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Domain Name Wire

  • Frank Schilling changes strategy for .Click launch

    1. BY - Nov 20, 2014
    2. Domain Services
    3. 12 Comments

    NothingHeldBack.click.

    Dot Click5 more Uniregistry domain names go into general availability next week. And for one of them, .click, Frank Schilling is taking a different strategy when it comes to holding back domain names.

    In previous launches, Schilling’s companies have registered thousands — even tens out thousands — of names ahead of general availability launch. That left frustrated domainers searching through the scraps. This was especially notable because Shilling said last January they they wouldn’t hold many domains back.

    With .click, the registry is only holding back single character domains. Also, because .Click has already passed the “controlled interruption” period for name collisions, there won’t be a block list there.

    In other words, a free-for-all. No premium pricing, no names held back.

    Retail prices will also be $6.88 or less, Schilling says.

    It will be interesting to see how this affects early registration numbers.

  • Rightside shares hit new low

    1. BY - Nov 20, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
    3. 2 Comments

    Domain name company isn’t getting much love from Wall Street.

    RightsideShares of domain name company Rightside have dropped 15% this week, and hit an all time low of $8.33 in trading yesterday.

    Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) is trading for $8.55 per share this afternoon.

    It’s unclear what caused the sharp drop this week. Rightside reported earnings after the bell on November 6, and shares climbed the next day. The company filed its 10-Q with the SEC last Friday. I could not find anything in the SEC filing that seemed like new news.

    NAME shares started trading on the NASDAQ on August 4 after the company was spun off from Demand Media. Shares started trading at $15.82 that day, so they’re down about 45%. Rightside’s market cap is now $158 million.

    B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha has a $15 price target on the company’s shares.

  • HuaGao.com at $20k and other expired domain name sales

    1. BY - Nov 20, 2014
    2. Expired Domains
    3. 3 Comments

    Once again, China tops our list of last week’s expired domain auctions. This time it’s GoDaddy with HuaGao.com ($20.3k), meaning … you tell me! Various working professionals share that name. (There’s a certified public accountant using HuaGaoCPA.com, for instance.) Yet I suspect that coupling “Hua” (transform or blossom) + “Gao” (tall or above average) conveys some other meaning in Chinese. After seeing that “xuě huā gāo” means “cold cream”, I’d guess something along the lines of “enhance” or “improve”. But I’m stabbing in the dark here, really. In combination these single-character Chinese ideograms disclose a weird synergy. Click here to continue reading…

  • Nirvana gets domain names from Australian man who demanded $1.5 million

    1. BY - Nov 20, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 4 Comments

    Panels say it Smells Like B.S.

    NirvanaNirvana LLC — the company that owns the intellectual property from the late grunge band Nirvana — has won control of five domain names registered by an Australian man.

    The company filed UDRP and aUDRP disputes against Darren Wilcox (Willcox) for the domain names nirvanadrums.com.au,
    nirvanadrums.net.au, nirvanadrums.com, nirvanadrumsfilm.com and nirvanadrums.net.

    Wilcox argued that he registered the domain names because of the concept of nirvana. However, his actions in negotiating a settlement with Nirvana certainly made it look like bad faith.

    After saying he had out-of-pocket costs of about $2,500, Wilcox requested $1.5 million to transfer the domain names.

    He later tried to justify the $1.5 million price tag (and threat of using the domains if no settlement was reached) by explaining that the $2,500 did not include “man hours, concept consolidation, trademark applications, future projects, and the amount of knowledge that the Respondent has about drums.”

    That’s an awful lot of knowledge.

    Wilcox also noted that Nirvana “is a considerable financial juggernaut”, a statement that will always look bad to UDRP panels.

  • Dish DBS beats Google in .Dot auction, pays $700,000 for domain

    1. BY - Nov 19, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
    3. 0 Comments

    Dish won a two way race to operate the top level domain name .dot.

    Dish DBS, the satellite TV company and owner of Blockbuster, has beaten Google in a public auction for the top level domain .Dot. It paid $700,000 for the rights to the domain name.

    You’re not misreading this – the domain name is .dot.

    So soon, you might be able to visit Blockbuster at Blockbuster-dot-dot.

    In its application for the domain name, Dish said it plans to use the domain name for its own businesses.

    Google considered the domain name a “pun”, according to its application:

    The purpose of the proposed gTLD, .dot, is to provide the marketplace with a creative alternative gTLD to .com. [Google] believes in the commercial viability of the proposed gTLD, .dot, given the pun of the phrase ʺsecond-level domain name dot dot.”

    It’s not a very good pun, if you ask me. It’s apparently dot worth even a million bucks.