Donuts to begin releasing collision and 2 character domains next month

Names will be released in batches over two months.

DonutsTop level domain name company Donuts will begin making domain names from collision lists, along with certain two character domain names, available next month.

The domain names will be released in batches related to categories of domains, such as photography domains and financial domains. This industry-batching should allow the company to market the availability to their target audiences.

Most of the names that will be released are on the name collision lists. These lists include a number of random domain names, but also some good ones. Click to continue reading…

Kellie Peterson joins Neustar

Domain name industry veteran moves to Neustar, where she’ll develop channel partnerships for domains sch as .co and .nyc.

Kellie PetersonKellie Peterson has left the President’s post at DNC Holdings (DirectNic) to join Neustar’s registry services team.

At Neustar, Peterson will be responsible for growing the North American and Australian registry services markets. She will focus on growing Neustar’s managed domain name extensions (.Co, .nyc, .biz and .US).

Kellie Peterson will team up with another Peterson — Crystal Peterson — who is Director of Registry Services at Neustar. Crystal Peterson joined Neustar a year ago as part of the .Co acquisition.

Kellie Peterson held the roles of Chief Strategy Officer and then President at DNC Holdings. Before that, she ran the Domain Business Unit at Endurance International. Prior to Endurance, Peterson was Executive Vice President at Name.com.

In addition to knowing the ins and outs of the domain name business, I’m also told she also knows a thing or two about wine.

Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barrie – DNW Podcast #33

Freelancer.com just bought Escrow.com. Here’s what it plans to do with it.

Domain Name Wire podcastMatt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com, explains why his company paid $7.5 million for Escrow.com and what’s in store for the company. Matt also says buying the Freelancer.com domain name (a transaction handled by Escrow.com) was a huge inflection point for his company and has paid huge dividends, which he explains on the show. Freelancer.com is a big marketplace for work, such as logo design, copywriting, and even manufacturing.

Also: BTC.com launched, GoDaddy’s first earnings as a public company, Same.com sells for $233k, and a domain name auction in China.

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World Hosting Days conference coming to USA next week

Popular international hosting conference makes its U.S. debut next week.

World Hosting DaysWorld Hosting Days, a popular international conference for the cloud and hosting industry, is holding its first North American conference next week.

The conference will take place at the 7Springs Ski & Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania May 19-20. Speakers include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Holding a conference at a resort a bit outside a major city is an interesting approach. On the one hand, it’s more difficult to travel to. On the other hand, once there, attendees won’t be distracted by lots of big city events that pull people away from the conference.

Although not a household name in the United States, World Hosting Days holds a conference in Germany that attracts thousands annually. It also hosts conferences throughout Europe, Asia, Australia…almost everywhere except the U.S., until now.

Domain name related sponsors of this month’s event include InternetX, Ascio, .Club, eNom, Key-Systems, LogicBoxes, OpenSRS (Tucows), Radix, Sedo and Uniregistry.

I’m sure the .Global registry is also pleased that the conference uses the domain name WHD.global.

I’ve been to other hosting related events, but this will be my first World Hosting Days. Drop me a line if you’d like to meet up during the conference.

One household cashes in twice in Verisign Contest

Twice the cash for Florida household.

Verisign Internet Official contestVerisign recently released the second batch of winners in its Internet Official contest. Here are the five that each took home $5,000:

KidsCookDinner.com – Kate K, New York NYC
SkinnyLA.com – Sarah G Los Angeles, CA
SoldiersOnly.com – Alfred M, Jacksonville FL
LastSecondFlights.com – Michael S – Wilton CT
SeniorBride.com – Terry S., Port Charlotte, FL

I couldn’t help but notice that there are now two winners from Port Charlotte, Florida. Last month Nancy Kevorkian, also of Port Charlotte, won with SecretSnitch.com. I figured perhaps the people knew each other through some connection and Nancy told Terry about the contest.

Knew each other might be an understatement — both have the same exact address! I’m not sure how they’re related, and neither returned my phone calls from earlier this week. (Perhaps they’re out at a nice dinner courtesy of Verisign.)

Let’s take a look at this month’s winning domain names and their history: Click here to continue reading…