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GGRG 2Q-2018 Report on Liquid Domain Sales Shows China Slowdown Driving Drop in Median Prices

DN Journal - Thu, 2018-08-16 22:16
The once red hot demand for short, premium .com domains in China continued to cool in 2Q-2018 according to the latest quarterly report from GGRG.
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Trump Relaxes U.S. Regulation to Launch Cyberattacks

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-08-16 20:44

President Donald Trump has reversed an Obama-era policy that set limits on how the United States deploys cyberattacks. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Trump is seeking to relax regulations and make it easier for the country to launch cyber attacks. Jack Herrera reporting in the Pacific Standard: "Regulations introduced under President Barack Obama set strict guidelines on how and when cyber attacks could be launched: Presidential Policy Directive 20, which Trump undid on Wednesday, set a framework that required multiple members of the executive branch to be consulted before any cyber attack was launched. Reactions to the policy reversal were mixed. ... many in the military and intelligence communities applauded the change… other experts worried about what sort of power this might cede to the Pentagon and other intelligence agencies..."

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Vancouver Hexonet Cruise sets sail on August 23

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-08-16 18:08

Great networking opportunity next week in Vancouver.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest or need an excuse for a last minute trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, get ready for Hexonet’s cruise on August 23.

The domain name registrar has teamed up with a lot of sponsors for its annual evening cruise, networking and educational event. Afilias, Amazon Registry, Donuts, .ME, NamesCon, PIR, Weebly, and .Asia are sponsoring the event.

The evening cruise takes off in Coal Harbour at 5:30 next Thursday and concludes at 9 pm.

Tickets are CAN $20, and all proceeds go to British Columbia Children’s Hospital Foundation. Hexonet will match all funds raised.

The high temperature in Vancouver next Thursday is forecasted to be 73 degrees, so this should give you an incentive to make the trip. (Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it due to a scheduling conflict.)

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Trump's Outrageous ITU Elections Gambit

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-08-16 17:38

First some background. Every four years, the 168-year-old, Geneva-based treaty organization that provides the legal basis for worldwide network communications, radio spectrum management, and satellite placements holds a "plenipotentiary" conference among its 193 sovereign nation members. The next plenipotentiary begins on 29 October for three weeks. In addition to potentially altering treaty provisions and resolutions, and constituting its Council as an interim governing body, it elects 17 individuals to its five permanent bodies: General Secretariat (2); Radio Regulations Board (12), Radiocommunication Bureau (1), Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (1), Telecommunication Development Bureau (1).

The elections this year would be otherwise un-notable if it were not for two controversial, highly disturbing actions by the Trump Administration. For the first time in the history of U.S. involvement in the ITU, it withdrew a candidate — the present U.S. Vice-Chair of the Radio Regulations Board which oversees global radio spectrum management and adjudicates disputes. She is the first African American woman to hold an ITU elected position who was originally nominated by the Obama Administration in 2014 and was likely to assume the Chair of the Board if she had continued.

The second Trump action involves the election of the Director of ITU's Telecommunications Development Bureau (BDT). The BDT evolved from initiatives started in the 1950s to assist developing countries — especially in Africa where post-colonial challenges existed. It is the smallest of the ITU activities with no operational responsibilities. Because of the BDT's focus, its elected Director has always been from a developing country. This time, the single publicly nominated candidate for BDT Director is exceptionally well-qualified if not unique — Jean Philemon Kissangou of Congo-Brazzaville.

In addition to being a graduate network engineer with additional academic credentials in telecommunications policy, he started up an Internet access provider, taught, headed up the national Internet Society chapter, became a Board Director of AfriNIC which manages internet address resources for the region, and became head of the telecom nation's regulatory agency. He additionally articulated a comprehensive management plan for his role going forward. He plainly understands the challenges of bringing network connectivity and services to developing countries and has the real-life experience to prove it.

Instead of supporting Mr. Kissangou, the Trump Administration is trying to convince ITU Member nations to reject him in favour of a former member of the Dept of Commerce's staff who has worked in a variety of staff support roles in the ITU's Geneva secretariats for the past twenty-five years. Commerce's promotional website simply touts her as "an experienced and judicious American" woman.

The Trump Administration has tasked several of its appointed Federal agency officials and overseas outposts to promote its would-be candidate. In one case, an FCC official recently made a not so veiled threat that U.S. funding of the ITU will decrease if Trump doesn't get support for his candidate. In typical Trump alt-truth style, his minions are marketing their candidate as the ITU's first elected women — when the ITU, in fact, has had women in elected positions since 2007. What they don't say is that Trump just withdrew the re-nomination candidacy of the first elected African American woman in the ITU.

What is occurring here is little more than a clown show. It is ludicrous for U.S. officials to be talking about the importance of new 5G technologies, and then removing the U.S. vice chair of the key global board whose role includes overseeing those technologies. It makes no sense opposing Africa's de facto candidate for running the activities largely designed to assist African members — especially one who is an experienced engineer and African internet development leader. And lastly, it is unfair for Trump to be using a long time ITU civil servant as a petard for his hostile political gambit and with the messaging that her qualifications are "an experienced and judicious American."

What is even more bizarre about this Trump gambit is that although he has withdrawn the existing U.S. elected candidate to the Radio Regulations Board, he has actually not yet formally nominated his preferred BDT Director candidate. Furthermore, it is implausible that the votes would exist for such a dramatic, regionally unbalanced action. Thus, in Trump's world of antipathy toward multilateral organizations and fake reality, it is possible that the real intent is to reduce the U.S. contribution to the ITU's budget — which must be announced at the Plenipotentiary Conference. The election gambit is very possibly only a cover story. In the ITU, Member nations volunteer how much they financially contribute.

Trump's reduction move would be foolish, however, as the U.S. financial contribution is relatively small and could be easily compensated by other nations. Additionally, the preponderance of the ITU budget goes toward its radio spectrum management activities. If Trump made use of his Intelligence Community which he seems to despise, they would likely have explained that ITU Radio Sector activities have always been essential to long-term U.S. strategic interests, and the growing importance of ITU in dealing with extraterritorial virtualized networks including 5G, will make the venue increasingly critical for cybersecurity.

This behaviour of the Trump Administration is an embarrassment to the nation and antithetical to U.S. interests and global cooperation. Moreover, it has disturbing racial overtones on an international scale that seem typical of Trump's views about African nations and people.

The industry needs to speak out. NGOs, the internet community, and especially ICANN, need to become engaged in the upcoming BDT election to support a highly qualified, African internet leader from their ranks. Finally, ITU Member nations also need to send Trump a message that his bullying tactics here are unacceptable.

Disclaimer: The author is former FCC Senior International Policy Adviser, former ITU Chief of Telecommunication Regulations and Relations between Members, co-author of the reference book "ITU in A Changing World," former Adjunct Professor at New York Law School.

Written by Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC

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New gTLDs: Are You Rich?

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-08-16 17:30

Did you know about these new domain name extensions which focus on wellness, wealth and ego? Well, I listed them and there is an interesting one… which really is unique.

Businesses and Industries

Many want to be famous and some industries should have a look at this list of extensions since they are keywords dedicated to very powerful industries: Gold and Diamonds, for example, have their own new gTLD for domain names ending in ".gold" and ".diamonds".

Some of these registries ask for a lot of money to register one single domain name, sometimes more than €2,000.00 while some will ask $10 per year like the .BEST new gTLD which is about to considerably lower the price of its domains starting September/October 2018.


Some are luxury Trademarks which do not allow to register their personalized domain names since they help them strengthen their image online: one would not want to allow a malicious operator to allow a phishing operation using a trademark ending in ".chanel" for example.

Luxury car trademarks are also represented with Bugatti, Ferrari and Maserati, some French fashion trademarks, watches and some five stars hotels. Some trademark applications were withdrawn.


There is an interesting extension that I like to point out: it is not used but it is unique in the way that it is the only one offering domain names in the first and family name of a person: the .RICHARDLI new gTLD is the only domain name extension dedicated to a single person worldwide.

These are some of the 28 extensions available in the list of luxury new gTLDs to which we update registration volumes on a monthly basis: a good way to see if these domain names are used… or not:


I am often surprised to watch the full list of new gTLDs and see that one person worldwide considered applying for his full name as a new domain name extension. If I was rich and wanted my family name to be known as a trademark, I would consider applying for my .BRAND new gTLD.

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Betsy Riot punks NRA Lobbyist’s wife with domain name

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-08-16 15:04

Group creates website juxtaposing NRA’s advocacy and successfully defends domain name in cybersquatting complaint.

Above: A picture from

Betsy Riot, a group that has railed against the National Rifle Association, has won a dispute brought by Courtney Cox, who is married to the NRA’s chief lobbyist and principal political strategist, Chris Cox.

Courtney Cox runs an interior design company called Ivy Lane Living. Betsy Riot registered the domain name and created a parody site juxtaposing her business with the National Rifle Association. You can see the parody/criticism site here.

Cox filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name, but Betsy Riot has prevailed in a decision handed down by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In a nutshell, the WIPO panelist determined that this wasn’t a case of cybersquatting and qualifies as free speech and a criticism site.

The group behind the website also owns, which is the name of the National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President.

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16 end user domain sales: a big bank, custom bong maker and more

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-08-16 13:33

A Fortune 500 bank, politician, and custom bong maker bought domain names last week.

Sedo’s top sale last week was for $600,000 but we don’t know if it was an end user or investor yet. I did, however, uncover 16 domains that are end user sales, and there are surely more. One is a company that uses .co that bought the matching .com. Another is a new ecommerce logistics company that went with .co as it matches the company’s full name. And another is a bank that might be rebranding or starting a new brand.

Let’s take a look at some of the end user sales at Sedo over the past week:

(Want to see more lists like this?) $11,500 – Line Dance is a movie, TV show and ranch. €9,900 – Public Financial Management, which provides financial consulting to governments and endowments, filed an intent-to-use trademark application for Munite in July. It will be for “Providing an on-line, searchable database of information about municipal bond issuers organized by obligor and specific industry sector or group.” €9,000 – Commerce Co sources and ships products. If you’re interested in this stuff, you might want to review my podcast about Amazon FBA. €7,000 – Is Bancorp South (NYSE:BXS), a Fortune 500 company, going to rebrand? It bought this domain name. $7,000 – I’m not sure why Integrated Solutions International LLC, a business automation company, wants a domain name that sounds like a lottery or gambling site. $5,500 – Livpure Smart Homes Pvt Ltd. It’s not clear what it will do with $5,000 – The domain now forwards to, a cryptocurrency service. $5,000 – +39 Events is an events company in Italy. $4,999 – Quant AI is a patent analytics/data company in the Seattle area. £4,900 – ENTRVST provides HIPAA-complaint email and cloud services to health groups. Its name and existing domain name fail the radio test miserably, and is used by another company so that probably isn’t an option. $4,000 – Gift Pro Ltd helps companies sell gift cards. Its domain is €3,900 – Vascular monitoring company VoluMetrix bought this domain and forwards it to its main domain. $2,999 – Yep, it’s a seller of custom bongs. $2,800 – The Graham Companies is a developer of Miami Lakes, Florida. €2,500 – Abeos is a headhunter/recruiting service that uses the domain $2,500 – Bonnie Watson Coleman is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district. Her campaign domain is

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Two 6-Figure Sales Totaling $835,000 and One of Year's 3 Biggest ccTLD Sales Top This Week's Chart

DN Journal - Thu, 2018-08-16 00:19
Another interesting week for domain sales highlighted by a couple of 6-figure .com heavyweights and one of the year's three biggest ccTLD sales.
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Group of Engineers Have Created a Way to Detect Dangerous Objects in Baggage Using Public Wifi

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-08-15 21:51

Various target objects and bags/boxes in the experiment. Left Image: Fifteen objects in 3 categories, Right Image: Six different bags and boxes

Engineers from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Binghamton University, have published a study describing a technique with which public wifi can be used to identify in-baggage dangerous objects in public spaces that don't typically have affordable screening options. From the report:

The growing needs of public safety urgently require scalable and low-cost techniques on detecting dangerous objects (e.g., lethal weapons, homemade-bombs, explosive chemicals) hidden in baggage. Traditional baggage check involves either high manpower for manual examinations or expensive and specialized instruments, such as X-ray and CT. ... many public places (i.e., museums and schools) that lack of strict security check are exposed to high risk. In this work, we propose to utilize the finegrained channel state information (CSI) from off-the-shelf WiFi to detect suspicious objects that are suspected to be dangerous (i.e., defined as any metal and liquid object) without penetrating into the user's privacy through physically opening the baggage. Our suspicious object detection system significantly reduces the deployment cost and is easy to set up in public venues."

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Cuba Testing 3G Internet Access

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-08-15 18:54

ETECSA, Cuba's monopoly ISP, has been running free tests of their forthcoming mobile access. It seems that the latest test is over for now, but Andy Garcia (@Dancuba96) ran a speed test before it ended:

ETECSA has not announced when commercial 3G service will commence, where it will be available at first and what it will cost, but the following image at the start of the @ETECSA_Cuba Twitter page suggests that the service will begin soon and they are serious about mobile #Internet access.

This history of Cuban mobile connectivity puts the current 3G expansion in the context of earlier mobile offerings.

The following image from the ETECSA_Cuba Facebook page shows three-speed tiers — 1, 2 and 3 Mbps.

One to three Mbps connectivity using a mobile device is fine for consuming and sharing content, but not for content creation. I hope Cuba regards 3G as an interim, stopgap measure and they are planning to leapfrog over today's technology to roll out next-generation technology when it and they are ready. For example, one can imagine Cuba jumping from 3G to 5G community networks.

Cuban 3G access is a positive step — it will scale better than their current WiFi hotspots and navigation rooms — and be more convenient, but the prices may favor access to the Cuban national intranet over access to the global Internet, creating a "walled garden" with all of its shortcomings.

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Namecheap hits $109.1 million revenue in 2017

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-08-15 17:32

One of the largest domain name registrars crossed the 9 figure mark in 2017.

Domain name registrar Namecheap has been a big domain name registrar for a long time but didn’t always show up on top registrar lists because it was an Enom reseller.

Now that it has pulled most of its domains onto its own registrar accreditation, the company’s size has become apparent. It’s among the top five largest domain name registrars for .com domain names.

In 2015, Namecheap had revenue of $76 million and three-year growth of 117%. It fell off the Inc 5000 in 2017, but is back for the 2018 list. Its 2017 revenue was $109.1 million. That’s up 78% over three years, and up 44% from 2015.

According to the company’s Inc 5000 listing, it employees 950 people.

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.Club posts $7.2 million revenue, lands on Inc 5000

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-08-15 17:25

Revenue more than quadrupled from 2014 to 2017.

New top level domain name registry .CLUB Domains has landed at #1164 on the newly released Inc 5000 for 2018. The list is ranked based on three-year revenue growth.

The company had $7.2 million revenue in 2017, up 419% over 3-years. It launched its domain name in early 2014.

This is the first look we’ve had at .Club’s financials in a while. .Club CEO Colin Campbell previously discussed the group’s 2015 financials with DomainName Wire. In that year it had about $7.0 million in bookings, but that excludes any sort of revenue recognition so it’s not necessarily comparable.

Whois API remained on the list for a second year, coming in at #651 with $2.7 million in revenue and 775% three-year growth. It will be interesting to see what happens with this company in the age of GDPR.

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In an Eight-Hour Test, Cuba Makes Internet Access Available Nationwide

Domain industry news - Wed, 2018-08-15 16:53

Cuba's government provided free internet to more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday as an eight-hour test prior to launching sales of the service. Reuter reports: "Cuba is one of the Western Hemisphere's least connected countries. State-run telecommunications monopoly ETECSA announced the trial, with Tuesday marking the first time internet services were available nationwide. There are hundreds of WiFi hotspots in Cuba but virtually no home penetration."

Doug Madory from Oracle's Internet Intelligence unit noted today that a "Surge in DNS queries from Cuba [was] observed yesterday as the country tested national mobile Internet service." (see figure on the right)

There are no details yet on the potential cost of the mobile internet for Cubans but ETECSA is currnetly charging embassies and enterprises $45 a month for four gigabytes.

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Gumwand Inc. files lawsuit to get domain name

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-08-15 15:25

Gum removal company continues to chase elusive domain name.

The company that makes the Gumwand is suing to get Photo from

Gumwand Inc, a company that sells tools to remove gum from flooring and public spaces, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in Federal District Court in Virginia to get the domain name

The company uses and has been trying to get for years. It originally sued the owner of in 2015 in New York. The court issued a default judgment in 2017, demanding that the domain name be transferred to Gumwand Inc.

But Gumwand Inc. has had trouble getting the domain transferred. The original defendant has changed its name several times, according to the company.

It filed a case with National Arbitration Forum this summer. The Forum denied the complaint but the decision hasn’t been published yet.

So now Gumwand is doing what it probably should have done in the beginning: file a case in the Eastern District of Virginia, where .com registry Verisign is located. It filed an in rem case there on August 9. If the court enters a default judgment, it can order Verisign to transfer the domain name.

One thing perplexing about this case is that was registered before It may be that the creator of the device announced the product without registering the domain name. It will be interesting to read the UDRP decision to see if it explains the order of events.

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Photos & Highlights from the 1st Edition of the Indian Domain Summit in Kolkata, India

DN Journal - Tue, 2018-08-14 20:14
The rapidly growing domain industry in India got another shot in the arm Saturday when the new Indian Domain Summit had a successful 1st run in Kolkata.
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Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-08-14 17:14

Domain name sells for the exact same price that it sold for in 2009.

Sedo domain name broker Dave Evanson announced today that he brokered the sale of the domain name for $600,000:

Just sold Christian(.)com for $600,000 @sedo!! Congrats to buyer and seller!!

— dave evanson (@SedoDaveEvanson) August 14, 2018

The domain name is in escrow at Sedo and the buyer’s identity hasn’t been revealed yet. sold for the exact same amount in 2009 when Boris Kreiman bought the domain name shortly after buying for $1.1 million. Kreiman told Domain Name Wire that he was going to create a Christian social network using the domain name.

The domain was about to be sold at the Rick Latona TRAFFIC auction in 2009, but the transaction went through Sedo. So this is the second time Sedo has had a hand in selling

After the 2009 deal, the domain was under Whois privacy until late 2015. At that time the domain Whois record changed to Avatar Invest Inc. in Russia.

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DreamHost enables export-to-WordPress for its Remixer website builder

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2018-08-14 16:00

No lock-in with DreamHost’s site builder.

I’ve been reviewing non-WordPress website builders over the past month and have more reviews to come.

These site builders make it easier for non-techies to build websites than using WordPress. But there’s a big drawback: lock-in.

Each builder is proprietary and they are designed to limit the ability to export to a different platform and/or webhost. In return for an easy-to-use site builder, you agree to be locked in indefinitely with the service.

But hosting company DreamHost announced today that it is opening up its Remixer site builder. Customers that use Remixer to build a site can export it to WordPress on a Dreamhost shared hosting account. Even though the initial export is to a Dreamhost account, customers could then use the WordPress export feature if they wish to change hosting companies.

Being able to start designing a site in a simple site creator and then harness the customizability that WordPress offers seems like a big win.

DreamHost says that it is the first company to allow exporting from a standalone website builder to WordPress.

Although I haven’t tested Remixer yet, I will do so in the future.

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IETF Releases the New and Improved Internet Security Protocol, TLS 1.3

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-08-13 22:42

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has announced the official release of TLS 1.3. Reporting in a blog post, TLS Working Group Chairs Joseph Salowey, Sean Turner and Christopher Wood said: "While the most widely used technology providing transport layer security for the Internet traces its origins back to SSL more than 20 years ago, the recently completed TLS 1.3 is a major revision designed for the modern Internet. The protocol has major improvements in the areas of security, performance, and privacy. ... Most modern web browsers and many applications you probably use already support TLS 1.3. For those not currently supporting the protocol, we expect future updates to bring in support."

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Dynadot eclipses 1 million domain name milestone

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-08-13 21:20

Domain name registrar hits key growth milestone.

Domain name registrar Dynadot has hit the one million domains under management milestone.

The company was founded in 2002 and became ICANN-accredited the following year. It didn’t hire its first employee until 2006. Since then, it has grown to four offices (San Mateo, CA, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Toronto).

Dynadot is also a 50% female company in an industry that is male-dominated.

Todd Han founded and bootstrapped the company. It hasn’t taken any outside investment or debt, and Han doesn’t plan to sell the company.

Listen to Han talk about the Dynadot story and what it’s like being a small-to-mid-sized registrar in DNW Podcast #141.

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How Big Is the Domain Business?

Domain industry news - Mon, 2018-08-13 18:13

When you're standing close to ICANN, the domain business may seem pretty big, but when you stand farther away, not so much.

Verisign's revenues are about $1 billion/year. The .COM and .NET top-level domains together have about 150M names. The next biggest gTLDS are .ORG with 25M and .INFO with 12M. The biggest new TLDs are TOP with 2.9M and .XYZ with 1.8M, with both bloated by firesale prices. The rest are smaller, mostly much smaller.

The biggest registrar is Godaddy whose revenue is $2.5G/yr which includes a lot of non-registrar revenue. So I'm guessing that the total registry and registrar business is in the range of $3 to $5G (billion), growing slowly.

Meanwhile, Amazon's cloud revenue this year is about $20G, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure both about $10G, each of which are likely to double by 2020. Facebook's revenue is around $40G, Google's is $100G, (the Chinese e-commerce company) $55G. Amazon's overall revenue is $180G, but most of that is stuff, not bits. The total Internet business is on the order of $1 trillion, with the domain business being less than 1% of that. So let us not get swelled heads.

This also reminds us that even though $100M to get control of .WEB seemed like a lot of money in the domain world, that would have been 0.15% of the cash Google currently has on hand.

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