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Last month’s top domain name stories

Check out the most popular news stories on Domain Name Wire from September. 1. Ethereum Name Service sues to stop eth.link domain sale – The judge issued a temporary restraining order returning the domain to the previous owner, but I also think Ethereum Name Service doesn’t understand what happened. At stake: an $852,000 auction sale […]

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Here’s what likely happened with eth.link

No one played dirty, but the expiration process can appear that way. Ethereum Name Service and Virgil Griffith, the registrant of eth.link, recently filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and a company that “bought” eth.link in a domain auction at Dynadot. A judge issued a temporary restraining order that handed the domain back to Griffith […]

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It’s ICANN versus the blockchain in Kuala Lumpur

Internet fragmentation and the rise of blockchain-based naming systems were firmly on the agenda at ICANN 75 in Kuala Lumpur today, with two sessions exploring the topic and ICANN’s CTO at one point delivering a brutal gotcha to a lead blockchain developer. Luc van Kampen, head of developer relations at Ethereum Name Service, joined a […]

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June’s top stories on Domain Name Wire

Dan.com, Mike Mann and more newsmakers. These were the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month, as ranked by views: 1. GoDaddy is acquiring Dan.com – GoDaddy announced it is acquiring domain sales platform Dan.com. This combo could have some benefits, but domain investors are concerned. 2. High value .Eth market nearly dissapears […]

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.Eth domains pummeled in market correction

ENS domains came back down to earth. Web3 assets that soar in value can come back down to earth just as fast. 10 days ago, I wrote about how short numeric .eth domain names were a hot commodity. .Eth domains are part of Ethereum Name Service and can be used as wallet addresses, digital identities, […]

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Creating a web3 website is as easy as…oh, nevermind. It’s difficult

It’s hard to create a censor-proof website. And few people need to do that, anyway. I’ve written a lot about alt-root domain names based on blockchain technology, including Ethereum Name Service, Handshake, and Unstoppable Domains. One of the selling points cheerleaders pitch is that sites built on these domains are effectively uncensorable. So if you […]

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With mystery auction winner, .sexy prices go from $25 to $2,500

UNR is increasing the annual price of a .sexy domain from $25 to over $2,000, according to registrars. The price increase will hit from April 30, according to registrars, but will not affect renewals on domains registered before that date. French registrar Gandi said its retail price for a .sexy name will increase from $40 […]

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Ethereum Name Service fires director of operations over tweet (and his response)

The organization behind .eth domains and blockchain-based DNS alternative sacks leading team member for comments. The organization behind Ethereum Name Service, a blockchain-based addressing system, has fired its director of operations after a tweet he made in 2016 resurfaced. Brantly Millegan was often the face of the organization, appearing at events (and was a guest […]

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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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ICANN is blocking 23 gTLD transfers over blockchain fears

ICANN is objecting to the transfer of 23 new gTLDs from UNR to an unknown number of third parties, because it’s scared that the associated non-fungible tokens may break the internet and its own authority over it. The mystery of how UNR’s auction in April of its entire new gTLD portfolio has so far not […]

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