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12|23|2012 09:52 am EDT

StockPhoto.com sells for $250,000 on Flippa

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Flippa.com sold StockPhoto.com at the asking price of $250,000 earlier today. The name was owned by Black Start, a photographic agency since 1995 based in White Plains, NY. The current site is not included in the sale.

06|05|2012 11:15 am EDT

Filesoup Torrent Site to Shut Down and sell domains

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

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As reported by Torrent Freak, one of the oldest filesharing sites, Filesoup, is shutting down and selling their domain names.

When the site started there was no Pirate Bay, no Torrentz, and isoHunt wasn’t searching .torrent files yet. FileSoup outlived many of the sites that sprung up around the time and developed an active and warm community.

The site was founded in 2003 and had no problems and challenges, keeping  operating for years until a raid was conducted at the homes of two of the founders in the summer of 2009 and they were arrested for questioning. Even though the charges were dropped in 2011, the proceedings effectively killed the activity on the site.

More information regarding the domain sale and the shutting down of the site can be found here.

[via The Next Web/TorrentFreak]

04|13|2012 01:48 pm EDT

A domain with history IRCnet.com sells at Go Daddy for $2,312

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Auction

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After helping to recover IRCnet.net for the community a few years ago (the domain had ended up in a Tucows’ private portfolio after the original registrant let it expire and Tucows was kind enough to help return it to the community for a reasonable charge), I was watching this auction carefully. Had IRCnet.com gone for a lower price I would have been bidding as well in order to keep this name in the community.

Which community? What’s IRCnet are you asking? I’ll give you a quick intro if you’re not familiar with these terms. IRCnet is a huge text based chat network made up of servers all over the world and is the oldest of IRC chat networks. IRC is older than the World Wide Web (created in 1988). For more information – check out the Wikipedia page on IRC, Internet Relay Chat.

As you may notice (as I just did when researching this), ircnet.net itself does not resolve to a website, but www.ircnet.net does – I’ll chat with my friend about that. IRCnet.com has displayed a message that it’s out of service since September 2009. The domain had been registered to a registrant with an Italian mailing address and an email address in Iran for a long time. The original registrant will still be able to renew the domain per Go Daddy’s and ICANN’s renewal terms until the domain name is handed over to the auction winner.

03|30|2012 03:27 pm EDT

Netflix buys DVD.com for an undisclosed sum

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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Judging by the current redirect of DVD.com to a netflix subdomain (resulting in an error page though), Netflix bought DVD.com with the help of Mark Monitor. The domain is registered at Network Solutions with DNStinations information since yesteday, which is used by Mark Moniker as a proxy service. DNW was able to confirm the purchase with the buyer.

[via MultiChannel News]

04|28|2011 08:45 am EDT

Gambling.com Domain sold for $2.5M USD

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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According to a German language press release sent out by Sedo this morning, the company has succesfully brokered the sale of the domain Gambling.com for $2.5 Million USD on behalf of the British Media Corp. The new owner wishes to remain anonymous – no surprise considering the recent actions of the US government against online gambling. The whois seems to still list the old owner at this point.

02|22|2011 10:45 am EDT

Sex.com Domain Sale Entered into Guinness Book of World Records

by Frank Michlick in Categories: News

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The Sale of Sex.com has now been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. The entry is currently listed online only, but will be included in the next print edition. The domain name was sold for $13 million USD by Escom LLC to Clover Holdings Ltd on 17 November 2010. Sedo brokered the sale.

There’s two books on the history of sex.com that now need to be updated:

01|04|2011 02:12 pm EDT

Gambling.com Reserve Price Set to $9 Million USD?

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

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As reported in November, Media Corp is planning to sell their domain Gambling.com with the help of Sedo in order to fund further acquisitions. According to The Times (paid access) it appears that the reserve has now been set at $9 million USD, which is less than half of the original purchase price for the site for $20 million USD in May of 2005, according to the Wall Street Journal on The Australian.

10|21|2010 01:11 am EDT

Zoom.com And Trademark Rights Sold for $344,800 in Equity

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

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According to this press release, modem manufacturer Zoom Telephonics sold the domain name Zoom.com and related trademark assets for the equivalent of $344,800 in Equity to Zoom Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM). The seller received 80,000 shares in the buying company as compensation and is given the right to divest these shares over the course of 15 months after signing.

Zoom Technologies will assume all rights to the zoom.com domain name after a 4 month transition period. During the transition period both companies will share the zoom.com home page, and a single click will transfer someone to the home page of either Zoom Telephonics or Zoom Technologies. The companies have agreed to cooperate in order to affect a smooth transition of email addresses.

[Thank you George]

06|10|2010 05:34 pm EDT

e.co Sells for $81,000

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Domain Sales

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The domain name e.co was sold to a live bidder in New York at the Sedo auction held today. According to Andrew Allemann over at Domain Name Wire, the winning bidder was Domain Invest Lonnie Borck.

03|09|2010 04:18 pm EDT

Retweet.com Sells for $250,000

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

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As reported by Mashable Retweet.com Sold for $250,000 on the Flippa.com market place. After receiving bids by 34 bidders up to $202,000, a new bidder joined the auction and bought the site domain for its listed BIN (buy it now) price of $250,000. The identity of the buyer has yet to be revealed.