• in pending delete as investor forgets to renew
    It looks like Elequa from Future Media Architects forgot about one of his valuable domains. I saw a post on Namepros about being in pending delete and while I thought it would be a company that got acquired and the name got lost in the shuffle, it was not. It’s actually owned by […]

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  • auDA chair defends $9 million windfall as no-confidence vote looms
    The chair of .au registry auDA has appealed to its membership for calm ahead of a vote of no confidence in himself, the CEO, and two of his fellow directors. Chris Leptos yesterday defended the AUD 12 million ($9 million) windfall the organization has received as a result of its transition from long-term registry back-end […]
  • Swiss registry gets more traffic than Google, kinda
    Switch, the Swiss ccTLD registry, has started publishing a monthly list of the .ch domains with the most DNS traffic, a list that Switch itself currently tops. The list ranks the top 1,000 .ch domains by the number of DNS resolvers that have queried them over the course of a calendar month. By that measure, […]
  • Pritz to be named chair of Whois group
    Former ICANN senior vice president Kurt Pritz is expected to be named chair of the group tasked with reforming Whois in the post-GDPR world. Sources familiar with the situation tell DI that Pritz was selected from three candidates who put themselves forward for the grueling policy-making task. I’m told that choice was made by GNSO […]
  • Nominet Announces Board Election Results
    Nominet has announced the results of their recent board election. This year there were two seats open for non-executive directors who are elected by Nominet members. James Bladel from GoDaddy and David Thornton have both been elected to the board. For Thornton this will be his second term, whereas for Bladel this will be his […]
  • Centralnic Acquiring Key Systems for $35.8 Million
    Centralnic’s merger with KeyDrive SA, parent company to Key Systems, was officially announced this morning. The deal will see Centralnic acquire KeyDrive’s entire share capital for a total of $36.5 35.8 million. KeyDrive is the parent company of Key Systems, RRP Proxy and Moniker, as well as corporate registrar Brand Shelter. While the companies, with the […]
  • New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission Sues DomainTools for Privacy Violation
    The New Zealand Domain Name Commission is taking legal action in Seattle against DomainTools.   DomainTools, according to the filing, is in breach of the whois terms of use and by collecting and storing the whois data of .nz domains. The filing goes into a lot of detail about how the New Zealand country code […]
  • Building a site on Squarespace
    Hopefully you read my overview of sitebuilders including Wix, Weebly and Squarespace. In today’s post, I’m going to explain how I built a site on Squarespace. (I want to be clear up front that I’m not ranking the site builders. I built different types of sites on each service, and my goal is to explain […]
  • Win free tickets to Merge
    Want to go to MERGE! in September? Here are some free tickets. The second annual MERGE! show takes place September 14-19 in Orlando at the Disney Springs Hilton. Fabulous is sponsoring the hospitality suite this year, and as part of its sponsorship, it has some free tickets to giveaway. I’m helping them give away four […]
  • Testing out the website builders: Wix, Weebly and Squarespace
    In the coming days I will review my experience building sites with several popular website builders. The way in which small businesses get online has changed. It used to be that everyone searched for a domain name as a starting point. Once they registered a domain, they’d build a website. A handful of web presence […]
  • in pending delete as investor forgets to renew
    It looks like Elequa from Future Media Architects forgot about one of his valuable domains. I saw a post on Namepros about being in pending delete and while I thought it would be a company that got acquired and the name got lost in the shuffle, it was not. It’s actually owned by […]
  • Sedo weekly sales led by
    Sedo released their weekly sales and led the way at $55,000. was the second highest sale at 35,000 GBP ($45,906). 46 .com sales 24 cctld sales 7 other gtld sales There were four sales sold in .com. sold for $8,800 to lead the other gtld sales. Domain name Price Currency .COMs […]
  • Is .co starting to hold back mediocre domain names?
    Holding back and reserving what one would consider “premium” names is nothing new in domaining. Verisign has taken back drops on premium .tv domains many a time. Certain new gtld registries have done the same. There is usually not a desire to hold back average or what some might even consider below average names. I […]
  • Impact Of Recent Facebook Changes On Paper.Li
    June 19, 2018 In April 2018, Facebook announced a series of changes on their newsroom and developer blog which have had an effect on and all services using their API (Application Programming Interface), the software that allows two different services to work together. Some of these policy reforms are the result of Facebook’s audit in the aftermath... […]
  • New Privacy Policy and Terms of Service
    May 8, 2018 Dear Community. Yesterday, we released a new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service which reinforce our already high standards for data protection and privacy. The new Privacy Policy provides better clarity on exactly how your data is being processed and protected. What’s not changing, however, is our continued commitment to the secure processing and storage of... […]
  • Important announcement regarding Juice app
    May 1 2018 Since early 2015, tens of thousands of users have used our free mobile app which has allowed them to analyze the interests of their Twitter tweeps and share content their followers love.  Today, we have an important announcement regarding the Juice mobile app. After some consideration, we have decided to discontinue the... […]
  • Dot .com #domain sightings : #Spectrum .com on a vehicle
    As domain investors and enthusiasts, we keep track of domain names emblazoned on vehicles; these domain sightings fall into two main categories: dot .com, and everything else. It goes without saying that we take all photos while being stationary, as safety comes first, and we strive to commemorate the domain sighting for our readers. This […]
  • Free reverse domain #WHOIS service from #DomainTools reverses #GDPR damage
    DomainTools announced its free reverse domain WHOIS today, called Iris Mirror. ™ The service is available to everyone, even those without a credit card, and it’s quite revolutionary, according to those of us who beta-tested it for the past six and a half weeks. “Iris Mirror ™ is the next step in digital data digestion, […]
  • #DigitalTown joins #Geekdom, brings #blockchain to San Antonio
    DigitalTown, a blockchain-based technology services company headquartered in Seattle, announced that it’s joining Geekdom. The latter is a collaborative co-working space in San Antonio, Texas, spanning 44,000 square feet of space. DigitalTown recently revealed a redesigned web site and the rollout of new mobile apps for its services. The full press release follows: DigitalTown, Inc. […]
  • DigitalTown rebranded, launched a new website and published new mobile apps
    DigitalTown (OTC:DGTW) has rebranded, launched a new website and published new mobile applications to “equip municipalities and communities with the tools required to co-create more resilient and equitable local economies”. The announcement continues: The DigitalTown turnkey solution of ‘a digital city in a box’ makes it easy and convenient for cities to get online without […]
  • sold for $3.5 Million in private domain name sale
    In what will likely be the most valuable publicly-known, single-domain transaction of 2018, the super-premium domain name “” has been sold in a private, confidential transaction for $3.5 million. was reportedly sold for $12 Million but this price was never confirmed buy the buyer or the seller. was originally registered in 1990. Buyer […]
  • The two 5-figure .APP domain name sales on Namebio never happened
    I checked to see what .app domain name sales are listed on and I found 4 sales all from June 2018. .App domains launched about 2 months ago. .App entered general availability on May 8. I did a fast check to see if these have sold and I from what I see the domains […]