Sunday , May 22 2022

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Verisign lowers guidance for domain growth

Company cites waning pandemic surge and general macroeconomic situation for lower-than-expected growth. The domain base keeps growing, but Verisign lowered its estimates for 2022. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has lowered its guidance for domain name growth this year. The company originally expected the base of registered .com and .net domains to …

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Kudos to this UDRP panelist for using common sense

The domain owner didn’t file a formal response, but the panelist used common sense to find in his favor. Thumbs up to this panelist, who definitely deserves some cheesy stock art. This morning I wrote about a panelist who failed to consider reverse domain name hijacking. Now, I’d like to …

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MicroAcquire partners with Escrow.com for safer acquisitions

Buyers and sellers of businesses can use Escrow.com, similar to how domain investors do. Escrow.com will hold business acquisition funds safely for MicroAcquire transactions. Online business marketplace MicroAcquire has partnered with Escrow.com to make acquisitions safer for acquirers. Under the partnership, Escrow.com will handle payments and disbursement for business acquisitions, …

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HDT.com: why no reverse domain name hijacking?

This seems like a Plan B reverse domain name hijacking case. A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panelist has found in favor of the owner of hdt.com in a UDRP, but failed to consider if it was reverse domain name hijacking. It appears to be a classic “Plan B” reverse …

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Sedo end user domain sales led by a .app

A premium travel site, a motorcycle seller, and a Mexican restaurant in Switzerland bought domain names. It was a relatively slow week for domain sales at Sedo, at least when it comes to domains the company was allowed to disclose. The top honors go to a new TLD, Print.app, which …

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Pinch and zoom on Afternic for one last time

Afternic finally rolls out a mobile website. Afternic launched a mobile version of its website in beta today. You’ll need to pinch and zoom one last time to activate it. Believe it or not, this is what you see when you visit Afternic today on a mobile browser: But once …

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When UDRP gets it wrong

This is the type of decision that gives UDRP a bad name.  UDRP works most of the time. A company files a clearcut cybersquatting case and wins the domain, or a company files a bad or marginal case and loses. It’s the handful of bad decisions that cause problems, and …

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Swedish Internet Foundation acquires up to 20% of iQ.global

Group that manages .se invests makes a cybersecurity investment. Swedish Internet Foundation, the group that runs Sweden’s .se top level domain, has invested in domain name company iQ.global. According to a press release on its site, the foundation’s investment is for “up to 20 percent” of the company. Other transaction …

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Column launches after acquiring Column.com from Digimedia

Financial services companies, especially new ones, need to convey trust. One way to show that they’re serious is to own a great domain. Embed, a financial services infrastructure provider, secured Embed.com before coming out of stealth mode. Recurring revenue service Pipe and finance automation platform Ramp secured their exact-match .coms …

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ICANN community weighs in on UDRP status report

Internet Commerce Association among commentors on UDRP Policy Status Report. The Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) is currently conducting a review of all rights protection mechanisms in the gTLD space. The first phase examined the rights protection mechanisms created for new TLDs. Phase two, which focuses exclusively on the UDRP, …

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Meta Platforms drops lawsuit against Namecheap after settlement

Judge formally dismisses lawsuit with prejudice. Meta Platforms’ (NASDAQ: FB) lawsuit against domain name registrar Namecheap was officially dismissed today, following a settlement last month. Meta (Facebook at the time) sued (pdf) Namecheap and its Whois privacy service in March 2020 for alleged cybersquatting and trademark infringement. It complained that Namecheap’s Whois …

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The power of great domains – DNW Podcast #385

Four entrepreneurs stories about acquiring and using great domains. Owning a great domain name can jumpstart a business, giving it instant credibility and name recognition. On today’s show, we’re going to look back at four entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed in the past who bought great domains. You’ll hear one entrepreneur’s story …

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CentralNic reports massive growth in Q1

Online Marketing segment continues to outperform. CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) reported preliminary numbers for Q1 2022 today, and it’s all roses. The company said revenue was about $156 million in Q1, up 85% compared to the first quarter of 2021. 51% of that growth was organic. Adjusted EBITDA of $18 …

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