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06|30|2008 04:29 pm EDT Domain Sales in June

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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So how did do with their one auction a day concept after their June 18th launch? The sales data follows after the break. (more…)

06|30|2008 03:08 pm EDT

Sedo Sales of the week up to June 30th

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Selected Sedo domain sales of the week up to June 30th are featured after the break. (more…)

06|30|2008 12:31 pm EDT

Godaddy – Employees No Longer Allowed to Bid

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Aftermarket

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Godaddy logoIn an official statement posted on attorneys have stated that they found nothing improper with the bidding activities of Godaddy VP Adam Dicker at the companies expiring domain name marketplace.  The official statement goes on to explain that in the future all Godaddy employees will be prohibited from participating in any future TDNAM auctions, sales and back ordering services.
Godaddy came under fire after reports of “insider activity” surfaced through posts at and sites both followed up on the story reporting that other auction companies were involved in similar activities. representatives followed up by informing us of their company policy.
The issue of “insider activity” is likely far from over. As employees become engaged in the business of domains, it seems natural that they would want to participate as well.  These companies have put their best foot forward, but enforcement and policing this activity, let alone retaining quality employees, is likely something that will prove to be quite difficult in the future.
Official Godaddy statement can be found after the jump. (more…)

06|27|2008 04:23 pm EDT

ICANN and IANA Domain Names Hijacked

by Adam Strong in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Miscellaneous

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According to website Zone-H, a group of Turkish hackers hijacked ICANN and IANA domain names on Thursday morning. All of the domain names are registered at The group took over control of the domain names, including,, and The DNS records were changed and redirected to the hackers site with the following message :

You think that you control the domains but you don’t! Everybody knows wrong. We control the domains including ICANN!

Don’t you believe us?

haha :)

(Lovable Turkish hackers group)

This is the second major group to have their domain names hijacked in the last 30 days.  Previously domain names were hijacked at Network Solutions. So much for “preserving and enhancing the operational stability, reliability, security, and global interoperability of the Internet” eh ?

06|26|2008 10:38 pm EDT

Happy Birthday To Us!

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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happy birthday cupcakeFrank and I both forgot Domain Name News turned 1 year old on June 12th . It’s been a busy June and time flies.  It seems like 1 year of real time is like a decade on the internet. I think that we’ve both been so busy in the domain name business for so long that it just seems like we’ve been doing this forever and time slips by.

In that 1 year, we’ve redesigned a couple times, we were slashdotted, and we published about 650 articles and thousands of your comments. We’d like to thank you all, especially our friends who helped us launch, our advertisers and everyone who reads, comments and tips us off. We couldn’t do any of this without you !

06|26|2008 10:09 pm EDT

Associated Cities Geo Awards Nominations Open

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Associated Cities has opened up nominations for their Geo Awards.  Nominations are open to the public  until July 1st and final voting will be conducted on July 2nd with the final voting to close on July 8th. Awards will be presented at the 2008 GeoDomain Expo in Chicago.

To nominate someone Click here

06|26|2008 09:45 pm EDT

ICANN Policy Brief on Domain Monetization- Domain Tasting Killing Legitimate Use of Domains

by Adam Strong in Categories: Featured, ICANN / Policy

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In a recently released policy brief, ICANN addresses domain name monetization (PDF) as if it were a problem to be addressed. The policy brief begins by discussing and explaining domain monetization and Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising in layman terms. The paper further goes on to discuss domain tasting and points out that domain monetization, specifically PPC, is at the root of the problems of domain tasting. Later in the brief, ICANN suggests that domain monetization may also be preventing internet users from using domain names. Generally speaking, the policy brief places domain monetization at the center stage as a problem likely to be cited in future ICANN policy considerations. (more…)

06|26|2008 09:52 am EDT

Early Domain News And Stuff For 06/26/08

by Dan in Categories: Headlines


06|26|2008 12:44 am EDT

GoDaddy Registers 30 Millionth Domain Name

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The GoDaddy Group Inc., which includes, Wild West Domains (its resale brand) and Blue Razor (its bulk domain brand) has reached a new milestone, registering its 30 millionth domain,

GoDaddy is either registering, renewing or transferring about one domain every second of every day, making it the most popular domain registrar around. Although GoDaddy has registered far more than 30 million domains since it began, the tally only includes active domains – making the feat even more impressive.

[via GoDaddy Press Release]

06|23|2008 02:37 pm EDT

Sedo Sales of the week up to June 23rd

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Selected Sedo sales of the week till June 23rd after the jump. (more…)