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ICANN – The New GNSO Policy Development Process Presented for Approval

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

Lawsuit Alleges Reverse Domain Name Hijacking of AirFX.com

As reported by Domain Name Wire: “The same attorney who successfully defended the owner of glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com has filed a reverse domain name hijacking lawsuit on behalf of the owner of AirFX.com.

Marc Lurie lost a case over AirFX.com brought against him by AirFX, LLC in a National Arbitration Forum proceeding. Together with attorney Marc J. Randazza, he is now suing AirFX, LLC (pdf) for reverse domain name hijacking in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

May 31, 2011   No Comments

Mike Mann’s DomainMarket.com Sells 4 More .Co Domains Totaling $85K

Mike Mann just posted on his Facebook page a few recent sales from DomainMarket.com and topping the list were 4 .Co domain names totaling $85,000 in sales.

In all according to his Facebook, DomainMarket.com posted over $110K in sales in the last two weeks, including the 4 .Co domains “which were a package deal”.

Congrats to Mike and his team

Here are the domains Mike listed as recent sales:

 

finance.co $25,000.00

automotive.co $20,000.00

cigar.co $20,000.00

ski.co $20,000.00

greenbusiness.org $12,500.00

acceleratedsales.com $6,500.00

pediatricplus.com $6,000.00

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

WebsiteHosting.com Purchased For $190K In January Just Sold For $415,000

A blogger, Mike Jackness, has just written a post about how he just sold the domain name WebSiteHosting.com which he purchased in just January of this year for $190,000 for a whopping $415,000.

Since acquiring the domain, he turned down in a style that would make even the Domain King proud offers of $250K and $300K and $401,000 before agreeing to sell the domain for $415,000:

“Shortly after I purchased WebSiteHosting.com I received an offer of $250,000 for the domain. ”

“Then, about 2 weeks ago I was contacted by another guy looking to pickup this domain name; his offer was for $300,000. I had done a significant amount of work since the $250,000 offer, so I turned this down too.”

“I spent a couple hours figuring out what the right price would be; I came up with $415,000.”

“Once I came up with my price of $415,000 I communicated that to the guy who made the $300,000 offer. ”

“He responded with a counter offer of $401,000 within a couple hours, but I held my ground. ”

“I decided to just be straight with this guy. It was $415,000 or I wasn’t going to sell. Anyway, long story short, he accepted.”

Mr. Jackness even included a screen shot of his escrow.com account showing the $415K sale.

A $190K purchase turned into a $415,000 sale in less than 6 months, certainly showed all of us “domainer” types how to do it.

We just got schooled

For the record Mr. Jackness describes himself as a:

“I’m an entrepreneur who specializes in the online affiliate industry.”

Guess he should add domainer to his description.

Congrats.

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

Afternic Sells $850K In Domains Led By One Of Ours; TheFit.com at $31K

Afternic.com just released its sales for the week ending Sunday May 29th. All reportable domain sales $1k and over totalled $841,000.

The top seller of the week was one of our domain names, TheFit.com, that sold for $30,900.

QIS.com was a close 2nd at $27,000 with glggroup.com selling for $14,800.

Non-com’s had a pretty good week as well, with Loan.cc selling for $13,500, Pronto.Net selling for $12,500 and Cfl.org selling for $12K.

Here is the entire list of reportable sales:

thefit.com $30,900.00
qis.com $27,000.00
glggroup.com $14,800.00
madvertise.com $14,000.00
gust.com $13,500.00
GetPaydayLoan.com $9,600.00
igua.com $8,500.00
asiamix.com $7,588.00
edcure.com $7,200.00
tectrade.com $7,150.00
4im.com $7,000.00
vocabularytest.com $6,800.00
squats.com $6,500.00
SteelCoil.com $6,400.00
actionplans.com $5,500.00
finelife.com $5,500.00
foodfan.com $5,500.00
thinkfitness.com $5,500.00
naturapura.com $4,900.00
PCStars.com $4,800.00
odontopediatria.com $4,612.00
coupable.com $4,500.00
wbez.com $4,477.00
insuranceneeds.com $4,388.00
datainterface.com $3,988.00
theyolk.com $3,988.00
icontrols.com $3,949.00
starperformance.com $3,800.00
BOOKMYDOCTOR.com $3,700.00
outboundcallcenter.com $3,588.00
marocmedia.com $3,588.00
justshootit.com $3,588.00
openappointment.com $3,572.00
cowboynetwork.com $3,538.55
globalday.com $3,500.00
nuovaidea.com $3,488.00
gusta.com $3,400.00
wiseid.com $3,388.00
futbox.com $3,300.00
cepri.com $3,200.00
kidcity.com $3,200.00
gomerchants.com $3,188.00
selectlawyers.com $3,188.00
izodiac.com $3,188.00
spiceking.com $3,188.00
smilecentre.com $3,141.00
PTcoursesonline.com $3,080.00
carrepairshops.com $3,060.00
passfail.com $3,000.00
igst.com $3,000.00
sanwen.com $3,000.00
synos.com $3,000.00
mediagift.com $3,000.00
progressiveengineering.com $3,000.00
stampz.com $3,000.00
guardianmedical.com $3,000.00
autoaz.com $2,988.00
acdusa.com $2,988.00
chaseracing.com $2,963.55
budgetsource.com $2,900.00
popsurvey.com $2,900.00
FuelPit.com $2,895.00
lefoiegras.com $2,844.00
fitnews.com $2,800.00
edbook.com $2,800.00
womanschoice.com $2,800.00
aplusdigital.com $2,788.00
gogalaxy.com $2,750.00
supplysergeant.com $2,668.00
networkscan.com $2,650.00
WESTGATEINTERNATIONAL.com $2,600.00
FireHolder.com $2,595.00
stonedeals.com $2,588.00
conservativefund.com $2,588.00
BehavioralAssessment.com $2,550.00
skytime.com $2,500.00
taskout.com $2,500.00
righttojustice.com $2,500.00
Tagtile.com $2,500.00
marketingoperations.com $2,500.00
peachexpress.com $2,500.00
taxcode.com $2,500.00
marriageamerica.com $2,488.00
doctorsleep.com $2,488.00
clipnow.com $2,452.00
wawh.com $2,406.00
fruitfulliving.com $2,400.00
skatetech.com $2,400.00
interbeauty.com $2,388.00
madamspeaker.com $2,371.00
localclub.com $2,300.00
inmemorium.com $2,300.00
mmshop.com $2,233.00
signaldevices.com $2,232.00
basicstatistics.com $2,210.00
stateresources.com $2,200.00
giftgalaxy.com $2,200.00
balduzzi.com $2,200.00
techsound.com $2,200.00
ListZero.com $2,195.00
realpilot.com $2,190.00
4catering.com $2,188.00
mediately.com $2,188.00
clickdealer.com $2,188.00
zencoaching.com $2,166.00
bhimavaram.com $2,158.55
lavare.com $2,100.00
priceimprovement.com $2,088.00
itinventory.com $2,088.00
amaki.com $2,088.00
haveandtohold.com $2,088.00
solarboy.com $2,088.00
gamesfair.com $2,088.00
taxinumbers.com $2,070.00
versaillesrestaurant.com $2,043.55
hartlieb.com $2,000.00
virtuco.com $2,000.00
popupbanner.com $2,000.00
premierfurnishings.com $2,000.00
therevival.com $2,000.00
fastflight.com $2,000.00
successpeople.com $2,000.00
farmexchange.com $2,000.00
fulltiltsports.com $2,000.00
absoluterealestate.com $2,000.00
.com Sales $1-2K
officeconsultants.com $1,988.00
redairlines.com $1,988.00
valleystudio.com $1,988.00
metalmachinery.com $1,988.00
onlinemarketingsuite.com $1,988.00
alimos.com $1,982.00
sportnumbers.com $1,900.00
Metricity.com $1,895.00
simscommunity.com $1,888.00
candymagic.com $1,888.00
criminallawyertoronto.com $1,888.00
europad.com $1,888.00
savingsmall.com $1,888.00
rockgreen.com $1,888.00
housingbook.com $1,888.00
schoolanswers.com $1,888.00
schwabfamily.com $1,888.00
rapid-fire.com $1,850.00
excellencenow.com $1,819.00
pacotes.com $1,812.00
window-cleaners.com $1,800.00
ctouch.com $1,800.00
wscm.com $1,800.00
prpco.com $1,800.00
copyspot.com $1,800.00
grillguys.com $1,800.00
ICAPPS.com $1,800.00
galoo.com $1,800.00
advicesmart.com $1,788.00
boardwarrior.com $1,788.00
moneyburst.com $1,788.00
AdvicesMart.com $1,788.00
skycommerce.com $1,760.00
bodytobody.com $1,750.00
sourceout.com $1,750.00
crown-jewels.com $1,700.00
hostpark.com $1,700.00
tripprotection.com $1,700.00
pagerate.com $1,700.00
usfabrication.com $1,688.00
fashiongalaxy.com $1,688.00
puravidatravel.com $1,688.00
calendarevent.com $1,688.00
racecrafters.com $1,600.00
rentbit.com $1,600.00
GoMomentum.com $1,595.00
progresstracker.com $1,588.00
tilegroutcleaning.com $1,588.00
freebiesusa.com $1,577.00
heatkeepers.com $1,550.00
likematch.com $1,532.00
companytalk.com $1,500.00
edustars.com $1,500.00
babywall.com $1,500.00
leafletdistribution.com $1,500.00
riskfreeadvertising.com $1,500.00
anwaltskanzleien.com $1,500.00
expertoptics.com $1,500.00
stricklandassociates.com $1,500.00
ageisjustanumber.com $1,500.00
mikromedia.com $1,500.00
effectivetrainingsolutions.com $1,500.00
inedu.com $1,500.00
topfire.com $1,500.00
funkygadgets.com $1,500.00
shopbright.com $1,500.00
hiddenhollow.com $1,500.00
toothkind.com $1,500.00
leafletdelivery.com $1,475.00
BETTERPAGE.com $1,440.00
2000auto.com $1,400.00
globalsponsor.com $1,400.00
localclubs.com $1,400.00
patenttrademark.com $1,400.00
EmployBox.com $1,400.00
hr-strategies.com $1,388.00
selfcommand.com $1,388.00
mycomputerexpert.com $1,388.00
schoolscape.com $1,375.00
chirurgoplastico.com $1,350.00
lifeedition.com $1,350.00
imageworkshop.com $1,300.00
AchievingGreatness.com $1,300.00
GetClipped.com $1,295.00
closerencounters.com $1,288.00
visionnews.com $1,288.00
hmsolutions.com $1,288.00
priceshift.com $1,288.00
discoverhealthyliving.com $1,288.00
cdsports.com $1,250.00
mindfulnessproject.com $1,250.00
startupcareer.com $1,250.00
chewonit.com $1,250.00
girlchatter.com $1,225.00
consultantcommunity.com $1,221.00
bambootique.com $1,200.00
feelgoodinside.com $1,200.00
secretmysteries.com $1,200.00
nutritips.com $1,200.00
tablefashion.com $1,200.00
shipsearch.com $1,200.00
gsconsulting.com $1,200.00
mainstreetproperty.com $1,200.00
studentshow.com $1,200.00
polarit.com $1,200.00
plumbingpatrol.com $1,200.00
DwellHome.com $1,195.00
getsocialnow.com $1,188.00
chameleoncafe.com $1,150.00
thehealthexchange.com $1,145.00
carbonconnection.com $1,125.00
notjustnannies.com $1,123.55
strikerz.com $1,104.00
usersurvey.com $1,100.00
medusahair.com $1,100.00
brandsexpert.com $1,100.00
partytimeliquor.com $1,100.00
fashioncraze.com $1,100.00
bloggingformillions.com $1,100.00
plumbstore.com $1,100.00
smallbusinessdevelopment.com $1,100.00
entrepreneurlab.com $1,100.00
weegle.com $1,100.00
techfunder.com $1,088.00
thriftyliving.com $1,088.00
expertisesolutions.com $1,088.00
womanchoice.com $1,088.00
squirrelcreek.com $1,088.00
goldenoakfurniture.com $1,081.00
classmarket.com $1,050.00
simplygreener.com $1,000.00
auto-body.com $1,000.00
centuryrecords.com $1,000.00
campusphotos.com $1,000.00
dataphile.com $1,000.00
projectnetworking.com $1,000.00
golfmiles.com $1,000.00
fishingboatcharter.com $1,000.00
couponshome.com $1,000.00
couponhome.com $1,000.00
ciampini.com $1,000.00
eastcoastadventures.com $1,000.00
carolinaadventures.com $1,000.00
trustedenterprise.com $1,000.00
pushpress.com $1,000.00
discoverchild.com $1,000.00
libertybonds.com $1,000.00
partnerswithgod.com $1,000.00
g-h-s.com $1,000.00
yourvirtualhome.com $1,000.00
electronicsdictionary.com $1,000.00
ethnicpride.com $1,000.00
realestateposts.com $1,000.00
adventuredivers.com $1,000.00
eatingdisordershelp.com $1,000.00
gpon.com $1,000.00
ProListed.com $1,000.00
GameFive.com $1,000.00
sportsprofessor.com $1,000.00
generaldeseguros.com $1,000.00
Non-.com Sales >$2K
Loan.cc $13,500.00
pronto.net $12,500.00
cfl.org $12,000.00
msys.net $9,388.00
FIJIAIRLINES.net $8,800.00
insomnio.net $4,988.00
nutritionist.org $3,500.00
barmitzvah.org $3,295.00
truecolor.net $3,188.00
protectmyhome.org $2,988.00
cantata.org $2,788.00
dubber.net $2,788.00
homeprotection.org $2,700.00
retirementincome.net $2,588.00
aboveall.net $2,188.00
mysongbook.net $2,088.00
interventionservices.org $2,088.00
creativedreams.net $2,088.00
eyeshop.net $2,070.00
preparedness.net $2,000.00
Non-.com Sales $1-2K
kunstgalerie.net $1,990.00
jesuschrist.info $1,977.00
medc.net $1,830.00
itnetwork.net $1,800.00
bbmi.net $1,702.00
christmastoys.net $1,700.00
opennetworking.org $1,688.00
adrenalinsports.net $1,688.00
smileon.net $1,588.00
telepsych.net $1,500.00
blogwatcher.net $1,488.00
traintickets.net $1,395.00
realjuice.net $1,388.00
yodog.net $1,377.00
airteam.net $1,288.00
cfoservices.net $1,250.00
grantsforsinglemothers.net $1,200.00
globestore.net $1,088.00
passfail.net $1,076.00
icuc.org $1,000.00
gefiltefish.net $1,000.00
casualdates.net $1,000.00
travaux.org $1,000.00
supportsystem.net $1,000.00

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

My Take On The New Guidebook: ICANN Will Approve The New gTLD Program In Singapore

After reading the new gTLD Applicant Guidebook (AG) that was published today, my feeling is that ICANN will approve the program in Singapore as planned while some of the specific rules in the Guidebook may and probably will change along the way.

The newest version of the AG provides no material or substantive changes from the previous version.

There is a lot of cleanup going on but no earth shattering change.

ICANN does give itself plenty of wiggle room to make changes on an ongoing basis as it now provides in the AG:

“ICANN reserves the right to make reasonable updates and changes to this applicant guidebook and to the application process at any time by posting notice of such updates and changes to the ICANN website, including as the possible result of new policies that might be adopted or advice to ICANN from ICANN advisory committees during the course of the application process. ”

“Applicant acknowledges that ICANN may make such updates and changes and agrees that its application will be subject to any such updates and changes. ”

“In the event that Applicant has completed and submitted its application prior to such updates or changes and Applicant can demonstrate to ICANN that compliance with such updates or changes would present a material hardship to Applicant, then ICANN will work with Applicant in good faith to attempt to make reasonable accommodations in order to mitigate any negative consequences for Applicant to the extent possible consistent with ICANN’s mission to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems.”

This language is consistent with statements made by the Chairman of ICANN at the San Fransisco ICANN meeting to the effect that the AG is an ongoing process with “changes made on the fly” as ICANN “learns as they go”.

Now that these thoughts have been included in the AG it seems to me that it sets the stage for approval of the program in Singapore, with the caveat to all applicants that some of the rules may, and probably will change, before and after the application period opens.

However that’s just another factor that applicants are going to have to take into consideration before making the leap.

Clearly ICANN wants and will push this program forward.

Those with the simplest applications, not subject to objection, will have their applications approved in as little as 9 months while others may under the AG have to wait as long as 20 months for an approval.

and simply put, some strings that are highly objectionable will probably never be approved.

I look for approval of the program in Singapore and a date set for the applications to be submitted.

November 1, 2011, is my guess.

I also predict by the time the first application period closes there will be hundreds of applications for new gTLD.

 

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It’s Here! – Final Version New gTLD Applicant Guidebook

ICANN met the publish deadline of May 30, 2011 with 30 minutes to spare. The final version of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook is published to the ICANN site and ready for your consumption.

Click HERE to read the Guidebook

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TMZ: Bravo Coming After The Owner of RealHousewivesofScottsdale.com but Other Housewives Domain Are Parked

According to TMZ.com, Bravo TV wants to shut down live cam website RealHousewivesofScottsdale.com.

According to TMZ:

“A rep for the reality network fired off a letter on Monday to RealHousewivesofScottsdale.com — a site that boasts live XXX performances from several “housewives” — and accused the site of sullying the “Real Housewives” reputation.”

But the site owner says he is not pulling the plug on anything … and he’s willing to go to court over it.

Of course there is no Real Housewives of Scottsdale series on the network.

However a couple of domains for shows that are on the network are not owned by Bravo either.

RealhousewivesofNewJersey.com goes to a parked page as does RealhousewivesofAtlanta.com.

The term “The Real Housewives” is trademarked by Bravo.

 

 

 

 

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

MTV/Sony Launch HypeMusic.com, On A Domain It Bought From BuyDomains.com For $2,688

Today MTV announced the launch of a new music sitecalled HypeMusic.com

The domain name HypeMusic.com was purchased last November for $2,688 from BuyDomains.com and was part of our weekly Afternic report.

Here is how the whois record read prior to the sale:

 

Administrative Contact:
   Buydomains.com
   Inventory Management (brokerage@buydomains.com)
   +1.7818397993
   Fax: +1.7818392801
   738 Main Street, #389
   Waltham, MA 02451
   US

After the sale the domain ownership went to proxy at Godaddy and remains so today.

Here is the press release announcing the new service:

“MTV, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), and Extreme Music, the production music arm of Sony/ATV, have announced the official launch of the Hype Music website: www.hypemusic.com. Hype Music, the remarkable, first-of-its-kind, hybrid music licensing partnership brings together the two industry powerhouses, along with the incomparable talent-spotting genius of Nic Harcourt as Chief Creative Consultant, to incubate, nurture and introduce some of today’s hottest, emerging, independent artists to professional music users.”

“When you harness two of the industry’s most credible taste-making teams and then add the uncanny talent-spotting genius of Nic Harcourt, you unleash a king-making force that can pick the next big thing with predator drone-like precision,” said Russell Emanuel, Extreme Music CEO. ”We’ve launched with a truly stunning roster that oozes cred and comes with a cast iron guarantee that you will absolutely hear no evil.”

“Hype backs its “Hear No Evil” slogan with a rigorous selection process and a no submission policy, guaranteeing all artists introduced through the partnership will be discovered by the Hype team. Once signed, all acts receive a seal of approval from music insiders including reviews and opinions by an A-list lineup of the industry’s music supervision elite including Nic Harcourt, Kathy Nelson, Gary Calamar, Matt Kierscht, Lucius Dillion, Nick Martin and Liz Gallacher, to name a few.”

“The launch of the Hype site represents an exciting step forward in MTV’s commitment to emerging talent. Hype artists = MTV artists and this platform is yet another destination for them to break through.” said Joe Cuello, Senior Vice President of Creative Music Integration for MTV.”

“In addition to first-look consideration for placement in MTV shows, Extreme will be distributing and licensing Hype songs to their global client base of professional users. MTV will also serve as music distributor for all contracted songs, delivering music to the artists’ fans through multiple digital music services. The Hype Music site will include interviews, videos and buzz along with reviews and views to provide an educated, inside look at the emerging talent.”

“To celebrate the launch, MTV and Extreme will host a industry insider showcase on June 16th at The Village Studios in Los Angeles that will be hosted by Nic Harcourt and feature several of the Hype artists.”

 

 

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May 31, 2011   No Comments

Apple Confirms iCloud (.com) & Launch Date Is June 6th

In a press release today Apple confirmed its long anticipated service called iCloud”

“”Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.”

“”Apple® CEO Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m. ”

“At the keynote, Apple will unveil its next generation software – Lion, the eighth major release of Mac OS® X; iOS 5, the next version of Apple’s advanced mobile operating system which powers iPad®, iPhone® and iPod touch®; and iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.”

“WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. All developers can bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers.”

For more details, visit the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website at developer.apple.com/wwdc.”

iCloud:

From what I’m reading iCloud will allow you to upload your iTunes music library to Apple which then will store it for you for use on mulitple devices thereby giving you a lot of your hard drive space back.

Pricing and other features will be coming on June 6th

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