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Verisign files intriguing domain backorder patents

Patent describes way to sell future rights to domain names through “encoding domains.” Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has filed two patents related to buying future rights to domain names for if they become available. The process is rather unique and it makes me wonder what Verisign (which manages the .com registry) has up its sleeve. Only […]

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Div Turakhia hands over the reins of Media.net to Vaibhav Arya

Turakhia steps aside at ad tech company he founded. Div Turakhia, the billionaire co-founder of Directi and founder of ad tech company Media.net, is stepping down from the CEO role at Media.net. The company announced today that current CTO Vaibhav Arya has been promoted to CEO. Turakhia founded the digital advertising company with knowledge and […]

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Flying Dog Brewery tries to hijack domain name

Brewery makes “blatant and intentional misrepresentation”, panelist says. Craft brewer Flying Dog Brewery has been found by a World Intellectual Property Organization panel to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking. The brewery uses the domain name FlyingDogBrewery.com but wants the domain name FlyingDog.com. That domain was registered in 1996 and used by its owner to […]

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Review: Yahoo Small Business website builder

The Yahoo Small Business website builder needs some work. I’ve reviewed a handful of website builders at this point: Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and GoCentral. Usually absent from discussions of the big site builders is Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon. Yet its legacy as a business offering website services for so long means many […]

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NameSilo doubles in size in just one year, crosses 2 million domains

Registrar that was acquired earlier this year is growing at a fast clip. Domain name registrar NameSilo has doubled its domains under management in about a year, according to data published by the registrar. It now has 2 million domains under management (DUM). The registrar hit one million domains on August 22, 2017. It has […]

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GoDaddy adds tool to refine domain searches with more information

Tool gets more search data from user to suggest available domain names. A big challenge for domain name registrars is understanding what a domain searcher is looking for based on just a keyword or two. GoDaddy has added a feature that collects more information to provide customized domain name choices and hopefully chip away at […]

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Company that uses Blockchain.com faces the challenge of owning a generic domain

Company files trademark lawsuit against Blockchain.io owner. A cryptocurrency company that owns the domain names Blockchain.com and Blockchain.info has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of Blockchain.io alleging infringement of its “Blockchain” mark. Are you asking, “Wait, someone has a trademark for the term blockchain?” That’s a fair question. The plaintiffs, BLOCKCHAIN LUXEMBOURG S.A. […]

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IP Blockchain company Cognate picked up by GoDaddy

GoDaddy takes on Cognate team. Cognate, a trademark-in-the-blockchain company, is joining GoDaddy. I interviewed Cognate founder Bennet Collen on the DNW Podcast last year and he explained how the company uses blockchain to record proof-of-use of trademarks. The startup announced the news on its blog today. The release makes it sound like more of a […]

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Test driving the GoDaddy GoCentral website builder

GoDaddy’s GoCentral is the simplest website builder I’ve reviewed so far. Whether that’s good or bad depends on the type of user you are. I’ve previously reviewed my experience building a website on Wix, Squarespace and Weebly. Today, we’ll look at GoDaddy’s GoCentral. GoDaddy launched the GoCentral Website Builder in early 2017 with much fanfare […]

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Uniregistry tips hand with “Registry in a Box” trademark application

Company wants to use “Registry in a Box” for registry services product. Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry runs its own technical registry for its top level domain names such as .tattoo and .diet. It also provides these services to other top level domains such as Cayman Island’s .ky domain name. Apparently, Uniregistry wants to up its game […]

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