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  • Former MarkMonitor Execs Join New Brand Protection Registrar

    August 30, 2017 @ 4:59 AM

    Two former MarkMonitor executives have teamed up with a Fairwinds co-founder to launch a new “next generation” brand protection registrar. The new company is Brandsight. It was set up by CEO Phil Lodico, who left brand consultancy Fairwinds about a year ago, and was accredited by ICANN earlier this month. The first two hires are…

  • Five Million Indian Government Workers to Get IDN Email

    August 30, 2017 @ 12:13 AM

    The Indian government has announced plans to issue fully Hindi-script email addresses to some five million civil servants. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology announced the move, which will see each government employee given an @सरकार.भारत email address, in a statement this week. सरकार.भारत transliterates as “sarkar.bharat”, or “government.india”. The first stage of the…

  • Whoisology is Adding New Features

    August 29, 2017 @ 2:30 PM

    Whoisology is adding a few new features apart from continuing to update its domain name whois data. Whoisology now has over a billion domain name whois records. The biggest addition is the long-requested bulk whois report. They have also added filters, charts and a few other tricks to your search results. Bulk Whois lets you…

  • Privacy Laws Could Make Domain Investing More Difficult

    August 29, 2017 @ 12:34 PM

    Andrew Allemann wrote about the changing privacy laws that could mark the end of public Whois information. If Whois information is no longer available to the general public (domain investors), I think the business of domain name investing is going to become much more challenging. I acquire the majority of high value domain names…

  • Owner Information Will Not Show Up On .io, .ac and .sh Domain Name WHOIS

    August 29, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

    Owner information has stopped appearing on .io, .ac and .sh domain name whois and people have started complaining about this change. It all started in April 2017 when Afilias won the contract to run the backend registry services for a number of country code domain extensions: .io, .ac and .sh. The new contract meant that all…

  • Can .web Revive .wed ?

    August 29, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

    Jean Guillon argues that the similarity between .web and .wed might help the latter as companies register them defensively. We’re talking about two Registries: one which is live and the other which should be live sometime soon. Two Stories The .WED and .WEB new gTLDs are two very similar TLDs with two complete very different…

  • Amazon Registered These 28 Domains for Multi-room Echo Audio Launch

    August 29, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

    Amazon goes on defensive binge in conjunction with highly anticipated feature launch. Amazon announced this morning that it is now supporting multi-room audio on Amazon Echo devices. Companies that make speakers (or devices with speakers) that use Alexa Voice Services (AVS) can use a new SDK to integrate the feature as well. This is huge…

  • Efty Reports All-time High # of Inquiries in August

    August 28, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

    The Summer months tend to be the slowest time of the year for my business. I typically see fewer inquiries and do less deals during the Summer. In a tweet sent early this morning, Efty reported that there have been a record number of inquiries made via its platform in August – and the month hasn’t even ended: August usually is a slow month for domain name sales but at Efty we’ve been seeing an ALL time high…

  • Report Suggests Bright Future for Chinese Domain Market

    August 28, 2017 @ 9:28 AM

    Kassey Lee examines data from a recent CNNIC report. If you invest in the Chinese domain market, you need to know CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) because it publishes a national survey report twice a year on China’s internet landscape. The latest report — the 40th — was published in July. You can download…

  • Efty's Landing Pages Tweaks Lead to 30%+ More Domain Name Inquiries

    August 28, 2017 @ 7:34 AM

    Last week I wrote how Efty made it’s domain name selling landing pages a lot faster. Efty sent out a tweet today saying that August was an all time high month for Efty in terms of confirmed domain name inquiries: “August usually is a slow month for domain name sales but at Efty we’ve been seeing…

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