Saturday , January 23 2021

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Breaking: Ethos Capital acquires Donuts

Former ICANN CEO’s private equity firm buys out Abry Partners’ stake in Donuts, giving it a controlling interest. Top level domain company Donuts announced today that Ethos Capital has acquired Abry Partners’ stake in the company, giving Ethos a controlling interest in the firm. I reported on this potential tie-up …

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End user domain name sales up to $60k

A QR code company, an event producer, and a virtual reality company recently bought domain names at Sedo. Sedo had some nice end user sales this past week, including HolyGround.com for $60,000 and Flow.me for €48,000. Another interesting sale is EditPad.org for €30,000. There is an online plain text editor …

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Direct visits drive demand for domains in China

Data from Baidu shows how people in China visit websites. Is domain important when Chinese consumers visit a website? What are the implications in terms of demand for domains and types of domains that can sell to people and companies in China? As a domain investor, these are the questions …

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Namecheap tops $200 million revenue in 2020

Company hits big revenue milestone during its 20th year in business. Privately held domain name registrar and hosting company Namecheap has revealed to Domain Name Wire that it topped $200 million in revenue last year. The milestone comes during the company’s 20th year in business. Revenue was up 35%, or …

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GoDaddy explains AR15 .com boot

Company says it asked the site to remove content that incited violence before telling it to find another domain name registrar. AR15 .com says it was kicked off GoDaddy without warning. GoDaddy disputes this. Last week, gun site and forum AR15 .com said it was “de-platformed” by GoDaddy. It claimed …

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GoDaddy to change closeout auction pricing

Dutch auction will start at higher prices to deter closeout sniping. GoDaddy is changing its closeout auction pricing structure in a move that will upset some domain investors and make others happy. When a domain name on GoDaddy’s expired auction platform doesn’t sell by the end date, it moves to …

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Last month’s top domain name stories

What happened in the domain industry last month. I’m a bit tardy posting the top stories from December. Let’s just say that it’s been an eventful start to the year and I’ve gotten a bit behind. Here are the top stories on Domain Name Wire from last month, as well …

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Facebook wins GameRoom.com dispute

Company that used the domain MyGameroom.com tried to get Gameroom.com through a cybersquatting dispute. A company went after Facebook’s Gameroom.com domain name, which it forwards to a page for Facebook Gameroom. Facebook has successfully defended a cybersquatting dispute against its domain name Gameroom.com. The social media company acquired the domain …

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Web.com has strong month for aftermarket domain sales

The company’s auction services had a great end to the year. Here’s what sold. Web.com’s aftermarket platforms NameJet and SnapNames combined to deliver 128 sales of $2,000 or more last month. That totaled over $700,000, making it a strong month for higher-dollar sales on the platforms. The platforms sold 33% …

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14 end user domain sales up to £55,000

A musical instrument seller, a ladder manufacturer, and an organic garden supplies retailer bought domain names. I admit that I had to look it up. But face yoga is an actual thing. Face yoga consists of exercises designed to make your facial skin look younger. A business launching an app …

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