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OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down because of Facebook lawsuit

Registrar tells court it is ceasing business next week. ICANN-accredited domain name registrar OnlineNIC says it’s shutting down on July 26 after throwing in the towel in a lawsuit. Facebook sued the registrar and its privacy service in October 2019, alleging that either OnlineNIC or its customers used domains such as www-facebook-login(.)com and login-lnstargram(.)com. The […]

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ICANN nixes in-person Seattle meeting, will be virtual event

Board decides to wait until next year for in-person meetings. ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided against having in-person attendance for its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It will be a virtual event instead. This paragraph of its resolution seems to sum up its decision: Whereas, at this time, while conventions are […]

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Patsy Cline estate sues to get PatsyCline.com

She’s (or her estate) Got You. Patsy Cline Enterprise, LLC, which manages the late singer’s intellectual property, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of PatsyCline.com. Visual Link Internet appears to have registered the domain name in 1996 and, according to the suit, has previously operated a site about the singer. The history between […]

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Sotheby’s auction of WWW NFT by Sir Tim Berners-Lee ends at $5,434,500

Someone paid a lot of money for an NFT commemorating the creation of the world wide web. A buyer has paid $5,434,500 for a non-fungible token (NFT) commemorating the creation of the world wide web. Auction house Sotheby’s auctioned the NFT by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web. It included four “mementos,” […]

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Bidding for World Wide Web NFT hits $2.8 million

Take home an “autographed” version of the original WWW source code…if you have a few spare millions lying around. Bidding for Source Code for the WWW, an NFT by World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has hit $2.8 million. Sotheby’s is auctioning the non-fungible token. The auction closes on Wednesday. It’s an interesting piece […]

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BNPL company Affirm attempts reverse domain hijacking

Affirm filed a cybersquatting dispute against affirm.com.au after failing to negotiate a purchase. Publicly traded company Affirm, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFRM) tried to reverse domain name hijacking affirm.com.au, a World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled. Affirm, founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, is a so-called Buy Now Pay Later company. It has a market cap […]

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Semiconductor company acquired GF.com domain from retail fixtures company

Goebel Fixture Company sells GF.com to GlobalFoundries. Semiconductor company GlobalFoundries appears to have acquired the two letter domain name GF.com earlier this year. Historical Whois records show the domain transferred in late March or early April. Goebel Fixture Company, a company that sells fixtures and displays for luxury retail, owned the domain for at least […]

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Frank Schilling new TLD auction grosses more than $40 millon

All 23 top level domains sold in auction last week. Frank Schilling’s UNR business sold 23 top level domains in auctions last week, grossing more than $40 million. The company says that 17 bidders deposited money to participate in the auctions, and more than 10 different bidders won the top level domains. Six of the […]

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Frank Schilling’s top level domain auction begins today

Domain investor hopes to sell 23 top level domains. A three-day auction for Frank Schilling’s new top level domain names begins today. Schilling’s UNR is auctioning 23 strings without reserves (but with varying starting bids). The domains being auctioned are: .audio, .blackfriday, .christmas, .click, .country, .diet, .flowers, .game, .guitars, .help, .hiphop, .hiv, .hosting, .juegos, .link, […]

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Stands4 sues Dan.com over Calculator.com transaction

Company that bought a stolen domain name sues Dan.com and John Doe thief. A publisher is suing Dan.com after it paid $180,000 for a stolen domain name using Dan.com. Stands4 paid $180,000 last year to acquire Calculator.com. It then spent $50,000 developing it, adding to its portfolio of sites including Grammar.com, Lyrics.com, and Scripts.com. (The […]

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