Every Friday, DomainSherpa.com provides you with a hand-selected, editorially-based review of the weekly news. In this summary, you will find the latest articles and videos produced by DomainSherpa staff and contributors. You will also find links to the best news articles in the domain name industry – so you don’t have to spend your time searching for news or reading something that was not worth your time.
This Week’s DomainSherpa Interview
- VIDEO: ICANN 45 Highlights with GNSO Council Member, Jennifer Wolfe
Jennifer Wolfe – ICANN GNSO council member and a past Domain Sherpa – provides a post-event summary from the ICANN 45 conference that took place in Toronto, Canada, from October 14 to 18, 2012.
* General feeling and sentiment of participants at the event
* ICANN’s new CEO, Fadi Chehade, and his top priority
* Timeline for new gTLDs and how IDNs will have priority
* Valuations for new gTLDs and how it will affect .com domains
* New auction process possibilities, including one reportedly backed by Donuts.co
* The new MyICANN.org website and what it will do for you
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This Week’s News in Review
Right Of The Dot™ Teams up with Escrow.com™ To Provide Neutral Auction & Mediation Resolution for gTLD String Contention
Hot on the heels of ICANN’s welcome announcement of the drawing process, Right Of The Dot is launching a private auction and mediation service to accelerate the process of settling claims between applicants for the same new gTLD string, in turn reducing the time it takes for new gTLDs to go live. Right Of The Dot has been granted a special Auction License, which specifically allows them to conduct TLD Auction Services for new gTLDs.
ICM Registry Announces Innovative Promotion For .XXX Names
Following the highly successful launch of its .XXX porn search engine Search.xxx, ICM Registry, the company that operates .XXX, announced a unique advertising credit program making .XXX amongst the most affordable domains available.
Commerce, Justice Reviewing .com Contract
The Commerce and Justice departments are scrutinizing Verisign’s bid for a six-year renewal of its contract to continue running the .com registry, the Internet’s most popular generic top-level domain name.
Google Registers 18 ‘.中国’ Domain Names
Google has registered 18 domain names in China for various Web products under the simplified Chinese country code top-level domain (TLD).
Indian Domain Conference Attracts 4,000
While US domain conferences are reportedly becoming sedate affairs, a domain-heavy summit that kicks off tomorrow in Mumbai has more than 4,000 signed-up attendees, according to organizers.
EURid, UNESCO to Present Report on IDNs
The .eu registry EURid and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will present on 6 November a report on the global uptake of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs).
When Is a Domain Name Protected Speech?
A federal appeals court teed up the question on Tuesday, in a ruling that revived a lawsuit by a Texas plaintiffs’ lawyer who uses the domain name “texasworkerscomplaw.com.”
Adam Dicker Launches Daily Video Blog for Domainers – TheArtOfTheName.com
Adam Dicker of DNForum.com has launched a new video blog site that will provide, as Dicker states, “my tools, my sales tips, my business ideas, my strategies and my mistakes, as well as numerous other golden nuggets of information, that will assist you in your quest to grow as domainers and entrepreneurs.”
Internet Domain-Name Market in Doldrums
Just like its physical counterpart, the market for Internet real estate has been in the doldrums in recent years, especially if you are trying to sell a fancy address for millions of dollars.
Webhosting.co.uk Sells For $500,000
Dave Evanson, domain name broker for Sedo, the global domain name auction website has announced via his Facebook page that he has successfully negotiated the sale of WebHosting.co.uk for $500,000.
Backlash Rising Against Second Level .uk Domains
Existing .uk domain owners upset about plans for second level domains.
Social Annotation Site Diigo.com Recovering After Domain Hijacking Nightmare
Diigo, a social bookmarking and annotation site, is finally back online 50 hours after the domain was first hijacked. It’s an incredible story that involves crisis management, blackmail, investigative research, payoffs, a clever thief, and points to potential problems with the domain name registry system that could affect anyone with a website. Diigo’s co-founder called it a nightmare and crisis that he’d like to help other companies avoid.
DreamOval Launches Domains Purchasing Service, Qikli.mobi
Across Ghana, many businesses are recognizing the value of having a website to promote their brands due to the wide patronage of internet use in the country and it also affords consumers to abreast themselves with products and services being churned out by companies.
Pinterest Pierces Top 50 Most-Visited Sites List
Though Google still reigns as No. 1, a ComScore study shows that Pinterest joined other social networks for the most frequently visited sites in the U.S. for September.
Verisign Blames Google for Drop in Domain Registration & Renewal Rates
The number of new domains being registered, and existing domains being renewed, is slowing down and Verisign — the company that operates the .com and .net — says Google is a main reason why.
40 End-User Domain Sales
It was a busy week for end user domain sales: A university bought the name for its new mascot, a rehab center spent $30k on a category defining domain name, and a company bought a three letter .com as an acronym that likely cost less than it would have paid to get its longer name.
Cognac.com Sells for $140,000
Dallas company Weblabcenter has sold Cognac.com for $140,000. Weblabcenter bought the domain name in a Sedo GreatDomains auction in 2008 for $88,000. That’s nearly a 60% return in about four years.
Locksmiths “Pick” Fight with Frank Schilling
IDN, Inc., the company that runs Locksmith Dealers of America (LSDA), picked a fight with the wrong guy. The company filed a UDRP against Frank Schilling’s Name Administration over the domain name LSDA.com.
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