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.ooo Owner Infinibeam Isn’t Just Crazy, It’s a Misinformation Machine
Company is spreading a lot of incorrect information about domain names. I was rather amused when Infibeam, the Indian ecommerce company behind .ooo, announced its bold ambitions for the domain name last month. I figured it was just a publicity stunt. Kevin Murphy called the company’s sales targets including millions of first year registrations “batshit…
New gTLDs Top 3 Million Domain Names As .Realtor Moves Into #5 With 78k Free Registrations
New gTLD domain name registrations passed the 3 million mark today. According to ntldstats.com, the total number of new gTLD domain name registrations sits at 3,026,376. The good news is that in less than 8 months new gTLD registrations went from zero to over 3 Millihttps://www.thedomains.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=60681&action=edit&message=9on and are growing daily. The bad news is there are…
Agari and Neustar Partner to Provide Domain Protection Solution
According to a press release today Agari and Neustar are partnering to today announced the two leading security firms are partnering to give customers the highest level of domain security possible in the current climate of targeted and sophisticated cyberattacks. The partnership provides the industry’s first-ever collaborative domain protection solution for customers, combining the power…
Ashton Kutcher Bought Daughter’s Domains But Missed One and Doesn’t Own AshtonKutcher.com
Ashton Kutcher was on the show Conan, with Conan O’Brien, last night. The interview was all about her daughter Wyatt Isabelle Kutcher. Ashton Kutcher and his fiancée Mila Kunis had their first child in September 30th. The couple named her daughter Wyatt…
Domain Holdings Sold Nearly $10 Million in Domain Names Last Quarter
…and 98% of sales were .com. Domain Holdings’ outbound domain name sales machine continued to churn last quarter, with the company selling $9.55 million worth of domains in Q3. That’s down slightly from the $9.9 million it sold in Q2, but that quarter included a $5.0 million sale. The biggest transaction in Q3 was $2.7…
Critics Say Google is “Hispandering” With New .soy Domain Name
If the company is Hispandering, it’s also mompandering and corporationpandering. New top level domain name registries offering regional, niche, or cultural domains, take note: the people you’re targeting might take it the wrong way. That’s apparently the case with .soy. Google’s new domain name isn’t targeted to yuppies who don’t like cow’s milk. It’s targeted…
UDRP Panelist Screws Up Name of Trademark 3 Times, Transfering 7 Domain Names
A UDRP was decided by a one member panel of the the National Arbitration Forum on the domain names: highrollerdates.com highrollerwheelweddings.com highrollerweddingslv.com highrollerdate.com highrollerdatelv.com winfreehighrollertickets.com highrollerride.com Awarding all of them to Caesars License Company, LLC Eduardo Magalhães Machado, the sole Panelist seemed to be confused on the trademark at issue which is “High Roller”. The…
Nominet Hires Venture Capitalist As New CEO
Nominet has named Lesley Cowley’s replacement as CEO as Russell Haworth, a Thomson Reuters alum who’s spent much of 2014 working as a venture capitalist. Russell was previously managing director of Thomson Reuters’ Middle East & Africa division. Since January, he’s been a co-founder and partner at Saya Ventures, an investment company focused on early-stage…
TLD Registry Opens Chinese Headquarters and Names GM
Chinese IDN registry opens office in “China’s Silicon Valley”. TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中�-���’), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China. The company’s China headquarters is in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, commonly known as “China’s Silicon Valley”. Last Friday’s…
Amazon.com Trademark Might Tip Off Plans for New Top Level Domain Names
Trademark application covers registry services related to selling domain names to the public. What does Amazon.com plan to do with top level domain names it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just Amazon.com’s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers? We don’t…
Turkish Restaurant Chain Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Develi Restaurant chain guilty of abusing UDRP. A restaurant in Turkey has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name develi.com. The complainant runs a restaurant chain called Develi and uses the domain name DeveliKebap.com. A key problem for the complainant was that Develi is also the name of a city…
.xyz Harnesses The Power of .com to Promote Its Domain Names
Company uses com.com to market .xyz domain names. Regardless of what you think about its approach, I’ve got to hand it to .xyz. The top level domain is trying a bunch of creative marketing and sales tactics. Here’s one a reader just tipped me off to: the company is using the com.com “typo” to inform…
.Biz Domain Name Registrations Fall Under 2.5 Million
The number of domain names registered under the Top Level Domain of .Biz has fallen under 2.5 Million. The extension owned and operated by Neustar (NSR) seems to have been effected by the new gTLD’s. As you can see from the chart .Biz was…
CentralNic Group wins hotly contested top level domain battle
Internet registrar and registry services operator, CentralNic (LON:CNIC), has beaten off seven other companies to win the rights to the .DESIGN top level domain.
Former Pop Star is .UK’s 10,000th Cybersquatting Case
Nominet has processed its 10,000th cybersquatting dispute, according to the company. Conveniently for the .uk registry’s public relations department, the complainant in the case was Aston Merrygold, a well-known former member of the pop group JLS. He won astonmerrygold.co.uk, which was registered to London-based Martyn O’Brien, using Nominet’s 12-year-old Dispute Resolution Service. Merrygold does not…
gTLD Auctions Net ICANN Another $13m
ICANN has raised another $12.9 million from new gTLD auctions. A small batch of three contention sets — .realty, .salon and .spot — were resolved last Wednesday in the third so-called “last resort” auction. .realty went to Fegistry for $5,588,888, .salon to Donuts for $5,100,575 and .spot to Amazon for $2.2 million. ICANN now has…
Is The Free Ride Over for Verisign’s .net?
Verisign’s .net is on the rocks due to new gTLDs, executives have confirmed. Speaking to investors and analysts on the company’s third-quarter earnings call last week, CFO George Kilguss said that .net “is experiencing some headwinds from the launch of the new gTLD program”. Further comments from Kilguss and CEO Jim Bidzos seem to confirm…
ICANN Terminates Deadbeat Registrar
ICANN has started termination proceedings on Domain Services Rotterdam, a Dutch registrar, for failure to pay accreditation fees. The company owes ICANN $5,118.83 in dues but has failed to pay up despite breach notices dating back to May, according to an ICANN termination notice (pdf) Domain Services does not have any gTLD domains under management,…
ICANN May Cancel Morocco Meeting Over Ebola Fear
ICANN may cancel its forthcoming meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, due to fears about the spread of Ebola in Africa. The organization issued a statement last night, after local reports said the decision to cancel had already been made: Following Morocco’s recent request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament because of possible African…
NY Post Covers .luxury: Domains Ending in The Word “Luxury” Shows No Signs of Slowing
The New York Post, has just covered the .Luxury new gTLD in a story entitled Rush for ‘luxury’ domain names continues. “Luxury may no longer be a dirty word. “The rush for domain names that end in the word “luxury” shows no signs of slowing, according to Monica Kirchner, CEO and co-founder of .Luxury Tiffany, Armani,…
Lawsuit filed to recover stolen three letter domain names
Acme Billing Company filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court this week to recover 14 stolen domain names, including 9 three letter domain names.
AnnualCreditReport.com goes after a big typosquatter
Central Source, a company created by the three major U.S. consumer credit bureaus, has filed an in rem lawsuit against 227 typos of its AnnualCreditReport.com domain name.
This is the sixth cybersquatting lawsuit the company has filed this year to crack down on people typosquatting its domain name.
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