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17 end user sales up to $130,000

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:22

Some recognizable companies bought domain names at Sedo.

One of the enjoyable things about researching domain name sales is that I learn about interesting industries, foreign language terms, and fun entrepreneurial ventures. This week, for example, I learned that Sekt is the name for German sparkling wine.

Notable this week: Bosch bought a two-hyphen domain name for €12,500 as part of an eBike marketing campaign, a maker of fine quality jigsaw puzzles bought a .co.uk domain, and a special effects company bought a clever three word domain.

Here’s a list of some of the end user domain name sales that took place at Sedo over the past week.

NBX.com $130,000 – The buyer is unknown, but I’m going to assume it’s a crypto company.

Sekt.com €22,500 – Sekt is German sparking wine and the buyer, Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei KG, is a seller of sekt and other alcohol.

Feel-the-flow.de €12,500 – Bosch bought this domain, and it forwards to a page about its eBikes.

TWCapital.com $10,000 – TW Capital Co., Ltd. in Bangkok.

PhoneCovers.com $5,600 – Tech Master IT Services in the UK is a computer repair company.

Verified.io $5,000 – The eSignature company Verified which uses the domain name Verified.eu.

Lahcg.com $4,880 – LHC Group is a healthcare company based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Its current domain name is LHCGroup.com. Maybe the A stands for “and”?

Net4Energy.com $4,880 – The domain forwards to the website for Creos Deutschland Services GmbH, which offers energy-related services.

Totectors.com $3,500 – International Brands Group sells shoes under a number of different brands. I suspect this will be for a new brand or product feature name.

Cryptocraft.org $3,500 – Forex Factory in Florida.

ThinkFun.co.uk $3,000 – Ravensburger AG makes toys and games. It’s known for making high-quality jigsaw puzzles.

HarmonyFoundation.com $3,000 – Harmony Foundation is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. It uses the domain name HarmonyFoundationInc.com.

Bident.com $2,749 – Bident Services, LLC in California.

BloodAndThunder.com $2,500 – Legacy Effects is a Hollywood move effects and makeup company. I love the name for this. (Don’t visit the page yet. It goes to a scam zero click lander.

Osano.com $2,256 – Osano is a stealth-mode company in Austin that “builds products which are venture backable, scalable, and have a minimum potential of a $100M market cap.”

Matrix.info £2,000 – Matrix Financial Services in Hong Kong.

Visas.fr €2,000 – Visas is being developed as a tourism site.

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NameSummit Postponed - 2018 NYC Show Scheduled for August Moves to New Dates in November

DN Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 16:21
The 2nd annual NameSummit conference will be held in November instead of August this year and it will now be 2 shows in 1.
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Why ConvertKit rebranded as Seva – DNW Podcast #194

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:30

ConvertKit’s founder discusses the long journey to rebranding as Seva.

ConvertKit has become a successful email marketing platform with $1 million a month in recurring revenue. But it became apparent to founder Nathan Barry and his team that the company needed to rebrand. On today’s show, Nathan discusses the two-year journey of renaming the company, including the intense negotiations to buy Seva.com. It’s a great entrepreneurial story and a great domain name story wrapped into one.

Also: Payoneer quits the escrow business, DomainTools sued and happy birthday Google Adsense.

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Buckley Media Group Closes $1 Million+ Deal for Sleeping.com and Snoring.com

DN Journal - Mon, 2018-07-16 13:51
Another home run for Kate Buckley - two of 2018's top sales in made in a single deal!
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Goldman Sachs’ Marcus brand gets ready to launch credit card

Domain Name Wire - Sat, 2018-07-14 13:34

Domain names related to new credit card are registered at brand protection domain name registrar.

Goldman Sachs’ Marcus consumer financial products brand appears to be getting ready to launch a credit card.

Late last year (or early this year) it acquired a credit card startup. As of today, the company still hasn’t launched a consumer credit card.

But plans for a credit card appear to be shifting into high gear. In recent days a company has registered many domain names related to a Marcus credit card.

Oddly, the domains have been registered with Whois privacy at Mark Monitor. Mark Monitor is a brand protection registrar and customers don’t squat on other company’s brands there. But Goldman Sach’s main domain names are registered with rival brand protection registrar CSC.

Intriguingly, for one day the domain name gsmarcuscard.com was registered to Black Card, LLC before the Whois record was updated to Whois privacy. Black Card LLC offers a premium credit card issued by Barclays Bank Delaware.

It’s possible we’re looking at a partnership here.

Here are the domains registered in the past few days:

marcuscardconcierge.com
marcuscardexperiences.com
marcuscardrewards.com
marcuscardtravel.com
marcuscardvip.com
mymarcuscard.com
mymarcuscardrewards.com
gsmarcuscard.com
marcusblackcard.com
marcusdiamondcard.com
marcusgoldcard.com
marcusluxurycard.com
marcusluxurycardblack.com
marcusluxurycardconcierge.com
marcusluxurycardexperiences.com
marcusluxurycardgold.com
marcusluxurycardmagazine.com
marcusluxurycardrewards.com
marcusluxurycardtitanium.com
marcusluxurycardtravel.com
marcusmagazine.com
marcustitanium.com
marcustitaniumcard.com
marcustuition.com
marcustuitioncard.com
mymarcusblack.com
mymarcusblackcard.com
mymarcusdiamondcard.com
mymarcusgold.com
mymarcusgoldcard.com
mymarcusluxurycard.com
mymarcustitanium.com
mymarcustitaniumcard.com
mymarcustuitioncard.com

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ILQ Australia Pty Ltd is a reverse domain name hijacker

Domain Name Wire - Sat, 2018-07-14 13:11

Company filed cybersquatting complaint against FairMarkets.com after failing to buy domain name from its rightful owner.

A financial products company called ILQ Australia Pty Ltd has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name FairMarkets.com. The company is also associated with BrokerMate Pty Ltd.

It filed the UDRP against a financial expert who acquired the domain name for $3,788 in 2014. That’s prior to when the complainant claims trademark rights. Based on the decision, it appears that the complainant has recent aspirations to use the term “Fair Markets”. It has registered a couple of alternative domain names such as fair.markets and fairmarkets.com.au. At the time of the filing, neither were in use. The company recently launched a site on Fair.markets. In any event, its claimed trademark rights post-date the registration of the domain.

The panel found ILQ Australia failed to prove any of the three elements of the UDRP.

It is a fairly classic “Plan B” reverse domain name hijacking. The complainant tried to buy the domain name. After escalating its offer and failing to strike a deal, it filed a cybersquatting complaint.

Debrett G. Lyons was the panelist for National Arbitration Forum. ILQ was represented by James O’Neill. LinkedIn shows that he’s the Chief Compliance Officer for the company.

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Compare Ninja Ltd. makes egregious reverse domain name hijacking attempt

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-07-13 16:30

Company files baseless cybersquatting claim after failing to buy domain name.

Compare Ninja Ltd., which operates the site ticket-compare.com, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name TicketCompare.com.

The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name with World Intellectual Property Organization.

Ticketcompare.com was registered well before the company started using ticket-compare.com, which would explain its choice of a hyphenated domain name.

It first tried to buy the domain name but didn’t like the asking price. Over a year later it sent cease & desist letters to the domain owner. When the domain owner didn’t respond, it filed a UDRP.

Compare Ninja Ltd failed on all three elements required to win a UDRP.

In finding reverse domain name hijacking, the three-member World Intellectual Property Organization panel wrote:

The Complainant’s conduct follows the well-travelled route of a successive three-pronged attempt to gain control of a domain name, usually a “.com” domain name, upon which the relevant complainant simply has no possible claim.

Compare Ninja’s lawyer, Assaf Cohen Sidon, claims on his LinkedIn page to specialize in internet and intellectual property law.

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ICANN puts .Pharmacy operator National Association of Board of Pharmacy on notice

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2018-07-13 14:59

Group must cure two breaches or face termination of its right to operate the .Pharmacy top level domain.

ICANN has sent a breach notice (pdf) to .pharmacy top level domain operator National Association of Board of Pharmacy.

The breach notice is the result of the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP). Canadawide Pharmacy Ltd filed the dispute after being denied the registration of the canadawidepharmacy.pharmacy domain name.

The registration was denied, in part, based on Canadawide allegedly having been associated with some pharmacies that sent drugs to locations in which they weren’t licensed.

But the PICDRP panel noted that the .Pharmacy operator didn’t provide evidence of this link to the other pharmacies, and that it appears that Canadawide is no longer affiliated with those pharmacies.

The breach notice cites National Association of Board of Pharmacy for

NABP’s failure to operate the top-level domain (“TLD”) pharmacy in a transparent manner consistent with general principles of openness and non-discrimination by establishing, publishing and adhering to clear registration policies, as required by Section 3.c. of Specification 11 of the RA.

and

NABP’s failure to publish on its website a primary contact for handling inquiries related to malicious conduct in the TLD feedback, as required by Section 4.1 of Specification 6 of the RA.

The registry operator has until August 11 to comply or ICANN may commence a termination process.

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ICANN Issues Notice of Breach of Registry Agreement to .Pharmacy TLD Operator

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-07-12 23:35

The National Association of Board of Pharmacy ("NABP"), the operator of the .Pharmacy top-level domain is in breach of its Registry Agreement with the ICANN according to a letter issued by the agency today. NABP has been accused of failing to operate the TLD in a transparent manner consistent with general principles of openness and non-discrimination. The letter also indicates that NABP has failed to publish on its website primary contact information for handling inquiries related to
malicious conduct in the TLD feedback. Failure to comply by August 11 may result in the termination of NABP's contact ICANN warns.

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$550,000 Domain Tops This Week's Sales Chart - Another Deal Near $1 Million Revealed After NDA Expires

DN Journal - Thu, 2018-07-12 23:31
Domain sales slow down in the summer but two big ones top this week's chart. We also learned the price paid in 2017 deal that came in at nearly $ 1 million.
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A Progressive Web Apps World?

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-07-12 23:27

The browser is now a full fledged platform for apps. The major benefits of using the browser as a platform includes ease of universal deployment and avoiding concepts such as having to install software. It's also a very flexible and powerful environment.

Increasingly consumer electronics "devices" are software applications. In the April 2014 issue of CE Magazine, I wrote about HTML5 as a programming environment. Today's PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) go further. They take advantage of HTML5 and also capabilities of the JavaScript environment.

This is happening with PWAs or Progressive Web App. The term progressive refers to the approach of taking advantage of capabilities that are available in the application environment rather than having rigid requirements. This includes running on a range of devices instead of focusing on narrow categories like "mobile first". Moving across a disparate array of environments should include taking advantage of opportunities that are available such as a larger screen and adapting to the limits of a small screen. Perhaps in the future we'll treat the screen as an optional interaction surface given the availability of voice, touch and other techniques.

Instead of lumping a set of disparate concepts under "mobile" we can think of them separately:

  • The screen is an interaction surface. It may be a small wall-mounted device or a large screen on a pad we carry around.
  • Mobility is not simply a characteristic of a device but should be thought of as the mobility of a person who can interact on any available surface rather than being limited to a device they are carrying. Applications too can be mobile and available where needed rather than on a particular device.
  • We can introduce place as its own attribute. Touch a surface in the living room would turn on the light in that room. When we place a phone call we may be trying to reach a person. Or perhaps we are trying to reach anyone who happens to be home at the time.
  • There are many interaction modes with touch being one. Cameras can enable rich gesturing or even the use of facial expressions. Voice is another. And so many more.

We've come a long way from the original iPhone with its then rigid specifications. PWAs now give us a chance to explore new possibilities.

While a PWA can be treated like a standard application on a device, the ability to "just run" from a URL makes it easy to use the application on any device with a browser. This allows one to travel light.

Today airlines are removing screens from the planes and expecting travelers to carry their own devices and some airlines handout tablets. Perhaps it will make sense to bring back the larger screens as connected devices with browsers.

Apps

Unlike desktop applications which have had full access to the capabilities of the hardware (even more so in the earlier days of personal computers), a PWA starts out with essentially no access beyond the content from its original site. This reflects the cautious safety-first model for the web.

These capabilities are becoming increasingly more available to browser applications. They can now get the users' location (if permission is granted) and support Bluetooth devices (again, with permission). Soon they will be able to process payments. Increasingly we can think of PWAs as true applications and not just cached web pages.

Google and others are using PWAs as an opportunity to enforce hypertext transport protocol secure (https) encryption. Service workers require https.

Central to the structure of a PWA is the Service Worker [1] — typically a file in the top level (or other) directory of the application. A common name is "/sw.js". It is distinct from the rest of the application and instead of a top level "window" object, it has a "self" object. It's a kind of web worker [2] which communicated with the rest of the application by sending messages rather than directly referencing shared objects.

The service worker has limited access to files in or below its file directory. This is part of a larger approach of treating the URL path as a file system path, but sites can get creative in interpreting the string. This cautious approach also limits access to platform capabilities such as the native file system.

Notification is a key new capability which relies on service worker being available. Even when the browser is closed the JavaScript engine is still running. The notification mechanism allows data to be updated in the background to allow you to quickly see the current state of orders or reservations even if they aren't connected at the moment.

The app can also use the platform notification mechanism to alert the user of changes. To prevent denial of service attacks the notifications are routed through the browser-supplier servers.

There is also a local data store, IndexedDB which is an advancement over the browser local storage. In addition to having larger capacity and transactions, IndexedDB is asynchronous. Asynchronicity is a key feature of HTML5 programming and the promise mechanism has improved the readability of asynchronous programs. This style can make apps very responsive while still having the simplicity of single threading.

I expect that more platform capabilities such as calendar providers will become available to PWAs. These concepts are being pioneered on mobile devices but also make sense on desktop devices allowing more integration with work flows.

Looking ahead

Because PWAs are constrained by the browser environment it's hard to directly share among PWAs from different sources or across browsers. I would like to have the ability to share resources among browser apps and among local machines rather than relying on distant servers.

In theory some capabilities can be provided by third parties with local https servers and, perhaps, we'll see offerings such as document stores. There is still a need for a more traditional file system which just stores collections of bytes without knowing what they mean. This is similar to access to a file system on today's SD cards allowing multiple programs to store images files so that multiple camera applications and photo processing programs can share access to the same files and create new formats. How should access to such objects be managed? How do I selectively share access and limit others' ability to view a picture even when they have physical access to the device?

Today we do have browser machines such as the Chromebooks, but their capabilities are limited by the available apps. The same hardware can be used as a Windows Netbook which is far more capable. Over time it may make more sense to have such browser-based machines without worrying about the underlying operating systems.

PWA Engines

PWAs offer the ability to write once and run everywhere. Smart TVs are an example of a market that is currently fragmented as various venders build their own smart TVs along with boxes from Amazon, Roku, Apple and others.

Having a browser box could provide a standard platform which brings the benefits of the huge investment in web technology to this market. Concepts like URLs would be used to bookmark content (formerly known as TV shows) so they can be shared. Capabilities such as windowing (Picture in Picture) can be implemented locally and flexibly.

Device like home lighting and climate controllers can be implemented as applications using generic hardware and become available anywhere in the house. Voice services like Alexa and Google Home can take advantage of place and monitor conditions such as temperature. (Alas, yes, they can also listen in ... proceed cautiously).

PWA and IoT

The cost of a browser-capable computer keeps dropping. But for many applications there is need for running a browser engine on the device itself.

Such devices still benefit from being able to expertise developed for browser-based applications. NodeJS supports running JavaScript on a wide variety of machines. Onion.IO sells a complete system including WiFi for $7.50 retail (as of November 2017).

We need to think about an Internet of Things built of fully capable devices. There will be sensors and other devices that may be resource constrained but those devices can be considered as peripherals to those fully capable devices. Similarly, the programming environment of JavaScript is far more resilient than a low-level language such as C.

Rather than mobile first, we can take a local-first approach to development. Thus, a door "bell" (it's no longer a bell, but a two-way communicating device) might take advantage of a face recognition service but can still function if the recognition services is not available.

A PWA application should communicate directly with the door device rather than relying on a distant server merely to authorize the door to open.

The Internet protocols are not quite there. The DNS (Domain Name System) depends on distant services and the IP address is issued by a "provider". We need to shift to thinking of the Internet in terms of peer connectivity rather than as something that one accesses.

About JavaScript

JavaScript started at as a low performance scripting language designed in one week. But it built upon a long heritage of important design principles. The focus was on safety and resilience. Objects are defined dynamically rather than having static class definitions.

The surprise is that today JavaScript has become a high-performance programming environment thanks to clever ideas like dynamic compilation. Tools like TypeScript assist programmers by allowing them to provide hints to the IDE. In addition, there are whole set of tools to facilitate sharing of packages. An event-driven single-threading approach removes much of the complexity of high performance applications.

With platforms like NodeJS JavaScript isn't just for the web. Progressive Web Apps are just one class of applications written using the language and associated tools.

A PWA World?

Not quite. While I am excited about PWAs and see many venues, such as TV-V2 where they are vital, there is still need for a variety of approaches to programming and software development. There will continue to be a need to program applications ahead of what is available to the PWA environment and the need for developers to create their own extensions.

Google, Microsoft, and others are embracing PWAs. For Microsoft there is a recognition that they can make a lot of money providing service using their Azure services (and, for Amazon, AWS).

For me PWAs are exciting because they bring back some of the excitement of writing and sharing applications without all the complexities of applications meant for wide market sales.

Today's PWAs are built on the current web which is optimized for content distribution and commerce. As we explore new use cases an application for this engine I expect to see much innovation including the development of more peer technologies rather than a focus on delivering services. That said, the current technologies and protocols are already a strong basis for delivering capabilities.

Consumer electronics devices will increasingly use PWAs either internally or as an interface. More than that, PWAs empower prosumers to wield software like they did soldering irons in the past.

[1] https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Service_Worker_API
[2] https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/API/Web_Workers_API

Written by Bob Frankston, Independent Internet Professional

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DomainTools Sued for Misusing New Zealand's .NZ Domain Name Registration Information

Domain industry news - Thu, 2018-07-12 19:54

Domain Name Commission Limited ("DNCL"), New Zealand's overseer for the country's .NZ domain, has filed a lawsuit against the domain name service company DomainTools. According to the filing, DNCL states that "DomainTools's activities undermine the protections that DNCL promises to provide to .nz registrants and violate the TOU governing use of the .nz WHOIS service." It continues: "The products and services that DomainTools offers to its customers are built on practices that infringe .nz registrants' privacy rights and expectations by harvesting their registration information in bulk from the registry where it is maintained; using high-volume queries and technical measures designed to evade the restrictions that protect .nz WHOIS servers against that form of abuse; and storing and retaining registrant data, including detailed personal contact information, even after the registrant has chosen to withhold their data from the registry. These activities cause irreparable harm to DNCL's reputation and integrity, divert resources from DNCL's mission, interfere with its contractual relationships with .nz domain name registrars, and harm the goodwill DNCL receives from individual registrants of .nz domain names."

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New Zealand’s .NZ administrator sues DomainTools

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-07-12 16:14

Country code administrator says that DomainTools is violating its Whois Terms of Use.

Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the group that oversees New Zealand’s .nz country code domain namespace, has sued (large pdf) DomainTools over its collection of .nz Whois records.

The company claims that DomainTools’ bulk collection of .nz Whois records violates its terms of use. Its Whois terms were updated in 2016 to explicitly prohibit publishing historical versions of Whois data. The terms also prohibit sending “high volume WHOIS queries with the effect of downloading part of or all of the .nz Register or collecting register data or records”.

It’s the publication of historical data that seems to have drawn the ire of DNCL. It recently added an Individual Registrant Privacy Option (“IRPO”) to allow some .nz registrants to keep their information private. But their historical information is available at DomainTools even once they add privacy.

DNCL reached out to DomainTools last year in an effort to resolve the issue, but it wasn’t happy with the progress it was making. It filed the lawsuit last month and is requesting a preliminary injunction against DomainTools.

The lawsuit comes at a bad time for DomainTools. It is currently coping with the fallout of GDPR, which has restricted the company’s access to Whois records across most top level domain names overseen by ICANN.

A representative of DomainTools declined to comment due to the ongoing litigation.

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Competition in the domain industry

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:49

Some parts of the domain name business lack competition.

Let’s talk about competition.

Competition and choice are good for consumers.

An example of a competitive market is that of domain name registration. There are hundreds of domain registrars competing for your business. That’s why domain registration prices remain fairly low, registrars create new products and services, and the cost of value-added services remain low (or even free).

A great example of a non-competitive market is for internet service. In the U.S., most people have a choice between just two wired broadband companies. It’s usually a cable company and a telco.

You don’t hear many people say they love their internet service provider. These companies have little incentive to compete on price and service since the alternative is just as bad.

We have some non-competitive markets in the domain name business, and we have seen the effects of this first hand.

There were a lot of reasons that revenue from domain parking plummeted. One of these is because there were really one two companies providing ads for parked pages.

Yes, there were lots of parking companies. They competed intensely for your business. But these were middlemen.

At the wholesale level, it was always just Yahoo! and Google. Much like internet providers, this duopoly was able to start turning the screws. Then, when Yahoo basically disappeared from the scene, Google was able to do whatever it wanted: change policies, reduce payouts…you name it.

While we have lots of competition with domain registrars, we are still quite limited when it comes to domain investor service providers. Thankfully, it’s not the internet provider situation in which they are taking full advantage of their situation. But it could become that way.

Earlier this week Payoneer announced it was leaving the escrow business. I doubt Payoneer ever ran huge volumes of domain escrow transactions, but it played a key role in keeping Escrow.com on its toes. Domain traders had a viable alternative for escrow with a big brand.

I don’t think Payoneer’s exit will have a huge impact on escrow. After all, Escrow.com has been doing whatever it can to try to win customers who had issues with its know-your-customer procedures. Even before Payoneer came on the scene, it kept prices in check. There are always alternatives like lawyers to handle escrow.

But look at some other types of services.

One that concerns me greatly is the domain aftermarket. There are basically two big marketplaces: Sedo and Afternic. Marketplaces are difficult to create, and it will be hard for anyone to challenge these companies.

Each of the companies has its own strengths and weaknesses. But it’s important that both remain strong. If one flounders, the other could easily raise its commissions. For that reason, I hope that registrars partner with both Sedo and Afternic, not just one of them.

Although they aren’t marketplaces, I’m also excited to see services like Efty and Uniregistry out there that can at least compete on generating leads from landing pages.

The expired domain market also concerns me. Generally speaking, there have always just been two players for the direct-transfer expiry market. Right now those two players are GoDaddy and NameJet.

GoDaddy has innovated a lot in this area. As a result, it has won over a lot of the business that used to go to NameJet. GoDaddy deserves to get this business based on its innovation. Let’s face it, NameJet hasn’t done much to invest in its platform and compete.

But if all registrars decide to send their expired inventory to GoDaddy, then NameJet will die and Godaddy will get to dictate the terms to play in the market. This includes the terms for domain registrar partners as well as bidders.

There are always winners and losers, and the best companies should win the business. As consumers, though, we need to encourage healthy competition.

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Payoneer Decides to Shut Down the Domain Escrow Service They Launched Two Years Ago

DN Journal - Wed, 2018-07-11 20:12
Despite positive reviews from customers Payoneer has decided to leave the domain escrow business just two years after entering the field.
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15 years of Google Adsense

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-07-11 16:17

I started using Adsense 15 years ago.

Google Adsense is 15 years old. Today Google sent an email to me with a bit of personal data:

I remember the great excitement I had when Adsense first came out. Finally, owners of niche content sites had a way to earn good money from relevant ads.

The best month–January, 20106–was bittersweet. At one point I was earning over $1,000 a day. Then I got a message from Google that some of my sites weren’t up to their quality guidelines, and the revenue dropped significantly overnight.

I still use Adsense on smaller sites for which it doesn’t make sense to do direct ad sales. But the glory days of January 2016 are long gone.

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Jolly.com UDRP: “Is someone trying to steal it from me?”

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-07-11 15:21

Woman is understandably confused that someone tried to get the domain Jolly.com through a UDRP.

A Turkish company has failed to take the domain name Jolly.com away from its owner, who was understandably confused by being on the receiving end of a UDRP.

Club Jolly Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş. filed the complaint against Jon B. Jolly, Inc., a company that appears to be owned by a Seattle man named Jon Jolly. The complaint was responded to by Mary Ruth Jolly. The domain appears to have been owned since February 1997, before the complainant had trademark rights in the term “Jolly”.

In response to the UDRP filing, Mary Ruth Jolly wrote:

I do not understand what is happening with my domain Jolly.com Nothing has been changed or should be changed. Is someone trying to steal it from me?

Well, that might be a fair analysis of the situation.

The World Intellectual Property Organization panel found for the domain owner on the issues of rights/legitimate interests in the domain name as well as if the domain was registered in bad faith.

While panelist Dr. Clive N.A. Trotman made the right decision, it would have been nice if he’d considered reverse domain name hijacking.

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Frank Schilling successfully defends OceanBreeze.com domain in UDRP

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-07-11 13:01

Company filed cybersquatting claim after failing to buy domain.

JC Global wanted the domain name OceanBreeze.com for its line of air conditioners…but didn’t want to pay the asking price.

Frank Schilling, with the help of attorney John Berryhill, has defended his company’s domain name OceanBreeze.com in a UDRP.

The case was filed by JC Global. That company sells air conditioners and dehumidifiers under the Ocean Breeze brand.

JC Global’s case was dead on arrival. The domain name was registered well before JC Global got a trademark for Ocean Breeze. It’s also a fairly generic domain, and the parked page for the domain showed ads related to cruises.

This was clearly a “Plan B” UDRP filing. JC Global inquired about buying the domain name but wouldn’t meet the asking price.

The National Arbitration Forum panel did not consider reverse domain name hijacking.

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Payoneer exits the escrow business

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2018-07-11 00:00

Company throws in the towel just two years after entering escrow business.

Payments company Payoneer is informing customers that it is exiting the escrow business.

The company began offering escrow services when it acquired Armor Payments in 2016. Later in 2016, Payoneer began offering domain name escrow services.

Its domain name escrow business was aided by Brandon Abbey, who was president of Escrow.com until being let go after that company was acquired by Freelancer.com.

Payoneer made some inroads into the domain name escrow business. But as others who have tried to tackle the escrow market have learned, it’s a business of thin margins. Scale is required to run an escrow service profitably.

Losing a key domain escrow service will be difficult for many people in the domain name industry. It’s always good to have at least two strong competitors in order to keep prices down and push companies to improve their service and features.

For example, Payoneer had better “know your customer” tools than Escrow, or at least a smoother policy for implementing legal requirements surrounding them.

In an email, Payoneer Head of Enterprise Strategy & Business Development Matt Watts wrote:

While we have been excited and honored to service prospects and partners like yourself, after careful review of our product portfolio have decided to commit our focus to other areas of the Payoneer business.

As of this evening, the Payoneer Escrow site is still operating.

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Anti-Phishing Working Group Proposes Use of Secure Hashing to Address GDPR-Whois Debacle

Domain industry news - Tue, 2018-07-10 21:49

The AntiPhishing Working Group (APWG) in a letter to ICANN has expressed concern that the redaction of the WHOIS data as defined by GDPR for all domains is "over-prescriptive". APWG which is an international coalition of private industry, government and law-enforcement actors, says such a redaction of WHOIS data will "hinder legitimate anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-malware and brand protection activities, particularly efforts to identify related domains that are under unified (e.g., cyber attacker's) control." Kevin Murphy reporting in Domain Incite says: "The hashing system may also be beneficial to interest groups such as trademark owners and law enforcement, which also look for registration patterns when tracking down abuse registrants. The proposal would create implementation headaches for registries and registrars — which would actually have to build the crypto into their systems — and compliance challenges for ICANN."

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