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Can .Web revive .Wed ?

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2017-08-29 16:24

Jean Guillon argues that the similarity between .web and .wed might help the latter as companies register them defensively.

We’re talking about two Registries: one which is live and the other which should be live sometime soon.

Two Stories

The .WED and .WEB new gTLDs are two very similar TLDs with two complete very different stories:

The .WED domain is short for “wedding”. It launched years ago and only has – at the moment when this article is being written – 43 domain names created. It has a direct competitor which is the .WEDDING new gTLD with 9,219 domain names registered.

The .WEB new gTLD is thought by many to become the most successful new gTLD from the entire ICANN new program: short, meaningful (?), and a close competitor of the already popular .COM.

The .WEB new gTLD, for the story, was won in an auction for $135,000,000 (and it seriously upset losers of the auction). It is not yet delegated by ICANN so you can’t buy it yet. The ICANN database shows that it is in contracting and “on hold” because of a contention set with .WEBS but in fact, that is not the reason. The real reason is here.

The problem with .WED

In terms of sales, the .WED new gTLD is the typical project that just could not work from the start because of registration policies:

  1. The registrant’s use of the registered domain name, must be:
    1. “Generally accepted as legitimate”: it is unclear what legitimate means.
    2. “Not directly aimed at selling or offering for sale of the same domain name or for selling non .WED domains”: does it mean that a person involved in the business of domain names cannot buy one because it deals with other domain name extensions? This is unclear too.
    3. “Not directly aimed at monetisation via advertisement including but not limited to pay per click advertising”: OK, domainers not welcome as well as no crap advertising. Understood. I understand the position of the Registry here but unfortunately, a registry requires to sell domain names to pay ICANN;
    4. “.WED domains are only valid for two years”: what happens at the end of year two? It was designed so the domains would expire so another couple could use them. This is a bad business model for domain registrars.
  2. It is rather expensive: € 50+ for one year.
  3. There is a field to fill in in the registration form entitled: “EU (European Union) Information – VAT”: taxes are often added automatically at Registrars so the price for a person residing in the EU is in fact closer to € 60. Note that this added field is not really a problem in fact, it just makes it longer to fill in the form.

The future of .WED

The .WED registration figures have kept dropping, month after month, and unless the Registry accepts to change its registration policies to open its domain names to all, I don’t see how such a TLD could ever be profitable.

The positive thing about changing its registration policies is that the .WEB new gTLD will launch at some point. There is a one letter difference between the two TLDs (and inverse-looking letter) and I foresee all corporate and retail Registrars – worldwide – to inform their clients that they’d better secure their .WED too if they plan to register a .WEB domain name to prevent cyber-squatting.


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Amazon registered these 28 domains for Multi-room Echo audio launch

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2017-08-29 14:05

Amazon goes on defensive binge in conjunction with highly anticipated feature launch.

Amazon announced this morning that it is now supporting multi-room audio on Amazon Echo devices. Companies that make speakers (or devices with speakers) that use Alexa Voice Services (AVS) can use a new SDK to integrate the feature as well.

This is huge news for Echo users and could also be very bad news for Sonos, which is probably the king of multi-room audio playback. When we built our house five years ago we spent thousands of dollars on Sonos equipment. Today I would probably just buy a bunch of echo devices.

As Amazon always does, it registered a bunch of domains as a defensive action for this launch. If history is a guide, it will register more over the coming days. Here are 30 domains it registered late last night/early today:

alexa-multi-room-audio-sdk.com
alexa-multi-room-audio.com
alexa-multi-room-music-sdk.com
alexa-multi-room-music.com
alexa-multi-room-sdk.com
alexaaudiosdk.com
alexaconnectedspeaker.com
alexaconnectedspeakers.com
alexamulti-room.com
alexamultiroom.com
alexamultiroomaudio.com
alexamultiroomaudiosdk.com
alexamultiroommusic.com
alexamultiroommusicsdk.com
alexamultiroomsdk.com
alexamusicsdk.com
alexasynchronized.com
alexasynchronizedaudio.com
alexasynchronizedmusic.com
echo-multi-room-audio.com
echo-multi-room-music.com
echoconnectedspeaker.com
echoconnectedspeakers.com
echomultiroomaudio.com
echomultiroommusic.com
echomultiroomspeakers.com
echosynchronizedspeaker.com
echosynchronizedspeakers.com

The company also registered some domain names related to the Echo being sold at Whole Foods, which is formally acquired earlier this week.


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How you can help Houston and surrounding areas

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2017-08-28 20:47

Rain from Hurricane Harvey has devasted a large portion of Texas.

When a natural disaster like this strikes, it can be easy to question why people live in a “dangerous” area. I can tell you that I never, ever would have imagined many of the areas under water in Houston right now to be at risk of flooding. Some areas are experiencing once-in-800-year events right now.

Even if you are far from Texas, you can have an immediate impact by donating to groups that are on the ground.

The typical go-to charity for a natural disaster like this is the American Red Cross. In addition to money, they can also connect you with a blood bank as blood needs are high right now.

There are a lot of local charities that can put your money to work quickly. Remember that this disaster has not just struck the fourth largest city in America. It stretches well beyond Houston to communities over a hundred miles away. To that end, here are some groups where your donation can have an immediate impact.

Bastrop Food Pantry – Bastrop is just east of Austin and seems to be the demarcation between places that got hit hard versus those that are OK. (I live in Austin and am completely safe. Most areas of Austin have received less than 10″ of rain. Many areas around Bastrop have been hit with 20″.) The Bastrop Food Pantry was already in need before the flood. Now the need is greater. Here’s the cool thing: the food pantry buys food for 15 cents a pound from the major food bank in Austin. So even if you’re only able to give $15, that’s like donating 100 pounds of food! You may also consider food banks in Corpus Christi, Galveston and other surrounding areas.

Texas Diaper Bank – This group is getting a lot of attention in the wake of Harvey. It looks like they’ve raised $400,000 already but can use more.

Houston Humane Society – a lot of animals are also in need right now. Also look at animal rescues around Houston and even places like Austin and San Antonio that are assisting.

Greater Houston Community Foundation – This organization has set up the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The fund was established by the mayor, so I hope that it will be put to use on the ground quickly.

[Update: I hit $1,000 in matching already, but I encourage you to still consider giving.] I will match donations to Texas Diaper Bank, Houston Humane Society, Greater Houston Community Foundation or any 501c food bank in Texas up to a total of $1,000. Just post a comment with your contribution (amount and recipient), or you can email me at editor (at) domainnamewire.com with details of your contribution if you’d like to keep it private.


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Evolution of the Dot Brand Domains in 5 Years

Domain industry news - Mon, 2017-08-28 17:39

ICANN's last new gTLD application closed in 2012 with more than 600 brands applying for their dot brand.

Dot brand domains associate a keyword or keyphrase and a brand name in a complete domain name. 'Environment.google' is a dot brand domain, where environment is the keyword but also the second-level domain name, and Google is the brand name and the top-level domain.

To understand better how the evolution of the dotBrand has been throughout these years, number of websites launched, redirects, registries etc, Dot Brand Observatory prepared a few visual graphics.

Figure 1 is a chart that represents the total number of second level domains registered, split by type of content and setup of the domain. The green curve corresponds to the growth of actual websites. As of end August 2017, there were 890 published dot brand websites. The sites are enjoying regular growth.

The blue area corresponds to the branded links: Domains that redirect to another site.

The grey area are domains that were registered but not properly setup.

Figure 2 is a chart that represents the brand registries. The number is slightly decreasing by now as a few brands decided to withdraw their TLD.

The green curve again corresponds to the growth of dot brand who published at least one actual websites, who is also growing.

The blue area corresponds to the TLD that registered at least one domain name — beyond the mandatory nic.brand domain.

Approximately one half of the brand registries are live, but dormant — no dot brand domain was registered.

To learn more about dot brand domains, how they are used and activated, you can consider joining our Brands & Domains conference, which will take place at the Amrath Kurhaus in The Hague, Netherlands 2nd and 3rd of October.

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Report suggests bright future for Chinese domain market

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2017-08-28 17:28

Kassey Lee examines data from a recent CNNIC report.

If you invest in the Chinese domain market, you need to know CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) because it publishes a national survey report twice a year on China’s internet landscape. The latest report — the 40th — was published in July. You can download it in Chinese here.

According to the report, China has 751 million internet users. This represents only 54% of the Chinese population so there is a lot of room for growth. Compare this number with the 323 million population of the entire USA and you can appreciate the sheer size and potential of the Chinese market. This number, coupled with the continued increase in internet-related products and services, means there will be an ever expanding internet economy, which in turn will create more companies and therefore more demand for domain names.

Only 54% of China's population is online. This means 700 million more potential growth.Click To Tweet

There are now 5 million websites, growing mostly at double digits over the last 6 years. This number is dwarfed by the estimated 77 million companies in China. This large gap may be due to companies not being online or running their business from ecommerce sites such as JD.com, etc. Eventually, these companies will want to move to their own address (domain name) to gain complete control of their business. Therefore, high demand for domain names can be expected to continue.

The report shows that 96% of the internet users go online via their mobile phone. This has significance for domain investors. Whatever you do for the Chinese market, think mobile. Make sure, for example, that the landing page of your domain name for sale is mobile ready. Also, 92% of the internet users use a messaging app as their communication tool, with Wechat and QQ being mentioned as the top ones. If you want to communicate with Chinese buyers, a Chinese messaging app may be your best choice rather than email which is popular in western countries.

The report highlighted several areas with good growth: ecommerce (online shopping, online food ordering and delivery, travel booking), personal finance, online entertainment (music, video, games etc.), online education, and ridesharing. If you have domain names applicable in these areas, you may want to further explore such selling opportunities in China.

Unfortunately, data on domain names is missing in this latest report for some unknown reason, so I’ll use the one published 6 months ago. As of December 2016, the number of domain names registered in China was 42 million. Growth has been double digits over the last 5 years. Here’s the detailed breakdown: .cn (48.7%), .com (33.9%), .net (3.9%), .中国 (China, 1.1%), .org (0.8%), .biz (0.5%), and .info (0.5%). New extensions were grouped under “Others” so no insight can be obtained.

These numbers tell us that the Chinese market is growing fast, and you want to focus on .cn or .com if you want a large pool of domain buyers. If you invest in .cn domain names, however, understand that you are investing in a country extension which comes with country risks. For example, in 2009 the Chinese government announced a new rule which required registrants to submit personal information and photo identification. This rule especially hurt investors outside China as many simply let their domain names drop.

Finally, I’d like to mention two areas worth watching in China: credit and speculation. When credit becomes widely available and speculation goes mainstream, the domain market will likely explode. So, overall, I see a high-growth market for domain investors.


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Get ready to MERGE! – DNW Podcast #150

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2017-08-28 15:30

A conference covering domain names, bitcoin, blockchain and more is coming. Here’s how to get free or discounted tickets.

Jothan Frakes comes on the show to discuss the upcoming MERGE! Show in Orlando. It includes The Domain Conference plus other conferences (Blockchain, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, content management systems and more) all wrapped up in one. Be sure to listen to the end for your chance to get free or discounted tickets.

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Is this a great domain or a horrible one?

Domain Name Wire - Mon, 2017-08-28 13:35

I can’t decide if this domain is ingenious or dumb.

Are these guys tripping or ingenious?

I was in the car listening to the radio yesterday when a commercial caught my attention.

The ad was for a site that aggregates vacation rental sites like HomeAway. I rent a vacation home about 4-5 times a year, so I was instantly interested.

Then the ad mentioned the site’s name: Tripping.com.

Did I hear that correctly? Did they name the site using a term commonly associated with drugs?

They said the word Tripping.com several times. But then they went a step further:

“That’s t-r-i-p-p-i-n-g dot com”, the announcer said.

Without that confirmation, I’m not sure if I would have believed that the site name was tripping.com. I assume people don’t hear it correctly or do no believe it’s actually tripping.com, which is why they included the spelling in the ad.

In general, any domain that has to be spelled out to understand it is a bad domain. It fails the radio test.

But the name for this site is so startling that it might just be a great domain. What do you think?


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NamesCon Registration Prices go Up Tomorrorow

Domain Name News - Sat, 2013-11-30 18:57

What’s the perfect thing to do after celebrating Thanksgiving with your family? Get right back to work and plan for the new year. And to get into the domaining mood right in the new year, what’s better than a domain industry conference at a low price? Today’s the last day to get your NamesCon tickets for the event from January 13th to 15th in Las Vegas, NV for $199 + fees. Fees double tomorrow to $399.

Richard Lau, the organizer of the event told DNN: “We are at over 200 attendees already and expect to hit more than 400 at the conference. The opening party on Monday (6:30pm – 9pm) will be hosted by .XYZ at the Tropicana, and the Tuesday night party will be at the Havana Room at the Tropicana from 8pm-midnight.

With hotel prices as low of $79 a night +$10 resort fee at the Tropicana right on the strip this ‘no meal’ conference is shaping up to be the event for the industry in 2014.

The event has already attracted sponsors like:

Further sponsorships are available.

Keynote speakers are:

If you need another reason to attend – you even meet DomainNameNews in person there :)

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.DE Registry to add Redemption Grace Period (DENIC)

Domain Name News - Tue, 2013-11-26 19:49

As of December 3rd, 2013, DENIC, the operator of the .DE ccTLD will also introduce a Redemption Grace Period (RGP) that allows the original domain owner to recover their expired domain for up to 30 days after the expiry, the same as for gTLDs.

See the full press release after the jump.

Redemption Grace Period for .DE name space kicking off in early December

New cooling off phase to prevent unintentional domain loss

Effective 3 December 2013, the managing organization and central registry operator of the .DE top level domain, DENIC, will launch a dedicated cooling-off service (called Redemption Grace Period – RGP) which shall apply for all second-level domain names in the .DE name space. This procedure shall protect registrants against an unintentional loss of their domain(s), as a result of accidental deletion.

Under the RGP scheme, .DE domain names shall no longer be irretrievably lost, following deletion, but instead initially enter a subsequent 30-day cooling-off phase, during which they may solely be re- registered on behalf of their former registrant(s).

RGP cooling-off provisions shall allow former registrants to redeem registration of the subject domain names, by having recourse to the related Restore service, through a registrar. Only if no redemption is requested, during the 30-day RGP phase, the relevant domain names shall become available for registration by any interested party again. At the time being, similar regulations are applied by other top level domain registries already.

Registrars redeeming a deleted .DE domain name for the original registrant will have to pay a Restore fee and may pass on the related costings.

Deleted .DE domain names placed in cooling off, from RGP implementation, will be earmarked by a redemption period status in the DENIC lookup services (whois) accessible at www.denic.de.

As a consequence of the above measures, the current DENIC .DE domain guidelines shall be superseded by new, amended ones from the date of RGP launch, i.e. 3 December 2013, which shall then be permanently published at http://www.denic.de/en/domains/general-information/domain- guidelines.html.

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Andee Hill forms EscrowHill.com backed by Gregg McNair

Domain Name News - Mon, 2013-11-25 16:00

Andee Hill, who recently left Escrow.com where she was Director of Business Development, has created a new licensed escrow company, Escrow Hill Limited with he backing of entrepreneur Gregg McNair.

 

“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.

 

EscrowHill.com’s team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At EscrowHill.com I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg to support my endeavor at EscrowHill.com,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of domain registrar Internet.bs, another one of Gregg McNairs investments,  has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com. Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “EscrowHill.com is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

See the full press release after the jump.

Andee Hill forms EscrowHill.com

AUCKLAND NZ: One aspect of the domain space that bridges the whole industry is that of escrow; and the one person better known than any other in that context is the former Director of Business Development at Escrow.com, Ms. Andee Hill.

Ms. Hill has established the licensed international escrow enterprise, Escrow Hill Limited with the backing of long time friend and industry entrepreneur, Gregg McNair.

“When Andee told me she was thinking about forming her own escrow business I was immediately enthusiastic. I have a reputation of connecting some of the best people in our industry and Andee is at the top both professionally and as an amazing human being,” McNair said.

EscrowHill.com’s dream team includes Ryan Bogue as General Manager and Donald Hendrickson as Operations Manager. Both have worked in the business of online escrow under Hill’s direction for over fifteen years combined. Together with Hill’s experience the new team offers over thirty years of online escrow experience!

The domain industry is undergoing incredible change and EscrowHill.com is positioned to provide secure, yet flexible, state of the art products and services. EscrowHill.com will be able to meet the needs of both past and future generations of domain buyers, brokers and sellers. Hill’s reputation as an honest, discreet and hard working professional will now aspire to a new level.

“During my fifteen years in this business, I have handled just about every aspect of online escrow. Regardless of my title, I have always known that understanding the client’s needs and providing excellent and secure service is invaluable. I have been fortunate to work with the industry innovator from day one. I have seen what works and what doesn’t. I have been even more fortunate to have created great relationships and trust with industry leaders. At EscrowHill.com I know I can do an even better job,” Hill said.

“Gregg has earned a strong reputation for honesty, integrity and for successfully making businesses work. He also has incredible enthusiasm and a heart for helping others. All are key factors in me wanting Gregg
to support my endeavor at EscrowHill.com,” Hill continued.

McNair has assumed the non-operational role of Chairman, supporting Hill and her team with whatever it takes to build the best escrow business on the planet.

Marco Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of Internet.bs has been appointed CTO of EscrowHill.com. Rinaudo, who has been a leader in the international hosting and registrar space since 1995, said, “EscrowHill.com is formed and supported by the very best people in the industry. Our team has built the most sophisticated on-line internet escrow platform, fully automated and with more advanced security features than any other.

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Inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City – Live Results

Domain Name News - Thu, 2013-11-21 23:55

We were will be live blogging the results of the inaugural Heritage Auctions Domain Event in New York City today. There are no guarantees that this list is correct or complete as this are not official or officially approved results.

The auction sold 26 out of the 68 domains for a total of $419,970. Domains that did not sell in the live auction will be available on Heritage Auction’s website for two weeks at their reserve price as a Buy it Now price.

The top 5 sales of this auction were:

  1. XZ.com for $138,000
  2. Animation.com for $112,125
  3. Hemisphere.com for $34,500
  4. AIE.com for $23,000, BusinessPhone.com for $23,000
  5. Numismatics.com for $17,250

Please note that all domains occur a 15% bidder premium, noted in our total and in the last column of the table below. See the full live blogged results after the jump.

 

Lot #Domain NameReserveSold?Sale PricePrice w/ Commission 87001DupontCircle.com$7,000SOLD$7,000$8,050.00 87002OJX.comno reserveSOLD$3,666$4,215.90 87003CoinCompany.comno reserveSOLD$1,600$1,840.00 87004DoctorateDegree.com$10,000SOLD$11,500.00 87005ChicagoWine.comno reservepass 87006Animation.com$95,000SOLD$97,500$112,125.00 87007KCY.com$7,000pass 87008FXTrading.com$25,000pass 87009SellShort.com$6,000SOLD$6,000$6,900.00 87010Dayton.com$95,000pass 87011Coins.ca$35,000pass 87012Comics.ca$20,000pass 87013AIE.com$20,000SOLD$20,000$23,000.00 87014ZQF.comno reserveSOLD$3750$4,312.50 87015EqualRights.com$15,000pass 87016DVDs.com$50,000pass 87017CommercialArt.com$3,888pass 87018Burbank.net$5,000pass 87019FFQ.com$3,500SOLD$5,000$5,750.00 87020Numismatics.com$15,000SOLD$15,000$17,250.00 87021Charge.me$3,000pass 87022BusinessPhones.com$20,000SOLD$20,000$23,000.00 87023AKU.com$20,000pass 87024Sociology.com$40,000pass 87025SellGoldCoins.com$2,000SOLD$2,600$2,990.00 87026KFX.com$8,000pass 87027Marilyn.com$30,000pass 87028NL.com$385,000pass 87029ExecriseGloves.com$1,500SOLD$1,500$1,725.00 87030Keynesian.com$30,000pass 87031CakeMix.com$10,000pass 87032NumismaticsBlog.com$500pass 87033MutualFunds.com$1,000,000pass 87034GIU.com$6,500SOLD$6,500$7,475.00 87035BulkDiapers.comno reserveSOLD$500$575.00 87036Hemisphere.com$30,000SOLD$30,000$34,500.00 87037Alexandria.com$200,000pass 87038Downline.com$10,000pass 87039ActiveStocks.comno reserveSOLD$850$977.50 87040TheCoinBlog.comno reserveSOLD$325$373.75 87041Bicycle.com$200,000pass 87042HJR.com$9,300pass 87043FootballUniforms.com$18,000pass 87044Suit.com$95,000pass 87045OJQ.com$4,500pass 87046GradedCards.com$1,500SOLD$1,500$1,725.00 87047BasketballMemorabilia.com$1,500pass 87048VJZ.com$4,500pass 87049SmartTVs.com$5,000SOLD$5,500$6,325.00 87050GolfLessons.com$75,000pass 87051JazzBlog.comno reservepass 87052MyCoinCollection.com$500SOLD$600$690.00 87053Tie.com$100,000pass 87054UncutDiamonds.com$3,000pass 87055QR.com$200,000pass 87056NewTees.comno reserveSOLD$250$287.50 87057WOJ.com$6,500pass 87058FootballlEquipment.com$2,500pass 87059ItalianSuits.com$10,000pass 87060LuxuryBags.com$40,000pass 87061KCJ.com$9,300pass 87062SwissChronograph.com & SwissChronographs.comno reserveSOLD$550$632.50 87063PX.net$10,000pass 87064CurrencyExchange.com$220,000pass 87065DiveSuits.comno reserveSOLD$500$575.00 87066OpalEarrings.com$3,500pass 87067XZ.com$120,000SOLD$120,000$138,000.00 87068PHQ.com$3,500SOLD$4,500$5,175.00 !ERROR! E2 does not contain a number or expression!ERROR! F2 does not contain a number or expression Auction Total$419,970

 

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Buenos Aires Airport closure leaves many ICANN 48 attendees stranded

Domain Name News - Fri, 2013-11-15 15:27

As the 48th ICANN meeting is set to start in Buenos Aires, many of the attendees were stranded today in Montevideo, Uruguay  and other South American airports due to an airport closure in Buenos Aires. An Austral Embraer ERJ-190 on behalf of Air Austral/Aerolineas Argentina coming from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), overrun the runway and only came to a halt after the nose of the machine had hit the localizer antenna about 220 meters/730 feet past the runway end at 5:45 local time this morning (UTC-3). None of the 96 passengers was injured and they were all taken to the terminal. According to reporting of the airport there was a cold front passing through the area at the time. The airline reports that the incident occurred due to a sudden change in wind direction and speed.

Flights into the aiport resumed again after about three hours, but some attendees will now only arrive tomorrow. DNN was not able to confirm if any ICANN 48 attendees were on the flight itself.

 

[via AVHerald and the ICANN Social Group on Facebook, picture posted on twitter by @JuanMCornejo]

 

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Demand Media to Spin Off Domain Registration Business into RightSide [Press Release]

Domain Name News - Tue, 2013-11-05 15:25

As already predicted by Andrew over at DNW:

Demand Media Announces Key Executives and Name for Proposed Domain Services Company

Company Will Lead Expansion of Generic Top Level Domains under Rightside Brand; Taryn Naidu Selected as Incoming CEO

November 05, 2013 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–()–Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD), a leading media and domain services company, today announced that Taryn Naidu, who currently serves as Demand Media’s Executive Vice President of Domain Services, will become the CEO and a Director of the newly formed domain services company that is proposed to be spun off from Demand Media. Demand Media also announced that it has selected the name Rightside Group, Ltd. (“Rightside”) for the spun off domain services business.

“It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

Rightside will be a Kirkland, WA based technology and services company for the Internet domain industry. The company will advance the way consumers and businesses define and present themselves online through a comprehensive technology platform making it possible to discover, register, develop, and monetize domain names. Rightside will play a leading role in the historic launch of new generic Top Level Domains, and the name represents a new way to navigate the Internet, while establishing the new company as the one to guide users in the right direction. It’s everything to the right of the dot – and beyond.

Taryn Naidu, who has led Demand Media’s domain services business since 2011 will become Chief Executive Officer of Rightside, upon completion of the separation. Additionally, Rightside executive management will include Wayne MacLaurin as Chief Technology Officer and Rick Danis as General Counsel. David Panos will be appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Shawn Colo, Demand Media’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, will be appointed as a Director of Rightside in connection with the separation.

“Establishing the leadership team and brand identity of the proposed new company marks an important milestone in achieving our plan to separate our business into two distinct market leaders,” said Demand Media Interim President and Chief Executive Offer Shawn Colo. “I am pleased to announce a very strong executive team led by Taryn. This team has a wealth of industry experience, has played an integral role in building the largest wholesale domain registrar and is driving the transformation of this business into one of the largest end-to-end domain name service providers in the world.”

“Rightside’s mission will be to help millions of businesses and consumers define and present themselves online. We’re able to deliver on this through our distribution network of more than 20,000 active partners, one of the leading domain services technology platforms, a large number of applications for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), and a deep bench of industry talent,” said Taryn Naidu, newly designated incoming Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “It’s an exciting time for us, as new gTLDs start going live this year and our path to becoming an independent public company as a leader in our industry progresses.”

About Rightside

Rightside plans to inspire and deliver new possibilities for consumers and businesses to define and present themselves online. The company will be a leading provider of domain name services, offering one of the industry’s most comprehensive platforms for the discovery, registration, development, and monetization of domain names. This will include 15 million names under management, the most widely used domain name reseller platform, more than 20,000 distribution partners, an award-winning retail registrar, the leading domain name auction service and an interest in more than 100 new Top Level Domain applications. Rightside will be home to some of the most admired brands in the industry, including eNom, Name.com, United TLD and NameJet (in partnership with Web.com). Headquartered in Kirkland, WA, Rightside will have offices in North America and Europe. For more information please visit www.rightside.co.

About Demand Media

Demand Media, Inc. (NYSE: DMD) is a leading digital media and domain services company that informs and entertains one of the internet’s largest audiences, helps advertisers find innovative ways to engage with their customers and enables publishers, individuals and businesses to expand their online presence. Headquartered in Santa Monica, CA, Demand Media has offices in North America, South America and Europe. For more information about Demand Media, please visit www.demandmedia.com

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