Welcome to Domain Movers where we detect domain names on the move, mainly all by large corporations for one reason or another. These are often early detection’s and often result in a new product, service, business or advertising campaign in the near future.
Since this is often the very first time anything is being mentioned about “it”, it can be challenging to find out very much information relating to what “it” may actually be or relate to… but it often gives us clues. Here we go with the latest and be sure to check out all the Domain Movers series past articles.
Battlecast.com, which TheDomains broke the news about the domain selling on April 16, 2015 has been “somewhat” launched and redirects (only with www. not without) to Skylanders.com Battlecast. The website states : “Download For Free. Coming in 2016”
Activision is behind the Skylanders card game and announced Skylanders Battlecast on August 18, 2015.
If the www. problem isn’t enough (most people do NOT type www., so they are losing traffic and sending customers to an invalid error page), Activision failed to register the domain name SkylandersBattlecast.com which was registered by somebody in China (under privacy) on March 23, 2015? Something leak early? The singular domain name, SkylanderBattlecast.com sits unregistered.
Twitter Inc. has registered the domain names TwitterChallenger.com, TwitterChallengers.com and TwitterChallenges.com
Globality.com has been acquired by a new startup which states: “We’re creating a new ecosystem for global trade, enabling small and midsize companies anywhere in the world to participate in the global economy.”
Joel Hyatt and Lior Delgo are the founders who have built five startups with successful exits according to the site.
FeedUp.com which was owned by the company Kosmix, which was acquired for $300 Million by Walmart in April 2011, to form WalmartLabs has changed registrant details to show Walmart as the owners. The domain name does not resolve.
FitnessTV.com has been sold by Yahoo! according to whois records. The domain name was parked with Sedo and is now showing Goran Orecevic as the new owner. The domain has been registered since September 30, 1997. This domain name was auctioned off by Yahoo! in November 2013 with a reserve range of $1,000-$4,999 but it is not clear if it sold then or only recently.
TheDomains.com broke the news that Yahoo! recently sold the domain name AV.com.
Yn.com has been sold according to whois records. The domain name was owned by Liao Xun Qin of China and using DomainNameSales.com and the domain name has now went into whois privacy and name servers have changed.
Everyday Health Inc. has acquired the domain name TvRx.com from Oliver Hoger from Virtual Real Estate Limited.
Google Inc. has acquired the domain name AmpProject.com via Sedo. I was not able to find a sales price for the domain name yet.
Wells Fargo & Company, a MarkMonitor client, has allowed the domain name Baib.com to expire and it was removed from the registry (dropped) on September 13, 2015 and was grabbed by eNom.
This domain sold via a public auction at NameJet for over $1,300, with profits going to the registrar/auction service, not to Wells Fargo & Company!
Being a bank, a publicly traded company, etc. one would expect them to understand assets and at a bare minimum, they simply allowed at least a four figure, simply go away IMO! Big deal for the company of that size? Not really but still a waste considering that Wells Fargo has owned the domain name since about 2001 meaning they PAID domain name renewal fees on the domain name for 14 YEARS and then simply let it expire without trying to sell the asset to even cover the domain name renewal fees? Ouch!
According to Estibot.com, not an exact science but simply a guide using some metrics, pins a value on Baib.com at $11,000 USD.
Microsoft Corporation appears to have pulled a couple domain names out of hiding. 4 domain names that were using generic CSC Corporate Domains whois records are now showing Microsoft as the registrants. MoeGadget.com |.net, LiveDesktop.com and LiveFramework.net
Disney Enterprises, Inc. registered the domain name StarDarlingsMusic.com but does not currently own StarDarlings.com or StarDarling.com according to whois records, but is likely connected. Disney did just launch Star Darlings, which are new characters in a new series. IMO, these are the types of terms that large corporations DO need to acquire prior to announcing them publicly. It is a distraction to potential clients and again, IMO is impeding Disney in some way by not owning the matching term as a .com domain name. It has simply come way to common to see something like Star Darlings and know the easiest way to find it is visiting the exact name as a domain name, StarDarlings.com. To be safe, since the term is a plural, it is also important to own StarDarling.com.
According to whois records for StarDarlings.com, it is owned Ahmet Zappa, who is actually one of the creators of the Star Darlings character according to BizJournals.com: “The “Star Darlings” concept was created by designer Shana Muldoon Zappa and her husband, Ahmet Zappa, son of late musician Frank Zappa, and was inspired by their daughter.”
StarDarlings.com has been registered since August 21, 2008 and owned by the same owner since at least 2009. The domain name does not resolve at time of publication nor redirect to the Disney page for the new characters. Why this does that and why Disney doesn’t have ownership of the domain name is another question. May be Disney isn’t even aware that Ahmet owns the domain name?
Disney did acquire the domain name FindingDory.com also, which was owned by Ged Lightfoot of the UK but that does not appear to relate to the Star Darlings. To note, FindingDory.com is listed on Afternic with a $25,000 Minimum offer but that listing still remains buy may indicate an offering price for the domain name.
PepsiCo, Inc. has taken ownership of the domain name HowWillWe.com which was registered on September 28, 2013. The domain name was under privacy protection at Hover (Tucows) and has since transferred to CSC Corporate Domains showing Pepsi.
GoDaddy.com has sold the domain name Zpack.com which was part of the Marchex domain name portfolio. The buyer is Mohammad Mehadi of Brooklyn New York. The term commonly relates to an antibiotic that treats bacterial infections.
Turbulences.com has been acquired by a currently unknown CSC Corporate Domains client. The domain name sold for $4,500 EUR which is about $5,086 USD.
A currently unknown MarkMonitor client, using DnStination Inc in whois has registered several similar domain names that include BladeRunnerAndroidsDream.com, BladRunnerAndroidsDreamMovie.com and AndroidsDreamMovie.com
Staying on the movie theme, which btw, I rarely report on movie domain names because the companies register SO MANY almost daily… but since I mentioned the above, I will let you know that Sony Pictures registered AnygryBirdsLapeli.com and AngryBirdsPelicula.com
Amazon Technologies registered the domain name DuckOnTheRun.com
Nike Inc. registered the domain name StrikingControl.com . Nike owns about 4,400 domain names and is a company that rarely is on Domain Movers. So welcome aboard Nike!
Caterpillar Inc. registered several “drone” related domain names which include: CatDroneSuperIntendent.com, CaterpillarDrongeSuperIntendent.com, CaterpillarIndustrialDrone.com, CaterpillarIndustrialDrones.com, CaterpillarInternetOfDrones.com, CaterpillarUnmannedArialSystems.com, CatIndustrialDrone.com, CatInternetOfDrones.com, CatUnmannedArialSystems.com, UnmannedArialSystems.com and DroneSuperIntendent.com