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09|29|2007 02:24 am EDT

Wall Street Journal covers Domain Theft

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous, News, Registrars


The Wall Street Journal covers the “scourge” of the domain business, domain theft. Check the article out here.

DomainNameNews contributor and “domain consultant” Richard Lau encourages domain owners and businesses to layer on the security when protecting your valuable domains:

“The more valuable your domain name, the more you need to sacrifice convenience for security”

Other notable figures in the domain space are quoted as well including : Bob Parsons, Monte Cahn, and John Berryhill. This is nice coverage on a very serious topic.

09|27|2007 02:02 pm EDT

NPR covers domain names

by Adam Strong in Categories: News, Up to the Minute


NPR did a story recently on businesses choosing domains and the lack of “available domains”.
Give it a listen at this link.

09|27|2007 10:24 am EDT

Sedo Sales for the week up to September 24th, 2007

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales


Sedo is all set to offer some of the latest exclusive domains that include for $54K.

Here are Sedo’s figures for sales a week up to September 24th:

.COM Sales 54,666 USD (@Great Domains) 50,000 USD 28,055 USD 25,000 USD 15,001 USD 11,095 USD 10,900 USD 10,100 USD 8,700 USD 6,700 USD 6,000 USD (@GreatDomains) 5,000 USD 5,000 USD 5,000 USD

Other 12,900 USD 5,100 EUR 5,000 USD 4,250 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,300 USD 1,300 USD 1,290 USD 1,100 USD 1,051 EUR 1,050 EUR 1,011 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 850 EUR 800 USD 800 USD 800 USD

ccTLDs 47,600 EUR 17,000 GBP 7,000 USD 6,000 EUR 4,000 EUR 3,950 EUR 3,200 EUR (Castle Hotel in German) 3,200 EUR 3,100 USD 3,000 EUR (Border Crosser in German) 2,700 EUR (Congratulations in German) 2,500 EUR 2,350 EUR 2,300 EUR (Electrical Services in German) 2,250 USD 2,200 EUR 2,150 EUR (Exclusive Real Estate in German) 2,050 USD 2,000 EUR 2,000 EUR 1,800 EUR 1,800 USD 1,650 USD 1,650 USD 1,550 USD 1,500 EUR (Piano Transport in German) 1,500 EUR (I drink in Spanish) 1,500 EUR 1,300 EUR 1,250 EUR 1,110 EUR 1,100 EUR 1,090 EUR 1,000 EUR (Best Lists in German) 1,000 EUR 1,000 EUR 1,000 EUR 900 EUR 850 EUR 850 EUR (My name in French)

Websites 1,850 EUR 900 EUR

[via Sedo]

09|27|2007 10:23 am EDT re-launches its new site

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: News, Tools

Tags: has re-launched its site with a new layout and advanced functionalities. The site established in 2006, presents domainers with domain sales and comps history. The redeveloped site stresses on inaccurate, transparent and duplicated data. Moreover, with a new design the site offers its users increased search capabilities in addition to a cleaner interface.

The new functionalities offered by includes exact sales price search, exact time frame search, pattern recognition search, IDN search, user submitted sales, new RSS feed, newsletter, emailed comps, user submitted sales as well as new skin advertising for Sponsors. According to Justin Allen, founder of NameBio, “No one in the industry is offering what we are. We basically went back to the planning board and said how do we make NameBio better? These new features are the first of many yet to come“.

What type of domain tools and features are you missing out there? Let us know in the comments.

[via Press Release, email]

09|27|2007 02:54 am EDT

Mainstream Press Coverage on Domain Companies

by Adam Strong in Categories: Miscellaneous, News


In most business sectors, announcements and press coverage usually begins to roll out ahead of major tradeshows. With the next TRAFFIC show right around the corner, I expect more releases in the coming days . Until then check out these:

Richard Rosenblatt and Demand Media coverage in Forbes. .raises another $100 million, bringing grand total to a $320m warchest.

With the recent news of Business 2.0 closing shop, Editor Paul Sloan, last spotted at Domain Roundtable in Seattle, has penned his last print article for the publication. The article focuses on Seattle-based Marchex as “The web’s local mogul” and their entry in to the domain space with a little help from none other than Frank Schilling. . . I’d imagine the article will be online soon since the print version is DOA. Until then it’s at the newstand. . .

Update: here’s the link to the online version of the Business 2.0 story on marchex. Thanks Mr. iBegin

09|27|2007 02:08 am EDT

Three new TLDs Join the Root: .KP, .ME, and .RS

by Jothan Frakes in Categories: ccTLDs, ICANN / Policy


Please welcome North Korea (aka Korea, Democratic People’s Republic) (.KP), Montenegro (.ME), and Serbia (.RS) to the root zone.Delegation was approved at the recent Special ICANN Board of Director meeting on September 11.

My compliments to Kim Davies and David Conrad at IANA on a smooth process from board approval to root addition. It appears that the zones were added to the root, but the IANA whois does not yet list the administrative entities for these published yet.

.KP was delegated to “Korea Computer Center�.

.RS and .ME are going to be replacements for the former .YU namespace (formerly Yugoslavia – and YU left the ISO3166-1 list), with a 2-3 year responsible transition of that namespace as .YU is sunsetted. .RS is to be operated by the same adminstrator of the .YU ccTLD.

Jothan FrakesJothan Frakes is the newest addition to our list of contributors. Jothan has an extensive background working with both registrars and registries. Jothan is as “dialed in” to that scene as anybody I’ve met. He has a great grasp on the domain monetization space as well stemming from his current position with . We’d like to welcome Jothan and thank him for his additional insight to and look forward to seeing more posts from him in the future.

09|27|2007 12:54 am EDT

ICANN Nominating Committee Selects 3 New Board Members, GNSO, ALAC positions

by Adam Strong in Categories: ICANN / Policy


The ICANN Nominating Committee announced that they have nominated 3 new candidates for ICANN Board Member positions as well as several positions on the GNSO Council and At Large Advisory Council.

Harald Tveit Alvestrand, Dennis Jennings and Jean-Jacques Subrenat were selected for the board seats. The new board members will serve 3 year terms. The newest seats are especially significant as these members will be voting in a new chair this year as current chairman Vint Cerf departs.

Avri Doria and Olga Cavalli were selected to serve on the GNSO. Vanda Scartezini, Fatimata Seye Sylla and Nguyen Thu Hue were selected for ALAC positions . Nashwa Abdel-Baki will be serving on the ccNSO Council.

Details on the candidates credentials and more can be found at the ICANN website.

09|26|2007 11:28 am EDT in Sedo auction

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

Tags: is currently on auction at Sedo/GreatDomains. If the sale closes, Sedo will donate a portion of their revenue to Unicef. The current bid at 600,000 EUR has not reached the reserve price. The auction is running for 1 day, 2 hours and 40 minutes.

09|25|2007 04:24 pm EDT

Moniker releases preliminary Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. auction list

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales, Events


Moniker releases preliminary domain auction list for the Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference which will be held in Florida from October 9th to 13th, 2007. The auction will be taking place on October 12th.

09|25|2007 04:16 pm EDT

Registry sanctioned domain tasting for .pl

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, News, Registries


Apparently the .PL registry has introduced a traffic tasting service allowing registrants to register a name for up to five days in order to see if there is any traffic on it. The registry writes:

Thanks to New Domain Name Tasting (DNT) service you can check profits and possibilities which an own domain gives as well to test the traffic before registration. Please, contact with the Registrar offering DNT service, choose the domain and let start with the test for 5 days! Please contact with the Registrar offering DNT service for more informations.

You will find a listing of the current .PL registrars here.

[via DomainNews]