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02|21|2013 08:54 pm EDT

Uniregistry prepares for new gTLDs, sets up new retail registrar: Uniregistrar

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs

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Frank Schilling’s new gTLD play Uniregistry becomes ICANN accredited and launches their retail registrar, Uniregistrar.

Uniregistrar completed their accreditation earlier this month. The name and site clearly identifies it as being associated with Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry that is applying for 54 new gTLDs.

The new site states:

Uniregistrar is a new ICANN accredited registrar designed to let you create domain names in the new top level domain extensions offered by Uniregistry.

Beginning in 2014 anyone will be able to create and manage their domain names using the simple site we plan to create here. The names offered by Uniregistrar will be shorter, clearer, easier to use and manage than the .com .net or .org names you know from the past.

We think you’re going to like the names we have to offer and we look forward to serving you. Check back with us later this year as a new site gets created at this location.

With this move the registry operator and new gTLD applicant is one of the first of the new entries that is making it clear that they will be operating their own retail registrar.

“Vertical Integration” (registries that own/operate registrars) has been a long and ongoing issue at ICANN, but in late 2010 the board decided that registries are indeed allowed to own registrars. One of the other applicants, Demand Media, recently increased the reach of their retail channel recently by buying the retail registrar name.com.

02|18|2013 10:09 pm EDT

RIP Igal Lichtman aka Mrs. Jello

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domainers

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According to Larry Fischer at DirectNavigation.com, a well known domain space veteran has passed away.  Igal Lichtman was a very successful business man and domain name investor.   Many will remember him from forums and from his whois where he left his mark as Mrs. Jello.  He had an inspiring portfolio with many gems such as grass.com, heartattack.com, fireplace.com and more.  He was involved in launching two parking companies (domainspa.com and trafficmedia.com), advertising companies and even a geo site at Jerusalem.com.  He was also a very successful entrepreneur in the software business in the 90s. His work in the software industry can be found at wikipedia.

I’m sure there is much more to Igal on a personal level, but it’s a sobering reminder that one day we all expire.
RIP Igal and may your domains auto-renew forever.

If you’d like to know more about Lichtman, he was covered recently in a DNJournal story.

 

02|14|2013 12:36 pm EDT

Luxemburg based IRIS buys 25 .XXX Domains from ICM Registry for $180,000

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

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ICM Registry, the registry operator for the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) exclusively used for online adult entertainment, announces today that IRIS SARL, based in Luxembourg, has secured an additional 25 Premium Domains in a deal worth $185,000.  This is the second significant order from IRIS who previously acquired $650,000 of premium names back in September 2012.

The new .XXX names include singles.xxx, sexvideos.xxx, adultchat.xxx and many more popular niche sectors of the adult market.

The Chairman of IRIS commented.” We have spent several months analyzing the key adult search terms and with our SEO experts and have chosen a further 25 Premium XXX names that are highly popular adult search terms. In addition, the recent changes by Google have seen a dramatic increase in traffic to our other .XXX sites and this is without doubt, a solid investment in the future”

Steve Winyard, ICM Registry Vice President, added, “IRIS have been diligent in their approach to launching their initial sites and have some leading technology and ideas which will make a huge impact when launched. We are once again delighted with this further investment and will work to support them and introduce them to the very best partners we know, in order to help them achieve their goals.

[via Press Release]

02|13|2013 04:44 pm EDT

Sedo sells Apuestas.com (Bets in Spanish) for 165,000 Euro, $1.57m for the week

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Over the past week, 800 transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling over $1.57m. Over 41% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: apuestas.com (bets in Spanish) at 165,000 EUR, almost 222,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: veterinar.se  (Veterinary in Spanish) at 8,000 EUR (=$10,750 USD)
  • Top “other” TLD: hausverwaltung.net (Property Management in German) at 5,900 EUR ($7,930 USD)

We’ve also received word of the following domains being sold outside of any marketplace:

  • dach.eu (roof in German) 5950 Euro (=$8,000 USD)
  • Massivhaus.eu (Solid Construction in German) 5950 Euro (=$8,000 USD)
  • papier.eu (Paper in German) 5950 Euro (=$8,000 USD)

See all of the reported Sedo sales of the last week after the jump.

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02|07|2013 09:02 pm EDT

Court dismisses IOD’s .WEB lawsuit against ICANN

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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As tweeted by George Kirikos, the court granted ICANN’s motion to dismiss Image Online Design’s (IOD) .WEB lawsuit. ICANN posted the “Order Granting ICANN’s Motion to Dismiss Complaint” (PDF) today on their site.

IOD had applied to operate the .WEB gTLD in 2000, but ICANN did not select the TLD for the phase at the time.

02|06|2013 07:15 pm EDT

WebFest Global 2013 Domain Auction Results

by Adam Strong in Categories: Domain Auction

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We are were blogging the auction live today at Webfest Global 2013 in Santa Monica, CA. Please note that DNN does not guarantee the accuracy of these results.

Out of 61 domains listed in the live auction,22 domains sold for a total of $574,360 USD.

The names not sold in the live auction will be sold in the extended live auction, which is running until Mar 8, 201312:15 pm ET.

Lot #Domain NameReserve RangeStatusPrice
10BeverlyHillsPlasticSurgeons.com$501-$1,000SOLD$1,100
20IceHockey.com$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$25,000
30Wxs.com$2,501 - $5,000SOLD$4,600
40VirusRemoval.com$5,001 - $10,000SOLD$13,000
50Costume.net (Website)$100,001 - $250,000pass
60Bez.com$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$17,650
70Animation.com$250,001 - $500,000pass
80Restaurants.dm$5,001 - $10,000pass
90GunPermits.com$2,501 - $5,000SOLD$5,500
100BulletProofVest.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
110Jf.com$250,001 - $500,000SOLD$250,000
120Uxp.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
130Item.com$250,001 - $500,000pass at $200,000
140Draw.com$100,001 - $250,000pass at $100,000
150KidVault.comNo ReserveSOLD$800
160Bali.com$750,001 - $1MMpass
170Banks.dm$10,001 - $25,000pass
180Dv.co.uk$2,501 - $5,000SOLD$5000
190Free.me$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$19000
200HalloweenCostumes.net (Website)$250,001 - $500,000pass
210Briskets.comNo ReserveSOLD$950
220Toxic.com/net/tv/co$250,001 - $500,000pass
230Thin.com$250,001 - $500,000pass
240How.net$10,001 - $25,000pass
250Zolb.comNo ReserveSOLD$400
260WebsiteBrokers.com$5,001 - $10,000pass
270Xu.com$100,001 - $250,000SOLD$210,000
280FreeWebsites.com$250,001 - $500,000pass
290CustomParts.comNo ReserveSOLD$4,500
300CreditCard.dm$10,001 - $25,000pass
310Wrestlers.com$25,001 - $50,000pass
320Costumes.net (Website)$100,001 - $250,000pass
330Brain.com$250,001 - $500,000scratched
340GolfClothing.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
350Jambalaya.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
360HomemadeMovie.comNo ReserveSOLD$1,000
370Judgment.com$250,001 - $500,000pass
380TattooShop.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
390Insurance.dm$10,001 - $25,000pass
400RedTShirt.comNo ReserveSOLD$300
410HotFly.com$501-$1,000SOLD$700
420FlyAway.com$10,001 - $25,000scratched
430Remote.com$100,001 - $250,000pass
440SpeedPc.comNo ReserveSOLD$400
450Message.com (website)$250,001 - $500,000pass
460Twin.com$25,001 - $50,000pass
470SeedNetworks.comNo ReserveSOLD$320
480TreeHuggers.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
490SpaghettiSauce.com/.net$10,001 - $25,000pass
500WebAdvertising.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
510Uxz.com$2,501 - $5,000SOLD$5,000
520Casino.dm$10,001 - $25,000pass
530Prescriptions.ca$10,001 - $25,000pass
540Beijing.net$25,001 - $50,000pass
550Bows.com$50,001 - $100,000pass
560Coma.com$50,001 - $100,000pass
570Others.com$25,001 - $50,000pass
580Oub.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
590Unp.com$10,001 - $25,000pass
600Hum.com$50,001 - $100,000pass
610Kye.com$5,001 - $10,000SOLD$5,890
620Dominatrix.com (website)$250,001 - $500,000pass
630Successor.com$2,501 - $5,000SOLD$3,250