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  • Roundup: this week in the Domain Name Business

    1. BY - Jul 26, 2014
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    It was another exciting week in the domain name industry. Here’s a look back.

    Domain Registry of America may finally get cut off from ICANN. The notorious company that sends misleading domain renewal notices to domain owners has been suspended by ICANN and a full termination may be coming.

    Sedo is planning a big new TLD booth at September’s DMEXCO conference in Germany. Interested new TLD companies are invited to reach out to the company about participating.

    Amazon and Google settled some new TLD contention sets this week. The two companies settled their differences over .talk, .you, .play, .dev and .drive. Amazon.com let .group go to Donuts in a 5-way race.

    .Tokyo launched on Tuesday and got almost 10,000 domain name registrations. There were some other strong starts this week, and some slow out of the gate.

    Dealhunter A/S of Denmark has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over DealHunter.com. Other RDNH’s this week include SinVodka.com and CityBank.com.

    Both Neustar and Verisign reported earnings this week. This was the first quarter in which Neustar’s numbers included .Co. Verisign had a slow quarter, stock investors like its forecast.

    Heritage Auctions held a successful domain name auction on Thursday, grossing $774k. Top sales include Digital.com at $373,500 and Cute.com at $230,000. The downside was that the highly anticipated auction for Bitcoins.com was removed for legal reasons.

    Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow, was held on Thursday. It was frustrating to attend, but apparently if you got past the initial frustration it was worth the time.

    Google is registering “Music Key domain names. Is this the name of its new YouTube music service?

    There were four public six figure domain name sales this week, DNJournal reports.

    Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen was among the end users that bought domain names last week at Sedo.

  • Google registering “MusicKey” domain names for music subscription business?

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
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    Google registering MusicKey ccTLDs. Is this the name of its new music service?

    Usually, when I see a company registering a bunch of similar domain names, I can track it down to a new product announcement.

    I’m a bit unclear about recent Google domain name registrations for “MusicKey” domain names, but I suspect it might be for YouTube’s new subscription music service.

    On Monday, the company registered MusicKey.co. It has registered MusicKey in many other ccTLDs including .co.uk, .de, .fr, .at and .jp.

    Yet the company hasn’t apparently made a play at MusicKey in many gTLDs. .Com, .net and .org are all registered by other parties. .Biz and .info aren’t registered.

    I’ve googled around to find out what MusicKey might represent to Google. A big key is that the company also registered YouTubeMusicKey.com, which makes me think it is for the company’s new subscription music service.

    Any other guesses?

  • Google and Vint Cerf explain the NTIA transition (video)

    1. BY - Jul 24, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Simple video explains what’s going on with the U.S. government’s role in the internet.

    Vint Cerf, the “father of internet” and former Chairman of ICANN, now works for Google. Cerf has narrated a new Google video about the history of internet governance, ICANN and the role of the U.S. government. (See video embedded below.)

    It’s a pretty clever way to sum up the proposed change in role of the U.S. government in a simple, sub-three-minute video.

    In other words, more people are likely to watch this than are to read Larry Strickling’s detailed speech to the American Enterprise Institute this week. The video was published yesterday and already has 35,000 views.

    One interesting thing about the video is that it states that the government plans to “end its contractual oversight and hand that responsibility over to ICANN.” Although that is certainly where this is headed, many groups (OK, governments) would like another group to maintain this oversight.

    The video is part of Google’s “Take Action” site, which asks citizens to take action on a number of internet access and governmental issues.

  • Web.com and Endurance shares pummeled in wake of Google’s registrar play

    1. BY - Jun 24, 2014
    2. Domain Registrars
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    Web.com and Endurance get hit in wake of Google registrar announcement.

    Some publicly traded domain name registrars have seen their stock prices hammered this morning after Google announced its entry into the retail registrar market yesterday.

    Shares of Web.com (WWWW) are down about 18% with at least one analyst lowering its outlook for the stock due to Google’s move. Endurance International (EIGI), which is generally considered the second largest domain name registrar when you add up its many brands, is down about 10%.

    Shares of Demand Media (DMD), which owns eNom (#2 or #3 in registrations depending on how you slice it) is trading flat. Tucows (TCX), which is slotted right below eNom, is down 2%.

    GoDaddy isn’t yet public, but I suspect its stock would be trading down in wake of the news.

    The impact on shares of Web.com and Endurance might be an overreaction. Google’s dominance in retail domain registrations is by no means guaranteed.

  • Google appears to have sold Hello.com domain name

    1. BY - Apr 07, 2014
    2. Domain Sales
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    Hello.com domain name transferred.

    Hello.comIt appears Google has sold the domain name Hello.com.

    The company used the domain name for a photo sharing service called “Hello” last decade. It later shut down the standalone service and eventually stopped using the domain name.

    Last Friday it looks like Google transferred the domain name. The Hello.com domain name whois record showed a change of registrant from Google to “John Murphy” on April 4. The contact email address changed from Google to jmurphy@hello.com as well.

    Over the weekend the domain name was transferred from brand protection company Mark Monitor to GoDaddy and the domain is now using whois privacy to hide the owner’s identity.

    This is definitely one to watch.

    (Photo from Screenshots.com.)