Domain Name Wire

Domain Name Wire

  • Yesterday’s 5 new TLD launches total about 2,500 registrations

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
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    A slow start, but some of these domains have long term potential.

    Five new top level domain names launched yesterday, and they combined for a total registration base of just 2,500 after the end of the “zone day”. This includes sunrise and landrush, plus the initial hours of general availability.

    Donuts’ .healthcare ended the day with about 1,400 registrations (all stats from nTLDstats).

    I’m a bit curious about .healthcare. There’s a growing chorus of concern about the future .health domain and how people will falsely believe that information on it is authoritative. I personally thing this is silly, but if people do give authority to .health, won’t they also give it to .healthcare?

    The other domains yesterday were all from Rightside. Its four military-related domain names struggled out of the gate: Click to continue reading…

  • Amazon.com buys .spot domain name for $2.2 million, .Realty sells for $5.6 million

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Amazon wins another new top level domain, but it was out shadowed by more expensive auctions.

    The latest round of new top level domain name “auctions of last resort” at ICANN took place today.

    Three auctions for the rights to run top level domain names closed for prices ranging from $2.2 million to $5.6 million:

    Amazon.com won .spot for $2,200,000, beating applicants Google and Dotspot, LLC.

    Fegistry won .realty for $5,588,888, beating Donuts. Fegistry is Jay Westerdal’s company. I’m surprised the two companies didn’t settle this privately. Both companies are in Seattle and I saw a photo of Donuts CEO Paul Stahura hanging out at Westerdal’s house this summer. I assume Westerdal was the hold out that didn’t want a private auction since Donuts has participated in many.

    Donuts won .Salon for $5,100,575, beating L’Oreal, DaySmart Software (software for spas and salons) and Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (Australian trade group for aesthetic and beauty industry)

    In last month’s auction, the top sale was .tech for $6,760,000. Amazon bought .buy in that auction for $4,588,888.

  • A million domain names have been suspended, and law enforcement is AWOL

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Domain registrars plead for data as websites go dark thanks to whois verification requirements.

    "We won't provide you with data to show that what you're doing is pointless."

    “We won’t provide you with data to show that what you’re doing is pointless.”

    It has been almost a year since most large domain name registrars have been required to verify certain elements of domain name whois information.

    For now, it’s pretty simple. Your registrar sends an email to the whois contact on your domain and asks you to click a button to verify.

    It’s simple in theory, anyway. The reality is that people aren’t seeing and aren’t getting these verification emails, which are sent for new registrations and when changes are made to whois records. Over one million domain names have been suspended because their owners didn’t verify.

    Suspended domains equal broken websites.

    Domain name registrars have been pleading with ICANN to get law enforcement to say what good this is doing. How is this helping them stop criminals? It it helping them enough to justify taking down over one million domain names? Click to continue reading…

  • Loose Lips Sink Ships: are new military domain names dangerous?

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    In this post, Joseph Peterson questions if new .navy, .army and .airforce domain names could be a security issue for the U.S. military.

    This little article of mine may make me some enemies at Rightside, the registry behind the recently released TLDs .ARMY, .AIRFORCE, and .NAVY. However, I have no ax to grind. Far from being opposed to the new TLD initiative per se, I personally invest in nTLD domains on occasion; and I see strong commercial potential in some of Rightside’s offerings. In this case, I simply want to voice a concern that goes beyond domain industry politics. And it’s just that — a tentative concern rather than a definite conclusion.

    I should explain that my perspective on these 3 military TLDs comes from nearly a decade spent in the U.S. Navy. My military career did not involve me in policy decisions or even IT; so my experience is only indirectly relevant. Yet, for any submarine officer, information assurance was paramount. Classroom notes were shredded into dust. Armed guards ensured we didn’t bring cell phones in or classified papers out. Safes could only be opened in pairs. The military needs its boundaries air tight.

    So what does this have to do with .NAVY, .ARMY, and .AIRFORCE? Well, nobody in the domain industry needs me to explain how much more important the internet is today than it was 20 years ago. Just like everybody else, the U.S. military operates a fleet of its own official websites. Many of them are public, although you’re unlikely to have visited them. Others require login and are meant to be secure. In other words, the military has an online perimeter┬áto patrol. With these 3 new TLDs, that military border will likely be compromised. It is already blurred. Click here to continue reading…

  • Verisign’s new videos: Make your Idea Official [watch]

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
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    Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea.

    Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall for promoting domain name registration.

    In the first video, a guy see’s some other dude moving in on his “idea” at a club: Click here to see the videos