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09|23|2010 02:59 pm EDT

HP To Offer Digital.com For Sale at DOMAINfest Prague

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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Computer Giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) will make the domain Digital.com available for auction at the DOMAINfest Europe, which will be held in Prague October 5-7, 2011. The live auction takes place on October 6th at 6pm ET and is also accessible to online remote bidders. Other names featured in the auction are:

  • DayTrading.com
  • DVDrental.com
  • HouseInsurance.com
  • Journey.com
  • LawFirm.com
  • MX.com
  • Physicians.com
  • Plan.com
  • Restaurants.com
  • ShortSale.com
  • SlotMachine.com
  • Tools.com
  • Zip.com

The domain digital.com used to be owned by Digital, a Unix company that was later purchased by Compaq, which was in turn bought by HP.

See the full press release after the jump.

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09|23|2010 11:47 am EDT

Registrar Sues CIRA for $10m

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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CIRA denies re-certification for Brandon Gray Internet Services

CIRA, the registry operator of the .CA ccTLD, has denied Brandon Gray Internet Services Inc. the re-certification as a .CA registration on September 10th of this year. The registrar also counts the “Domain Registry of Canada” (DROC) amongst its resellers, which is mostly known for sending official looking renewal reminders/transfer offers to domain registrants. The company also operates the ICANN Accredited registrar NameJuice.

According to the companies, they reassured itbusiness.ca that DROC is a reseller of Brandon Gray Internet Services, simply sharing a postal address in Markham, phone system and extension lists. The registrar is said to have 25 resellers in total.

Now Brandon Gray is suing CIRA for $10 million CAD in damages for the termination of their accreditation. They also say that CIRA has not provided a reason for the denial of the re-certification.

itbusiness.ca writes:

CIRA has also declined comment on the case while it is before the court. But an affidavit filed in court obtained by ITBusiness.ca shows that the authority will defend itself in part by attempting to show Brandon Gray has a “bad reputation in the Internet community,” writes Kelly Campbell, channel manager at CIRA. It discusses the activities of the DROC and other resellers that it says “inextricably linked” to Brandon Gray and says they “have engaged in activities which are inappropriate for any business and highly unethical.”

As reported on the CIRA election campaign forum, the registry also has recently denied a number of applications for registrar accreditation by new registrars, citing the small number of customers as a reason.

[via itbusiness.ca]

09|23|2010 10:56 am EDT

Recap of CIRA Annual General Meeting and Symposium

by Zak Muscovitch in Categories: Events, Registries

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Zak Muscovitch

Zak Muscovitch at DomainConvergence 2008

Guest contributor Zak Muscovitch is a domain name lawyer, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been practicing domain name law for over ten years and is now running for the election for a seat on the CIRA Board of Directors. Go to http://www.DNattorney.com and http://zak-for-cira.ca/ for more information. Voting is open to CIRA members until noon ET September 29th, 2010.

Two days ago, on September 21, 2010, CIRA (the Canadian Internet Registration Authority) held its Annual General Meeting and Symposium in Toronto, called, “Canadians Connected”, and it was a world class event.

Integrated into the usual corporate housekeeping involved in annual meetings, the Symposium brought together .CA domain name owners from all over the country and a CIRA attendance record was set. Nearly 500 people  participated in person, and hundreds more online.

Orchestrated by CIRA CEO Byron Holland with the support of a small army of capable and dedicated staff, Canadians Connected presented what can only be considered a visionary, and arguably somewhat miraculous, approach to  reinvigorating the Canadian Internet community.

Continue reading after the jump.

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09|22|2010 12:29 am EDT

Sedo Sells OnlineCollegeDegrees.com for $22,800 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Weekly Sedo Sales Report

Highlights include onlinecollegedegrees.com leading .COM sales at $22,800 USD, swisstv.ch leading ccTLDs at 35,508 EUR (appx. $47,000 USD) and onlinecollegedegrees.net leading the other category at $12,800 USD.

See the full list after the jump.

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09|22|2010 12:24 am EDT

Facebook Typos Deleting Wednesday

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

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Days after Facebook.com won a UDRP decision to gain ownership of Facebok.com , a large batch of “less stellar” Facebook.com typo domains are being deleted Wednesday. Most of these domains showed an expiration date that was further off, so in all likelihood the owner of these domains issued a forced registry deletion in order to cut the liability.

The domains deleting Wednesday include :

facebobk.com
facebobook.com
facebokook.com
faceboodk.com
facemook.com
faebok.com
fancebook.com
facebookbook.com
facebooook.com

It’s highly likely that these names will end up being grabbed and auctioned at one of the top auction spots like Snapnames.com or Namejet.com. Several of the above names already have multiple bidders at Namejet.

Facebook has been making aggressive legal moves on companies that use the word “book” or “face” in domains. Teachbook.com received a great deal of the press surrounding these “David vs Goliath” suits.  Robin Wauters weighed in with his thoughts on these overreaching moves at TechCrunch and Erick Schonfeld points out that Facebook is even trying to trademark the word Face.

With overreaching bullying tactics like these, I’m 100% positive Facebook will be aggressive toward more obvious names like these deleting names, possibly even stopping any auction before it begins.

09|21|2010 10:45 am EDT

CSC and Alias Encore Launch New “Domain Recovery Service”

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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Corporation Service Company (CSC), which also is an ICANN accredited registrar serving many large corporations, announced this morning that they are now offering a “Domain Recovery Service” in conjunction with Alias Encore.

Alias Encore was founded in 2008 by Graham MacRobie, who also founded the similar Company Citizen Hawk. Both companies recover domain names on behalf of trademark owners who then in return allow them to monetize the domains through their own affiliate/CPA offers. Both also use automated processes to file high-volume complaints and to email domain owners of potentially infringing domain names.

See the full press release after the jump.

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09|21|2010 10:03 am EDT

More Than 196.3m Domain Names Registered Worldwide

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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Verisign Publishes New Domain Industry Brief for Q2/1010

Verisign, the company that is now more focused on the domain name space than ever before, since selling their security unit to Symmantec, has published their September issue of the the quarterly Domain Industry Brief (PDF).

  • The second quarter of 2010 closed with a base of more than 196.3 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of more than 3 million domain names, or 2 percent over the first quarter. Registrations grew by 12.3 million, or 7 percent over the past year.
  • The combined base of .com and .net domain names surpassed 100 million, finishing the quarter with an adjusted zone size of 101.5 million
  • New .com and .net registrations totalled 7.9 million during the second quarter, an increase of 13 percent from a year ago, and continued to show signs of the larger economic recovery.
  • Consistent with recent trends, .cn (China) experienced a second-quarter decline in base registrations, dropping the domain from fourth to sixth largest among all TLDs.
  • This changed the respective positions of .uk and .org, which became the fourth and fifth largest TLDs, respectively.
  • VeriSign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the quarter was 62.5 billion, with a peak of 83.6 billion. The daily average increased 16 percent and the peak increased 32 percent over the previous quarter. Compared to the same timeframe in 2009, the daily average grew 28 percent and the peak grew 43 percent.

09|21|2010 07:09 am EDT

eBook.com for Sale

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

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While we normally do not publish news releases about domain names that are listed for sale, we thought this one was worth a note:

Ebook Solution Provider DNAML is accepting bids for the domain name eBook.com, which they are considering to sell as “part of management’s recent decision to streamline DNAML’s focus on its core eBook technology platform and distribution/aggregation business“. Apparently the offer just includes the domain name and not the current ebook sale website hosted on the domain.

According to the press release:

eBook.com is the #1 organic search result for the keyword “ebook” across Google, Yahoo, Bing and all other major search engines. The site has produced over 4.7 million eBook downloads over the past year alone, with only 12,000 titles in inventory.

Initial bids are due to Viant Capital by 2:00 pm PDT on September 30, 2010 with closing expected to occur before the end of October. Interested parties can contact Viant Capital on dnaml(at)viantgroup(dot)com.

[via Press Release]

09|20|2010 12:46 pm EDT

GMX buys Mail.com and 14m Email Users

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Acquisitions

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United Internet’s Free Mail provider GMX buys the domain and business Mail.com for an undisclosed price from Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC). The purchase includes the domain and 14 million active email accounts.

Mail.com LogoIt appears that the purchase does not include websites operated by MMC, that include content sites in categories including entertainment, sports, breaking news, media, finance, tech, health, shopping, fashion, beauty, and automotive. However, GMX and MMC also agreed on a cooperation for offering email services for MMC’s portal India.com. The company also owns Fan.com, Hollywoodlife.com, HollyBaby.com, Deadline.com, Movieline.com, TVLine.com, BGR.com and OnCars.com.

[via ZDNet Germany (German)]

09|20|2010 01:46 am EDT

Latona Cancels TRAFFIC Hong Kong Show

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

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Rick Latona announced from his blog that the TRAFFIC Hong Kong show has been cancelled.  The show would have been the 5th TRAFFIC show produced by Latona in 2010 and was slated for November 15-16, 2010.  Admirably, Latona is very candid on his blog with the reasoning behind the cancellation and the pitfalls of running an auction and a show.

The simple fact of the matter is that we are in a cottage industry. The domain world is small and it can’t sustain so many companies fighting over attendees. So, I’ll bow out.

Then there’s the issue of the auctions. Running the shows themselves and the auctions at the same time was a mistake. You can’t do both right so both suffered. I need to go back to the basics and focus on what counts which is selling the names.

Latona joined forces with TRAFFIC founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu in 2009 and announced his plans to head up six new TRAFFIC shows in 2010. Schwartz and Neu would maintain the long-standing original show in South Florida.  Latona was enjoying a good run in live auctions and brought some openness to TRAFFIC . He announced that he’d be taking the TRAFFIC brand globally with 2010 featuring a Las Vegas show as well as shows in Milan, Vancouver, Dublin and Hong Kong.  Based on the current onslaught of show choices and reportedly low attendance at recent TRAFFIC shows and low auction sales results, some have gathered that this decision was inevitable.