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NamePros combats shill bids : URUN but you cannot hide

The domain community of NamePros identified and terminated a shill bid situation in its making, ending it with a the closing of the associated accounts. A thread seeking offers for the domain URUN.com for sale escalated quickly, sending offers into the thousands of dollars. One small problem: one of the bidders was a shill, pumping […]

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Cybersquatting, domain UDRPs at the WIPO and gTLDs in 2016

The trademark-friendly folks at the WIPO released data a few days ago, regarding the record number of UDRP cases examined in 2016. That report, assesses data presenting the following picture: Trademark owners filed “an all-time record” 3,036 UDRP cases with the WIPO, a 10% increase over 2015. Top TLD was .COM, involving 3,135 domain names […]

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New trademark application targets GEODOMAIN domain brand

A new trademark application at the USPTO for GEODOMAIN seems to introduce an alternate function for this generic keyword. Long after domain investors started using the geo-domain reference for city, town and other landmark domains as a shorthand version of “geographic domain,” an application filed on March 15th seeks to use the word for the […]

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The return of the Domainking.ng domain registrar operations

After almost 8 weeks of downtime, Domainking.NG is back in business, or so they appear to be. The Nigerian domain registrar’s Indian founders have returned to “active duty” and are responding to support tickets, actively engaging with their frustrated user base on Facebook. It seems that NiRA has lifted the suspension of the Domainking.NG domain, […]

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Chinese domain market report : Red Windows is coming

Microsoft wants to “invade” the Chinese government, creating a custom version of its Windows 10 that passes China’s security controls. What that means, basically, is that China will have access to the source code of “Red Windows” software, in order to inspect its functions – potentially adding special privileged access points. In doing so, Microsoft […]

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GoDaddy acquires security firm Sucuri

GoDaddy has acquired the security firm and WordPress plugin creators, Sucuri. There are no financial disclosures about this acquisition. Sucuri will continue operations as usual; what can be expected are improvements to the company’s processes and additional resources, both technical and financial. The full press release by GoDaddy follows: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ […]

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Virgin.Yachts : Florida LLC domain taken away in UDRP

It seems that Virgin Enterprises Limited of London, United Kingdom, seeks exclusive rights to the term “VIRGIN.” A UDRP against the domain Virgin.Yachts ended with a loss for the Respondent, Virgin Yachts LLC of Dania Beach, Florida. The company registered the domain in 2016 and has been using it as a redirect to Virgin-Yachts.com, their […]

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