The 100 People Who Will Shape The Future of The Internet

Kieren McCarthy wrote a piece on TheRegister.co.uk about the 100 people who will shape the future of the Internet. The article takes a look at the Cross Community Working Group who will set out to propose the right transition plan for IANA. From the article: Unfortunately, despite having had nearly 14 years to think about it, the process for deciding how to move the global internet and its … [Read more...]

Wiley Rein Files Suit Over 14 Stolen Domain Names: 9 Are 3 Letter .com’s

The law firm of Wiley Rein this week filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an e-commerce company that had 14 domain names stolen by computer hackers based in China from a Godaddy Account. The case, Acme Billing Company v. John Doe, was filed on October 21, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia by David Weslow of Wiley Rein LLP. The domain names mentioned in … [Read more...]

Verisign Reports: .Com/Net Over 130 Million Domains; Revenue Up 4.7%; $1.5 Billion In The Bank

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported its results for the third quarter of 2014, reporting revenue of $255 millionup 4.7% from the same quarter in 2013. Verisign reported net income of $95 million and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.69 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to net income of $81 million and diluted EPS of $0.53 in the same quarter in 2013. The operating margin was … [Read more...]

Did Facebook.com Just Acquire Messenger.com? Looks Like They Did

We have about 1,000 domain names we track on DomainTools.com and we just noticed that the Whois on the domain name Messenger.com has just changed. The new owner of the domain is the law firm Hogan Lovells LLP of Paris which may not mean too much to you but as we at Thedomains.com follow and write about a lot of UDRP's we know the law firm represents Facebook in their intellectual property … [Read more...]

.NYC Landrush Auctions Are Underway

The landrush auctions for .NYC domain names are underway at SnapNames.com according to someone who is involved in the auctions. We previously announced that the auctions would start today on a staggered 3 stage basis going through November 6th. We understand that not everyone who submitted a landrush application went ahead and established a valid account at Snapnames.com. In the cases … [Read more...]

A Rumble in the Bronx over a Couple .Nyc Domains

The Daily News has an interesting story today about two .nyc domains that are at the heart of an online turf war in The Bronx. Welcome2thebronx.nyc and welcometothebronx.nyc. are being used as digital bargaining chips as one Bronx blogger wants another to retract statements and stop harassing her in a dispute that seems to be about of all things, a Whole Foods Market. An online dispute rooted in … [Read more...]

$5.6 Million A Good Buy For .Realty To Compete with .Realestate, Realtor, .Property., .MLS & .IMMO?

Last night the highest priced paid for a new gTLD of the three that were at the ICANN last resort auction yesterday was .Realty at $5.6 million purchased by domain industry veteran Jay Westerdal's company. (The exact price paid was $5,588,888) .Realty joins .Realestate; .Realtor; .Property, .MLS,  .Immo, (which is short for immobilier  which means real estate and is used in France, Germany and … [Read more...]