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Amazon’s Quidsi lauches Vine.com for natural products

October 1, 2012amazon.com, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, markmonitor, quidsi, vine.comComments Off on Amazon’s Quidsi lauches Vine.com for natural products

Quidsi’s latest generic domain store: Vine.com.

Vine.comI’ve scooped a number of Quidsi store openings based on generic domains they’ve bought — from Afterschool.com to Casa.com.

But I missed this one: Quidsi just launched Vine.com, a store with “natural products for green living”.

George Kirikos points out that the company appears to have acquired the domain name through Mark Monitor over the past few weeks. It was previously owned by a company called Vine Technology.

It’s a great domain and a good idea for a niche store. Still, when I first heard of the store I assumed it was on online wine store. Perhaps this one could have been a little bit more descriptive?


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Amazon’s Quidsi to launch Afterschool.com offering equipment for after school activities.

September 13, 2012afterschool.com, amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, quidsi, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon’s Quidsi to launch Afterschool.com offering equipment for after school activities.

Latest niche store to offer equipment for afterschool activities.

Afterschool.comIn June I scooped that Amazon.com subsidiary Quidsi was working on a new site call Afterschool.com. This is the second Quidsi site I’ve scooped thanks to domain registrations.

Afterschool.com now resolves to a coming soon launch page, Quidsi started social media outreach yesterday, and it recently started sending notices to merchandising partners. So what will the store be about?

Equipment for kids sports and activities.

Get it? Afterschool activities.

The coming soon page says Afterschool.com will offer 50,000 products “From baseball bats and soccer balls to ballet slippers and art supplies. One-stop shopping for everything your kids do.”

It will also have a gear finder to make shopping easy: “Our Gear Finder lets you shop by sport, activity and age, and provides a handy checklist to help you cover all the bases.”

This is an interesting and clever market approach.


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Amazon.com won’t offer domain names to the public

June 14, 2012amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, new top level domains, Policy & LawComments Off on Amazon.com won’t offer domain names to the public

Amazon.com intends to only offer domain registrations to itself.

Amazon.com has applied for 76 top level domain names. But don’t expect to be able to register any second level domains underneath them.

I just reviewed eight of the company’s applications, and each one has similar language explaining who can register a second level domain under them: only Amazon.com and its subsidiaries.

…Amazon and its subsidiaries will be the only eligible registrants…

Now I can certainly see how this would be the case for something like .fire, since Fire is one of Amazon’s brands.

And I can sort of see how this makes sense with something like .cloud, or even .app, since they are big market opportunities for the company.

But .wow? .play? .free? .kids?

The good news for trademark holders is that, if Amazon gets these top level domains, they won’t have to worry about paying to block their marks. Because only Amazon.com can register them anyway.

29.1.1 Rights protection in gTLD registry operation is a core objective of Amazon
We will closely manage this TLD by registering domains through a single registrar. Although Amazon and its subsidiaries will be the only eligible registrants, we will nonetheless require our registrar to work with us on a four-step registration process featuring: (i) Eligibility Confirmation; (ii) Naming Convention Check; (iii) Acceptable Use Review; and (iv) Registration. As stated in our answer to Question 18, all domains in our registry will remain the property of Amazon and will be provisioned to support the business goals of Amazon. Because all domains will be registered and maintained by Amazon (for use that complements our strategic business goals), we can ensure that all domains in our registries will carry accurate and up-to-date registration records. We believe that the above registration process will ensure that abusive registrations are prevented, but we will continue to monitor ICANN policy developments, and update our procedures as required.

29.2 Core measures to prevent abusive registrations
To further prevent abusive registration or cybersquatting, we will adopt the following Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs) which have been mandated for new gTLD operators by ICANN:
• A 30 day Sunrise process
• A 60 day Trademark Claims process

Generally, these RPMs are targeted at abusive registrations undertaken by third parties. However, domains in our registry will be registered only to Amazon or its subsidiaries through a single registrar who will be contractually required to ensure that stated rules covering eligibility and use of a domain are adhered to through a validation process. As a result, abusive registrations should be prevented.
In the very unlikely circumstances that a domain is registered and used in an improper way, we acknowledge that we will be the respondent in related proceedings and we undertake to co-operate fully with ICANN and other appropriate agencies to resolve any concerns.
29.2.1 Sunrise Eligibility
Our Sunrise Eligibility Requirements will clearly state that eligible applicants must be members of the Amazon group of companies and its subsidiaries. Furthermore, all domain names must be used to support the business goals of Amazon. Nonetheless, notice of our Sunrise will be provided to third party holders of validated trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse as required by ICANN. Our Sunrise Eligibility Requirements will be published on the website of our registry.

Want to file a UDRP against a second level domain controlled by Amazon? The company wants an exemption from standard rules. The only remedy it says will be cancellation, not transfer of the domain to the complainant, since only Amazon.com can register the domains.

Perhaps Amazon is going this route to make the applications easier. It does use the term “initially” in its application when discussing only a minimal number of domains being registered.

But I’m a bit shocked by the company’s plans. It effectively removes a large swathe of the new namespace from public consumption.


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Amazon, Google, and Symantec to fight for .cloud domain name

June 13, 2012.cloud, amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, google, symantec, top level domains, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon, Google, and Symantec to fight for .cloud domain name

Seven applicants to compete for .cloud top level domain include some really big internet giants.

Seven applicants filed requests with ICANN for the .cloud top level domain name — and three of them are heavyweight contenders.

Amazon.com, Google, and Symantec Corporation are all in the running for the domain name. They’ll be competing against some smaller competitors including Aruba.it, CloudNames.com, Donuts.co, and Top Level Domain Holdings.

If the seven can’t work out a deal as to who will run the domain then the domain will proceed to an auction. With such big pocketed companies going after this one, it could easily go for millions of dollars.

The bigger question: if it’s worth millions of dollars.


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Amazon.com applies for 76 top level domain names including .cloud, .hot, .wow, .amazon

June 13, 2012amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon.com applies for 76 top level domain names including .cloud, .hot, .wow, .amazon

Amazon.com goes big with new TLDs.

Amazon.com has applied for 76 top level domain names, making it one of the largest internet brands to participate in ICANN’s historic expansion of the top level domain namespace.

Names range from brands such as .amazon to products to internationalized domain names. Here’s the full list:

AMAZON
APP
AUDIBLE
AUTHOR
AWS
BOOK
BOT
BOX
BUY
CALL
CIRCLE
CLOUD
COUPON
DEAL
DEV
DRIVE
FAST
FIRE
FREE
GAME
GOT
GROUP
HOT
IMDB
JOT
JOY
KIDS
KINDLE
LIKE
MAIL
MAP
MOBILE
MOI
MOVIE
MUSIC
NEWS
NOW
PAY
PIN
PLAY
PRIME
READ
ROOM
SAFE
SAVE
SEARCH
SECURE
SHOP
SHOW
SILK
SMILE
SONG
SPOT
STORE
TALK
TUNES
TUSHU
VIDEO
WANGGOU
WOW
YAMAXUN
YOU
YUN
ZAPPOS
ZERO

IDNs:
(a-label, translation, script)

xn--jlq480n2rg Amazon Hans
xn--fct429k Consumer Electronics Hani
xn--gk3at1e Online Shopping Hani
xn--jvr189m Food Hani
xn--cckwcxetd Amazon Kana
xn--gckr3f0f Cloud Kana
xn--cck2b3b Store Kana
xn--1ck2e1b Sale Kana
xn--bck1b9a5dre4c Fashion Kana
xn--eckvdtc9d Point Kana
xn--rovu88b Book Kana


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Amazon’s New Products and Its Domain Name Scorecard

September 28, 2011amazon silk, amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, kindle touch, kndle fire, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon’s New Products and Its Domain Name Scorecard

Company gets key domains but misses some others.

Amazon.com released a slew of new products today: a new basic Kindle, the Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire, and Amazon Silk.

The company is known for aggressively registering variations and typos of its brand names. Let’s see how they did for this product launch:

Kindle Fire – as I wrote about yesterday, Amazon bought this domain name. However, it appears someone else may have registered the typo wwwKindleFire.com.

Kindle Touch – Amazon registered KindleTouch.com through brand protection company Mark Monitor. KindleTouch3G.com was registered earlier this month by someone using a whois privacy service. My guess is it’s not Amazon since they would have picked it up through Mark Monitor.

Amazon Silk – Amazon has a new web browser but not the corresponding domain name AmazonSilk.com. It’s owned by a Brazilian company.

As of right now none of the domains here owned by Amazon are resolving.


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Amazon May Be Working on MyHabit.com Apps

July 15, 2011amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, myhabit.com, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon May Be Working on MyHabit.com Apps

Company registers domain names for apps related to its new MyHabit.com store.

Amazon.com’s new MyHabit store seems to be doing well since its launch a couple months ago based on how quickly some of its limited-time sales sell out.

Now the company appears to be working on MyHabit apps for your iPhone and perhaps Android devices: The company just registered MyHabitApp.com, MyHabitforiPhone.com, and MyHabitMobileApp.com according to whois records.

The company has been on a registration spree picking up defensive registrations for MyHabit.com. I count at least 60 registrations leading up to the site’s launch.

Examples include:

-City domains such as MyHabitNewYork.com, MyHabitParis.com, and MyHabitMumbai.com

-Fashion domain names such as MyHabitRunway.com, MyHabitCouture.com, and MyHabitDulce.com

-Negative connotation names such as iHateMyHabit.com and IgnoreMyHabit.com

-Promotions/sales domain including MyHabitSpecials.com and MyHabitCoupons.com

-Typos including MyHavit.com and wwwlmyhabit.com (it looks like they don’t own wwwmyhabit.com)


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Amazon.com Buys CloudPlayer.com Domain Name

July 12, 2011amazon.com, Domain Sales, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Amazon.com Buys CloudPlayer.com Domain Name

Company gets domain name for its new music service.

When Amazon.com announced its music-anywhere service and corresponding Cloud Player a few months ago, it was missing a key ingredient — the domain name CloudPlayer.com.

It has belatedly fixed that problem.

On July 11 the whois record for CloudPlayer.com transferred to Amazon. It hasn’t yet started forwarding the domain name to its product page, however.

Cloud Player is the application to access your Amazon Cloud Drive, where you store your music on the service.

The domain name was owned by Cheray Unman, who has an outfit called Venture Bank at VentureBank.com. (It’s an odd web site that will leave you confused more than enlightened.)

My guess is this domain name cost Amazon more now than it would have before it launched the product.


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Company Behind Diapers.com and Soap.com Launches Wag.com

July 6, 2011amazon.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, quidsi, Uncategorized, wag.comComments Off on Company Behind Diapers.com and Soap.com Launches Wag.com

Another category-generic domain name site from Quidsi.

Wag.comAmazon.com-owned Quidsi, which has a habit of launching category stores on category specific generic domain names, has launched a pet store at Wag.com.

Over the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out what Amazon was up to as it registered dozens of domain names related to pets that included “Wag” in the name. My guess was a new Amazon-branded product line, but I didn’t think to check the whois record for Wag.com.

Among the domains registered: WagBirdShop.com, WagCatShop.com, WagPamperedPet.com, WagReptiles.com, WagCats.com, and WagPetToys.com.

The store is clearly not just for dog items even though the name conjures up an image of a dog wagging its tail.


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Amazon: Kindle Beats Nook

June 30, 2011amazon.com, consumer reports, Domaining, Domainnamewire, kindle, nook, UncategorizedComments Off on Amazon: Kindle Beats Nook

Amazon registers domain name flouting recent Consumer Reports rankings.

NookEarlier this month Consumer Reports released updated eBook reader ratings, declaring “Nook beats Kindle“.

That certainly didn’t go well with Jeff Bezos.

So the company just registered the domain name KindleBeatsNook.com.

When it comes to domain names, perhaps Consumer Reports should give Amazon a higher rating than Barnes & Noble. After all, no one (yet) has registered NookBeatsKindle.com. And no, I don’t think this is a trademark issue on a domain like this.

I’m not a fan of Consumer Reports’ ratings when it comes to newer gadgets, so I’ll stick to my Kindle…which I often times access via my iPad anyway.

KindleBeatsNook.com does not currently resolve.


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