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12|19|2012 05:22 pm EDT

VeriSign to increase .NET prices by 10% on July 1st, 2013

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registries

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Verisign - Domain Name Registration, DDoS and DNS ManagementVeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) just announced that intends to increase the .NET domain registration pricing by 10% on July 1st, 2013, bringing the price for registrars from $5.11 per domain name year to $5.62. The announcement about the increase for .NET fees follows the agreement with the Department of Commerce and VeriSign that it would not increase .COM prices unless there are significant cost increases in operating the TLD. The price change was announced via a press release on the company’s website. At least one registrar told DNN they have yet to receive a notification about the increase.

VeriSign also just lost their spot in the NASDAQ-100 index earlier this week.

05|08|2012 04:57 pm EDT

Sedo Sales for the Week up to May 7th, 2012 – 845 domains for over $1.6M USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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This past week, 845 reportable transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace, totaling over $1.6 million.   41% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings.

Highlights of public sales include:

  • Top .com: drill.com at 50,000 USD
  • Top ccTLD: lampa.pl at 12,000 EUR
  • Top “other” TLD: hotspot.net at 9,000 EUR

See all of the sales reported by Sedo after the jump.

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05|01|2012 02:26 am EDT

DNN’s most popular articles in April 2012

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

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12|07|2011 12:22 pm EDT

DOMAINfest Global 2012 to Introduce Fantasy Domaining Contest

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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Over the years Oversee.net’s DOMAINfest in LA has consistently expanded beyond domaining and has become an inclusive event for anyone who relies on domains – domainers, registries, registrars, resellers, hosting company etc. This year I even spotted Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame.

For the 2012 conference the crew behind the event is introducing a new contest – the Fantasy Domaining Contest. The winner will receive a trip to DFG 2012 that includes a travel stipend of $1,000, four nights at the hotel plus free admission to DFG. The winner will also receive a “Fantasy Domaining Champion” trophy on stage at DOMAINfest Global 2012 and all bragging rights that go with it. Second place receives a free DFG 2012 conference ticket and third place receives 50% off a DOMAINfest Global 2012 ticket

The contest roughly resembles Fantasy Football in terms of its format and rules.  Contestants “draft” their initial roster from a master list of 1,000 domains, put some in-play, substitute domains in-play, and trade domains with other contestants.  The contest is fun and provides a way for beginners and experts alike to test their skills and intuition in projecting the PPC revenue of domain names.

Each contestant will draft/select a portfolio of 35 domains from a master list of 1000 owned by Oversee.net. The master list can be downloaded if you prefer to take some time to analyze the domains, or simply use their online search filters to find domains with desired keywords or categories. Choose domains that you think produced the most PPC revenue last year between Dec 1, 2010 and January 16, 2011. Select 25 of your 35 domains to put on your In-Play game roster. This roster’s cumulative 12/1/10 to current-date-last-year PPC revenue determines your overall ranking.

For details and a full explanation of how to play, including Official Contest Rules, and to sign-up, visit http://www.domainfest.com/fantasy. Unfortunately the contest is open only to residents of the United States.

The contest begins began on December 1, 2011 and ends January 16, 2012. The first, second and third place winners will be notified on January 18, 2012. Signing up for the contest is free. Only one entry per person is allowed.

PITCHfest Contest

The third annual PITCHfest Contest which aims to showcase new online business, service and technology ideas to the internet entrepreneurs and domain investors at the conference will take place again in 2012. This year, each finalist will be given no more than 3 minutes on stage in a rapid fire session to present their innovative idea. Presentations will take place during the PITCHfest session on Wednesday, February 1st at 4:00pm.

The winner will be the finalist who received the highest combined score from the following judges:

  • John Morris, Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel organization in the country;
  • Jeff Cohn, entrepreneur/VC involved in SoCal investment opportunities and CEO of two nationally recognized crowd-sourcing location based mapping services;
  • Scott Jarus, Oversee.net Director and Chairman and CEO, Ironclad Performance Wear
  • Ben Kuo, founder of SOCALTECH LLC, and the publisher of socalTECH.com, has been active in supporting Southern California’s high tech industry.

Again, the audience will have an opportunity to vote and select their favorite product/service using a real-time text message voting system. It’s always fun to see whether the audience selects the same winner as the judges. The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2012. For more information, http://www.domainfest.com/DOMAINfestGlobal2012/pitchfest

08|17|2011 04:08 am EDT

CEO Rod Beckstrom to Leave ICANN in 2012

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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As first announced by ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom himself via twitter and then confirmed by a press release by ICANN (PDF), Beckstrom will step down at the end of his 3 year contract at the end June 2012.

In the note on Twitter, Beckstrom wrote:

I have decided to wrap up my service at ICANN July 2012. Press release soon

Apparently emphasizing that it was his decision to leave and even the press release makes a significant effort to show Beckstrom’s achievements for items that were completed during his term.. He will leave ICANN after the first application window for new gTLDs, but before the first new gTLDs become operational.

Kieren McCarthy has a different perspective on the departure with some inside knowledge, as he used to work for the not-for-profit: ICANN fires its CEO

See the full text of the press release after the jump.

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08|11|2011 09:59 am EDT

DOMAINfest Global 2012 Dates Announced by DomainSponsor

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Events

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DomainSponsor, the domain name monetization unit of Oversee.net and organizer of the DOMAINfest series of conferences, has announced it will return to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica for their annual DOMAINfest Global event from January 31 to February 2, 2012.

As in past years, the entire Fairmont Miramar Hotel has been reserved exclusively for DOMAINfest Global in order to provide attendees with an intimate, distraction-free environment that maximizes networking opportunities.

Highlights from the February 2011 conference included a standing-room-only keynote address from legendary Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons, plus an entertaining fireside chat with Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. More than 700 domain name investors, online marketing professionals, and service providers from 30 countries attended the conference. A party at they event also made it into the main stream media through a mysterious illness that about 1/4 of the attendees.

Registration for the event will opens September 1st with an early bird registration fee of $995, which includes all sessions, meals and official evening parties, will apply from September 1 through September 30.  From October 1 through December 31 the standard discounted rate will be $1,195 per attendee.  Beginning on January 1, the regular pre-conference rate of $1,295 will apply. Discounted hotel room rates at the Fairmont Miramar hotel are available.

The company is also holding a New York Meet-Up event on August 23 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  at the Mad46 Rooftop Lounge, on the 19th floor of the Roosevelt Hotel at Madison Avenue and 46th Street. Attendees will enjoy speed networking, dinner and cocktails. Registration is $150 and is available online. Last year the NYC meeting was a “power networking day”, but for this year it has been transformed into an evening meeting, the price was lowered by $25.