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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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Amazon buys AWS.com domain name

Company gets coveted domain name for its cloud business. Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has acquired the domain name AWS.com, Whois records indicate. Historical Whois records at DomainTools show that the domain was transferred to Amazon.com this week, between September 11 and September 12. The domain name was owned by AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. Although the corporate […]

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New Zealand’s .Nz namespace gets preliminary injuction against DomainTools

Judge orders DomainTools to cease collecting and publishing .nz Whois records. Domain Name Commission (DNC), the organization that manages New Zealand’s .nz domain name, has won a big victory against DomainTools. U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik has granted DNC’s motion for preliminary judgment against DomainTools. DNC alleged that DomainTools collected and published .nz Whois […]

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1&1 sends expired domain names to Sedo

New arrangement sends domains to Sedo before SnapNames. Domain name registrar 1&1 has begun sending expired domain names to Sedo as a preliminary stop through the expiration cycle. The domain names are listed for sale on Sedo in a special category with starting bids at $79.00. 1&1 is continuing to partner with SnapNames for expired […]

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More companies should emulate Tucows’ new earnings call format

Format leads to higher quality questions and answers. Last month Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) held an unusual earnings conference call. Rather than a live call with analysts asking questions, the company pre-recorded the prepared remarks portion of the call. It then invited analysts and shareholders to submit questions in writing, to which Tucows would respond. I […]

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Breaking: Domain name company Donuts Inc. acquired by private equity firm Abry Partners

PE snaps up company that manages nearly 240 top level domain names. Abry Partners, a private equity firm that has completed $77 billion in transactions since it was founded in 1989, is acquiring new top level domain name company Donuts, Inc. Terms of the deal and the expected closing date were not disclosed. Donuts operates […]

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Google Chrome team says URLs “kind of suck”, figuring out how to replace them

The people behind the Chrome browser are investigating ways to replace the URL for site identity. Are URLs a good way to understand site identity? Google’s Chrome browser team doesn’t think so, according to an article published today by WIRED. Adrienne Porter Felt, Chrome’s engineering Manager, told the publication: People have a really hard time […]

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