Wednesday , April 21 2021

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Car warranty company upgrades to Olive.com

Company moves from GoGetOlive.com to Olive.com. A company that sells extended service plans for cars has acquired the domain name Olive.com. Olive previously used the domain GoGetOlive.com for its olive brand of car service plans. It now forwards the long domain to olive.com. In a press release, olive CMO Paul …

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How I finally got the domains I won on SnapNames

I jumped through a lot of hoops to get the domains I acquired. Last month I started buying domain names on SnapNames after a long hiatus. I purchased 20 domains over 30 days, taking advantage of SnapNames’ access to expiring Network Solutions and Register.com inventory. I’ve had to jump through …

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Sav joins Afternic Fast Transfer network

Domain registrar known for low prices and domain investor tools adds Afternic Fast Transfer capability. Sav.com has made a name for itself over the past year or two thanks to its low prices and tools for domain investors. Domain investor Anthos Chrysanthou founded the company. The company now has the …

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Threats don’t play well in cybersquatting disputes

These two domain owners tried to play hardball and got nothing. How you approach a potential buyer for your domain impacts what happens in a UDRP hearing. Here are two examples. A World Intellectual Property Organization ordered Magna.co transferred to Magna International Inc., a company that uses Magna.com. Magna is …

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Tackling DNS Abuse – DNW Podcast #334

New group wants to get a handle on DNS abuse such as phishing and malware distribution. My guest this week is Graeme Bunton, Director of the new DNS Abuse Institute. We discuss types of DNS abuse and how the institute plans to help the domain name ecosystem combat abuse. Tip …

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Namecheap reports 36% revenue growth in Q1

Domain registrar and hosting firm reports continued strong growth in the first quarter of 2021. Privately held domain name registrar Namecheap revealed its Q1 results to Domain Name Wire today. The company generated over $62 million in revenue in the first quarter of 2021, up 36% from its results in …

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Squarespace files to go public

Site builder files S-1. Squarespace is a site builder that makes it easy to create and launch websites. One month after raising $300 million from investors, website building software company Squarespace has filed its S-1 with the SEC to allow investors to sell their shares on the market. Here’s a …

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Facebook sues Web.com’s NVSC for cybersquatting

Social media company alleges that Web.com subsidiary owns 74 infringing domain names. Facebook has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against New Ventures Services Corp (NVSC) for alleged cybersquatting of its brands, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. NVSC is a Web.com subsidiary that holds domain names for traffic revenue and resale. It …

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Angel.com domain name sells for $2 million

Sedo broker Dave Evanson brokers megadeal. Sedo domain name broker Dave Evanson announced today that he brokered the sale of Angel.com for $2 million: Just sold Angel .com for $2,000,000.00!! Congrats to buyer and seller!! Look for the domain to be put to use very soon! — dave evanson (@SedoDaveEvanson) …

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Security company Proofpoint files for reverse Whois patent

Proofpoint wants a patent for its domain discovery system. A figure from Proofpoint’s patent application showing reverse Whois data. Cybersecurity company Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT) has filed a patent application (pdf) for a reverse Whois system. Reverse Whois refers to finding all of the domain names associated with a given owner. …

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Sizing the domain name aftermarket

Please provide me with data to estimate the size of the domain name aftermarket. How big is the domain name aftermarket? How much dollar volume of domain names sell on the aftermarket each year? It’s a challenging question to answer, which is why estimates vary widely. It’s hard to come …

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Bloomberg writes about Nick Lim and Epik

Bloomberg publishes a story about Nick Lim, who sold BitMitigate to Epik.  Bloomberg Businessweek cover Bloomberg has published a profile of Nick Lim, who sold his company BitMitigate to Epik in 2019. Lim has since left Epik but remains a shareholder. He now spends his time helping sites favored by …

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End user domain name sales up to €135,000

An NFT analytics platform, a vacation rental home agency, and a laser hair removal business bought domain names. Sedo’s top public sale this past week was Link.co for €135,000. That’s the second-highest .co sale ever report, according to NameBio! The domain hasn’t been put to use yet, but the buyer …

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Verisign gets patent for GDPR-compliant Whois privacy

Patented methods help Thick Whois registries handle privacy law compliance. A figure from Verisign’s patent that describes a way to offer GDPR-complaint Whois privacy in Thick Whois systems. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,979,384 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Systems and methods for preserving …

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Two podcasts to listen to this week

Hear from two people in the domain industry on The Side Hustle Show. Once you’re done listening to this week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast, I recommend downloading two recent The Side Hustle Show episodes. In episode #437, Nick Loper interviews domain investor Mark Levine. Mark discusses his results from last …

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