Monday , June 27 2022

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Princeton researchers apologize for privacy law scare

Researchers sent requests under privacy laws to website owners. It is canceling the study after complaints. Researchers at Princeton University and Radboud University have apologized for a research study gone awry. The researchers wanted to determine how companies responded to requests about the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) …

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Non-.com sales – 2021 top stories

Domains ending in something other than .com sold briskly in 2021. .Com is king. It’s a fair statement. .Com is the largest namespace with nearly 160 million registrations. .Com dominates the domain aftermarket, too. But for domain investors who dis non-.com domains as an investment, 2021 seemed like a wake-up …

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An Epik hack – 2021 top stories

Hackers stole data from Epik this year, connecting the dots between extremist websites and their owners. This year, the domain name industry received unwelcome attention when hackers stole data from Epik. Epik is a domain name registrar known for catering to extremist websites and those that are “deplatformed” by other …

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The Metaverse – 2021 top stories

A surge in demand for domains with meta in them. “All the good domains are taken.” It’s a common thing you hear about domain names. I’ve long argued it isn’t true. Many terms were invented or popularized after the best .com domains were registered in the 1990s. Take blog, for …

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Dates don’t add up in RegalGames.com UDRP

The Complainant appears to have provided the wrong acquisition date, but the Respondent’s dates don’t add up, either. Regal Games, LLC was found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking in a recent cybersquatting decision at National Arbitration Forum. Two things make this case interesting beyond the reverse domain name …

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NFT mania – 2021 top stories

Many domain investors acquired NFTs this year, which likely impacted the domain aftermarket. 2021 was the year of the non-fungible token (NFT). NFTs have been around for a while but became insanely popular (and sometimes valuable) this year. The biggest NFT story this year was Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), …

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Soaring domain values – 2021 top stories

Like many assets, domain values rocketed in 2021. This is the first in a series covering the top stories and themes in the domain name industry this year. Houses. Equities. Digital artwork. The value of all types of assets soared in 2021, and top-tier domain names were no exception. To …

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Starboard takes big stake in GoDaddy

Activist investor takes 6.5% stake in GoDaddy. Investment company Starboard has made a significant investment in shares of GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY). Today, the group filed a 13D with the SEC, disclosing its ownership stake. Shares of GoDaddy are up about 8% today on the news. In a story today, The …

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Hire a domain attorney, exhibit #3205

A properly-argued UDRP would have likely negated reverse domain name hijacking and possibly ended in a transfer. My brother is a corporate attorney. When I ask him a legal question outside of his specialty, he tells me I might as well ask someone on the street. Law is a specialized …

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.Budapest top level domain to be deleted

MMX never launched the geo domain. MMX is asking ICANN to terminate .budapest. MMX (Minds + Machines) (AIM: MMX) has filed a notice with ICANN to terminate its contract for running the .budapest top level domain name. The company applied for the domain with the support of the Budapest city …

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Payment Rails rebrands to Trolley with Trolley.com

Company chooses a more generic name and gets the matching .com. Crunchbase’s Joanna Glasner called 2020 “the year of the noun,” after proclaiming that startup names were becoming “less silly.” Glasner reviewed data that suggests that newly formed startups are beginning to choose basic dictionary words. It’s not only newly …

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