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I Disagree With Boston Business Journal Cybersquatter Characterization

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David Harris, Tech Editor at the Boston Business Journal, published an article about Boston-related domain names up for sale on Afternic. The article is brief, but I disagree with two areas:

Harris wrote of listings on Afternic that contain the “Boston” search term, “Many of these sites have been registered by cybersquatters.” In looking through the results, there are very few domain name listings that I would consider cybersquatting. I am not a lawyer or a legal expert, so I am not going to call out any domain names that could be considered cybersquatting examples, but in my opinion, there are very few obvious trademarks that come up in the results page for a “Boston” search.

I also disagree with how Harris describes → Read More


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GoDaddy Testing Not Promoting .com on Home Page

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It appears that GoDaddy may be testing out not promoting .com domain names on its GoDaddy.com home page. First spotted in a tweet by George Kirikos yesterday, it appears that GoDaddy is continuing to test not promoting .com domain names, which seems unusual to me considering the vast majority of domain buyers are looking to buy .coms.

Here’s a look at the GoDaddy.com home page that I see:

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GoDaddy is a company that is known to → Read More


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Sunday Observations & Updates

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I am enjoying a nice weekend in New York City. I went to the Arsenal v. NY Red Bulls soccer game yesterday with my brother. It was the first professional game I’ve been to in about 10 years. Although it was clear the game was just an exhibition, I had a great time. My brother is a big Arsenal fan, and I’ve been following them for a couple of years.

Here are some observations, thoughts, and updates: → Read More


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Protrada Offering a “Domain Shop” for Clients

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Yesterday afternoon, Protrada announced the soft launch of NameInvestors.com, a platform that allows users to create a “domain shop” to help sell their domain names. According to the newsletter email I received, “this new platform offers domain investors a ‘domain shop’ and ‘tools’ for marketing and selling of domain names, faster.” According to the website, the NameInvestors.com team is made up of Troy Rushton, Adam Dicker, Eugene Wood, and Jon Hewitt.

There are 6 features of this platform that are being called out by the company in its email: → Read More


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World Domain Day Uploads “Teaser” Videos

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World Domain Day (WDD) is a domain investing event that will be held in India in one month from yesterday. According to its website, “Indian Domain Owners Association, (IDOA), a newly-formed consortium of domain owners, web entrepreneurs and service providers in India, is organizing WDD for the first time in India on 24th August 2014 at Hyderabad.”

Registration for this one day event is now open, and there are a variety of ticketing options and prices to attend.

One of the organizers sent me links to the series of “teaser” videos announcing and advertising the event, and I shared them with you below. I will not be able to attend the event, although I hope to travel to India for business sometime in the near future. Hopefully this and the DomainX event (scheduled to be held in India in September) will be successful.

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2 Chat Names Sell for Over $220k

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Sedo reported its sales from this month’s Great Domains auction, and there are a few notable sales to report. Chat.fr was reportedly sold for 99,999 EUR and Chat.de was reportedly sold for 65,000. The total of these two domain name sales was 164,999 EUR. At today’s exchange rate, this is approximately $221,872.51 USD.

Several of the other domain names up for auction received bids, but in total, only 6 domain names met reserve and sold. The auction totaled a little over a quarter of a million USD.

Listed below are the 6 domain names that were reported to me by Sedoas sold along with their sale prices:

  • losangeles.de EUR 3910
  • refrigerador.com.br $US 999
  • chat.fr EUR 99999
  • jtf.com $US 25100
  • chat.de EUR 65000
  • characterizer.com $US 99

I assume these deals have not closed yet since the auction concluded yesterday afternoon.


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