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01|29|2010 11:13 pm EDT

David Olive joins ICANN as VP Policy Development Support

by Frank Michlick in Categories: People

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ICANN has named David Olive Vice President of Policy Development Support. Olive ends his 20 year tenure at Fujitsu where he most recently was General Manager and Chief Corporate Representative in the Washington office and will join ICANN on February 15th, 2010. He has also served as a member of the Commercial Board of Directors of TechAmerica and as the Public Policy Chairman for the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), a consortium of over 70 information technology industry associations from economies around the world.

“ICANN is undoubtedly one of the most important entities on the globe in terms of Internet governance,” said Olive. “So it’s exciting to land in a position, where I can exercise my passion for foreign affairs while exploiting my experience in technology policy formation.”

“David’s skill sets are a perfect match for this position,” said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s CEO and President. “Our unique bottom-up policy formation model gives our international community an instrumental role in the development of ICANN’s policies. And while that translates into some amazing opportunities, it also creates some unique challenges, and there’s no doubt that with his demonstrated excellence in diplomacy and collaboration David is up to managing those challenges.”

[via TradingMarkets]

01|28|2010 05:03 pm EDT

DomainFest Global’s Premium Live Domain Auction Results

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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We will be were live blogging the auction results of the auctions at the DomainFEST Global event in Santa Monica, California for Moniker’s Low & No Reserve Live Domain Auction.  Unsold names will be sold in the extended online auction from 01/28 – 02/04 at 12:15 PM PT.

As always we do not guarantee the accuracy of these results. The live auction sold 74 domains out of the 215 domains listed for a total of $919,300 at an average sales price of $12,423.

You can see the results after the jump. (more…)

01|28|2010 04:24 pm EDT

DomainFEST PitchFEST Day 2 Winners

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As our man on the ground reports the two PitchFEST 2 winners were Chad Folkening with his Rapid Domain Builder as voted by the judges David Liu (Jefferies & Company Inc.), Douglas McPherson (Idealab), Richard Morganstern (Tech Coast Angels) and Root Orange won the people’s choice award. The other two presenters were DevRich (automated domain development) and Skinected.

01|27|2010 11:04 am EDT

.NU and .SE Registries Sponsors Charity Auction for Haiti

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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MissDomain is organizing a charity auction for the earthquake victims in Haiti based on the initiative and idea of Internetsweden. The auction will include .NU (country of Niue) domains, which are sold worldwide. According to the announcement the ownership of the domains will be free, since the registry Nunames is also sponsoring the contest. Submissions of additional domains are accepted until Feb 4th, 2010. All money will go to UNICEF in order to support their relief efforts in Haiti. The Swedish registry will donate 80 SEK for each domain sold up to a maximum of 8000 SEK.

01|27|2010 10:35 am EDT

Yellow Pages Group buys Restaurantica

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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With the recent news about Geosign Spin-Off Moxy Media, we also came across news about Restaurantica, a restaurant review website that was originally started in 2003 by Ryan May and sold to eMedia, which is owned by Geosign’s founder Tim Nye. Ryan May has sinced moved on and is working on his own projects like for example ASAPLocal (twitter based local information) at his company Charismedia. As announced in a press release, the popular restaurant review site site was now sold to Yellow Pages Group in Canada (TSX:YLO.UN) for an undisclosed amount. Yellow Pages Group was also the company that acquired 400 .ca domains from emall for $2,5m CDN in 2006. The site lists about 400,000 restaurants, bars and cafes and features more than 200,000 user generated reviews. The site receives more than 540,000 visits and over 1.7 million page views each month according to the press release.

01|26|2010 08:51 pm EDT

DomainFest Global’s Low & No Reserve Live Domain Auction Results

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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We will be blogging the auction results of the auctions at the DomainFEST Global event in Santa Monica, California for Moniker’s Low & No Reserve Live Domain Auction. As always we do not guarantee the accuracy of these results.

Our apologies for starting the report on this late, but I actually managed to forget that I needed a Windows computer set up in order to watch/report.

You can see the results after the jump. (more…)

01|26|2010 11:02 am EDT

Sedo Sells website.de For $143,000

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo has just reported their domain sales for this week. The chart is lead by the sale of website.de for 101,150 Euro, which is about $143.000 USD. The top .COM sale was BookKeepers.com for $34,000, followed by Juegos-Gratis.com, meaning Free Games in Spanish, for 18,500 Euros ($26,000 USD) and ddm.com for $12,501. Other notable sales include x.biz for $10,600 USD, xa.net for $10,000 USD, netbroker.de for 13,750 Euro/$19,400 USD as well as telefon.tv for 9,500 EUR or $13,400 USD.

See the entire list of reported Sedo sales after the jump. (more…)

01|25|2010 11:12 am EDT

AshleyMadison.com to Go Public, to Purchase Moxy Media

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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According to an article in the Canadian Globe & Mail, the Parent Company of Ashley Madison and other adult(ery) oriented websites, Avid Media Life, is planning to go public on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) this year, wanting to raise $60 million CAD. The company operates websites such as CougarLife.com , EstablishedMen.com and AshleyMadison.com and is planning to use part of the funds raised in a private placement to buy Guelph based Moxy Media. Moxy Media is a remainder of the previously split GeoSign.

Avid Life posted $30-million of sales and $8-million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (or EBITDA) in 2009. The latter number was a four-fold increase from 2008, according to documents used to market the deal. […]

Moxy reported sales of $192-million and $27-million of EBITDA in 2009, according to documents used to market the deal. After the takeover, Avid Life will list on the TSX Venture Exchange or Toronto Stock Exchange by staging a reverse takeover of a shell company.

[via Canadian Globe & Mail]

01|23|2010 01:45 pm EDT

Targeted TRAFFIC Las Vegas Live Auction Results

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01|22|2010 11:49 pm EDT

ICANN Meeting #37 Will Take Place In Kenya

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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The ICANN board voted in a special meeting held today to keep the 37th ICANN meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from March 7-12, 2010. After some security concerns the board had considered canceling the meeting, but will now work together with the local governments in order to provide for the security of the attendees. An editorial by a local writer had criticized ICANN for asking the local government to pay for additional security measures.

ICANN | Preliminary Report of Special Board Meeting | 22 January 2010.