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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

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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

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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

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

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

.COM Sales

licenseplates.com 54,666 USD (@Great Domains)
surabaya.com 50,000 USD
nmi.com 28,055 USD
jiapu.com 25,000 USD
ninjitsu.com 15,001 USD
westnile.com 11,095 USD
noisy.com 10,900 USD
figurine.com 10,100 USD
orkur.com 8,700 USD
eject.com 6,700 USD
pwx.com 6,000 USD (@GreatDomains)
canyoubelieveit.com 5,000 USD
dvrs.com 5,000 USD
celle.com 5,000 USD

Other

webvisuals.net 12,900 USD
jew.info 5,100 EUR
don.net 5,000 USD
coin.info 4,250 USD
usimmigrationforms.org 1,500 USD
leiber.net 1,500 USD
visa.pro 1,500 USD
spottingscopes.net 1,300 USD
ipworld.info 1,300 USD
quickaccess.net 1,290 USD
nursingdegree.org 1,100 USD
socialmedia.net 1,051 EUR
agg.net 1,050 EUR
detective.biz 1,011 USD
thephenomenon.org 1,000 USD
grills.biz 1,000 USD
healthyfood.mobi 1,000 USD
fantasias.net 850 EUR
tennisracquets.net 800 USD
easy.pro 800 USD
emergencynet.org 800 USD

ccTLDs

sale.de 47,600 EUR
stationary.co.uk 17,000 GBP
motels.tv 7,000 USD
dreamland.fr 6,000 EUR
surface.es 4,000 EUR
fundsdiscount.de 3,950 EUR
schlosshotel.eu 3,200 EUR (Castle Hotel in German)
electronica.es 3,200 EUR
clik.us 3,100 USD
grenzgaenger.eu 3,000 EUR (Border Crosser in German)
gratulation.de 2,700 EUR (Congratulations in German)
iradio.fr 2,500 EUR
patch.eu 2,350 EUR
stromlieferanten.de 2,300 EUR (Electrical Services in German)
voipcom.de 2,250 USD
immobilien.ag 2,200 EUR
exklusivimmobilien.de 2,150 EUR (Exclusive Real Estate in German)
charteredsurveyor.co.uk 2,050 USD
berlinflirt.de 2,000 EUR
EUR10.eu 2,000 EUR
trendshop.de 1,800 EUR
chineserestaurants.us 1,800 USD
razoo.cn 1,650 USD
razoo.com.cn 1,650 USD
miamiflorida.us 1,550 USD
klaviertransporte.eu 1,500 EUR (Piano Transport in German)
bebo.es 1,500 EUR (I drink in Spanish)
proact.co.uk 1,500 EUR
moto.us 1,300 EUR
netvoting.de 1,250 EUR
thesaurus.de 1,110 EUR
freeparking.es 1,100 EUR
webradio.fr 1,090 EUR
bestenlisten.de 1,000 EUR (Best Lists in German)
be2.com.ar 1,000 EUR
avs.at 1,000 EUR
toner.be 1,000 EUR
whois.com.mx 900 EUR
clipping24.de 850 EUR
monnom.fr 850 EUR (My name in French)

Websites

eromodelle.de 1,850 EUR
easydomains.org 900 EUR

[via Sedo]

09|27|2007 10:23 am EDT

NameBio.com re-launches its new site

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: News, Tools

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NameBio.com 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 NameBio.com 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

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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

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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 Oversee.net . We’d like to welcome Jothan and thank him for his additional insight to DomainNameNews.com 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

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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

Iraq.com in Sedo auction

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

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Iraq.com 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

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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.

WallStreet.com
Taxes.com
StockQuotes.com
Computer.com
Photographers.com
Ethanol.com
Estate.com
Elections.com
Kuwait.com
Copiers.com
ScienceFiction.com
SportingGoods.com
MartialArts.com
Cowboys.com
CrosswordPuzzles.com
GasPrices.com
Debit.com
Podiatrists.com
MiniatureGolf.com
Communication.com
House.net
Technology.org
Manufacture.com
Newlyweds.com
Promotion.com
Dentists.net
PensionPlan.com
Math.net
AutoFinancing.com
Pesos.com
VoiceRecognitionSoftware.com
CaribbeanVacations.com
Invest.net
ChocolateCandy.com
SchoolTeacher.com
TuxedoRental.com
AIDS.net
StMaartenRealEstate.com
EuropeanVacations.com
LibertyBell.com
MortgageRates.org
CysticFibrosis.org
Cholesterol.net
Scores.mobi
CertifiedPublicAccountants.com
HomeMortgageRates.com
SpaghettiSauce.com
Cotton.com
Audit.net
AirlineTickets.org
Lotto.info
Software.info
FreeMovies.net
HomeBudget.com
PrimeInterestRate.com
DiscountAirFares.net
News.mobi
Free.mobi
Email.mobi
PDA.mobi
Cash.mobi
Buy.mobi
Podcast.mobi

09|25|2007 04:16 pm EDT

Registry sanctioned domain tasting for .pl

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ccTLDs, News, Registries

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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]