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  • Rats! Lawsuit Over Stolen Rat.com Domain Name Gets Caught in Trap

    August 29, 2016 @ 11:31 AM

    Court determines it can’t issue default judgment in John Doe suit. A lawsuit filed to recover the allegedly stolen domain name Rat.com has hit a snag in Fairfax County court. Jon Beutler registered rat.com in 1995. He alleges that the domain name was stolen from his GoDaddy account last year and transferred to another registrar…

  • Rightside (Nasdaq:name) Shares Down Big in Heavy Volume

    August 29, 2016 @ 10:17 AM

    Heavy trading and steep losses for Rightside today. Shares of Rightside, the company that owns domain name registrar eNom, are down big with heavier-than-usual volume today. At 2:10 EDT shares are trading at $9.51, down $1.40 on the day (13%). Shares briefly traded below $9.00. Volume is over 650,000 shares, while the average volume (3…

  • Another UDRP Loss By a Gleissner Company

    August 29, 2016 @ 9:28 AM

    Company loses UDRP for Flammea.com. CKL Holdings N.V has lost another UDRP. The company, which is tied to Michael Gleissner, unsuccessfully tried to get the domain name Flammea.com from a guy whose last name is Flammea. It put forth as evidence a DomainIQ page that showed a purported change of ownership in 2010, after the…

  • Conference Attendees Will Be Able to Ask That Man "Why are You Dropping 70,000 .cc Domains ?"

    August 28, 2016 @ 3:54 PM

    One of the hot stories last week was that a Chinese investor known as “Booksir” was dropping 70,000 .cc domains that he paid 120 CNY per .cc for. This works out to approximately $1.25 in domain spend. He announced this on WeChat. Booksir’s real name is Liangji Zhuang and he has a lot more on…

  • Are .mail, .home and .corp Safe to Launch? Applicants Think So

    August 28, 2016 @ 2:31 AM

    ICANN should lift the freeze on new gTLDs .mail, .home and .corp, despite fears they could cause widespread disruption, according to applicants. Fifteen applicants for the strings wrote to ICANN last week to ask for a risk mitigation plan that would allow them to be delegated. The three would-be gTLDs were put on hold indefinitely…

  • Two Domain Name Conferences On Tap for September

    August 26, 2016 @ 9:09 AM

    THE Domain Conference and DomainFest Asia take place next month. We’re just a few days away from September, and that means we’re just a few weeks away from two domain name conferences. First up is THE Domain Conference, organized by the Neu family. The event takes place September 10-14 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66…

  • Spurned Applicant Crowd-funding to Fight ICANN for .gay gTLD

    August 25, 2016 @ 11:11 PM

    The community-driven applicant for .gay is attempting to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars via crowd-funding to challenge a series of adverse decisions that look set to lock it out of running the gTLD. Alongside the fundraising, dotgay LLC has launched an extraordinary broadside at its frustrators, accusing ICANN of “discrimination” and rival applicants of…

  • AutoNews.com: Amazon May Roll Out Its Car Portal Using a New gTLD

    August 25, 2016 @ 1:10 PM

    According to AutoNews.com, Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a “car research portal where consumers can view and reviews of thousands of new and classic cars, while being able to upload photos and videos of their own rides.” AutoNews.com went on to suggest that Amazon might migrate the service to a new gTLD or at least use…

  • Autonews.com: Amazon May Roll Out Its Car Portal Using a New gTLD

    August 25, 2016 @ 1:10 PM

    According to AutoNews.com, Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a “car research portal where consumers can view and reviews of thousands of new and classic cars, while being able to upload photos and videos of their own rides.” AutoNews.com went on to suggest that Amazon might migrate the service to a new gTLD or at least use…

  • Escrow.com Handles Over US$200 Million in Payments in H1, Buys Domain Name for A$1 Million

    August 24, 2016 @ 11:49 AM

    Escrow.com’s parent company recently reported financial results for the first half of 2016 and disclosed a major domain name purchase. This week I had Escrow.com GM Jackson Elsegood on the Domain Name Wire podcast to provide an update on what his company is doing. Jackson was careful about talking about the company’s financials because its…

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