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March’s top stories: DNAcademy, Bored Ape Yacht Club & more

These were the top stories on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by page views. 1. GoDaddy acquires DNAcademy – The registrar will use the platform to educate more people about domain name investing. Founder Michael Cyger has joined the company as its first Director of Education. 2. Bored Ape Yacht Club goes ape for […]

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A Handshake domain apparently just sold for $750k

Domain auction concludes with bid valued at $750,000. This afternoon, I’ve received a couple of emails from people attending the Handycon 2022 live domain auction. A bidder named “whale” just won an auction for the .s Handshake domain for 4.7 million HNS tokens. At the current price of just under $.16, that’s about $750,000. It’s […]

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Alt-root blockchain domains discussed at recent ICANN meeting

Why are they gaining steam and what does it mean for “real” top level domains? There was a bit of discussion about blockchain-based domains at ICANN 73 this month. The concept of an alt root is as old as ICANN, and previous iterations of these have failed to obtain the popularity necessary to compete with […]

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Blockchain domains and the big challenges they face

It will take a lot to overcome the challenges of previous alt-root naming attempts. Right now, there’s a lot of talk about blockchain-based, decentralized naming systems. The pitch for blockchain-based domains usually covers two things. First, these domains can be used as easy-to-remember wallet addresses. Much like how domain names are easier to remember than […]

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Namecheap begins selling blockchain-based domain names

Namecheap is now offering 11 alt-root domains based on blockchain technology. Namecheap has become the largest domain name registrar to begin offering blockchain-based domain names. The company is offering a selection of 11 alt-root Handshake domain names: .p, .pgp, .sox, .elite, .ill, .saas, .creator, .oh, .oo, .oot, .orb. It says it plans to add more […]

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The Handshake alternative – DNW Podcast #288

Could Handshake challenge ICANN? There’s no doubt that the ICANN-regulated DNS has some drawbacks. On this week’s show, Mike Carson (who also runs Park.io) discusses a blockchain-based alternative called Handshake. Mike has developed a registry service for Handshake that will allow registrars to sell Handshake domains. Also: Is domaining worth your time? Cuban uses .bank, […]

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