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CA Technologies sells Platinum.com domain name for $250,000

September 21, 2012.ca, Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, platinum.comComments Off on CA Technologies sells Platinum.com domain name for $250,000

Domain name appears to have been sold to pet food company.

It looks like CA (aka Computer Associates) has sold one of its prime domain names, Platinum.com.

Moniker has confirmed that it brokered the transaction and the sales price was $250,000.

The domain name was featured in Moniker’s DOMAINfest and Spring Auctions with a reserve range of $500,000 to $1,000,000.

The whois record for the domain name just changed to show that the domain now belongs to the German company that produces Platinum natural pet food products. The company currently uses the domain name Platinum-Natural.com. This is a nice upgrade!

I haven’t seen any notice of the sale nor a sales price. It’s not material enough for CA to have to disclose it in any upcoming reports. Moniker confirmed a $250,000 sales price.

CA has listed numerous other domain names with Moniker in recent auctions, including Security.com, 1800business.com, and Cheyenne.com. Most of these domains came with acquisitions. Platinum.com came with the acquisition of Platinum Technology in 1999.

Other CA domains Moniker has sold include:

Answer.com
PHD.com
Empire.com
Qx.com
Interlink.com
Altai.com


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Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

September 19, 2012Domain Sales, DOMAINfest, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker accepting auction submissions for DOMAINfest 2013

Moniker and SnapNames will run an auction in conjunction with DOMAINfest next year.

It looks like Moniker and SnapNames will hold an auction in conjunction with Oversee.net’s DOMAINfest Global 2013 conference next year.

SnapNames.com has a submission form for the auction. It’s currently listed as an online auction.

Both Moniker and SnapNames were owned by Oversee.net until their sale earlier this year to KeyDrive. They provided the auction platform at DOMAINfest conferences for many years, so there was a question if they’d continue to run auctions at the show.

Oversee.net confirmed that DOMAINfest Global will be happening in 2013, but it hasn’t updated its web site with any details.

Auction submissions are limited to 50 per person and are due by December 14.


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Monte Cahn settles lawsuit against Oversee.net

August 21, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, jeff kupietzky, lawsuit, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.net, Policy & LawComments Off on Monte Cahn settles lawsuit against Oversee.net

Long legal battle between Moniker founder and Oversee.net is over.

Moniker.com founder Monte Cahn has dismissed his lawsuit against Oversee.net regarding money he said he was owed under a bonus plan.

Cahn joined Oversee.net after Seevast sold Moniker to Oversee.net. Cahn left Oversee at the end of 2010. In May 2011 he filed a lawsuit against the company arguing he was due part of a $13 million bonus plan.

Having read many of the documents and examinations filed with the court, I can say this was a particularly unsettling legal battle for both parties. There was certainly ill-will between Cahn and some of Oversee.net’s former staff.

Yet a lot has changed since the lawsuit was filed. Oversee.net CEO Jeff Kupietzky left the company in August 2011, and Oversee.net sold Moniker earlier this year.

387 documents were filed since the case was initiated. There was already an initial trial on one issue, which the judge ruled in favor of Oversee.net.

Here’s the statement of dismissal:

VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE
Pursuant to a settlement agreement between the parties and Rule 41(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff Monte Cahn and Defendants Oversee.net, Jeffrey Kupietzky, and Lawrence Ng, through their respective undersigned counsel of record, hereby stipulate to the voluntary dismissal of this Action in its entirety against all defendants with prejudice. Each party shall bear its own attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed. I’ve reached out to both sides for comment.


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Salesforce.com buys Work.com domain name

July 30, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, salesforce.com, work.comComments Off on Salesforce.com buys Work.com domain name

Another confirmation that Salesforce.com bought Work.com domain name.

In March I put together a fairly convincing argument that Salesforce.com had purchased Work.com.

Now we have another good confirmation: the nameservers on Work.com have changed to Salesforce.com. Here are the nameservers currently on the Work.com domain name:

In March I wrote about how all signs pointed to Salesforce having purchased the domain name. The whois record and brand protection company to whom the domain was registered was the same as Site.com, which Salesforce.com recently purchased. Work.com had also been listed in a Moniker auction, and Salesforce has purchased multiple names through Moniker including Data.com.

I happened to check the Work.com nameservers today when I noticed that Saleforce.com acquired another domain, GovernmentCloud.com, using the same brand protection service.

Will Work.com be for Salesforce’s push into the human resources market? We’ll have to see.


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Moniker and SnapNames beef up customer support after acquisition

July 23, 2012Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker and SnapNames beef up customer support after acquisition

Support and operations staff quadruple.

I recently read Elliot’s post about Moniker’s extended phone support hours.

I’ve been tracking the support situation at Moniker/SnapNames since KeyDrive bought the companies from Oversee.net, as a number of people have made comments about it. Some customers were also concerned because their account manages left the company.

Here are some more details about the support changes at Moniker/SnapNames.

DNW: How did the support changeover from Oversee.net occur?

Moniker/Snap: Given the recent acquisition of Moniker and SnapNames by KeyDrive, and clearly the highest priority by both companies, the support transition began immediately. The first step was to bring in a seasoned client services management team as well as update the support system technology; this started in March culminating with a completed migration of the support portal in June. During this migration the underlying support systems have undergone a major upgrade. Added improvements include a new phone infrastructure, increased staffing and increased hours.

Most importantly, we are pleased to say, is the very positive response we have received from our customers specifically the domain investor community. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to add new support features.

DNW: How has the support function grown since the acquisition?

Moniker/Snap: Our support staffing levels and hours are now based on key service level goals, response time and quality, that are rigorously monitored. From an operational and support perspective this also meant a staffing increase of over 400% from previous levels. Additionally, we are committed to responding to all support calls and online cases within 24 hours – both internationally and domestically.

We understand the importance of providing customers a means to interact with our support team in a manner that they are most comfortable, and for many of our customers, that means picking up the phone and talking to a live person that can help them in real-time.


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Moniker Spring auction results

May 17, 2012Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, SnapNamesComments Off on Moniker Spring auction results

Moniker auction nets close to $20,000 in sales.

The Moniker Premium Spring Auction at SnapNames just concluded. Here are the (unofficial) results:

drivinggloves.com 6450 – this is a recently developed site. Auction included Facebook page (with 2,000+ likes) and Twitter handle.
florists.info 3050 – good keyword, but not a bad price given how marketplace for secondary TLDs like this will change in coming years.
loaninterestrates.com 2000
obese.net 1650 – 5 bidders duked it out for this one. It was the last auction to close due to extensions.
scubadivinglessons.com 1267
bearings.net 770
alumn.com 590 – not a very common spelling of the term
njlawfirms.com 575
grilled.net 500
32a.com 470
wyvn.com 300
upcbarcodes.com 300
overnightpriority.com 300 – not to be confused with Fedex’s Priority Overnight
joggingshorts.com 300 – definitely falls under the “niche” category
attempt.net 300


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Large Moniker Client Sues Over Expired Domains

October 7, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mainstream advertising, MonikerComments Off on Large Moniker Client Sues Over Expired Domains

Company says Moniker didn’t appropriately notify it of expiring domain names.

[Update: see Moniker Oversee.net comment below] A large client of domain name registrar Moniker has sued the company and parent company Oversee.net over alleged shenanigans with expired domain names.

Mainstream Advertising, Inc. filed the suit (pdf) claiming breach of contract, conversion, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition.

The company started using Moniker in 2005 and claims that it has registered, hosted and/or maintained
approximately 120,000 domain names through Moniker’s registration and hosting services.

Mainstream says that Moniker did not notify it appropriately about expiring domain names. Moniker and Oversee.net companies allegedly took over the domain names after they expired.

According to the suit:

Defendants engaged in practices that increased the likelihood that these domain names would lapse and fall outside the control and ownership of Mainstream. These practices included, but are not limited to, failing to provide appropriate expiration notices to Mainstream regarding these various domain names.

Moniker sends weekly notices to clients of expiring domains that are not set to auto-renew starting 75 days before the domains expire and continuing 21 days after the domains expire, according to the suit.

But Mainstream claims:

Upon information and belief, the weekly email notices regarding expiration which were required to be sent during the 99-day (sic) period were either never sent, or transmitted in a deliberate and capricious manner so that they would be blocked by Mainstream’s e-mail computer systems, including through their reasonable and standard spam filters.

Mainstream attached Moniker’s Domain Name Deletion and Auto-Renew Policy as an exhibit in the suit. I had never read this agreement, but interestingly it states that the registrant should take action to whitelist Moniker’s email addresses to make sure it receives expiration notices.

Many of the domain names ended up with Moniker and Oversee.net’s companies after the domains expired, mainstream says.

Mainstream became aware of this in 2009 and actually agreed to pay $132,965 to recover 3,652 domain names that it had let expire. That amount was primarily for four years of renewal per domain name at $7.75 each. You can see a partial list of the 3,652 domains here.

The company says it paid the amount but the domain names were never returned to it. Oversee.net said otherwise in a comment released to Domain Name Wire:

We are aware of the alleged claims brought by Mainstream Advertising and believe that they are wholly without merit. For example, if Mainstream and its attorneys were to log into their Moniker account, they would see that the 3,652 domains which they allege were never delivered to them were, in fact, delivered to them in 2009 and remain in their account to this day.

Mainstream alleges that the defendants have converted about 83,000 domain names it previously owned.

On its web site, Mainstream Advertising describes itself as “an innovative provider of results-based interactive online marketing services to advertisers and agencies. Our extensive advertising network consists of inventory that we purchase from Web Traffic, Search Engine Optimization, PPC campaigns and email publishers.” It owns SearchABC.com.

Its LinkedIn profile shows 20 employees.

The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Southern District of Florida.


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Monte Cahn Calls Oversee’s Motion to Dismiss “Boilerplate”

October 4, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.netComments Off on Monte Cahn Calls Oversee’s Motion to Dismiss “Boilerplate”

Judge again to decide on motion to dismiss some of Cahn’s claims against his former employer.

Monte Cahn has responded (pdf) to Oversee.net’s Motion to Dismiss certain claims in his case against his former employer.

Cahn’s lawyers write:

“As this is Oversee’s second Motion to Dismiss, Oversee has defaulted to boilerplate, insubstantial objections to Cahn’s claims.”

The judge struck many of Cahn’s claims in Oversee.net’s previous motion to dismiss. Oversee.net says the case is simply a breach of contract case.

There’s not much new in Cahn’s response, as it mostly reiterates what he alleged in the latest amended complaint against Oversee. In addition to breach of contract, Cahn claims that Oversee.net committed fraud when it convinced him to join the company when it acquired Moniker. He also alleges conversion of some of his personal domain names.

For the fraud claim, the lawyers state:

“…he is suing Oversee because Defendants’ fraudulent representation caused Cahn to lose millions of dollars in lost opportunities, including alternative employment and investment opportunities with third parties.”


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Moniker Accepting Submissions for Premium Year-End Auction

September 27, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, MonikerComments Off on Moniker Accepting Submissions for Premium Year-End Auction

Company to hold month long auction with just 50 domains.

Moniker is holding a premium domain name auction starting next month that will be limited to 50 top domains.

The auction will run for a full month beginning October 1820. Domain submissions are due by October 13.

The company is looking for good 1-2 word generic domain names or 1-4 character domains.

If Moniker does this right I think it could be a good opportunity for sellers. The company has had a solid year selling premium domain names that were originally listed in auctions. By focusing on just 50 domain names and letting them get exposure for a full month, it’s possible we’ll see some decent activity both in and out of the auction.

Of course the key ingredient will be good domains at good prices.


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Oversee.net Blasts Monte Cahn’s Amended Lawsuit

September 26, 2011Domain Registrars, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Moniker, monte cahn, Oversee.netComments Off on Oversee.net Blasts Monte Cahn’s Amended Lawsuit

Oversee.net continues to say lawsuit with Monte Cahn is merely about contract claims.

Oversee.net has filed a motion to dismiss (pdf) numerous claims in Monte Cahn’s second amended lawsuit.

The motion to dismiss starts out with this telling line:

“Apparently, the third time is not the charm.”

The second amended lawsuit was the third complaint brought by Cahn.

Oversee.net claims Cahn’s latest complaint is “fundamentally flawed”. It asks the court to dismiss claims of fraud or conversion and let the case proceed “as a matter rooted in contract law”.

The motion to dismiss states:

“Although Cahn has now abandoned some of his theories, he still seeks to turn a breach of contract claim into a claim for fraud, and he still seeks to plead conversion claims that fail as a matter of law”.

The company claims that Cahn has tried to revive two of the claims that the court dismissed previously.

“In an effort to conceal the lack of change, Cahn reformats some of his allegations and repeatedly adds to his factual allegations speculative contentions about the defendants’ states of mind…”

Oversee.net also claims that Cahn has added “several rhetorical flourishes about the supposed importance to Oversee of retaining Chan post-merger”.


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