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First .blockchain applicant steps forward

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 06/07/2024 - 21:55

Unstoppable Domains and Blockchain.com announced they will apply for .blockchain. .Blockchain is sure to be one of the most-applied-for top level domain names in the next round of ICANN expansion. This week, two companies announced they are partnering to apply for the domain name. I believe this is the first group to publicly reveal its […]

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ConvertKit to rebrand as Kit, acquires Kit.com

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 18:05

Popular creator platform takes another stab at a rebrand. Email marketing platform ConverKit has acquired the domain name kit.com ahead of a rebrand to Kit. The platform hopes to become “the operating system for the creator economy” and believes the new name makes more sense for the company. ConvertKit is taking a unique strategy to […]

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End user domain name sales up to €55,000

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 14:46

A shopping list app, a musical instruments company and a real estate business bought domain names. I’m taking a few minutes out of the NamesCon conference to do this week’s end user sales list. I only found seven end user sales from the Sedo list, but there are sure to be many more. I have […]

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May’s top domain name stories

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 06/06/2024 - 13:00

GoDaddy, a cybersquatting lawsuit, and Squarespace made the news in May. Here’s a look back at the top stories on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by pageviews. 1. GoDaddy gets reverse domain name hijacking win – A World Intellectual Property Organization panel found that French company SmartCatch filed a UDRP case against GoDaddy’s NameFind […]

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Maker of Beechcraft airplanes tries to hijack domain names

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 06/05/2024 - 17:46

Textron Innovations, the company that owns the Beechcraft brand of airplanes, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The company filed a cybersquatting dispute against the domains HioBeech.com and BayAreaBeech.com. These domains are owned by a company that provides services related to Beechcraft planes: inspections, relocations, and training. UDRP panelist Sebastian M W […]

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ICANN wrestles with how to avoid new TLD payoffs

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 06/05/2024 - 13:02

Organization wants to eliminate private auctions in next round of new top level domain name expansion. In the 2012 round of new top level domain name expansion, ICANN encouraged parties that applied for the same string to work it out amongst themselves. Not this time. ICANN is working overtime to find a way to avoid […]

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GoDaddy to hold another NameFind domain name auction

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 17:30

Another NameFind auction takes place this month, with more possibly on the horizon. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) is planning another auction of its NameFind inventory following a successful auction in December. The next auction will start June 13 at 12:30 ET and run until June 20. Like last time, all names have no reserves but start […]

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Verisign granted patent for connecting domain names to blockchain addresses

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 15:26

Patent covers the lifecycle of a domain name that is connected to a blockchain address. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 12,003,615 to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Lifecycle administration of domain name blockchain addresses.” The patent (pdf) describes a way of connecting domain names, such as example.com, to a blockchain wallet […]

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Atom introduces distribution network, AtomPay, and more

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 06/04/2024 - 14:30

Atom announces new products to expand sales reach. Atom (formerly Squadhelp) announced several new features and programs today under the umbrella of AtomConnect. One is the Atom Distribution Network, which will syndicate Atom domain listings to partner sites, including registrars and startup service providers. The company will syndicate both Atom Premium and regular Atom listings. […]

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The right domain is somewhere (.com) – DNW Podcast #487

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 15:30

How this entrepreneur found a new domain name. Nick Huber knew his company’s domain name was a problem, so he paid $400,000 to get a better one. On today’s show, he explains how his company searched for a new domain name and negotiated a payment plan to close the deal for somewhere.com. He also discusses […]

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Developers frustrated by recent GoDaddy API restrictions

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 06/03/2024 - 12:25

Developers gripe after GoDaddy cuts off API access; one says a customer’s app went down as a result. GoDaddy is taking heat from some customers after cutting access to its APIs. On Reddit, one customer wrote: If you use godaddy as a domain registrar and are using their DNS api to validate your ssl cert, […]

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ICANN lays off 7% of staff

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 05/31/2024 - 03:04

Non-profit faces $10 million budget shortfall. ICANN is laying off 33 staffers, the non-profit domain overseer announced today. That represents about 7% of the organization’s ranks of 485 positions. ICANN said it is facing a deficit of $10 million a year, thanks in part to sluggish domain name growth. In a blog post, the organization […]

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Gravatar expands with new profile-as-a-service

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 17:54

Gravatar moves beyond avatars with new service. If you leave a comment on this blog post and you’ve ever registered your email address with a Gravatar-affiliated service, you’ll see a profile picture (avatar) next to your comment. That’s about the extent of what most people know about Gravatar, a service with 200 million users that […]

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Come to these can’t-miss sessions at NamesCon next week

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 05/30/2024 - 16:12

Domain investors will learn a lot at these two sessions. NamesCon is in Austin next week. I’m hosting two sessions, and I love how they’re coming together. I think domain investors will get a lot of value from these. We’re not rehashing things you’ve heard before and are not there to toot our own horns. […]

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Moniker relaunches platform to focus on domain name investors

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 18:11

Domain registrar goes all in on domain name investors with revamped platform. About a decade after it lost much of its domain investor customer base in a disastrous platform switch, domain registrar Moniker is going all in on domain name investors again. This week, the domain registrar launched a new platform with domain investors in […]

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ICANN responds to Namecheap’s lawsuit over .org domain pricing

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 15:31

Organization says it has gone above and beyond what an arbitration panel required it to do. ICANN has filed a notice of demurrer in a lawsuit brought by domain name registrar Namecheap. Namecheap filed a complaint under the Independent Review Process (IRP) in 2020 to protest ICANN’s unilateral decision to remove price caps on .org […]

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Domain Name Wholesale Exchange changes hands

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 05/29/2024 - 03:30

Domainer-to-domainer platform plans changes under new ownership. Domain Name Wholesale Exchange has a new owner. Based on tweets posted this evening, it appears that Ryan Ewen or one of his companies has acquired the platform. (You can hear a podcast interview with Ryan here.) According to a tweet stream this evening, a lot of changes […]

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16 end user domain sales up to $30,000

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 05/28/2024 - 16:01

A maker of “magic” faucets, a famous computer scientist, and a Danish retail chain bought domain names. I had a friend who was tired of paying for Topo Chico, so he installed a tap in his house that dispensed carbonated water. Did you know you can also get juice, vitamin water, etc., straight from the […]

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GoDaddy domain investing update – DNW Podcast #486

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 05/27/2024 - 15:30

Paul Nicks is now VP of Domain Investor. Here’s what that means for you. Paul Nicks has a new role at GoDaddy as VP, Domain Investor. The move is due to somewhat of a shift in how domains are registered and how the company views domains, so it’s important for domain name investors to understand […]

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GoDaddy gets reverse domain name hijacking win

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 05/24/2024 - 16:47

Complainant mistakenly referred to a Whois update date as the ownership date. GoDaddy’s NameFind subsidiary has successfully defended its domain name smartcatch.com. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel found (pdf) that French company SmartCatch filed the case in abuse of the UDRP. NameFind acquired the domain as part of a portfolio purchase in 2015, which […]

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