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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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Judge halts sale of eth.link domain name

Temporary restraining order puts sale on hold. U.S. District Judge John Tuchi has issued a temporary restraining order (pdf) halting the sale of eth.link. As Domain Name Wire first reported on September 7, Ethereum Name Service and former eth.link registrant Virgil Griffith sued GoDaddy and Dynadot to halt the expiration and sale of the domain […]

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Breaking: Ethereum Name Service sues to stop eth.link domain sale

Group sues after domain sells in Dynadot auction. True Names, Ltd. d/b/a Ethereum Name Service, and Virgil Griffith have sued (pdf) to stop the sale of eth.link. As I wrote about earlier today, eth.link sold in a Dynadot expired domain auction for $852,000. Virgil Griffith registered the domain name for use as a resolving service […]

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ENS vs. Handshake – DNW Podcast #391

A discussion about blockchain domain names. I’ve had several podcasts about blockchain domain names over the years, but this show is different: we debate the relative merits of Ethereum Name Service and Handshake, two competing naming systems built on blockchain technology. Aaron Oxborrow, creator of ENS.tools and Mike Carson, co-founder of Impervious, join me for […]

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High value .Eth market nearly dissapears

Trading activity for high value .eth domain names has gone from hundreds a day to fewer than ten. Later this morning, I’ll publish this week’s Domain Name Wire Podcast with a discussion about blockchain-based domain names. Before that, let’s check in with the market for .eth domains, which are part of Ethereum Name Service. In […]

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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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Numeric .eth domains are the latest meme NFT

How people sextupled their money in one week. Three and four digit .eth domain names are the new hot thing. Over the past week or so, prices of short numeric .eth domains have taken off. .Eth domains are connected to Ethereum Name Service, a blockchain-based naming platform. To give you an idea of the meteoric […]

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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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Alt-root blockchain domains discussed at recent ICANN meeting

Why are they gaining steam and what does it mean for “real” top level domains? There was a bit of discussion about blockchain-based domains at ICANN 73 this month. The concept of an alt root is as old as ICANN, and previous iterations of these have failed to obtain the popularity necessary to compete with […]

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