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Domain Name Wire
Unstoppable Domains and .wallet Handshake owner file dueling lawsuits
Fight escalates between Unstoppable Domains and Handshake. Blockchain domain name company Unstoppable Domains and the owner of .wallet in the rival Handshake system have sued each other. The lawsuits come on the heels of Unstoppable Domains’ la...
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September 23, 2022, 4:02 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
After $100 million in funding, DoiT International secures doit.com
This large company upgraded from a hyphenated domain name. Cloud computing is commonplace today, with on-demand, distributed systems used by most of the top firms around the world. Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure lead an indust...
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September 23, 2022, 2:59 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Here’s what likely happened with eth.link
No one played dirty, but the expiration process can appear that way. Ethereum Name Service and Virgil Griffith, the registrant of eth.link, recently filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and a company that “bought” eth.link in a domai...
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September 23, 2022, 12:55 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Lawsuit alleges zow.com is a stolen domain name
Person who registered the domain in 1996 says it’s stolen. A California resident has filed a lawsuit (pdf) alleging that the valuable domain name zow.com is stolen. Yesterday, Marci Seely filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern ...
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September 22, 2022, 6:56 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Lawmakers push for Whois privacy on .us domains
10 Democrats ask NTIA to add Whois privacy to .us domain names. While Whois records in most top level domains are now private, .us remains an outlier: the U.S. government specifically forbids Whois privacy on .us domain registrations. It has enforced...
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September 22, 2022, 5:41 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Which top level domains are truly popular, part two
Which domains get used the most? Last week I wrote about DataProvider.com’s analysis of new top level domains and which ones are popular. As I mentioned in that post, there are lots of ways to measure new TLD popularity and none of them are per...
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September 22, 2022, 4:54 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
What’s wrong with this UDRP?
If you think something is fishy about the dates cited in the decision, you’re right. I was reading through a UDRP decision (pdf) for snugg.com today when something caught my eye. The first two paragraphs of the “factual background” ...
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September 22, 2022, 3:45 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
16 new end user domain name sales
A mastermind facilitator, an NFT business, and Cisco bought domain names. Sedo reported some nice four and five-figure domain name sales for the past week. Here’s a list of end user domain name sales that just completed at Sedo for which I coul...
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September 21, 2022, 1:18 pm
The Domains
The Domains
Verisign DNIB Q2 2022 – 174.3m .com and .net registrations
Verisign (Nasdaq: VRSN) released their Domain Name Industry Brief for Q2 2022. You can download the full report here. Highlights of the report show 351.5 million domain registrations. .Com and .Net registrations were up 2.2% from Q2 2021. EXECUTIVE S...
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September 20, 2022, 9:43 pm
Domain Name Wire
Domain Name Wire
Verisign gets patent for registering domains through Amazon Alexa
Patent covers using your voice to register domains, do Whois lookups, etc. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,451,511 (pdf) to Verisign for “Audio-based systems, devices, and methods for domain services.” Ye...
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September 20, 2022, 4:27 pm
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