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08|28|2009 12:26 am EDT

First Domain Name Ever Registered, Symbolics.com, Sold To Domain Investor

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Symbolics.com, the first domain name ever registered (March 15, 1985) has been sold to Missouri-based XF.com Investments for an undisclosed price.

“We are extremely excited to own the Symbolics.com domain name,” said Aron Meystedt, the CEO of XF.com Investments. “Since our core business is Internet investments, we really pursued the purchase of the original domain name, Symbolics.com. For us to own the first domain is very special to our company, and we feel blessed for having the ability to obtain this unique property.”

XF Investments owns other premium domain names including iBlog.com, HY.com, March.com, Copies.com, TrafficEstimate.com, and ImageSharing.com.

Although Symbolics.com was the first domain name ever registered, it was not the first ever created. Nordu.net, a name that was created by the registry on January 1, 1985, was the first domain name of all-time and used for the first root server (nic.nordu.net). Once domains were allowed to be registered, however, Symbolics.com was the first name taken.

[via DNJournal] and [TechCrunch ]

08|27|2009 11:49 pm EDT

Swedish TLD Regulator Protecting “Bank” From Being Used In Domain Names

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

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Swedish regulator PTS has notified the Swedish .SE ccTLD it will no longer allow the letters “b”, “a”, “n”, and “k” in any sequence in any .SE domain names.

“The term ‘bank’ is protected by law and may only occur in the domain name registered by organizations that may call itself a bank or if it is clear that the domain name can lead to misunderstandings,” said PTS in a translated version of the company’s press release.

According to Patrik Fältström, the regulator has specified that all domain names must be pre-verified prior to domain registration – an issue that would force significant changes to the TLDs current registration process.

[via Stupid.Domain.Name]

08|27|2009 04:29 pm EDT

MeetDomainers 2009 in Warsaw, Poland

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Events, Miscellaneous

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MeetDomainers will take place in Warsaw, Poland from September 25-27, 2009. The event offers a variety of sessions covering the legal aspects of domain names, copyrights on the Internet, domain traffic monetization, web development, and more.

“This meeting will be a great networking opportunity and a chance to learn from the best authorities in the field of domain name law, domain name monetization, advertising, affiliation, web development, SEO and more!” said Daniel Dryzek, the organizer of MeetDomainers. “You will be able to meet lots of Polish domainers and company owners as well as specialists and entrepreneurs from other European countries.”

There will also be valuable opportunities for networking, plenty of entertainment, and a live domain auction with .pl, .eu, and .com domain names. There will be Polish to English available at all times.

Visit MeetDomainers.eu for more information.

08|27|2009 04:08 pm EDT

.MX To Launch September 1

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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After a four month delay, Mexico’s .mx ccTLD is preparing for a September 1 public launch.

Pre-registration for these names can completed at a variety of registrars with an opening price of $1000. The initial price will gradually decreace (like a Dutch auction) from September 1 to October 31 when it will reach only $35 per domain. Following this scheme, the price for .mx domain names will settle at $50.

Visit www.nic.mx for more information.

08|27|2009 02:32 pm EDT

Omniture Launches CMO.com

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Omniture, a web analytics firm, has launched CMO.com as a news and information hub for Chief Marketing Officers. The website will offer articles, white papers, analyst reports, and community features to give CMOs the resources they need to be successful.

The CMO.com domain name was previously used for a website offering Christian Music Online.

[via Omniture]

08|27|2009 02:06 am EDT

OnlineNic Ordered to Pay $33 Million in “Largest Cybersquatting Judgment Ever”

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

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In December of 2008, Verizon won a default judgment of $33 million against domain registrar OnlineNic. OnlineNic didn’t present arguments in the case, leaving many to assume that the registrar was simply hiding from the ruling or using it’s location in China as a shield.  The Register reports today that the judge in the case has heard further arguements from OnlineNic and ruled with an order for OnlineNic to pay the $33.15 million dollars to Verizon. (more…)

08|25|2009 03:35 pm EDT

Rick Latona “Lead Generation” Domain Auction Ending Friday, August 28 at 8:00pm EDT

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Rick Latona Auctions current themed auction – lead generation and affiliate marketing based domain names – is ending on August 28 at 8:00pm EDT.

Some of the available domains include:

  • 3GPhones.com
  • AffiliatesOnline.co.uk
  • AllergyPills.com
  • BeautyCream.com
  • IncomeTaxRefunds.com
  • ForeclosureNotices.com
  • ColdAndFlu.com
  • DebtSettlements.com
  • Diet.co.za
  • DietProgram.co.uk
  • FertilityPill.com
  • FileBankruptcy.com
  • Financing.net
  • GrantPrograms.com
  • HolidayGreeting.com
  • LadiesLingerie.com
  • MajorDepression.com
  • OnlineGambling.co.za
  • RevenueShare.com
  • SkinnyPill.com

Click here for the full list and to start bidding today.

08|25|2009 02:54 pm EDT

TRAFFIC Conference Taking Over Las Vegas – January 21-23, 2010

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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BOCA RATON, FL – The internet conference that formally launched the Domain Industry in 2004 will hold is first show of 2010 at Las Vegas, Nevada January 21 through 23. The Targeted Redirects And Financial Fulfillment Internet Conference, best known by its acronym T.R.A.F.F.I.C., will be hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The first show of 2010 provides a unique opportunity to gain insight from industry expe rts and network with the biggest and best names of the domain industry.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is known around the world as the domain conference that brought together domain investors at a unique venue that has resulted in hundreds-of-millions of dollars in business deals and domain sales, along with countless, incalculable transactions. The show essentially helped internet entrepreneurs unify as an industry, define their common goals, and make use of a powerfully-charged business environment to meet and network.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C.’s unique networking platform is based around breaking bread with other goal-oriented entrepreneurs. The show features as many as seven full meals, three cocktail parties, great seminars, big name speakers, and the best night-time parties. There have been many efforts to emulate T.R.A.F.F.I.C., but none with the proven results and overall=2 0business deals that the attendees of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. enjoy.

Among the show’s trademark events is the World’s Largest Live Domain Auction. T.R.A.F.F.I.C. was the first domain industry conference to host a live domain auction. The event also features the greatest number of auctions, and these auctions have resulted in some of the largest domain sales in industry history. Domain auctions at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. have grossed more than all other domain shows, combined.

Rick Latona and his company, Rick Latona Auctions, have joined with Rick Schwartz, Howard Neu, and other co-founders of T.R.A.F.F.I.C. to be the exclusive auction company for every T.R.A.F.F.I.C. show held during 2010, both in the United States and around the globe. Rick Latona Auctions has also announced they will be running themed auctions during the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. shows, in addition to the World’s Largest Live Domain Auction.

Rick Latona Auctions was founded in 2008 as an extension to the marketing division of RickLatona.com. Premiere live and extended auctions have been held in New York City, Gold Coast, Phoenix, Silicon Valley, and Amsterdam. The live portion of these auctions is always staged with a in-house bidding crowd, and the auctions also feature streaming video feeds, permitting online bidders around the world to participate in domain name auctions.

Domain investors and developers who wish to attend the first show of 2010, in Las Vegas, are strongly encouraged to make plans now. Rick=0 ALatona Auctions is accepting submissions for T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Las Vegas as well as other upcoming auctions. The company is accepting only the highest-quality domain names. For domain name submissions to Rick Latona Auctions, please go online to www.ricklatona.com/auctions/submission-form, and for more information about Rick Latona Auctions, please visit www.RickLatona.com.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has hosted some of the best-known names of the domain industry and the broader financial sector, including economist and actor Ben Stein, domain investor John Reese, real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, and economist and publisher Steve Forbes.

T.R.A.F.F.I.C.’s influence around the world continues to grow, having held shows in the United States, Europe, and Australia. During 2010, the conference will again be held in Europe, and the coming year will feature the show hosted in Asia for the first time.

For information about T.R.A.F.F.I.C., and to see archives of previous shows, go online to www.targetedtraffic.com.

08|25|2009 02:30 pm EDT

Registration Open for DOMAINfest Global 2010

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

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DOMAINfest Global 2010 — the premier domain industry event taking place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, California from January 26-28 — is now open for registration.

The theme for this year’s event is “Domain Names: Overlooked. Underutilized. Essential to Online Marketing Success.” There will be a number of industry experts on hand to lead relevant sessions such as “Turning Killer Domain Names Into Killer Websites”, “Domain Names: How Prime Internet Real Estate Builds SEO and SEM Success”, and “New gTLDs: Bonanza or Bust?”

The early bird discounted rate is $895 and will be available through to September 30, 2009. Click here to register today.

[via DOMAINfest]

08|24|2009 05:07 pm EDT

AfternicDLS Reports $800,000 in Weekly Domain Sales

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Sales

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AfternicDLS has posted another strong week with over $800,000 in overall sales. The top sales were TheJob.com for $15,000, Plaisir.com for $12,000, and Botes.com for $10,000.

Overall, there were over 500 sales reported this week. See them all after the jump…

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