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Christian.com domain name sells for $600,000 (again)

Domain name sells for the exact same price that it sold for in 2009. Sedo domain name broker Dave Evanson announced today that he brokered the sale of the Christian.com domain name for $600,000: Just sold Christian(.)com for $600,000 @sedo!! Congrats to buyer and seller!! — dave evanson (@SedoDaveEvanson) August 14, 2018 The domain name […]

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Ice.com, a domain with a rich history, sells again. This time for $3.5 million.

Once a dot-com darling, the Ice.com domain name finds a new owner. Today’s announced sale of the Ice.com domain name for $3.5 million brings me back down memory lane. I remember shopping on the site in the early 2000s. That was in a much earlier incarnation of Ice.com. It was a dot-com darling founded in […]

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New Zealand’s .NZ administrator sues DomainTools

Country code administrator says that DomainTools is violating its Whois Terms of Use. Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the group that oversees New Zealand’s .nz country code domain namespace, has sued (large pdf) DomainTools over its collection of .nz Whois records. The company claims that DomainTools’ bulk collection of .nz Whois records violates its terms […]

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Payoneer exits the escrow business

Company throws in the towel just two years after entering escrow business. Payments company Payoneer is informing customers that it is exiting the escrow business. The company began offering escrow services when it acquired Armor Payments in 2016. Later in 2016, Payoneer began offering domain name escrow services. Its domain name escrow business was aided […]

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Yes, your domain name registrar has made it impossible for people to contact you

Many registrars have removed all means for people to contact you. I received an anonymous voicemail yesterday from an Enom customer who was frustrated that the Whois records for his domain names had been replaced with “fake” information. Here’s what he said: I was just calling to see if you had heard anything about Enom […]

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UDRP after GDPR: challenges without Whois

Lack of public Whois makes filing a UDRP a two-step process. GDPR is impacting the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Policy process. Without public Whois, companies that believe someone is cybersquatting on their domain might have to “go blind” into a UDRP filing; they won’t know who the domain name registrant is. This is one of […]

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Web.com to go private in $2 billion acquisition

Siris Capital to acquire domain name and web presence company for $25 per share. Web.com (NASDAQ:WEB), the parent company of domain name registrars Network Solutions and Register.com, has agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group in a $2 billion deal. Shareholders will get $25.00 per share; shares closed yesterday at $23.20. […]

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ICANN appeals German court ruling as it seeks definitive ruling on GDPR and Whois data collection

ICANN wants to know if collecting certain Whois data is a violation of GDPR. A court battle in Germany over the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) continues. ICANN filed a legal action against EPAG, a registrar owned by Tucows, on May 25–the same day GDPR went into effect. It asked for […]

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Donuts acquires BudURL, rebrands as BL.INK

Acquisition will increase awareness and use of new top level domain names. Domain name registry Donuts has acquired link management company BudURL and rebranded it as BL.INK. Donuts quietly completed the acquisition of the Austin, TX company last year. Since then, it has been enhancing the system and developing a way for registrars to offer it […]

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German court denies injunction against Tucows’ registrar EPAG over GDPR

Court agrees with Tucows that some Whois data is redundant. A German Court in Bonn has denied (pdf) ICANN’s request for an injunction against Tucows’ domain name registrar EPAG. ICANN filed the injunction request last Friday, the day the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. EPAG had notified ICANN that it no […]

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