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11|28|2011 12:06 pm EDT

Merck Sues Facebook Over Username

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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Do Facebook and Twitter need a UDRP?

As reported by Tech:Blorge today, German pharmaceutical giant Merck is suing Facebook in a New York Court (reported by WSJ) to demand details as to why Facebook will not allow them to use the “” username for their Facebook page.

According to Tech:Blorge, “The German firm came first, while the US firm was created using American assets surrendered by the German firm during the first world war. To minimize confusion and to avoid trademark disputes, the German firm is known as EMD Chemicals in North America, while the US firm is known as Merck Sharp & Dohme outside of North America.”

The German company says it cut a deal with Facebook last year allowing them exclusive rights to the address but has failed to follow through (BBC).

What do you think, do we need UDRP-like rules for social media URLs?

[via Tech:Blorge]

11|18|2011 09:00 am EDT

The Week In Domains

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

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And here’s the week in Domains – here at DNN and elsewhere. I’m hoping to bring this back as a weekly post, wish me luck ;-)

Here at DNN:

Elsewhere in the Domain Industry:

Outside the Domain Industry:

What do you think were the biggest news for the domain industry this week? Let us know in the comments.

11|17|2011 04:40 am EDT

SnapNames Year End Auction Ends Today

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Auction, Up to the Minute

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SnapNames/Moniker’s year end auction ends today. At the time of this post (about 10 hours before the end of the auction), 15 domains of the 53 domains in the auction have currently received bids and apparently “” (which was listed for $150,000) has been removed from the auction.

DomainMinimum BidBidders$22,000.006$400.003$376.003$13,499.002$7,001.002$400.002$1,050,000.001$82,500.001$10,501.001$10,500.001$5,250.001$2,600.001$1,050.001$325.001$325.001$325.001$1,000,000.000$1,000,000.000$1,000,000.000$250,000.000$250,000.000$100,000.000$100,000.000$100,000.000$50,000.000$50,000.000$50,000.000$50,000.000$25,000.000$10,000.000$10,000.000$10,000.000$10,000.000$10,000.000$5,000.000$2,500.000$2,500.000$2,500.000$2,500.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$1,000.000$500.000$300.000$300.000$300.000$300.000

11|16|2011 08:52 pm EDT

Left Of the Dot Launches Marketing Name Campaign

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Development

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Screenshot of Left of the Dot's latest Marketing Site

Maple Ridge (near Vancouver, BC, Canada) based Left of the Dot Media has just launched a new marketing site entitled “All I Can Afford is this Shitty Domain” in order to raise awareness for their new product, which the company calls “marketing names”, basically subdomains based on premium domains. The company was launched with excellent feedback at Targeted T.R.A.F.F.I.C. in Vancouver mid-last year.

After their recent announcement that Xavier Buck and Slavik Viner were appointed to the company’s Board of Directors, the company had published a video (embedded below) explaining the concept of marketing names for small business owners. The new site now features a second video meant to entertain and get people interested in the concept.

Marketing Names – by Left Of The Dot from leftofthedot on Vimeo.

Names currently managed by the company include:

Two new sites are slated for launch in December of this year:

Co-founder John Lyotier told DNN about the new campaign: “With everyone all concerned about the new TLD process and the opposition to ICANN’s plan for new domains centered around .Generic or .Brand, especially from CRIDO (Coalition for Responsible Intenet Domain Oversight), we thought this would be a fun way to show small businesses that a new alternative is already here.”

Due to my involvement in the company I may be a little biased when it comes to expectations regarding success. What do you think of the concept? Let us know in the comments?

Disclaimer: The author, Frank Michlick, is adviser to Left of the Dot Media, holds options in the company and has helped built their team and technical platform.

11|16|2011 11:23 am EDT

Domain Sales Report for Week 45, 2011

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This weeks Domain Sales report includes data provided by Sedo for week 45 of 2011.

This past week there were a total of 979 sales through Sedo, totaling $1.97 million34% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: at 20,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: at 40,000 USD
  • Top “other” TLD: at 4,750 USD

See the full sales report after the jump.


11|09|2011 11:10 am EDT

Internet REIT Selects Afternic as Exclusive Broker for Premium Domains

by NewsDesk Editor in Categories: Domain Sales, Up to the Minute

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WALTHAM, Mass.– (November 9, 2011) –Afternic, announced today that it has been selected as the exclusive broker for over 1,000 premium names owned by Internet REIT, Inc., a media company that owns and manages high-quality domain names.  Domains listed for sale by iREIT include many high-value names such as,,, and

“Afternic’s Domain Listing Service was the clear choice for us when it came to looking for the best platform to list our domain names,” said Bob Hurtte, CEO of iREIT. “We wanted the domains to have the broadest exposure to the largest number of potential buyers, and there is no question that Afternic is leading the market in placing the inventory of aftermarket domain names in front of potential buyers all over the world.”

“With the quality of the iREIT names and the breadth of our distribution network, we are confident that Afternic’s platform can deliver outstanding results for iREIT,” said Jason Miner, Senior Vice President of NameMedia and General Manager of Afternic. “More and more domain sellers are recognizing that our partner network aggregates potential buyer demand better than any other platform.”

For inquiries on individual domains from the iREIT portfolio, or to see the full list, please contact Patrick Calvoni at 781-839-2856 or

[via Press Release]