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What Does Blockchain Have to Do With Voting?

Domain industry news - Fri, 2019-08-23 16:45

Apropos of recent news stories about a blockchain-based voting system that was hacked before its first election, someone asked: "Perhaps final recognition that a lot of blockchain is hype? Or simply an interesting side-story?"

A blockchain can ensure that the lies you see are the same lies that were published, but that doesn't have much to do with voting.

Voting has a very peculiar security model — you need to verify that each person voted at most once, you need to count all of the votes for each candidate, and you need not link the two. A lot of very bad voting systems are built by people who wrongly assume that its security model is similar to something else, which it is not.

An obvious example is Diebold who built voting machines that worked like ATMs, which was a disaster, since the way you audit ATMs depends on the details of each transaction being linked to the person doing it.

Paper ballots have a lot to recommend them. It's easy for poll workers to observe that each voter puts one ballot into the box, they're relatively easy to count (we use mark sense machines here) and compared to the spaghetti code in direct recording machines, they're quite tamper resistant.

Written by John Levine, Author, Consultant & Speaker

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Your Top 10 Domains

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2019-08-23 15:58

Take stock of your top Domains.

On Twitter yesterday, Shane Cultra said he didn’t know why so many people keep their domain portfolio private.

2nd thought. If you are ashamed to publish your top 50 names then essentially you already know that your names aren’t that good. Which is fine unless you operate as a domain investing expert

— Domain Shane Cultra (@DomainShane) August 22, 2019

I asked Shane what his current top 10 domains were, and he has a nice list. I also created my top ten list (all .com):

DNW
Astounding
Lakeway
Comptroller
Comatose
CandyCorn
BagCheck
ExecutivePay
RoyaltyCheck
Brainstorms

After coming up with this list within a few minutes, I decided to take stock of my overall portfolio.

I’ve said this before, but my main business is Domain Name Wire. Domain investing is secondary. I also run PodcastGuests.com, which has turned into a nice business.

I roll over my cash from domain sales into domain purchases. I don’t need to throw off excess cash from my portfolio because of my other businesses.

Looking at the market and what I’m buying lately, I’ve been focusing on domains that I can resell for $1k-$5k. I’ve added a couple of hundred domains to my portfolio over the year, but most have been acquired for under $200 on GoDaddy Auctions.

This is probably reflected in my top domain list. My domain investing isn’t focused on blockbuster sales. I’m impressed with people who do that but it’s not how I play the market. So I like my top ten list, but beyond 20 or so domains my portfolio drops off in a hurry.

Beyond my top 10 domains, here are some others I like:

DataMapping – becoming a big business
Leptospirosis – it’s long, but the other day at the vet I was told I need to get this vaccine for my dog
USMCA – I created a simple site on this domain and it gets hundreds of visits per day.
PatentLicensing and PatentMining – I spent time in this business. It’s big.
LeftofCenter – A three word domain that gets lots of purchase inquiries.
PodcastSearch – As you know, I’m big on podcasts.
Heists and CrimeSpree – They have negative connotations but I like them.
ShowMeState – Since I grew up in Missouri.
CivilForfeiture – I bought this because I was frustrated about civil forfeiture. Its days are probably coming to an end now.
HullSpeed – Great brand.

What are your top 10 domains.

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Questions Raised by the Takeover of SNET, Havana’s Community Network

Domain industry news - Thu, 2019-08-22 18:13

Last May, Cuba's Ministry of Communication (MINCOM) announced resolutions 98 and 99 limiting wireless transmission power and outdoor cables that made community networks like Havana's SNET, illegal. Since SNET was the world's largest community network that did not have Internet access, implementation of the resolutions was postponed for 60 days for negotiations between SNET administrators and MINCOM. The negotiations have ended with a decision to transfer SNET's services and content to ETECSA, Cuba's government-monopoly ISP, and to provide access through Cuba's nationwide chain of 611 Youth Computer Clubs (YCCs), as illustrated by the diagram shown here.

The new regulations authorize people to install WiFi equipment in their homes and businesses in order to access the YCCs, represented by the blue building, and public WiFi hotspots, represented by the sunny outdoor location. The diagram also shows cables running from the YCCs to larger buildings that may represent ETECSA data centers, wireless Internet points of presence, and homes with DSL connectivity.

The government says SNET "will grow with the increased infrastructure" of the YCCs and ETECSA and claims that the intent of Resolutions 98 and 99 is to expand Internet access, but many in the SNET community fear losing access to and control of the assets they have created. You can see their point of view by searching Twitter for the hashtags #YoSoySnet and #FuerzaSnet. The protesters (and I) have many questions about the takeover, like:

  • While some testing has begun, this conversion will take time and resources — why not allow parallel operation of SNET during the cutover to ETECSA/YCC?
  • How many homes are close enough to connect to current WiFi hotspots and YCCs?
  • Given the current planned infrastructure expansion, how long will it take to re-connect all current SNET users?
  • How many of the 611 YCCs have fiber links and what is the schedule for connecting the others?
  • Are rooftop and other outside antennas legal (MINCOM FAQ 18)?
  • Will wireless network installer be added to the list of self-employment occupations (MINCOM FAQ 19)?
  • What provisions are being made to extend connectivity to community network members in smaller cities, outside of Havana?
  • SNET offers many services in addition to gaming — social networking (similar to Facebook), FTP (file transfer) for content sharing, live music streaming, software for download, and forums for developers and engineers, poetry, literature, comics, and sports. Will all of the current SNET services and content be supported?
  • Was the ETECSA/YCC migration anticipated and planned for during the drafting of resolutions 98 and 99?
  • Were SNET and YCC representatives consulted or involved in the drafting of resolutions 98 and 99?
  • There has been some dissension among SNET administrators in the past — was this agreement approved unanimously?
  • In Spain, the UK, Argentina, and other nations, the decision was made to cooperate with and support community networks — to treat them as cooperatively-owned Internet service providers. Did MINCOM consider that alternative and, if so, why was it rejected?
  • Some SNET members have been detained and threatened for voicing opposition to the takeover of the network — are those reports accurate?
  • What will ETECSA/YCC charge for access to former SNET services?
  • Did MINCOM do a cost/benefit analysis of the conversion?
  • Will former SNET members be compensated in any way for their investment in equipment or time in creating intellectual capital in the form of content, software or communication infrastructure?

SNET was a Cuban success story — a user-owned and operated cooperative that developed infrastructure, applications, and content. SNET and the other Cuban community networks may have connected as many homes as ETECSA's home DSL service, Nauta Hogar. Cuba's community networks also developed human capital — experienced users and technicians who, in the long run, benefit both ETECSA and society.

Skeptics see this takeover as confiscation of community assets rather than an effort to better serve the public. Transparent answers to these and related questions could ease their concerns, and I hope ETECSA and the JCCs can deliver on their promises quickly.

Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University

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Google’s .app “junk drop” hasn’t been too bad

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-08-22 17:06

The namespace still has 380,000 domains.

.App registrations fell on the one year anniversary, but the namespace still has about 380,000 domains. Image from nTLDstats.

Google’s .app domain name entered general availability on May 8, 2018. It immediately took off with 100,000 domains registered almost immediately and 180,000 domains under management within a couple of days.

There are now 180,000 .app domain names and rising!

— Ben McIlwain (@CydeWeys) May 10, 2018

These early registrations came up for renewal in May this year. The first anniversary of a domain launch is often called “the junk drop”. People who got a bit too excited at launch drop their marginal domains.

In the case of .app, it took a while to see the impact of this. It takes up to 80 days for .app domains to work through the deletion process: up to 45 days of autorenew grace, then a 30 day redemption grace period followed by 5 days of pending delete.

The .app namespace continued to grow up until July 13, according to nTLDStats. Then the early domains started to drop and the zone shrunk, but it hasn’t been too bad.

nTLDstats shows that the namespace peaked at 446,730 domains on July 12. It is now 381,195. (There are fewer domains in the zone file, but nTLD stats estimates domains that don’t have nameservers.)

Based on these data, the namespace has lost over 65,000 domains. New domains have been registered during this period that offset some of the losses.

Ben McIlwain of Google Registry told Domain Name Wire:

We are happy with .app’s strong renewal rates. This validates our belief that customers are interested in new TLDs, and in the case of .app especially as meaningful, functional and more secure gateways to the internet. We look forward to seeing more developers building on .app.

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A recession is coming

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-08-22 16:29

A recession will eventually come. What will you do when it hits?

I have an iron-clad prediction to make: a recession is coming.

By not putting a date on this prediction, it’s 100% correct. A recession will come. Pundits will debate when it will happen, but we can be assured that it will happen at some point.

The last recession was particularly rough. Historians say it was the worst since the Great Depression, hence the term Great Recession. And with that as the most recent recession experience, people will be cautious when the downturn comes.

I consider my adult life to have started in the year 2000. I graduated college and went to work for a tech company. I did what a good, financially responsbile person was supposed to do: I maxed out my 401k from my first day on the job.

Then the dot.com bubble burst. My company and portfolio imploded. The best investment I made back then was in savings bonds. Yes, savings bonds. They’re still paying about 6% interest to this day.

The dot.com bust colored my experience. I kept a lot of cash on the sidelines and was very conservative in my investments. Then when the Great Recession hit, I piled into the markets. I invested all the way as the market dropped.

The market doubled in value in short order and I felt smart. But I realized that the market’s gyrations were tied in lock step to government decisions and pronouncements, not the reality of the underlying companies in the stock market. This gave me an uneasy feeling and I became a conservative investor again. I thought Dow 14,000 was way to high and pulled off my stock investments.

In hindsight, this was a stupid thing to do. I learned another lesson: the government will do all that it can to prop up the markets. Since then, the government has done more than just backstop against wild drops and recession; it has propped up the market with both fiscal and monetary stimulus.

So after nearly 20 years as an “adult”, I now realize that the government is more powerful than the markets.

As for domain investing, what can you do as a domain investor when recession hits?

I recently sat down with a financial advisor to look at how I should prudently invest my money. How I should look at the long term. We talked about investing in the stock and bond markets, but also alternative investments.

She cautioned against going to heavy into alts. It dawned on me that I’m actually very heavy in alts even when you exclude things like real estate investments. Domain names are an alternative investment.

We’ve seen a lot of good domain sales lately for premium, one-word domains. Startups are snapping these up. What happens when startup funding pulls back? Will this significantly impact these sales?

If they do, it might be a buying opportunity for domain investors. The ones who have cash available.

On the other hand, with recession comes layoffs. People who lose their jobs often start their own business and buy a domain name to do it. But these aren’t the people that will spend hundreds of thousands on domain names.

While you don’t want to hold onto cash forever, you should think about how you want to deploy it when times are frothy.

 

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This week’s end user domain name sales

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-08-22 13:29

A language instruction site, 3D printing company and Bosch bought domain names this past week.

This week was one of those in which GDPR made it hard to figure out who bought domain names. Many of the domains Sedo sold don’t resolve to a website yet and have blocked Whois information.

I’m curious who bought PharmEasy.com for €30,000 or DigitalBrain.com for €25,550. And who paid $25,000 for UI.dev? We’ll have to wait to see.

In the meantime, here are the sales I could connect to an end user.

(You can view previous lists like this here.)

Lingu.com $9,000 – Lingu Norge AS offers language courses at the domain name Lingu.no. It will use the .com site to teach English online.

CricketExchange.com $6,250 – This is an online cricket betting site.

AdaptiveManufacturing.com €4,999 – The domain forwards to Markforged.com, a metal and carbon fiber 3D printing company.

Klick-Tipp.de €4,500 – Klick Tipp is an online marketing company. It also owns Klick-Tipp.com.

Credisol.com $3,920 – CFG Partners operates financial companies including El Sol in Panama.

Zigns.com $3,500 – Intersign Corporation in Chattanooga, TN. The company makes signage for businesses, churches and more.

Leo.in $2,999 – The website has a coming soon notice and a cool logo.

Xlock.de $2,888 – Bosch makes an “angle grinder” called X-Lock.

CloudInsider.de EUR 2,500 – Vogel Communications Group forwards this domain to its cloud computing information site cloudcomputing-insider.de.

Sertom.com €2,200 – The domain forwards to the site for Seravesi 1960, a machinery company.

LIEngergy.com $2,000 – Li Energy in Great Britain.

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Top 2 Names on This Week's Chart Total 400K + Price Paid for Pharmacy.com in 2008 Revealed

DN Journal - Wed, 2019-08-21 22:37
The new weekly sales report is out at DNJournal.com. Along with the week's top sales we finally learned how much Pharmacy.com sold for 11 years ago!
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Worldwide Broadband Trends as the World Wide Web Turns 30

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-08-21 17:45

Hootsuite is the premier tracker of social media usage around the world. They publish numerous reports annually that track broadband statistics and social media statistic from around the world.

They report the following statistics for the end of 2018. The world has been seeing one million new users online every day since January 2018. That means there are 11 new users on the web every second. There are now 5.11 billion mobile subscribers in the world, 67% of the world's population. 4.39 billion people have access of some sort to the Internet, about 57% of the people in the world. There are 3.48 billion people who use social media.

Mobile subscribers increased by 2% in 2018. Internet users increased by 9.1%, and active social media users increased by 9%.

The US and northern Europe both lead the world in Internet access with 95% of the population using the Internet from a landline or cellular connection. The rest of the world is still far behind. While we talk about the great connectivity in parts of the far east, the region has a 60% penetration of people who use the Internet. That's lower than the 63% penetration in Central America and 74% in South America. The areas with the worst broadband coverage are middle Africa at only 12%, eastern Africa at 32% and western Africa at 41%.

The most considerable growth of Internet users is in India, which saw almost 100 million new Internet users in 2018, a 21% increase. That represents 25% of all new Internet users in the world for last year. Some other countries are growing faster, such as Afghanistan at 156%, Cote D'Ivoire at 69%, Cambodia at 56%, Iran at 29%, and Italy at 27%. Hootsuite has been tracking Internet users since 2014 and has seen more than 1.9 billion people added to the Internet since then.

The World Wide Web turns 30 this year (that's hard for many to believe!). It took 16 years to add the first billion users, six more years to add the second billion. The Internet is now adding a billion users every 2.7 years.

The importance of cellular broadband has grown over time. In 2014, 26% of users connected to the web using a cellular phone. Today that has grown to 48%. The average Internet user worldwide uses the Internet an average of 6 hours and 42 minutes per day. The biggest daily users of the web are in the Philippines, with regular usage of over 10 hours per day. In the US the average is 6.5 hours per day.

Google has the world's two most popular web sites with Google search at number 1 and YouTube at number 2. Facebook is in third, with the top ten rounded out by Baidu, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Twitter, Pornhub, Yandex, and Instagram.

GlobalWebIndex reports that 92% of Internet users (about 4 billion) now watch video each month. To put that into perspective, there are an estimated 6 billion people around the world have access to a television.

It's estimated that more than 1 billion users now stream games, with Fortnite being the number one game in the world. There are also a billion people who watch other people play games, with 700 million people who watch e-sports.

About 40% of Internet users now interface with the web using voice. In China and India, over half of users interface the web with voice.

Social media grew by 288 million new users last year. The US still leads with social media, with 70% of Americans internet users connected to at least one social media site. China also has a 70% social media penetration, followed by 67% in northern Europe and 66% in South America. China added 95 million users to social media in 2018, followed by India at 60 million and Indonesia at 20 million. Worldwide the average social media usage is 2 hours and 16 minutes per day. The Philippines again leads in this category where daily usage is 4 hours and 12 minutes. In the US it's a little over 2 hours per day.

While there are still billions with no access to the web, the web keeps growing at a rapid pace around the world. There are efforts by companies like Google, Facebook, and the satellite broadband providers to bring better broadband to the parts of the world with no connections.

Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG Consulting

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Proactive Cybersecurity: What Small Businesses Can Actually Do

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-08-21 17:06

In the business world, there are two main paths a company can take with cybersecurity — the reactive and the proactive approach. The problem with a purely reactive attitude is that it can easily put companies in constant firefighting mode. And for small companies with limited resources, this can turn out to be an increasingly uncomfortable place to be in.

With that in mind, experts today suggest proactive cybersecurity by monitoring suspicious activity and identifying risks before they turn into full-blown attacks. In this post, we are going to discuss several recommendations that small businesses can follow to isolate and combat cyber threats proactively at their level.

Look Inward for Weak Practices

For years, cybersecurity strategies for small businesses would typically involve protection from outside risks. However, sometimes the biggest threat may reside within your own organization.

How so? Well, the absence of use policy, as well as overlooked system misconfigurations, can be as dangerous as viruses and other means of cyberattacks. In small companies, such gaps are often unaddressed due to overwhelming task flows and the lack of cybersecurity expertise.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to tackle these risks. First of all, pay attention to usage controls and policies. Data protection regulations and data access limitations need to be clearly documented and consistently enforced to avoid accidental data breaches.

You also need to identify your critical assets — i.e., customer data, a proprietary technology, etc. — and then deploy security software to monitor your networks for possible flaws that can result in the leakage of sensitive data. For instance, a small business can use threat intelligence data feeds to automatically assess their own websites' configurations and detect vulnerabilities that can potentially be exploited by criminals.

Outsource Your Threat Hunting Needs

Threat hunting, the practice of proactively finding and identifying online threats as early as possible, is another way for small companies to stay ahead of cybercriminals.

One of its main aspects is the creation of actionable hypotheses about potential threats and those that may have already bypassed existing defenses. It involves combining and analyzing current intelligence and developing effective responses against cyber attacks before they happen.

Even though the approach is usually associated with large enterprises due to its complexity, small businesses can incorporate it too. The most practical way of doing so is by outsourcing this expertise to an experienced and equipped threat hunting agency. Doing so will provide even minor players in the industry with the capability to analyze threat data and discover upcoming dangers before they cause damage.

Employing Threat Hunting Tools

But outsourcing is not the sole alternative. Many small businesses that lack the budget or the opportunity to hire professional cybersecurity agents to help study their intelligence and look for threats can still take the matter into their own hands.

The option here is to work with software that could facilitate and somewhat automate the process. However, in order for it to be a reasonable and affordable choice, small organizations should first determine which risks they are most prone to — domain infringement, brand abuse, or others — and from there find an application or databases that focus on the corresponding area.

Such tools and sources can permit carrying out the identification, analysis, and even the decision-making often tasked to security professionals ultimately transforming huge amounts of log data and other threat indicators into a list of priorities a company needs to resolve.

Stay on Top of Domain Threats

Threat actors are never short of ideas as they are constantly working on creative ways to strike organizations. But one thing that hasn't really changed is their exploitation of domains — for years they've been impersonating them, populating them with malware, and more.

This means that websites need to be carefully examined before a company starts making contact with them. But the problem is that small businesses don't have enough specialists that could analyze and approve every page the organization needs to interact with.

One way small teams can protect themselves from these threats without hiring an army of cybersecurity professionals is through software that automatically analyses domain infrastructure and gauges its safety — a process also known as domain scoring — and can run unknown sites through prominent malware databases to confirm their legitimacy and verify if they are infected with harmful code.

Educate Employees on Present Dangers

Employees continue to succumb to social engineering scams. In fact, Verizon mentions that phishing and pretexting account for 98% of social incidents and 93% of breaches. Note that 58% of the data breach victims were small companies.

One of the main reasons why such threats have been quite effective is because criminals bank on the lack of cybersecurity knowledge as well as using psychological manipulation to deceive users. And since small teams hardly consist of specialists with deep cybersecurity background, they are easy prey for perpetrators.

This means that it is crucial for such organizations to pay attention to cybersecurity awareness — e.g., educating employees during the onboarding process, teaching everyone proper password handling, and sticking to the cybersecurity house rules in place. Another cost-effective approach is having frequent huddles led by an IT specialist to advise everyone on board how to stay safe from online threats.

Store Data Effectively

Businesses store all kinds of data that range from the information of their customers to the records of their employees and important financial transactions. Losing access to it can be deadly for small business — paralyzing their operations and leading to costly downtime. This is one of the reasons why they need to put thought on backing up their data.

Thankfully, being a small company means that you don't have as much data as big enterprises, which, in turn, makes performing backups a lot easier. A simple concept we recommend to follow is the 3-2-1 backup rule, which implies:

  1. Having at least three backups of your company data
  2. Storing it in two different formats
  3. Keeping at least one copy offsite

In practice, this could be a combination of cloud data backup, together with an external hard drive and local desktop storage. For added safety, you should encrypt the stored data and even have passwords installed on the hard drives you use.

Managing Passwords

As the owner of a small business, handling multiple online accounts is already a part of your day-to-day operations. And to be efficient, you might be tempted to use the same usernames and passwords so they can be easily remembered. Unfortunately, this facilitates the job of a hacker since there is just one password to figure out before taking control of various channels and processes.

One easy-to-implement tip to overcome this dilemma is signing up for a password management application that can securely store and maintain passwords. With this kind of capability, you can begin using long, nonsensical passwords that can be very difficult to break, especially via brute force attacks.

* * *

These are just some of the best practices that small businesses can follow to develop a proactive cybersecurity strategy that works for them in 2019. From performing assessments internally to the active monitoring of a network, business owners can employ a range of techniques to safeguard their organization actively in nowadays' ever-dangerous cyber landscape.

Written by Jonathan Zhang, Founder and CEO of WhoisXMLAPI & ThreatIntelligencePlatform.com

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NHL.cc owner forgoes $6,000, loses domain to NHL

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-08-21 15:15

National Hockey League wins cybersquatting dispute against the domain NHL.cc.

The National Hockey League has won a cybersquatting case it brought against the owner of NHL.cc. .CC is the country code for Cocos Islands but is generally used as a generic domain extension.

A Chinese man who registered the domain claimed he hadn’t heard of the NHL when he registered the domain. He noted that it’s too hot to play ice hockey in Zhengzhou, China and that most people in China didn’t become aware of the sport until 2015 when Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Olympic games.

Whether or not this is true, the domain owner didn’t help his case by explicitly calling out that NHL stands for National Hockey League on his website (see image above).

The text roughly translated to “The National Hockey League is a shorthand NHL (French: Ligue Nationale de Hockey), a shorthand LNH, a professional sports league composed of North American ice hockey teams.”

The NHL first tried to buy the domain name. It cleverly refers to its overture to buy the domain as being undertaken by an “investigator”. It did not identify itself when it tried to acquire the domain. The NHL raised its offer to $6,000 but the domain owner’s last offer was $18,000.

I’m not sure that the panel got this case right and the fact that the NHL first tried to buy the domain could have been used as a defense. But once the domain owner added the National Hockey League reference to the site, he put himself in the corner needing to defend himself.

I bet the domain owner is kicking himself now for not accepting the $6,000 offer.

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Italian company InfoCert tries reverse domain name hijacking

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-08-21 14:57

Infocert S.p.a. files cybersquatting complaint in abuse of UDRP.

Infocert S.p.a., which bills itself as the largest certification authority in Europe, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name InfoCert.com.

The company appears to use the domain names Infocert.digital and Infocert.it for its websites.

It filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization. The case was dead on arrival; the owner of the domain registered it in 1998, which was six years before Infocert started its business.

In finding reverse domain name hijacking, panelist Nick Gardner also noted that the Complainant neglected to mention that it tried to buy the domain before filing the cybersquatting dispute. He also said Infocert’s case that “infocert” was a coined word that could only relate to itself was wrong. It is an “obvious conjoining of the abbreviations for ‘information’ and ‘certificate’,” he noted.

Studio Torta S.p.A. represented the Complainant. Greenberg & Lieberman represented the domain owner.

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Who paid up to $300k for domain names as Uniregistry

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-08-21 13:38

Here’s who bought Uniregistry’s top sales from the past week.

A new company called Joyride paid $300,000 for the domain name Joyride.com.

Uniregistry’s top public sale this past week is Joyride.com. A startup that helps car dealers put unsold inventory to use plunked down the cash for the domain. It’s off to a great start with its domain name!

Here’s who bought the rest of the top public sales.

1. joyride.com $300,000 – Joyride.com helps car dealers monetize unused inventory through car sharing and sales.

2. throwpillows.com $18,000 – The domain is forwarding to TheCleanBedroom.com with a tracking link. However, it’s been pointing there since before this sale, so I’m not sure if it will now point elsewhere or if this was a payment plan deal.

3. activate.ca $15,882 – This place looks cool. From the website: Activate is a state of the art facility with a wide variety of gaming experiences. You and your group enter inside a video game experience and become the players to actively and mentally complete challenges.

4. thevic.com $15,000 – No idea on this one. It’s registered to SafeNames.

5. goldcap.com $15,000 – No public Whois and it doesn’t resolve.

6. alien.co $12,000 – The domain doesn’t resolve and Whois says the owner is in Hong Kong.

7. libertybell.com $10,000 – A California business called Reliable Media. I can’t find any more information about the company.

8. redpipe.com $10,000 – I’m not sure who bought it, but Red Pipe Cafe is a good candidate.

9. wavix.com $9,000 – The Whois is protected by DomainsByProxy.

10. cyberunit.com $8,000 – All Whois tells us is that the buyer is in Canada.

11. boooing.com $7,500 – If you’re wondering why someone would by this domain, consider how close it is to Booking.com

12. inflor.com $7,000 – INFOR is a Brazilian firm that makes forestry software. It forwards the domain to Inflor.com.br.

13. leasingautomobile.com $5,500 – Rombrac Automobile forwards the domain to leasingautomobile.ro.

14. firsthospitality.com $5,000 – First Hospitality, a company in the hotel and restaurant business, forwards the domain to its website at fhginc.com.

15. viaglo.com $5,000 – Fly Go Voyager operates travel websites.

16. soundbooth.com $5,000 – Soundbooth is a marketplace connecting music professionals to people who need audio edited. I think this is the best deal this week.

17. ecells.com $5,000 – The buyer is an eBike seller that operates E-Cells.net.

18. explorify.com $5,000 – This is a fun name for a travel site.

19. bibook.com $4,800 – Renance – Automated Financial Services Oy, a financial software company.

20. solarfuse.com $4,000 – Solar Fuse is a solar broker in Tempe, Arizona.

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WIPO Becomes First Non-Chinese Entity to Provide Domain Dispute Resolution Services for China's .cn

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-08-20 19:59

WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center earlier this month became the only non-Chinese entity to provide domain name dispute resolution services for the .CN and .中国 (China) country code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) — one of the world's largest ccTLDs. Rory O'Neill reporting in TBO writes: "The Cyberspace Administration of China's (CAC) decision to designate the WIPO centre as a dispute resolution provider comes after WIPO chief Francis Gurry and CAC minister Zhuang Rongwen signed a memorandum of understanding last month. ... A number of high-profile brands and IP bodies have taken action against alleged cybersquatters in recent months."

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Huawei Founder in a Staff Memo Warns Company Is Facing a 'Live-or-Die Moment'

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-08-20 18:21

Ren Zhengfei, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies

In a memo sent to employees on Monday, Ren Zhengfei, the 74-year-old Huawei founder, has asked its employees to work aggressively towards sales targets and warned that the company is facing a "live-or-die moment." The memo sent to employees on Monday contained numerous military metaphors according to Reuters, which states to have seen the content. An excerpt from the memo reads: "If you cannot do the job, then make way for our tank to roll; And if you want to come on the battlefield, you can tie a rope around the 'tank' to pull it along, everyone needs this sort of determination!" Sijia Jiang who broke the story in Reuters today reports "Huawei will spend more on production equipment this year to ensure supply continuity, cut redundant roles and demote inefficient managers as its grapples with a 'live-or-die moment' in the wake of U.S. export curbs ... Ren said in June the ban was worse than expected..." The memo follows U.S. decision this week to delay the trade ban for 90 days to help U.S. customers "wean themselves off."

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Stolen domain lawsuit filed over $100k domain name 1001.com

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-08-20 16:27

Company that bought domain name for $100,000 in 2013 says that it has been stolen.

Netherlands corporation Diginus BV has filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name 1001.com, which it alleges was stolen from it.

The company paid $100,000 to acquire the domain name on Sedo in 2013, according to NameBio.

Based on historical Whois records, it appears that the alleged theft occurred in May this year. That’s when the Whois record changed from Namecheap Whois privacy to GoDaddy’s DomainsByProxy.

DomainsByProxy was subsequently removed to reveal a registrant in China.

Diginus filed the lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, where .com registry Verisign is located.

David Weslow of Wiley Rein is representing Diginus.

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AbdulBasit Makrani gets reverse domain name hijacking win

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-08-20 15:57

Panel finds in domain investor’s favor over AguaDulce.com domain.

Pakistani Domain name investor AbdulBasit Makrani has successfully defended his domain AguaDulce.com in a UDRP and the panel found reverse domain name hijacking.

Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A. operates a marine terminal in Colombia. It uses the domain name PuertoaAguaDulce.com.

Agua Dolce translates to “Sweet Water” in Spanish.

The Complainant made a number of arguments in its case. One of these was a search engine printout showing its website in response to a search for aguadulce. But the result was way down the SERPs and there are lots of other sites that show up for the term. The panel wrote:

What both Parties’ searches do demonstrate, taken together, is that a range of alternative meanings and possible uses of the term “aguadulce” (or “agua dulce”) exist, the majority of which do not denote the Complainant or its mark. There is considerable emphasis to be found on these alternative meanings or uses in the Respondent’s search and this provides adequate support for his case that he was not aware of the Complainant when he came to register the disputed domain name and that he did so to take advantage of its dictionary meaning.

This reminds me of something John Berryhill said on DNW Podcast #244: Google is sometimes the best trademark database.

The Complainant also pointed out that the Respondent has been on the receiving end of three UDRP filings at WIPO, where the instant case was filed. It neglected to point out that the Respondent won two of the cases (and didn’t respond to the first).

The port owner also said the Respondent has been subject to proceedings at another UDRP administrator, but the panelists could not find any such cases.

Makrani said this was a case of a company trying to buy a domain and then resorting to UDRP after it didn’t like the price.

The majority found that the case constitutes reverse domain name hijacking.

Howard Neu represented AbdulBasit Makrani. Brigard & Castro represented the Complainant.

Writing about the case on his blog, Makrani stated that the Complainant’s law firm “are bunch of morons and Reverse Domain Name Hijackers who not only mislead the panelists by falsely mentioning that I was involved in other cases whereas they failed to provide any such reference but they also concealed the entire proceedings and the final outcome of my last two UDRP decisions which went completely in my favor.”

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GoDaddy gets patent for ‘Portfolio-based domain name recommendations’

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-08-20 15:34

Patent suggests ways a registrar can decide which domains to display to customers.

Part of a diagram from GoDaddy’s latest patent related to domain name suggestions.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent #10,387,959 to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) today.

The patent (pdf) for “Portfolio-based domain name recommendations” provides ways a domain name registrar can select which domain name suggestions to make to a customer.

There are many examples covered in the patent. One is to limit the number of times a domain suggestion is shown to a customer. For example, after showing it five times, the registrar may decide the customer isn’t interested and remove it from future suggestions.

Another embodiment is to show domains that are related to other ones in the customer’s portfolio based on how long the domains have been in the portfolio. GoDaddy discloses that it has found customers are more likely to register domains related to “middle-aged” domains in their portfolio as opposed to domains that have been registered a short amount of time or a very long amount of time.

Although it does not disclose what constitutes middle-aged, it gives an example of marking domain registered more than five years as old and less than one year as new.

The application includes other embodiments related to domain and SEO value.

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Sedo offers For Sale lander, here’s how to set it up

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-08-20 15:06

Sedo finally allows domain owners to focus on sales instead of parking ads.

It’s a bit late to the game, but Sedo has finally created a landing page for domain names that focuses solely on the domain being for sale and doesn’t show ads.

As parking revenue dwindles and domain investors focus on sales, marketplaces have offered such landers so that buyers see a clear ‘for sale’ message that’s not cluttered by paid ads. Uniregistry and Afternic both offer for-sale landers. Domain sales platforms Efty and DAN.com only offer for-sale landers and not ones with pay-per-click ads.

To change a domain from PPC to the new landers, select the domain in your account and click on layout. Then select ‘selling’ and click save changes.

You can see an example at Laundromats.us.

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Guta.com Releases Their Q2-2019 Premium Domain Sales Report & Unveils New Office in Xiamen, China

DN Journal - Tue, 2019-08-20 00:08
The folks at Guta.com have been busy this summer. They've just released their latest report on aftermarket sales and also moved into upscale new offices.
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Google Showing Signs of Increased Concerns Over Rising Data Privacy Scrutiny

Domain industry news - Mon, 2019-08-19 20:05

Earlier this year, Google quietly terminated its "Mobile Network Insights" service, which provided wireless carriers globally, information on network performance in various locations. The data was derived from devices running Google's Android operating system, and according to a Reuters report, the shut down followed "Google's concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users and regulators." Angela Moon and Paresh Dave of Reuters write: "The withdrawal of the service, which has not been previously reported, has disappointed wireless carriers that used the data as part of their decision-making process on where to extend or upgrade their coverage. Even though the data were anonymous and the sharing of it has become commonplace, Google's move illustrates how concerned the company has become about drawing attention amid a heightened focus in much of the world on data privacy."

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