MapsWithME.com With over 4 Million Users Re-Brands as Maps.Me

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The .Me registry announced today in a blog post, that MapsWithME.com has rebranded as MAPS.ME

The company is the creator of an App which boasts over 4 million users.

The App is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

This startup uses OpenStreetMap data to provide access to highly detailed offline maps of, virtually, every country in the world.

In addition to having the entire world at your fingertips the app offers plenty of other features that make your travel light (and carefree), like the ability to bookmark the places of interest and share the current location via text message.

With the rebranding to MAPS.ME, the service also underwent some major improvements to the core functionalities such as simplification of search process by adding “search by address”.

“When making a decision to rebrand to a new name, we were guided by the principle ‘Simplicity is perfection’”, says Yury Melnichek, the CEO and founder of MAPS.ME. “And MAPS.ME is shorter, more searchable and much more appealing, especially to our non-English users base.

After finding the perfect name, revamping the user interface and improving the search, I can proudly say that we are on the right way to make the best offline maps experience in the world”.

“With the vast number of online businesses and service the difference between success and failure can be whether or not customers remember your name. We were well aware of this when we launched .ME Premium Domain Program and the allocation of MAPS.ME came as a reassurance.

It is easy to see that there is a perfect match between a memorable domain and an extremely handy service. I am sure they will keep making the travel experience better in the years to come”, says Predrag Lesic, the CEO of the .ME Registry.

Did Lebron James Lease or Buy Lebron.com? After 6 Years Domain Points To LebronJames.com

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CBSNews.com published a blog post about a week ago about a domain investor who owns Lebron.com since 2008.

The story,  which in a very positive light,  chatted about a domain investor, Patrick Nagle. whom they described as a “Tech-savvy Maryland businessman”.

“As millions of basketball fans search online for news of what team free agent LeBron James will be playing for next, Mr. Nagle has found a way to benefit.

Type in LeBronJames.com and you go to James’s official Web site. But type in lebron.com and you’ll end up wherever Nagle directs you. Nagle bought the domain name lebron.com back in 2008.”

“Now he has taken all of the Web traffic looking for basketball news at Lebron.com and directed it to Nagle’s own personal LinkedIn profile instead.”

In an email to CBS News today, Nagle says, “I’ve been buying and selling Internet business for the past 15 years (since I was 16). I stumbled across Lebron.com when I co-founded OurSpace.com in 2008, an Urban Social Network, (later acquired by News Corp). I thought lebron.com was a great domain, so I bought it.”

Now about a week after CBS News published the story the domain name Lebron.com is forwarding for the first time since 2008 to Lebron James Official site LebronJames.com

The whois record has not changed so we don’t know if there is a lease and/or sale in the works, or maybe Mr. Nagle responded to a C & D letter based on the story.

We don’t have the answer yet but the timing of the forwarding of the domain to Mr. James official site on the heels of the story would seem to indicate something is in the works.

As for Mr. Nagle he seems to be another one of those people who has been in the domain investment space for a very long time but isn’t a well know figure in the community but appears to be making some big money from domaining.

The article goes on to quote Mr. Nagle to say:

“I recently re-sold MarijuanaMD.com in less than week for mid six-figures after acquiring it for $800.

I don’t know what Lebron.com is worth — but I do know it is a quality generic name.”

Nagle says he owns or runs around 3,000 domains and web properties, but has “stopped buying and selling to focus on a new business.”

After Losing MyArt.com in UDRP, Fed Court Awards Owner Domain + Damages + Attorney Fees

According to a post on the site of the law firm Lewis & Lin, the domain owner of MyArt.com who lost a UDRP in April, filed a lawsuit in federal court and not only stopped the transfer of the domain name but got an award of statutory damages, attorney’s fees and litigation costs.

We wrote about the UDRP back in April of this year and noted it was the 2nd UDRP filed by the same complaint on the same domain.

David Lin, Esq. writing on his firm’s site in a post entitled: “Reverse Domain Hijacking Defendants Consent to Judgement” says:

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“After losing a UDRP proceeding by default, the owners of MyArt.com retained Lewis & Lin to stop the transfer of the domain name under ICANN rules.

Lewis & Lin immediately filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against My Art SAS, a French company engaged in the sale of artwork, and its principal shareholder. Our complaint sought relief for reverse domain name hijacking under the Lanham Act, as well as related state unfair competition claims.

Barely a month after being served with the complaint, defendants issued an offer of judgment consenting to all of the declaratory relief that we sought on behalf of our client.

Defendants also offered a monetary judgment in an amount that included statutory damages, attorney’s fees and litigation costs. The offer of judgment was accepted and judgment was entered in favor of our client.

This case illustrates that a UDRP loss has absolutely no bearing on subsequent litigation between the same parties and the same domain name. A UDRP panel’s decision, which is not based on U.S. trademark law, will be entitled to no deference, and will have no preclusive effect in a federal court case. For domain name registrants who fall victim to the efforts of reverse domain hijackers attempting to seize a domain in the UDRP process, there is hope to recover a hijacked domain.

Simply by filing a federal lawsuit and requiring the attempted hijacker to defend their actions, a domain name registrant can keep what’s rightfully theirs. For more information on reverse domain hijacking and the UDRP, contact David Lin at Lewis & Lin LLC.”

We are thrilled that a domain name owner stood up for his rights, took the horrible UDRP decision to court and not only quickly got the transfer of the domain name stopped but also got damages, attorney fees and costs.

Big congrats to

 

TheFullStory.com Raises $1.2 Million After Buying The Domain In December for $2,477

The domain name TheFullStory.com was sold on Godaddy.com/Afternic.com in December last year for $2,477.

Today the company was covered by TechCrunch.com after raising $1.2 Million Dollars.

According to TechCrunch, TheFullStory.com is “trying to minimize those endless hours spent on the phone by capturing everything a user does on a company’s product using a simple script.

FullStory captures mouse movement, clicks, page transitions and more and allows for session playback for support teams to understand user flows.

The script begins recording the users movements once they are logged onto the website or app, but users can exclude themselves from being tracked

Then customer service teams can see a customer’s movements and allows them to identify bugs and send the playback session URL to the engineering team to fix.

Anyway it’s another brandable domain that is used in a way that most people would not imagine.

I wouldn’t have sold the domain for less than five figures.

Secret.ly Bought For $3,500 On Sedo 9 Months Ago Raises $25 Million At $100M Valuation

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It was just back in March that the New York Times chatted about, what was at that time, a 5 week old app called Secret which uses the domain name Secret.ly

Today the company announced it has raised an additional $25 Million dollars, on top of the $8.6 million the company announced it raised in March from a number of well-known investors, including Alexis Ohanian, a founder of Reddit, and Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.”

“Secret connects people anonymously through their address books. Messages appear only as from “friend” or “friend of friend.” Juicy posts that receive a lot of likes or comments also appear occasionally, identified simply by the city or state where they originated.”

Yesterday according to the New York Times, released “a new version of the application that will allow people to sign up for Secret and find friends using their Facebook credentials. Previously, the service relied on a user’s address book and list of contacts to find friends and see their Secret posts.”

The company also introduced “collections” that will help organize messages posted on Secret and make it easier to browse by topics, such as humor, dating or food.”

The company also announced on Monday that it raised an additional $25 million in venture financing from a number of esteemed firms and angel investors, including Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, SV Angel and Fuel Capital.

“The new funding puts the valuation of Secret, a six-month-old company, at higher than $100 million.”

The domain name Secret.ly was sold on Sedo.com In October 2013 for $3,500.