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Sedo Increases Commission Rates – 01-Jul-11
Typical sales will see a 5% fee increase. Sedo has increased its commission rate on most transactions occurring directly on its site. The typical sale on Sedo.com will now carry a 15% commission, up from 10%. The commission is still 10% if the domain is parked at Sedo and it is sells through a fixed price. Sales on Sedo’s MLS system carry …
Finally a Good UDRP Finds Reverse Domain Name Hijacking – 30-Jun-11
Australian company uses UDRP in bad faith. I’m kind of upset lately over panels not finding reverse domain name hijacking, so let me applaud the three person panel in a case over Futuris.com. The panel found Australia-based Futuris Automotive Interiors guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Even more shocking: Andrew Christie was a …
A Pricey Social Event: Social.com Sells for $2.6 Million – 30-Jun-11
Itís the highest publicly reported price for a domain sale this year, according to Marksmen Inc., one of the companies that helped broker the sale during the recent Moniker DomainFest auction in Barcelona, Spain. Marksmen did not identify the seller or buyer.
Neustar Prices .brands at $10k – 29-Jun-11
Neustar has unveiled extremely aggressive entry-level pricing for ì.brandî applicants looking for a registry services provider ñ just $10,000 a year. For the size of company expected to apply for .brands, thatís a rounding error. It may as well be free. Itís called the Brand Assurance Package.
Verisign Shares Rise On Renewal of Dot-net Deal – 29-Jun-11
Shares of VeriSign Inc. rose Wednesday after the Internet domain and security company said that it extended its deal to operate the .net registry for another six years.
Mcafee to Wipe Mess Off .xxx Pr0n Sites – 28-Jun-11
ICM Registry, which plans to start selling .xxx domain names later this year, has inked a deal with McAfee to provide a free daily security scan for every website at a .xxx address. The deal with the Intel-owned security business is worth $8m, according to ICM.
Marketers Debate Usefulness of Icann’s New Domain Names – 28-Jun-11
Industry trade groups might apply for generic domains such as .insurance. Kanchan Mhatre, exec VP-digital brand services at Melbourne, said it would provide an extra layer of security in financial services for instance, if an association owned .bank. It would imply that a financial institution went through a vetting process to get the .bank domain name.
Dot VN, Inc. Co-Founder and President Lee Johnson Shares His Vision for Vietnamese Native Language Internet – 27-Jun-11
Since the official launch two months ago, we are proud to report that we have registered over 229,000 Vietnamese IDNs. As of today, the total number of IDNs registered has exceeded the standard Vietnamese ccTLD (English alphabet). To put it succinctly, we have accomplished in two months what had before taken ten years.
WIXI Announces the Launch of a New Domain Marketplace in Asia – 26-Jun-11
WIXI\’s new site allows domain owners from around the world to buy and sell domains with a focus in Asia. It has the largest selection of .JP domains available and full IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) capabilities.
Package for Developing Nations in Top-level Domain Expansion – 26-Jun-11
Even as doors have been opened to the addition of multiple generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names to the global Internet address system (the part that begins with a dot – .com or .org), efforts are on to find ways to subsidise costs for applicants from developing countries.
.Whatever – How ICANN is Changing The Way You Think of Domains – 25-Jun-11
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has been talking about this for three years. And finally, during their ICANN 41 conference in Singapore this week, they approved the motion to allow new generic top level domains (gTLDs) to be registered with their organization. That means, aside from the 22 generic TLDs now in existence (.com, .net, .org, etc.) and the 250 country codes (.ca, uk, .eu, etc.), companies can decide to have a generic top level domain customized to fit their needs. But not just any company. You must have an “established” company.
Go Daddy Said to Be In Talks for KKR, Silver Lake Purchase – 24-Jun-11
Go Daddy Group Inc., an Internet domain-name and hosting company, is in talks to be bought by a group led by KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Partners for more than $2 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions.
Scottish Domain Name Bid Launched – 24-Jun-11
Campaigners are to bid for Scotland’s own internet domain name after internet body Icann votes to allow new website domain suffixes.
KKR, Others Near Deal to Buy Go Daddy – 24-Jun-11
Private-equity firms KKR and Silver Lake, along with a third investor, are nearing a deal to buy GoDaddy Group, the closely-held company that registers Internet domain names.
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