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04|28|2011 08:45 am EDT Domain sold for $2.5M USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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According to a German language press release sent out by Sedo this morning, the company has succesfully brokered the sale of the domain for $2.5 Million USD on behalf of the British Media Corp. The new owner wishes to remain anonymous – no surprise considering the recent actions of the US government against online gambling. The whois seems to still list the old owner at this point.

04|27|2011 02:34 pm EDT

Moniker Whois Privacy Confuses Miami Journalist

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Miami journalist Gus Garcia-Roberts wrote a blog post on for the Miami New Times attacking “Moniker Whois Privacy Services” as a company that distributes child pornography, based on a lawsuit that names them as one of the defendants in order to get them to reveal the actual owners of the names. Unfortunately it appears that he neither tried to contact Moniker, nor felt it necessary to research more about “whois privacy”.

04|27|2011 02:18 pm EDT buys Nameing Rights to Oakland Raiders’ Home Stadium

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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Did the company forget about their brand?, the company that has been rebranding itself as “O” bought the naming rights to the Oakland Raiders home stadium for 6 years for $7.2 million. The stadium is now to be called “ Coliseum“. Oddly enough this means that apparently has forgotten about their ongoing bid to rename themselves to

[via Yahoo! Sports]

04|21|2011 12:09 pm EDT Buys For $700,000

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute


The announcement of the sale of is making it’s way around the domain blogs yesterday and today. owner Chad Weinman emailed all the domain blogs yesterday notifying them of his purchase of the domain name for $700,000.  Since the sale was so large, most of us waited for confirmation or proof of sale.

The sale marks the largest domain name sale to date for 2011. The sale contract specifies that it was for the domain name, good will and intangibles (such as associated contracts with vendors) only and not any of the other assets of the business like inventory, real estate, etc. is an ecommerce website which, as one would suspect, sells running shoes.

04|21|2011 11:45 am EDT Taken Down for Invalid Whois

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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Righthaven LLC, a company that enforces licensing of content created by their clients, has in the past taken possession of domain names owned by alleged infringers. Recently a judge dismissed one of their claims on a defendant’s domain name.

Now it appears that GoDaddy, the domain registrar for the domain, has taken down their domain for an invalid whois. According to ICANN rules domain owners are required to maintain valid whois information. Anyone can report an invalid whois record via the WDPRS system, which then passes on the complaint to the sponsoring registrar of the domain. The registrar would then attempt to contact the domain owner and ask them to verify/update their contact information. Should they not do so, the domain can be suspended or even deleted.

[via @rhvictims]

04|19|2011 10:45 pm EDT

Domains Sales of the Previous Week, lead by

by Kim H in Categories: Domain Sales

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Here are the week’s top sales from Afternic, Flippa and Sedo. The top 10 domains were:

  1. for 100,000 USD (Christmas in Spanish) @Sedo
  2. for 60,000 USD @Sedo
  3. for 45,000 USD @Sedo
  4. for 40,500 USD @Afternic
  5. for 12,500 EUR (18,250 USD) @Sedo
  6. for 18,000 USD @Afternic
  7. for 17,500 USD @Sedo
  8. for 15,000 USD (Fee Comparison in German) @Sedo
  9. for 15,000 USD @Sedo
  10. for 10,000 EUR (14,550 USD) (Presents 24 in German) @Sedo

See the full list of reported sales after the jump.

04|18|2011 05:14 pm EDT

Phishing GoDaddy WDRP Emails Going Around Once More.

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

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It appears that another phishing scam is making the rounds trying to get users to reveal their GoDaddy username and password to the scammers. According to “silentg” who received the email and posted on DNForum about it, the email links users to “” (registered at Melbourne IT) instead of The email mimics a GoDaddy notice under the Whois Data Reminder Policy of ICANN (WDRP).

[via DNForum, silentg]

04|18|2011 12:12 pm EDT

IDN ccTLD Request From Yemen Successfully Passes String Evaluation

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

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ICANN announced the successful completion of String Evaluation on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Yemen, ????? (xn--mgb2ddes).

With this announcement, a total of 27 countries/territories requests have successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 17 countries/territories (represented by 27 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively applying for, delegation of the string.

ICANN is looking forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code domains for countries that qualify. ICANN will continue to accept applications for new requests in the Fast Track process, as well as processing requests through the String Delegation function. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email for any inquiries for participation.

04|18|2011 11:49 am EDT

ICANN Publishes New Version of New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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ICANN has posted the new April 2011 Discussion Draft for the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook for a public comment period lasting until May 15th. ICANN plans post a final version of the guidebook by 30 May 2011, in time for consideration of the New gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN Board to be held on Monday, 20 June 2011, at the ICANN meetings in Singapore.

See the full announcement email after the jump.


04|15|2011 07:34 pm EDT

.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published. The Sunrise launch is a three phased approach. After much back and forth and protests against the sTLD the ICANN board had approved the application for the new TLD at their meeting on March 18th of this year.

[Update] As Kevin over at DomainIncite points out in his post on the same topic, the registry website, and (both placeholder pages, safe for work) are now resolving under the new TLD. is resolving as well.

The delegation record for the new TLD can now also be found on the IANA website.

Below the output of the dig query:

dig ns xxx.

;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER< <- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22036
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 6, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;xxx.				IN	NS

xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS
xxx.			300	IN	NS

See the IANA record after the jump