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Facebook registers domain names for WorkPlace service

July 22, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Facebook registers domain names for WorkPlace service

Is it getting ready to expand its corporate offerings?

Facebook has registered a handful of domain names suggesting it’s working on a service called WorkPlace…or a rebrand.

The social media company registered the domain names facebookworkplace.com, fbworkplace.com, workplacebyfacebook.com and workplacebyfb.com, along with these domains in other extensions, yesterday.

Facebook already has a service called Facebook at Work, which looks a lot like Slack.

Perhaps Facebook is getting ready to double down on solutions for companies? Earlier this year, Slack raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion valuation, so there’s clearly a market for corporate collaboration tools.

Facebook also just won a UDRP for Facebookwork.com.

workplace-domain-whois



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ICANN denies request to delay .web auction (again)

July 22, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on ICANN denies request to delay .web auction (again)

.Web auction should still take place this month, ICANN determines.

ICANN has quickly responded (pdf) to a reconsideration request filed by Radix and Donuts that requested this month’s .web top level domain auction be postponed.

The two companies are concerned that control of applicant Nu Dot Co might have changed, perhaps to a big-pocketed domain company.

Concern was sparked when Nu Dot Co decided it didn’t want to settle the contention set in a private auction, and would instead opt for ICANN’s auction of last resort. It then made some statements to suggest changes with the company.

In a private auction, the losers get the proceeds. That’s not so with an ICANN auction.

ICANN says it diligently investigated the complaint about Nu Dot Co already, “and found no basis to initiate the application change request process.”

It also states that “the timing parameters within the auction rules were established specifically so that auction participants could not game the system by filing last-minute accountability mechanisms” like Radix and Donuts have done.

I’m not entirely sure what Radix and Donuts hope to gain by unmasking a potential third-party that will be funding Nu Dot Co’s bid. Perhaps, if they determine it’s their arch nemesis Verisign, they will bid higher to prevent the company from getting it. Otherwise, I would hope that applicants are bidding based on their own calculations of the value of the string. That shouldn’t change if another bidder changes.

Of course, I imagine the parties are quite miffed that the auction won’t be a private auction. They will lose multi-million dollar windfall as a result. But even unmasking the alleged third party will not change that.



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Interesting data on domain growth and cybersquatting

July 21, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Interesting data on domain growth and cybersquatting

Charts in ICANN report reveal interesting trends.

ICANN published the beta (pdf) of its gTLD Marketplace Health Index today. Here are some graphs I found interesting.

These graphs only refer to gTLDs, not ccTLDs.

Growth in second level domain additions was slipping until new top level domains were released:

beta-1

Geographic top level domains are more popular than IDNs, at least in terms of registration volume:

beta-4

Domain owners are losing fewer cybersquatting arbitration cases than they used to. Not only is the number down compared to 2012-2013, but 2014-2015 include the new URS cases!

beta-2

Here’s the percentage of time the domain name owner loses a cybersquatting arbitration case. (Keep in mind the latter two years include URS cases.)

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Moon Juice is a reverse domain name hijacker

July 21, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Moon Juice is a reverse domain name hijacker

Company that sells “sex dust” tries to hijack domain name.

Reverse domain name hijacker

Reverse domain name hijacker

Los-Angeles, California-based Moon Juice Ventures, which uses the domain name MoonJuiceShop.com, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking.

The finding comes as a result of the company’s cybersquatting complaint against the owner of MoonJuice.com.

Moon Juice attempted to buy the domain name MoonJuice.com, which was registered over a decade before the California company received any sort of trademark rights in the term Moon Juice. The owner offered to sell it for $35,000 in response to the store’s inquiry.

Unhappy with the price, Moon Juice Ventures decided to try to get the domain name through a cybersquatting UDRP complaint. The complaint failed because it was impossible to show that the domain was registered and used in bad faith.

World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Alistair Payne determined that the complaint was filed in bad faith:

For the reasons set out above, it seems to the Panel that this Complaint was brought in order to obtain a domain name that the Respondent had bona fide registered many years prior to the commencement of the Complainant’s business or the registration of its trade mark. Following the Respondent’s refusal of the Complainant’s offer to purchase of the disputed domain name the Complainant still attempted to obtain the disputed domain name by filing this Complaint under the Policy in circumstances that there was clearly no registration in bad faith, or evidence of targeting of the Complainant by the Respondent. As a result there was no reasonable basis on which the Complaint could succeed and the Panel finds that this Complaint amounts to a case of reverse domain name hijacking.

The complainant was represented by attorney Nada Alnajafi.



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Mike Mann overturns UDRP decision in court

July 21, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Mike Mann overturns UDRP decision in court

Domain investor will keep SoundStop.com domain name.

Domain name investor Mike Mann has successfully defended his domain name SoundStop.com in court after a UDRP panel ordered that he transfer it.

Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc filed a UDRP against the domain name with the National Arbitration Forum. A three-person panel consisting of Jaime Delgado, Sandra J. Franklin and Carolyn Marks Johnson sided with Blue Ridge Fiberboard and ordered Mann’s company to transfer the domain name.

Mann then sued in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington at Seattle, seeking declaratory relief under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

Blue Ridge capitulated and the parties settled on June 30. Mann’s Domain Asset Holdings will retain ownership of the domain name.

The dismissal notice (pdf) was filed with the court last week.



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Donuts invests in Blockchain technology company

July 13, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Donuts invests in Blockchain technology company

Donuts makes an investment in Netki.

Donuts has made its second investment under its Donuts Labs program.

Netki, Inc. is billed as a digital identity startup dedicated to democratizing digital currency. Just how does this relate to DNS? Here’s how Donuts explains it:

As a distributed database, the blockchain maintains a continuously growing list of data records. Blockchain-based applications, such as bitcoin wallets, utilize complicated, 32-character alphanumeric wallet addresses; Netki’s Wallet Name Service makes blockchain applications user-friendlier by generating easy to remember “wallet names.” Netki leverages “secure DNS” (known formally as domain name system security extensions, or DNSSEC) to map wallet names to blockchain-based public addresses. End-users can then safely share their wallet names in a way that improves security and privacy when compared to current practices.

In May, Donuts announced an investment in geofencing company GeoFrenzy.

I’m not surprised that Donuts invested in a blockchain company. When I interviewed Donuts COO Richard Tindal and CEO Paul Stahura in May, blockchain came up many times.



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Companies still love descriptive .com domains

July 13, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Companies still love descriptive .com domains

Big companies are still snapping up .com domain names for use and protection.

The release of new top level domain name options hasn’t slowed the Verisign juggernaut down. Companies still want to own descriptive and protective domains in .com, as well as .net.

Here’s one example that came across my radar today.

Pharmaceuticals company Allergan sells a number of eye products: Refresh, Optive and Restasis. Yesterday it registered at least 80 domain names related to dry eyes.

Clearly, it won’t use all of these domains. Maybe it will use only one. Or none. But it wants to keep them out of the hands of competitors.

Here’s the list:

chronicdryeyeremedies.com
chronicdryeyeremedies.net
chronicdryeyeremedy.com
chronicdryeyeremedy.net
chronicdryeyesite.com
chronicdryeyesite.net
chronicdryeyesremedies.com
chronicdryeyesremedies.net
chronicdryeyesremedy.com
chronicdryeyesremedy.net
chronicdryeyewebsite.com
chronicdryeyewebsite.net
contactlensdryeye.com
contactlensdryeye.net
contactlensdryeyes.net
ded-treatment.com
ded-treatment.net
dry-eye-disease-treatment.com
dry-eye-disease-treatment.net
dry-eye-info.com
dry-eye-info.net
dry-eye-information.net
dry-eyes-info.com
dry-eyes-info.net
dry-eyes-relief.com
dry-eyes-relief.net
dry-eyes-treatment.com
dry-eyes-treatment.net
dryeye-treatment.com
dryeye-treatment.net
dryeyediseaseprescription.com
dryeyediseaseprescription.net
dryeyeinformation.com
dryeyeinformation.net
dryeyeinfosource.com
dryeyeinfosource.net
dryeyepresciption.com
dryeyepresciption.net
dryeyeremedies.net
dryeyeremedy.net
dryeyesinformation.com
dryeyesinformation.net
dryeyesite.net
dryeyesremedies.com
dryeyesremedies.net
dryeyesremedy.com
dryeyesremedy.net
dryeyestreatment.net
dryeyetreatmentinfo.com
dryeyetreatmentinfo.net
dryeyeupdate.com
dryeyeupdate.net
dryeyewebsite.com
dryeyewebsite.net
fixdryeye.net
howtofixdryeye.com
howtofixdryeye.net
howtofixdryeyes.com
howtofixdryeyes.net
managechronicdryeye.com
managechronicdryeye.net
managechronicdryeyedisease.com
managechronicdryeyedisease.net
manageded.com
manageded.net
managedryeye.com
managedryeye.net
managedryeyedisease.com
managedryeyedisease.net
myeyesareitchy.com
myeyesareitchy.net
myeyesitch.com
myeyesitch.net
treat-dry-eye.com
treat-dry-eye.net
treat-your-dry-eye.com
treat-your-dry-eye.net
treat-your-dry-eyes.com
treat-your-dry-eyes.net
treatdryeyes.net



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Brexit is hot, Trump is finally not

July 13, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Brexit is hot, Trump is finally not

Brexit cracks top ten .com trending keywords.

Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) released its top trending keywords for .com yesterday, representing the keywords that saw the biggest jump in registrations in June.

It wasn’t surprising to me to see Brexit on the list this month. I highlighted some of these registrations in a post last month.

It’s notable that Trump finally isn’t one of the keywords within the top ten. It gets harder and harder to remain on the list each month since the list represents the keywords with the biggest percentage increase, not raw numbers. With so many Trump domains registered in the past year, maybe all the good ones, mediocre ones and even crappy ones are taken.

One thing that’s interesting about Trump and domain names is that it’s going to be harder for Trump’s organizations to claim cybersquatting on domains that include Trump in them. Once you become a politician, freedom of speech really kicks in.

Here’s the list of the top ten movers in .com:

1. Worlds
2. Casino
3. Visit
4. Plastic
5. Brexit
6. Listings
7. Popup
8. Physical
9. Hearing
10. Degree



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Escrow.com moves to San Francisco

July 12, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Escrow.com moves to San Francisco

Largest domain name escrow service moves headquarters north.

Escrow.comEscrow.com is moving its headquarters from the Los Angeles area to San Francisco, the company announced today.

The San Francisco office will be led by Danny Raja. He joined the company in April.

Escrow.com also announced that it has completed a back end transition to Amazon’s AWS and has reached one million registered users.

Freelancer.com acquired Escrow.com for $7.5 million in a deal announced in April 2015. (The deal took many more months to finalize.)



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Escrow.com moves to San Francisco

July 12, 2016Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Escrow.com moves to San Francisco

Largest domain name escrow service moves headquarters north.

Escrow.comEscrow.com is moving its headquarters from the Los Angeles area to San Francisco, the company announced today.

The San Francisco office will be led by Danny Raja. He joined the company in April.

Escrow.com also announced that it has completed a back end transition to Amazon’s AWS and has reached one million registered users.

Freelancer.com acquired Escrow.com for $7.5 million in a deal announced in April 2015. (The deal took many more months to finalize.)



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