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01|28|2013 09:31 am EDT

Sedo to broker Internet Real Estate Group’s Chocolate.com Domain & Site

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

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Sedo is brokering Internet Real Estate Group’s Chocolate.com and the web business. The site is a marketplace for fine chocolates that lists 250 vendors and their over 5,000 products.

“The Chocolate.com domain name and address is one of the most sought after plots of virtual real estate on the Internet,” said Andrew Miller, Managing Director of Chocolate.com. “It is the global equivalent of the best address on Madison Avenue, Rodeo Drive, or Champs-Élysées.”

“When a rare, internationally-appealing name like Chocolate.com is put up for sale, it has the power to shift an entire market,” said Kathy Nielsen, Director of Strategic Alliances at Sedo. “With record-breaking domain sales under our belt and a strong network of potential buyers, we’re optimistic that Chocolate.com will be a landmark sale and are excited to help make it happen.”

The name and website has been listed before for $6MM USD and then lowered to $4.95MM USD. Sedo has not published an asking price and the domain has yet to actually be listed in the marketplace.

[via Press Release]

Disclaimer: DNN’s co-founder and managing editor, Frank Michlick, consults SedoMLS through his company DomainCocoon.

01|14|2013 12:12 pm EDT

And here is the court order that stopped the deletion of publication.com

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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In the case of the non-deletion of publication.com last Friday, DNN has now obtained a copy of the court order that prevented the deletion and you can see it here (PDF). Please note that this is the unsigned version of the restraining order as it was currently published by the court, but DNN does have a copy of the signed version as well. The order was enacted by Hon. Stanley R. Chesler, the United States District Judge for New Jersey at 10:30am EST the day of the deletion.

As background information, there are some additional documents showing an email exchange on the evening preceding the scheduled deletion between the registrant of the domain, Blake Ellman and James Hubler, Senior Corporate Counsel at Verisign. In the emails Hubler agrees to stop the deletion of the domain if a court order meeting the following conditions is received before 11am on the day of the deletion:

  1. Because of jurisdiction considerations, a federal court order is required.
  2. The order should direct Verisign as a non-party to the suit to remove the subject domain name from pending delete status.

We were not able to locate any other suit as referred to in the exchange. Since the deletion of the name was stopped, Verisign did accept the order of the District Court.

The complaint also includes some background information that states that the domain in question was deleted due to an “inadvertent mistake of ‘Dotster/domain.com’“. DNN has reached out to the other involved parties for comment.

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01|12|2013 04:56 pm EDT

Publication.com deletion stopped by court order

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Many domain investors were wondering yesterday why Publication.com was renewed during the deletion process. VeriSign (VRSN) apparently received a court order forbidding them to delete the domain.

Here is an official statement from VeriSign that we received a few minutes ago:

The status of publication.com was changed as the result of a court order. Verisign responds to lawful court orders subject to our technical capabilities. When the company is presented with such lawful orders impacting domain names within our registries, we respond within our technical capabilities.

01|11|2013 02:54 pm EDT

Why did publication.com not drop today?

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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The name publication.com was scheduled to be deleted today and had a large number of interest with the various backorder platforms – for example over 170 bidders at Namejet and pre-bids over $3,000. The drop just completed, yet the name was not deleted.

[Update]: The deletion was apparently prevented with a court order against VeriSign (VRSN).

Here is the whois as it was displayed earlier today:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: pendingDelete
Updated Date: 05-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2012

However when we checked the domain name during the early drop, it had been redeemed – something that I didn’t think was possible when a domain is in “pending-delete” status.

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2013

If you check the domain name now, it has been renewed by another five years. Judging from our records, the update happened after 2pm EST, while the drop was running already:

Domain Name: PUBLICATION.COM
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Whois Server: whois.domain.com
Referral URL: http://www.domain.com
Name Server: NS1.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS2.NAC.NET
Name Server: NS6.NAC.NET
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 11-jan-2013
Creation Date: 24-oct-1995
Expiration Date: 23-oct-2018

DNN has reached out to VeriSign for comment.

01|07|2013 09:03 am EDT

Demand Media to buy Name.com

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Demand Media just announced this morning that the are acquiring the retail registrar name.com. name.com was founded by Bill Mushkin in 2003. Demand Media also owns eNom and BulkRegistrar.com and is an active player in the new gTLD space. The acquisition will increase their reach into direct domain sales. name.com has over 1.5 million domain names under management.

Santa Monica, California – January 7, 2013 – Demand Media® (NYSE:  DMD), a leading digital media company, today announced the acquisition of Denver-based Name.com, a domain name registrar known for its strong retail footprint, award-winning customer service and creative spirit.  The acquisition is intended to expand Demand Media’s platform as it prepares for the historic release of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) this year.

Founded in 2003, Name.com customers have registered nearly 1.5 million domains, and use the company’s tools and services to grow their online presence.  As the second largest registrar in the world, Demand Media’s eNom subsidiary has over 13.5 million domain names on its platform registered by over 8,800 resellers and partners.  “Name.com will provide a direct channel for us to reach consumers and small businesses as they develop and manage their online identities,” said Richard Rosenblatt, chairman and CEO, Demand Media. “This becomes even more valuable as over one thousand new domain extensions are expected to become available for registration in the years ahead.”

 

In 2011, ICANN initiated the process for creating new domain extensions as a way to increase domain name choices for memorable or descriptive web addresses (for example, integritymortgagesolutions.com can become integrity.mortgage or integritymortgage.solutions) and help organize websites and information better (for example, gwathmey-siegel.com could end in a domain extension that maps to the nature of the business, such as .law, .architect or .cpa).  Last June, ICANN announced it had received 1,930 applications for new TLDs that were submitted by entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and communities around the world looking to operate a TLD registry of their own choosing.

Demand Media will retain the Denver-based team and the business will report to Taryn Naidu, executive vice president, Registrar Services.  “Our strategy is to provide an end-to-end solution for all things domains — whether you are looking to consume or distribute names and services,” said Naidu.  “Name.com brings innovation, creativity and a deep commitment to their customers – factors which we believe are essential in the environment of new gTLDs.”

[via Press Release]

01|05|2013 04:47 pm EDT

Godaddy Reverses Multiple Groupon Code Redemptions

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

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Lots of buzz surrounded the end of the year Godaddy Groupon code deal.  For $25 the deal would get you $70 in credit on godaddy.  The credit applied to anything they sold, including premium domain listings as some reported.  Some domainers/couponers went all-in buying groupons from the 70 or so cities that had the coupons available.  Godaddy has plugged that leak and reversed all those extra credits. As my grandfather taught me, “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is”.

I have to admit I jumped in to this and bought a few extra. I have thousands of names and using these on renewals was too good of a deal to pass up. I just checked my account after seeing Domain Shane’s post and all charges have been reversed.  As Shane put it “Godaddy Blows It Again“.   Oh well it was a nice idea for someone else to do right next time.  I bet Namecheap.com has some ideas up their sleeves already.

There’s been no news on what happened to the money I spent on those codes. I suspect I’ll see all the extra charges go back on to my credit card.

Anyone who bought extra credits and applied them to big purchases, please let us know what happened to those purchases.