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04|25|2012 02:35 pm EDT

ICANN Public Comment Period for .com Registry Agreement with Verisign ends Tomorrow

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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The ICANN public comment period for the .com Registry Agreement renewal with VeriSign ends tomorrow on Thursday April 26th at 23:59 UTC.

You can submit comments via to In the second “reply” phase replies to the comments can be submitted limited to those who commented in the first phase – this phase will end on May 17th 2012.

The 14 comments submitted to date can be read on the site here.

The proposed agreement suggests to keep the .COM contract with VeriSign without opening it to competitive bidding, a process that when done with the .NET registry in 2005 resulted in lower .NET registry pricing ($5.89 per Domain Name Year). The proposed extension would allow VeriSign to increase registrations fees by 7% in four of the next six years, potentially bringing up the price from the current $7.85 to $10.29 by 2016.

In case some of you feel strongly about the anti-competitive nature of the .com renewal, you may also want to consider a submission to the US Department of Justice.

[Hat tip to George Kirikos]

04|25|2012 09:40 am EDT

Domain Index Added to Bloomberg and Reuters Websites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Sedo announced today that Bloomberg and Reuters have added IDNX, the industry’s leading domain price index, to the financial markets covered on their respective Web sites.

IDNX provides insight into the current market value of domains, domain industry trends, and the risk-return ratio of domains as a financial asset. Using real estate economic methodology to index more than 200,000 domain transactions since 2006, IDNX exhibits strong correlation with broader economic indicators, substantiating the long-held assumption that domains are as much an economic asset as real estate, stocks or shares.

“It is gratifying to see people realize that domains are a valid investment option,” said Thies Lindenthal, the MIT researcher and economist who created IDNX and serves as Product Manager for Pricing at “Internet entrepreneurs and domain industry professionals have long recognized fluctuations in domain value that parallel the economy as a whole, but unlike most other markets, these changes were not being tracked. IDNX provides the insight needed to make educated investment decisions. I am thrilled that Wall Street is taking the virtual investment space seriously, and that they are looking to the domain market for insight.”

When compared to other financial indicators such as the NASDAQ or the stock price of internet giant Google, IDNX  shows that the trend lines for these indices follow the same path as the trend line for the domain market. Updated monthly, IDNX has shown consecutive growth over the past five months and reached historical highs in March 2012, indicating a full rebound from 2011’s financial crisis, and suggesting that the remainder of this year could see even stronger figures.

 “This is the first index of ‘virtual real estate’ constructed using the same types of econometric techniques that have been pioneered for tracking prices of ‘real real estate’ and that work well in that context. I think this is a great next step into the new frontier!” said Professor David Geltner, Director of Research at MIT’s Center for Real Estate.

IDNX is currently available on Bloomberg and Reuters under IDNX <Index> and .IDNX, respectively. As with all indices featured on their sites, IDNX can only be viewed by those with valid Bloomberg or Reuters accounts. To view and interact with IDNX now, go to


[via Email from Sedo]

Disclaimer: Managing Editor, Frank Michlick, also consults Sedo on their SedoMLS product through his Domain Registrar Consulting business.

04|21|2012 01:30 pm EDT

This Week In Domains (week 17/2012)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Weekly Highlights

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Want to know what happened in the 17th week of 2012 week in the world of domain names? As reported…

Here at DNN

By other domain industry blogs

Press releases and the like

and elsewhere


What do you think were the top stories in the domaining world this week? Let us know in the comments.



04|20|2012 04:55 pm EDT

Sedo Greatdomains, Moniker Auctions started & Auction Submission Deadlines

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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Sedo’s Greatdomains and Moniker have started a their online domain auction yesterday mid-day. While the Sedo Greatdomains auction will run for a week as usual, the Moniker auction, the first auction since the company was purchased by Keydrive, will run for almost a month. And the latest new entrant to the domain auction game, Brannans, will close their second auction for submissions today.

Here’s what you need to know:

For more information regarding current and upcoming industry events, please visit our partner site, the Domain Name Calendar.

See the full list of domains in the Moniker & Sedo Auctions after the jump.

04|20|2012 03:19 pm EDT

Pool Releases Digital Archery Game for new TLD Applicants

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Digital Archery Game at Pool
And while we’re all waiting on ICANN to bring back the TLD Application System (TAS), has released a game to promote their Digital Archery service. The game sets a time 10 seconds from the current  time and wants you to guess the the time is up.

Pool’s Digital Archery service aims for new TLD applicants to hit their predicted time in the next phase after the application phase. The applicants who are closest to their predicted time will be batched int he first batch of applications, if there are over 500 TLD applications – which is likely.

Comparable to their drop catching model, taking a shot with’s Digital Archery Engine is free. The fees are entirely based on the company’s success:

  • Top Batch: $25,000
  • Top 50% of Batches: $10,000
  • Bottom 50% of Batches: NO FEE


04|19|2012 05:20 am EDT

DENIC and Netnod Team Up for Further Name Service Enhancement of .de

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

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The operator for the German .DE ccTLD announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Swedish based Netnod, adding Netnods 35+ worldwide DNS locations to their own network.

“We have chosen Netnod for their outstanding technical expertise and fully trust their competence to meet the high level demands associated with the operation of our supplementary name service for .de, which is by far the biggest ccTLD worldwide. Also, both Netnod and DENIC are not-for-profit, neutral, and independent basic infrastructure-providing organisations and share similar strategic positions and views. Therefore, this partnership ideally matches with DENIC’s commitment to provide services of utmost reliability, on a self-regulatory basis,” said Dr. Jörg Schweiger, Member of the Board and CTO of DENIC.

See the full press release after the jump.


04|18|2012 04:25 pm EDT

EnCirca Provides List of .Travel and .PRO Domains that are Expiring/New or in Auction

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

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A few days ago the registrar EnCirca released new feeds (available via RSS and HTML) on their site that list new, expiring and auctioned domains in the .Travel and .PRO TLDs. According to EnCirca, recently sold for $3,600.00; sold for $2,400.00 and sold for $1,200.00.

[via EnCirca]

04|18|2012 11:54 am EDT

15 Million .DE Domain Names Registered

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

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As per a press release sent out by DENIC, the German .DE registry operator, the 15th million .DE domain was registered today at 12:56pm central European time. The domain was “” (which translates to

See the full press release after the jump.


04|18|2012 10:20 am EDT

IANA contract opened again for re-bid by the US government

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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After the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had canceled the first RFP for a new IANA contractor because they “received no proposals that met the requirements“, the RFP was opened again for bids two days ago. ICANN had submitted a bid, which was not accepted by  NITA. The deadline for bids to the new RFP, which doesn’t seem to deviate from the previous one by much, is May 31st, 2012.

The current contract was to expire on March 31st of this year, but was extended by six months just before ICANN’s 43rd meeting.

As reported by DomainIncite, ICANN is to report on a debriefing as to why their previous bid was not accepted:

Over a month ago, at an ICANN press conference in Costa Rica, CEO Rod Beckstrom said: “We were invited to have a debriefing with [the NTIA] to learn more about this. Following that discussion we will share any information we are allowed to share.”


04|17|2012 09:21 am EDT

ICANN Says new TLD Application System (TAS) Bug is fixed, QA in progress

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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ICANN emailed another announcement regarding the security issue in the TLD Application System (TAS) has been fixed, but the fix is currently undergoing Quality Assurance testing and ICANN is still gathering the information required to contact the applicants and let them know. The application system will not open today; another announcement regarding the opening date can be expected by April 20th, 2012.

See the full announcement below.