. By steal a domain name, I mean physically. Sherman Hopkins Jr. ...

 2018-06-14 17:34 

Domain Name Wire

Comparing Whois after GDPR...

See a limited Whois record through Port 43 as well as GoDaddy's full Whois records. Earlier today ICANN continued its battle in German courts over what data domain name registrars need to collect for WHOIS now that the European Union's General Dat...

 2018-06-14 16:30 

Domain Investing

I Don't Respond to Sob Story Inquiries...

If you're similar to me, you probably receive a fair amount of "sob story" inquiries to buy your domain name. I regularly receive inquiries from people who, instead of making a fair offer to buy a domain name, they think their tale of woe or s...

 2018-06-14 14:14 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Will You Watch the World Cup?...

I grew up playing soccer. I didn't watch much on tv (not surprising being in the USA), but I loved playing the sport. During the past few years, my brother has gotten me into following the EPL, cheering on Arsenal. I watch when I can, although it can ...

 2018-06-14 12:54 

Domain Name Wire

ICANN appeals German court ruling as it seeks definitive ruling on GDPR and Whois data collection...

ICANN wants to know if collecting certain Whois data is a violation of GDPR. A court battle in Germany over the impact of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues. ICANN filed a legal action against EPAG, a registrar owned by Tucow...

 2018-06-13 16:05 

Domain Investing

Be Mindful of Listing Date at GoDaddy / Afternic...

I have a few hundred domain names listed for sale on Afternic / GoDaddy. After re-listing a domain name for sale, I discovered something that is pretty small but could pose a larger concern. Domain names listed for sale on Afternic have a listing date on ...

 2018-06-13 14:34 

Domain Name Wire

Video: How to set up Keyword Locking on Uniregistry...

See how to lock keywords for your domain name. The recent DVT.com UDRP decision was a good reminder of how parking a domain name can be helpful in a cybersquatting case...IF the ads are related to the dictionary context of the name rather than a trademark...

 2018-06-13 13:38 

Domain Investing

Daily Poll: Have You Sold a Non .com Domain Name?...

It is no secret that the vast majority of my domain names are .com domain names. I own and have owned some non .com domain names, but my focus is .com. That said, I have sold a handful of non .com domain names. I would estimate that the figure is probably...

 2018-06-13 12:41 

Domain Name Wire

Hilton's next hotel brand will be Motto...

Company registers domain names for Motto hotel brand. In 2015 I scooped that Hilton (NYSE: HLT) was getting ready to launch a new hotel brand called Tru because of domain names it had registered. The company is now getting ready to launch a hotel brand ca...

 2018-06-12 20:40 

TheDomains.com

Sedo weekly sales led by Feed.co...

Sedo released their weekly sales and Feed.co led the way at $85,000. Sportline.com was the top .com sale at $50,000. UScoin.com sold for $34,888. 58 .com sales 8 cctld sales 8 other gtld sales Only 1 three letter.com and 1 four letter.com. CCtld's had...

 2018-06-12 20:27 

Domain Name Wire

Supreme Court ruling leads to domain name bonanza...

Punters register domain names for sports betting. Last month the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that effectively allows states to legalize sports betting. This is a huge economic opportunity, and some people see value in registering sports bett...

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