According to one start up they needed to move to the .com

There has been a lot of discussion about start ups embracing the new gtlds, it was the choices they needed, that they want to keep their original company name and not have to change just to get the .com. I believe that is true for some, and they will embrace it. There are still many that believe .com is where it’s at.

Today we get another example that will make the .com only camp happy, Moot has rebranded itself to Muut. The company did a post on their blog discussing the transition and it was featured on Tech Crunch as well.

Now Moot.ventures/holdings/company are all available, they could easily keep their name and move to a new gtld, Instead the company moved from Moot.it to Muut.com. I am sure some will try to spin this differently but imo it cannot be spun. Here is a start up that just raised $770,000 that could have easily for $24.99 registered Moot.company but they wanted the .com and went with the alt spelling Muut.com.

From the Muut.com website:

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Welcome Muut! Yes, we know: it might sound funny since you’re not used to it — then again, didn’t Moot sound funny when you first heard it? We loved the name, but honestly, we love the new name even more, and we’re absolutely thrilled with the new url — muut.com.

Muut brand

As awareness of our service kept growing it became clear to us we needed to shift from our .it domain to a .com domain. With Muut we have our 4 letter .com as well as a new distinctive brand.

We have already started the process of migrating everything over to the new domain, but no need to worry — your old embeds pointing to moot.it will continue to work so you won’t need to do anything!

From the Tech Crunch Article:

Moot.it, a startup launched last April to do away with ugly online forums by offering a flexible, customizable and more modern-looking platform for online discussions, has raised $770,000 in new funding and is changing its name to Muut. (Hey, they wanted the .com, so you get what you get these days.)

The funding was led by Oregon Angel Fund, and the other notable investor is the Portland Seed Fund.

Over the course of the year, the company has grown its customer base to over 28,000 and its user base to 300,000, and is currently adding thousands of new users per day. Muut also says its application is now being loaded approximately 150 million times per month.

Read the full story here

 

The Russians Are Forwarding The Official Site of The Olympics Sochi.Ru To a .Com Sochi2014.com

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If you have watched any part of the Winter Olympics from Sochi, and I know you have, you have undoubted sighted a Sochi.ru domain name banner that is flying across the the venues.

One of the readers of thedomains.com points out that although the Sochi.ru domain name is being displayed hundreds of times each day on television stations all around the world,  if you type the domain in it forwards to Sochi2014.com

I would say it is interesting that the Russian who are an extremely proud nation are in fact forwarding their .RU domain name, the official site of the winter Olympics to a .com domain which falls within United States control.

Not sure what to make of it but its quiet interesting.

Mike Daniels Former NSI Chairman: Dot com Became the Brand of Choice & I Believe it Will Be in the Future

Mike Daniels who served as Network Solutions (NSI) chairman from 1995 – 2000 and orchestrated the sale of Network Solutions to VeriSign for $19.3 billion in 2000 shared his thoughts on the new gTLD’s with BroadwayWorld.com

Will the new crop of domain registration companies be as successful as Network Solutions?

Probably not.

Dot com remains the most important domain because that was what we publicized in the mid-to-late-1990′s during the .com boom days.

Dot com became the brand of choice and remains so today. I believe it will be in the future.

According to Mr. Daniels, “the real question is whether the entire ICANN process is appropriate in terms of how they have structured this and the cost to enter the game.

Many believe that ICANN has grown beyond anything ever imagined and that these new domain names and costs associated with them have pushed the limits. The original thinking when we created ICANN did not envision a large organization with a significant multi-million-dollar budget.

Going forward, we need to debate the limits of ICANN and its policies.”

Did Someone Let Cm.com Drop and Who Owns it?

The rare two letter domain name Cm.com appears to have dropped back 2013.

The last record for the domain according to DomainTools.com is from May 2013:

Record Date: 2013-05-01
Registrar: DOMAIN.COM, LLC
Server: whois.domain.com
Created: 1997-05-20
Updated: 2013-04-28
Expires: 2020-05-21

Can’t get information on local domain CM.COM””

According to Screenshots.com the domain was in use as a parking page most recently back in December 2010.

Unlike other two letter domain names that recently dropped like hd.tv, the registry is not showing as having the domain name reserved.

Here is how the whois record of Hd.tv looks:

Domain Name: HD.TV
Domain ID: 108845160
Updated Date: 2014-02-02T04:12:39Z
Creation Date: 2014-02-02T04:12:39Z
Expiration Date: 2024-02-02T04:12:39Z
Sponsoring Registrar: .TV RESERVED DOMAINS
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 9998
Domain Status: SERVER-UPDATE-PROHIBITED
Name Server: No nameserver
DNSSEC: Unsigned delegation

The whois records on Cm.com shows the domain is being available for registration.

 

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However the domain name cannot be registered:

 

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The registrant of this domain appears to be a  Satoshi Shimoshita of ,Koto-ku Tokyo who may have owned the domain since 1997 before allowing the domain to drop.

Not sure what the deal is.

Have no idea how someone can let a two letter domain name drop.

I also have no idea of how come the domain is not showing this as a reserved domain name.

 

LinkedIn acquires Bright.com

LinkedIn made their largest acquistion yet acquiring Bright.com.

Tech Crunch covered the acquisition which coincided with LinkedIn reporting earnings on Thursday.

From the article:

Today, alongside a fourth quarter earnings report in which it beat Wall Street estimates yet again, LinkedIn announced its intentions to acquire data-savvy job search startup, Bright.com, for $120 million. The deal, which was 70 percent stock and 30 percent cash the company said, will be completed during the first quarter of this year.

In a statement today, LinkedIn said that “several members of Bright’s team,” which now numbers over 50 –particularly those on its engineering and product teams — will be joining LinkedIn in the coming weeks. However, one notices that the announcement conspicuously leaves out any mention of Bright’s founders and whether or not they will be joining LinkedIn’s team in Mountain View.

Along with the company LinkedIn acquires a premium one word .com.

Lately we have started to look at the history of the premium .com names that get used for new start ups or get acquired, many have said they enjoy this feature and we are glad you like it.

Here is the history of Bright .com

Bright.com was already dropped twice prior to its current registration date of 12/20/94.

The domain was owned by a gentleman using it for a business called B-Right Trucking from the earliest record on Archive.org – 1997

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The domain changed in 2005, same gentleman owned it but he changed the company name to Bright Minds.

In May of 2005 the domain went under privacy and left Network Solutions and was moved to AAAQ.com as the registrar.

December 0f 2007 the new registrant was Deepti Parvathaneni and the domain was moved to Go Daddy.

The domain went back under privacy and then looks to have been sold on Sedo with Sedo as the registrant on June 6,2010

The registrant then changed to Scot Mollot out of San Francisco.

Then the name went back into privacy and came out with a new registrant name but same address in San Francisco. The name contiuned to change names by those who look to be affiliated with the company that would become Bright Media.

12/21/11 the registrant officially became Bright Media. The company was founded in February of 2011.

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