CrazyDomains owner buys Singapore domain and hosting company

Australian registrar gobbles up Singapore company. Dreamscape Networks, owner of Australian domain name registrar CrazyDomains, has acquired Singapore’s Vodien Group for AUS $30 million (about USD $23 million). Vodien Group has 27,000 customers and 52,000 domains under management. It ranks first in hosting market share in Singapore and third for Singapore’s .sg domain registrations with

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Domain names in Costa Rica

.Com is the favorite in Costa Rica. I just returned from a weeklong vacation in Costa Rica. I hadn’t been to Costa Rica in 15 years, and my visit reminded me why people like to vacation there, but also the niceties of living in the United States (like well-paved roads). Of course, I also paid

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Domain names at a community pool Part 2

An evaluation of domain names used by small businesses. If you missed it, here’s part one in this series where I evaluate the domain names used by small businesses that are sponsoring a community center. In this second post, we’ll evaluate the last six banners. CarolDochenRealtors.com Surnames can be difficult to remember how to spell.

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Verisign files name spinning patent application

Application for name spinning patent published today. .Com domain name registry Verisign has filed a patent application (pdf) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that covers various aspects of generating domain name alternatives, aka name spinning. The application was filed in December 2015 and just published today. Abstract: Provided are methods, devices, and computer-readable

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SnapChat loses dispute over “GeoFilters” term

Company claimed registrant of GeoFilters.com domain name was cybersquatting. Example of a Geofilter, Image courtesy Snap.Snap, Inc., maker of the SnapChat app, has failed to convince a World Intellectual Property Organization panel that the registrant of the GeoFilters.com domain is cybersquatting. Back in 2014, Snap introduced Geofilters that overlay time and location data on pictures.

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Cryptocurrency domains were hot in May

People registered lots of domains related to cryptocurrencies in May. As the price of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum continue to surge in price, interest in relevant domain names also continues to spike. The top trending word in new .com domain name registrations last month was “coin”, and “crypto” also made the top 5.

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16 end user domain name sales

A coffee company, a domain name registrar and an adventure tour operator recently bought domain names in the aftermarket. This week I found 16 end user sales among Sedo’s reported domain name sales of $2,000 or more. Keep in mind, as always, that many of the recent sales are still in escrow, have Whois privacy,

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First take: Donuts to buy Rightside for $213 million

Deal saves Rightside from the public markets and challenged growth trajectory. Top level domain name company Donuts has agreed to acquire competitor Rightside (NASDAQ: NAME) for $213 million, Rightside announced today. The deal will give Donuts an additional 40 top level domain names, Rightside’s technical registry system (that currently powers Donuts’ domains), domain name registrar

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WHD.usa hopes domainers return to the Tropicana in September

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Reverse domain name hijacking in Hakoba Saree case

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Sedo names Matthias Meyer-Schönherr CSO

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Hexonet makes investment in PSI-Japan

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18 More End User Domain Name Sales

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Early .VIP results suggest 70%+ plus renewal rate

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Dynadot to host domain name meetup in San Francisco in July

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.Com Winners & Losers

Here are the registrars that did best (and worst) with .com in February. ICANN has published the latest official .com transactions report from Verisign, which includes data by registrar for February 2017. Here’s a look at how the registrars fared with new registrations and transfers in February: Here are the top 5 registrars in February

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Skip Hoagland puts domain portfolio up for sale including Cuba.com and Atlanta.com

Collection is one of the best geo-domain portfolios in the world. Domain investor and entrepreneur Skip Hoagland is offering his complete domain name portfolio for sale as a package. The portfolio includes some of the best geographic domain names available in a single portfolio, including Atlanta.com, Cuba.com, Honolulu.com, Baltimore.com, Geneva.com and Portland.com. Hoagland told Domain

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Telepathy sues after getting RDNH win

Company files federal lawsuit following reverse domain name hijacking. UDRP panels cannot levy a financial penalty on companies that file reverse domain name hijacking cases. But U.S. courts can. Telepathy Inc., a domain name investment company led by Nat Cohen, has filed a federal lawsuit (pdf) against Corporacion Empresarial Altra S.L. after the latter was

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BrandIT acquires Igloo domain brokerage

Igloo will be part of European brand management company. Domain name brokerage Igloo has agreed to be acquired by BrandIT, the company announced today. BrandIT is a European corporate domain name management company that offers domain portfolio services, online brand protection/enforcement and other services for companies to manage their domain names. Igloo has completed $140

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Geo domain Gstaad.com saved in UDRP

Tourism group let the domain name expire ten years ago and is trying to get it back. Gstaad.com forwards to 3780Gstaad.com, a site offering chalet rentals.The geographic domain name Gstaad.com has been successfully defended in one of the most detailed UDRP decisions I’ve ever read. The good news for the domain owner is that he

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