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Displaying archives for the month of "October 2014"

  • Domain Holdings sold nearly $10 million in domain names last quarter

    1. BY - Oct 29, 2014
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    …and 98% of sales were .com.

    Domain Holdings average salesDomain Holdings’ outbound domain name sales machine continued to churn last quarter, with the company selling $9.55 million worth of domains in Q3.

    That’s down slightly from the $9.9 million it sold in Q2, but that quarter included a $5.0 million sale. The biggest transaction in Q3 was $2.7 million.

    And compared to Q1…it’s up nearly 3x.

    Here’s some other interesting data from Domain Holdings’ quarterly sales report: Click to continue reading…

  • 21 end user domain name sales at Sedo

    1. BY - Oct 29, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    A sex toy company, pet food seller and Big Blue bought domain names last week.

    Sedo sold $1 million worth of domain names last week, including some to big name buyers. It looks like IBM even got into the mix.

    Here’s a list of 21 end user sales at the marketplace last week: Click here to view the end user sales list

  • Critics say Google is “Hispandering” with new .Soy domain name

    1. BY - Oct 29, 2014
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    If the company is Hispandering, it’s also mompandering and corporationpandering.

    New top level domain name registries offering regional, niche, or cultural domains, take note: the people you’re targeting might take it the wrong way.

    That’s apparently the case with .soy. Google’s new domain name isn’t targeted to yuppies who don’t like cow’s milk. It’s targeted to the Hispanic community. “Soy” is Spanish for “I am”.

    But some people in the community think the effort is misguided. That, or they needed something to write about this past week when .soy came across their desk.

    A Fox News Latino article aks “Google’s new .SOY domain: Code for segregation or source of Latino pride?”. It says Google should just hire more Hispanics rather than offering them a new top level domain name on the web. Click here to continue reading…

  • TLD Registry opens Chinese headquarters and names GM

    1. BY - Oct 28, 2014
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    Chinese IDN registry opens office in “China’s Silicon Valley”.

    TLD Registry, the company behind the Chinese IDNs Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网), has opened a Chinese headquarters and named a new General Manager for China.

    The company’s China headquarters is in Beijing’s Zhongguancun, commonly known as “China’s Silicon Valley”. Last Friday’s opening party was attended by Embassy of Finland‘s Minister Commercial, the Service Delivery Center of the State Council Office for Public Sector Reform‘s Counsellor Mr Yu Yang, and the China Network Information Center‘s Deputy Director for Registrar Administration and International Business. Click here to continue reading…

  • trademark might tip off plans for new top level domain names

    1. BY - Oct 28, 2014
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    Trademark application covers registry services related to selling domain names to the public.

    Amazon.comWhat does plan to do with top level domain names it is the registry for? Does it still plan to earmark them for just’s use? Is it just for defensive purposes? Or will it promote them to consumers?

    We don’t know much, but a recent trademark application provides some possible hints.

    Earlier this month, Amazon filed an intent-to-use trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “Amazon Registry Services”.

    The goods and services description contains a laundry list of offerings, including some that wouldn’t apply to a registry that doesn’t plan to promote its domain names to consumers: Click to read more…