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02|22|2011 05:20 pm EDT

Sedo Sales for the Previous Week Including GamesForGirls.com at $500,000

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This week’s top 5 reported sales at Sedo this week were:

  1. GamesForGirls.com at $500,000 USD
  2. tz.com $80,000 USD
  3. chinastock.com $50,000 USD
  4. myshow.com $51,250 USD
  5. fashionette.com $35,000 USD

MyShow.com now is a Australian based video website. The other domains are either still parked or in Escrow.

See the full list of reported sales at Sedo including translations after the jump.

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02|22|2011 10:45 am EDT

Sex.com Domain Sale Entered into Guinness Book of World Records

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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The Sale of Sex.com has now been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. The entry is currently listed online only, but will be included in the next print edition. The domain name was sold for $13 million USD by Escom LLC to Clover Holdings Ltd on 17 November 2010. Sedo brokered the sale.

There’s two books on the history of sex.com that now need to be updated:

02|18|2011 03:38 pm EDT

Boxcar Relaunches, No More Reloading on Auction Listings

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

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While at DOMAINfest we were surprised to meet Miguel Fiol, the founder of Boxcar and main brain behind DomainConsultant, at an early breakfast. Those who know him know that he usually does not hit the conference circuit before noon. But it was even more interesting to see him bear gifts – a Boxcar domain auction mood light along with a “ticket” that allowed to join Boxcar for a promotional price. He also told us that the site had recently undergone a redesign and today his team also added an auto-refresh for auction listings, thus eliminating the tedious page reloading as auctions come to a close. The site sold its 100th domain name on February 14th earlier this week.

Recent Sales include: VacationHouses.net, Plowing.net, StandingMRI.com, Tasers.com, NoLimitHoldEm.com, StreamingTV.com, MoneyGamer.com, CompanyCreditCard.com, Convection.net, Telescopes.org, AroundTheHorn.com, DomainName.com, DiamondRings.com, CamRoulette.com, SecurityGuards.com, PalmSpringsHomes.com

02|17|2011 02:36 pm EDT

ICE Accidentally Takes Down 84,000 Websites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues, Up to the Minute

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As reported before, the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken to seizing domain names when it sees potential copyright infringement or other unlawful items. On February 15th, as part of their “Operation Protect Our Children”, they seized another ten domain names. According to Torrentfreak, this included the domain mooo.com, which is used to operate some 84,000 sub domain sites through the Free DNS service.? Apparently the ICE had discovered a child pornography site hosted on one of the sub domains. DotWeekly also reported this earlier.

It appears the domain mooo.com had its previous nameservers restored at the time of writing this, but for two days they displayed a message saying that the domain was seized due to child pornography.

[via ZDnet]

02|17|2011 02:31 pm EDT

ICANN Meeting in June Moved from Jordan

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy, Up to the Minute

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According to an email by David A. Olive, Vice President, Policy Development Support at ICANN, sent to the GNSO mailinglist , ICANN will move it’s 41st public meeting from Amman, Jordan due to security concerns. The meeting will be held from June 19th to 24th, 2011. A formal announcement from ICANN is to follow. Rumors cite Singapore as the new location.

[Update: Here’s the official announcement on the ICANN Blog]

02|16|2011 09:53 am EDT

DomainTools Relaunches Site

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Tools

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After DomainTools was purchased by Thought Convergence in 2008 many things happened. A settled lawsuit, forming it up as a separate company, a new Board of Advisors, new office space and 30% new employees. And now the company relaunched their website.

“An enormous amount of work went into rebuilding our core infrastructure in 2010, an effort that lays the groundwork for more rapid product innovation in 2011 and beyond”,Tim Chen, CEO of DomainTools told DNN. “Our new content and navigation better services the significant number of novice users who visit our site, while the flexible membership structure allows professional users to purchase only those products they plan to use. This launch is just the beginning; we will continue to improve the site and services throughout 2011 while rolling out new products.”

Here are the things changed on the site:

  • Redesign with the goal to improve usability and access to products
  • New Account Management Page
  • New “Learn” Educational Section
  • Connecting to its users via Social Media is part of the company goals
  • New membership levels (see below)

The pricing was simplified and there are now three different membership levels:

  1. Novice Account (free)
  2. Standard Membership ($29.95 per month)
  3. Professional Membership ($49.95 per month)

Existing members retain their existing pricing levels for paid members.

“An enormous amount of work went into rebuilding our core infrastructure in 2010,
an effort that lays the groundwork for more rapid product innovation in 2011 and
beyond”, said Tim Chen, CEO of DomainTools. “Our new content and navigation
better services the significant number of novice users who visit our site, while the
flexible membership structure allows professional users to purchase only those
products they plan to use. This launch is just the beginning; we will continue to
improve the site and services throughout 2011 while rolling out new products.”

02|15|2011 06:42 pm EDT

Sedo Sells Award.com for $56,005 USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Highlights include award.com leading .COM sales at 56,005 USD, reiseziele.de (travel destinations in German) leading ccTLDs at 20,000 EUR (appx. $27,000 USD), and musik.org (music in German) leading the other category at 11,000 EUR (appx. $15,000 USD).

See the full sales report after the jump.

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02|15|2011 03:34 pm EDT

AfterNIC Sales Report

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Once again Afternic was kind enough to share a selection of their top domain sales through their network during the previous week. The domain names sold originate from the company’s Buydomains portfolio and clients.

  • 115 domain name sales that sold for $2k or more
  • 17 domain name sales that sold for $5k or more
  • 8 domain name sales that sold for 5-figures

The top 5 reported sales by Afternic were:

  1. FUNO.com ($20,000)
  2. passings.com ($15,000)
  3. FloridaAutoInsurance.com ($15,000)
  4. NextStar.com ($15,000)
  5. Fabo.com ($15,000)

While the domain FUNO.com and Fabo.com it appears that they we both purchased by the same buyer, as both of the names point to a page announcing that “FUNO – A World Of Fun Games” is coming soon.

See the entire reported sales by Afternic for this week after the jump.

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02|14|2011 08:28 pm EDT

SnapNames to Increase Prices For Deleting Domains Starting Tomorrow

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News, Up to the Minute

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According to an email just sent out by SnapNames the pricing for backordering deletion domain names will increase from $59 to $69 starting tomorrow.

See the full text of the email below:

On February 15, SnapNames will raise the starting bid for backorders for all deleting domain names from $59 to $69. This starting bid increase applies only to orders for names that are deleted from their respective registries (not the expiring or privately held names listed from registrar partners or sellers).

This change applies exclusively to new orders—any previously placed deleting domain name backorders will be grandfathered in and remain at a starting bid amount of $59; thus, $59 will be the opening bid if the name enters our system. (Note, if you are the only bidder in this scenario, like today you will be the buyer at $59. If another party backorders the same name after February 15, that party’s opening bid will be at $69 and the system will alert you to raise your bid if you so elect.)

As is the case today, all non-deleting domain names will enter our system at the starting bid price specified by the listing party. Opening bids for those names will stay at the amounts originally set.

There is no change to auction procedures. If there is only one bidder for a name at the time of its availability, the name will be awarded to that bidder. For names with more than one interested party, the names will go to auction and the highest bid at or above the starting bid amount will prevail.

Questions can be directed to the SnapNames support team:

E-mail: support@snapnames.com
Web: http://support.oversee.net/login.php

02|13|2011 12:20 am EDT

Want Media Attention? Mention Playboy Mansion and Sick Visitors In Same Sentence

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

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It sounds like something from an episode of CSI: Hollywood Hills. Enter a group of young professionals partying it up at a fund-rasier at the famous Playboy Mansion.  Cut ahead 24-hours, and one of the “guests” is writhing in pain, sweating feverishly in his hotel room (and he’s not on his computer chasing after a Namejet auction).  Wait, cancel that scene, make it dozens of guests from around the world.  Seriously, who’s working on the script for this right now. . .  Law and Order? House? CSI ? Bones ? Maybe Fringe ?  If you are reading this and you’re writing in an evil character. He/she needs to be named Halvarez to make it authentic. :)

So, while the story sounds straight out of Hollywood (because it is), it’s not a made for TV story,  though it’s sure one the media seem to be loving.  No direct signs from the investigation are pinning the mystery illnesses on anyone, including the Playboy Mansion, though the mainstream media are eating this story up, as sick domainers want to point the finger.  Sensational !

I talked to David Castello tonight who told me he had just finished an interview with Good Morning America, Fox, ABC, The LA Times, and KTLA.  Elliot Silver and Ron Jackson were interviewed on page 6 of the NYPost.  The Drudge Report picked that up and slapped it on the front page. The story has now been picked up by the AP, so it’s now circulating through other news outlets like NPR and the San Jose Mercury News and likely will be on the pages of your local paper Monday morning.

Not exactly the mainstream coverage the domain business was seeking. The Los Angeles County Health Department is on the case. I sincerely hope they get it straightened out and I hope everyone is feeling better soon. If you were at the event, regardless of being ill or not, please fill out the survey on the website

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HGN3T7