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Namecheap appears ready to fight Unstoppable Domains

Namecheap’s CEO appears to throw weight behind .wallet and defending the Handshake blockchain domain system. For a day, it appeared that blockchain domain company Unstoppable Domains picked the right fight to argue its first-to-offer-a-blockchain-TLD-gets-exclusive-rights argument. The company sued Gateway.io, a registry/registrar technology provider for Handshake domains, after Gateway.io started offering .wallet addresses. Unstoppable Domains also […]

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Unstoppable Domains asks for injunction against “counterfeit” Handshake .wallet domain

Company argues first to offer second level blockchain domains in a TLD should get exclusive rights to it. After filing a lawsuit against Gateway.io over the Handshake .wallet domain two weeks ago, Unstoppable Domains has asked the court for a preliminary injunction (pdf) to stop the sale of the competing domains. In its request, Unstoppable […]

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Unstoppable Domains threatens rival Handshake domain name

A dispute between blockchain domain name owners is a preview of what’s to come. Blockchain domain name company Unstoppable Domains has threatened to sue a Handshake domain name service for offering registrations under the .wallet Handshake domain name. The company sent a cease & desist letter (PDF) to Gateway.io, a company that acts as 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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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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March’s top stories: DNAcademy, Bored Ape Yacht Club & more

These were the top stories on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by page views. 1. GoDaddy acquires DNAcademy – The registrar will use the platform to educate more people about domain name investing. Founder Michael Cyger has joined the company as its first Director of Education. 2. Bored Ape Yacht Club goes ape for […]

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A Handshake domain apparently just sold for $750k

Domain auction concludes with bid valued at $750,000. This afternoon, I’ve received a couple of emails from people attending the Handycon 2022 live domain auction. A bidder named “whale” just won an auction for the .s Handshake domain for 4.7 million HNS tokens. At the current price of just under $.16, that’s about $750,000. It’s […]

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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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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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