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11|30|2009 06:38 pm EDT

WhyPark releases Charity Auction Domain List

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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As reported earlier, WhyPark is running a charity domain auction in conjunction with Latonas.com, the new auction platform of Rick Latona. WhyPark has now published the list of domains that will be auctioned at No Reserve with a starting price of $49. The single highest bidder of all the auctions will be able to pick the charity the net proceeds of the auction will go to. The online auction will run from December 7th to 11th, 2009. The domains were donated by WhyPark founder Craig Rowe, Alan Macomber of KidsCoats.com, Stephen Douglas of SuccessClick.com, Andrew Allemann of Domain Name Wire, Bill Sweetman of YummyNames, Patrick Ruddell of ChefPatrick.com, Rob Sequin and Rick Latona of Latonas.com.

See the full list after the jump. (more…)

11|29|2009 06:37 pm EDT

Photon Announces Revised Unconditional Takeover Bid For Dark Blue Sea

by Adam Strong in Categories: Acquisitions

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Dark Blue SeaIn a joint press release issued today, domain name company Dark Blue Sea [ASX:DBS]  and Photon Group [ASX:PGA] announced Photon’s unconditional buyout offer of DBS shares at 35 cents per share.

The company made a previous takeover offer at the end of October for 30 cents per share and explained the offer to shareholders in this document on November 13th. The new offer comes after recent negotiations between both companies. DBS directors, which hold 20.3%, have all confirmed their willingness to accept this offer. DBS Chairman Vernon Wills comments in the release indicate the sureness of this deal being sealed.

“We are pleased with the increased offer. It is in the best interest of DBS that this transaction is concluded as promptly and efficiently as possible. Our recommendation is directed at bring the transaction to a successful conclusion with minimum disruption to the company’s operations”

The offer will close December 14, which means the company will likely be under new ownership before the end of the year.  What this means for the future of the domain registrar and parking business offerings at Fabulous is unclear.

11|27|2009 12:55 am EDT

Oversee.net to Establish European Operations

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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After Oversee.net’s CEO and president Jeff Kupietzky toured Europe earlier this year, the company is now planning to open up a European office. DomainSponsor, the company’s domain parking brand had also held an “elite retreat” for their European publishers earlier this year.

The European division will be operated by Joerg Schnermann as the General Manager. He is the brother of Markus Schnermann of DomainInvest and Keyworddomains.  Joe Higgins, account manager at Oversee and Jessica Besseling, who returned to the company after working as Business Development Director at DDC, also will be joining Schnermann. Jessica and Joe have both extensively worked with the European domain space.

“The European market is considered to be the fastest growing sector in the global domain space,” said Peter Celeste, Oversee.net Senior Vice President and General Manager of Domain Services. “This is a significant milestone for DomainSponsor. We’re delighted to welcome such a talented core team of seasoned domain industry experts. They understand local needs and will help build on existing relationships and establish new ones within the European community.”

11|26|2009 11:10 pm EDT

Sedo Brokers Sale of Russia.com for $1.5 Million

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales

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According to a report on the Quintura.com blog, the domain name Russia.com was sold today for $1.5 million. The former owners New Media Holdings sold the domain through Sedo.com. The sale was also reported on Sedo’s home page today.

The seller, New Media Holdings, also owns other country domains including Algeria.com, Morocco.com, PuertoRico.com, SouthAfrica.com, Scotland.com, and Ukraine.com.  The company had also listed several of their domains including PuertoRico.com ($3.5 M)  and Scotland.com ($3 M) at past Moniker auctions during Affiliate Summit and TRAFFIC in 2007 .

[Caught first on Tech Crunch]

11|25|2009 04:41 pm EDT

DomainsBot launches DomainsBot Answers Website

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The Italian company DomainsBot, who counts Sedo as one of their investors, has just announced the launch of a new website, DomainsBot Answers. The site aims to answer questions related to domain names in the style of sites like Yahoo! Answers. To learn more about the new site, visit Answers.DomainsBot.com or read their FAQ.

11|25|2009 10:34 am EDT

DomainAdvertising.com Appoints Dan Warner as CEO

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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Dan WarnterThis morning DomainAdvertising.com, the company that has launched their new services at the Targeted TRAFFIC show in New York, announced that they have appointed Dan Warner as their CEO. Dan Warner was last COO of Dark Blue Sea (ASX:DBS), parent company of Fabulous.com and left that position in April.

“Dan Warner was the Board’s first choice for this position. He is the perfect leader for DomainAdvertising.com”, said Anoop Polavaram from the Ashmore Group, “His extensive experience and recognized leadership within the domain industry will be invaluable to the business. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the industry.”

“I was looking for a challenge where I could manage growth and innovation in the Internet industry.  This was difficult to find in a market which has recently focused on reducing head counts, research and infrastructure.  Both Directi and Ashmore have a great reputation and substantial resources. When I was approached by them, I realized the potential of this business. I am thrilled about the opportunity,”  said Dan Warner. “We will be doing the exact opposite of most domain companies. Significant capital, human resources and infrastructure will be used to accelerate internet advertising innovation and design. We expect that many of the other players in the industry will look like they are standing still or going backwards in comparison to our scheduled advancements.”

The press release goes on to say:

Warner has already assumed his role as CEO and is planning to fully launch the DomainAdvertising.com business by Jan 2010. Warner leads an initial dedicated team of over 30 people with access to over 500 people as required within the Directi group. Under Warner’s leadership, DomainAdvertising.com will focus on advancements in research, innovation and optimization to benefit professional domain owners.

11|24|2009 11:06 pm EDT

DevHub.com Secures $1.5 Million In Capital

by Chad Kettner in Categories: News

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The EVO Media Group — the Seattle-based company behind DevHub.com, a popular website builder and hosting platform — has closed a round of growth capital totaling $1.5 million.

DevHub.com was launched in February 2009 and has since grown to include over 30,000 publishers whose websites are drawing in over 2 million unique visitors per month. These publishers utilize DevHub’s many site creation tools and revenue-generating modules to easily create quality niche-focused topical sites.

Unlike other site building tools such as WordPress, the DevHub platform is optimized for publishers who want to create commercial sites that are intended for revenue-generating purposes.

“In addition to aggressively growing the feature set to support and grow our individual publisher base, the capital raised will enable us to quickly expand the DevHub platform to encompass larger, content-rich sites on the Web that sorely need a revenue-focused platform to build upon,” says EVO Media Group CEO, Geoffrey Nuval, “The Internet is realizing it can no longer stand on a freeconomy and publishers large and small are looking for ways to optimize monetization for the content and brands they create; we are seeing this more and more with the increasing number of potential partners approaching us for a solution.”

The money came in from an undisclosed private equity group as well as top Seattle and Los Angeles technology and media angels including Geoff Entress of Voyager Capital, John Cunningham of Clearfix, Alex Algard of WhitePages.com, Jeff Schrock of Intel Capital, and Richard Wolpert, former President of Disney Online.

[via EVO Media Group]

11|24|2009 11:07 am EDT

NoktaDomains.com Introduces New Marketplace

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Domain Aftermarket

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NoktaDomains.com has launched a new domain marketplace with a searchable catalog of over 200,000 premium domain names for sale. The site was recently released by Nokta Internet Technologies, a company that has sold more than 1,100 domain names in the past eight years including FreeCreditReport.co.uk for $300,000 and TripleCreditReport.com for $260,000.

Previously, Nokta Domains only listed their domains for sale at other marketplaces. But as the demand for the company’s domain names grew and the sales earnings increased, Nokta finally decided to have its own marketplace so it could improve the domain buying experience.

“Through our own marketplace, the customers can have access to our whole portfolio and follow the promotions, news, and deals,” explained Burcin Didinedin, the General Manager of Nokta Domain Business. “Moreover, through NoktaDomains.com, the customer has the chance to buy our domain names with their real pricing without paying any commission or transfer fee.”

Nokta Domains has over 40,000 domain names available to be purchased at fixed “buy now” prices as well as 160,000 domains sold through an “offer-counter offer” system which connects buyers and sellers directly. Additionally, the company offers a range of services to increase customer satisfaction including appraisals, after-sales services and domain consulting at all times of the day.

[via NoktaDomains]

Note: It seems to be a growing trend for domainers with large portfolios to focus more on aftermarket sales. Various sources show that Kevin Ham and Hitfarm have been selling their domains under DomainBrokers while Frank Schilling has been selling domains via ProFormaInc.

11|20|2009 04:00 pm EDT

DomainFest Introduces Two Pitch Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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DOMAINFest Global 2010, which will be held by Oversee.net in Santa Monica from January 26-28th, 2009,  in  has just announced the addition of PITCHfest and LAUNCHfest.

PITCHfest allows five pre-selected finalists to make 5 minute presentations of their new products ideas to the audience and a panel of judges. While the audience will be able to select their favorite by voting via text-messages, the winner will be picked by the judges.

With LAUNCHfest the pre-selected applicants get to present their vision how to develop one of ten given domain names. Again the winner will be selected on a point based system by a panel of judges and the audience gets to show their choice as well. The winner will be able to lease/purchase his selected domain name and start development on the project. The names in this contest are:

Domain Name options Annual Lease Purchase Price
Planners.com $25,000 $125,000
AdvertiseHere.com $25,000 $125,000
StartABusiness.com $15,000 $75,000
GoOut.com $15,000 $75,000
RealEstateNetwork.com $10,000 $50,000
BoostSales.com $10,000 $50,000
SiteFinder.com $5,000 $25,000
WebIncentives.com $5,000 $25,000
AnythingForSale.com $2,000 $10,000
DailyPicks.com $2,000 $10,000


Editor’s comment:

At the first DOMAINFest GLOBAL, the conference already had a similar event where participants where able to pitch Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame with a business idea and receive candid 1-on-1 feedback. Peter Ejtel and myself took this amazing opportunity to gather feedback on our then new startup SharedReviews.

Unfortunately it seems that this time the contests are limited to US participants, considering this is DOMAINfest GLOBAL, but most likely this is necessary due to the different contest laws worldwide  ;-)

11|20|2009 03:59 pm EDT

3 Charged With Comcast.net Hijacking at Network Solutions

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

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Three hackers — Christopher Allen Lewis, 19,  James Robert Black Jr., 20, and Michael Paul Lebel, 28 — have been hit with a federal conspiracy charge this week due to their involvement in the 2008 hijacking of Comcast.net – a prank that took down the cable company’s homepage and email service for more than five hours and supposedly cost the company over $128,000.

According to the indictment, the hackers gained control of the Comcast.net domain along with 200 other domains with two phone calls to Network Solutions, the company’s domain registrar, as well as one email sent from a hacked Comcast email account.

This gave them entry to the Network Solutions control panel for all of Comcast’s domains.

Then, after changing the contact information for Comcast.net, the hackers phoned Comcast’s original technical contact to tell him what they’d done. When the Comcast manager scoffed at their claims, the hackers decided to take it a step further and redirect the site’s traffic to servers that were under their control.

The hackers are being charged under the US. Code for fraud and related activity in connection with computers.

“I wish I was a minor right now,” said hacker James Robert Black Jr., “because this is going to be really bad.”

[via Wired]