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Afternic rankles domainers with “pricing discrepancies” comments

GoDaddy’s aftermarket platform Afternic caused concerns for domain sellers today with a discussion about pricing discrepancies. In response to a tweet from competitor Efty about charging more for Afternic listings than for direct sales through landing pages, the company tweeted: Afternic Reseller partners spend significant money and resources to get eyes on premium domains. Pricing […]

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Epik and Rob Monster fined $10,000 in DNProtect settlement

Washington State insurance commissioner went after company for offering insurance product. Domain name registrar Epik shut down its DNProtect service earlier this month, and now we know why. The Washington State insurance commissioner was investigating DNProtect and entered into a consent decree with Epik and its former CEO, Rob Monster, last month. Epik was running […]

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Things people tell John Berryhill, and what he thinks about them

An attorney explains some questionable assertions domain investors make. Last week at the Internet Commerce Association meeting in Las Vegas, attorney John Berryhill discussed some common things he hears domainers say. Here’s what he had to say about these phrases he hears over and over. “I know it doesn’t have a trademark because I looked.” […]

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Squadhelp reduces commission on domains sold at Afternic

Company changes commission structure for semi-exclusive domains. Naming platform Squadhelp is lowering the commission it charges sellers of some domains if the domains sell on Afternic instead of Squadhelp. Squadhelp offers two listing types: Premium and Standard. With Premium listings, Squadhelp undertakes marketing, including featuring the domains to people running naming contests on Squadhelp and […]

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LoLo.gifts owner tries to reverse domain name hijack LoLo.com

WIPO panel denies cybersquatting claim over valuable four letter domain name. Lolo, LLC, a North Carolina company that operates a business at LoLo.gifts, has been found (pdf) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain LoLo.com. The company first attempted to buy the domain from the person who owned it in January […]

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Identity Digital gets patent for multi-TLD domain management system

System makes it easier for registrars to interact with registries that have multiple top level domains. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,570,141 (pdf) to Afilias (now part of Identity Digital) for Coordinating transactions for domain names administered using a domain name portfolio. When companies began launching hundreds of top level […]

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Pocketbook ebook company gets pocketbook.com in settlement

Ebook reader company got what it wanted, but at what cost? Pocketbook International, a maker of ebook readers, has acquired the domain name pocketbook.com through a legal settlement. The company’s quest for the domain name began in 2019 when it filed a UDRP against the domain name, which was owned by SiteTools, Inc. The panel […]

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Track your cannabis: 12 more end user domain sales

A cannabis-tracking firm, a curfew-beating service, and a business that sells communication radios bought domain names. Sedo’s top public sale of the week, ThisAV/com for $99,000, was used as an adult NSFW site and still resolves to that site. It might have been a website purchase rather than a domain. Here’s a list of end […]

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Epik updates: layoffs and technical issues

CEO addresses layoffs and technical issues. I’ve heard more chatter about Epik over the past couple of weeks, and I reached out to Epik CEO Brian Royce for an update. First, I noticed a couple of Epik employees/contractors posting that they’d left the company. Commenting on the layoffs, Royce wrote via email: Epik continues to […]

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CentralNic revenue grew 77% last year

Company reports strong growth thanks to advertising business. Today, domain name and online advertising rollup CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) provided its first estimate of revenue and earnings for last year. The company expects to report gross revenue of $728 million, up 77% from last year. Organic growth was approximately 60% when adjusting for currency fluctuations. Its […]

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