NationalLanding.com Domain Name Registered 2.5 Months Ago

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According to reports today, Amazon is locating one of its two new “headquarters” to Virginia. The area has been known as Crystal City, but apparently it is rebranding as National Landing.

Quite a few news outlets were tweeting about this today, including NBC News:

Interestingly, the NationalLanding.com domain name was registered on August 28, 2018 at MarkMonitor – over

ICA Fires Back at Verisign

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Verisign and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently reached a deal that will allow Verisign to raise the price on .com domain name registrations (and renewals). The Internet Commerce Association (ICA) which represents the interests of domain investors and domain industry companies, had previously organized a campaign in opposition of the price increase. The campaign included a Change.org petition, which achieved over 2,300 signatures of support.

Shortly after the agreement between Verisign and the NTIA was announced, Verisign published a concerning article, which, in my view, seemed to mischaracterize domain investors and domain investing. The blog post referred to domain speculation as “domain scalping.” The company seems to have called out industry leaders GoDaddy and HugeDomains in the article. The sentence I found most concerning was this one that called into question the business of domain investing:

Google Launches Another Site on a Non-.Google New gTLD

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The Google Chrome Developer Relations team announced the launch of a new website on a new gTLD domain name. Like Google’s .New domain names I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the company is using a non-.Google new gTLD domain name.

Here’s the tweet from yesterday afternoon mentioning the recently launched Web.Dev website:

At some point, major companies launching websites on new gTLD domain names will not be newsworthy. From my perspective, Google’s usage of them is a tacit endorsement of the new extensions, and I think it is noteworthy. For what it’s worth, Google operates the .Dev registry, so it makes sense that the company would be using one of its own new extensions. This is also the case for .New.

Personally, I don’t think this moves the needle

GoDaddy / NameFind Wins Legally.com UDRP, But It’s Worth a Read

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When I first saw the Legally.com UDRP filing, I thought it would be a slam dunk for GoDaddy, which is the registrant of the domain name via its NameFind portfolio company. The Legally.com UDRP decision was published today, and although the registrant prevailed, it seemed a bit closer than I would have assumed. GoDaddy was represented in this proceeding by Gerald Levine of Levine Samuel, LLP.

Legally is a generic dictionary term, and it is also the name of at least a couple of companies that use non-.com domain extensions. The complainant in this filing is a company that was established in 2015, and it uses the Legally.CO domain name for its business. NameFind reportedly acquired the Legally.com domain name in 2017 when it acquired a group of domain names from YummyNames, which is the portfolio company associated with Tucows.

There was quite a bit of discussion about whether or not the domain name was registered in bad faith. Legally is a keyword, but it is also a trademark for the complainant. Here’s an excerpt from the decision discussing this:

One Thing I Look at When Bidding in a Domain Auction

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I am currently involved in a domain auction with a handful of bidders. I want to share a relatively common sense tip that can sometimes help me determine how much I am willing to pay to acquire a domain name.

There is about a day left in the auction, so I am internally trying to determine the maximum number I am comfortable paying. I checked a very similar name (plural vs. singular) to see how it is used and who owns it. I noticed that the similar domain name is listed for sale on a popular aftermarket website. That domain name has a buy it now price of a little under $2,000.

Some might argue the other domain name is more valuable than the name in auction. I could go either way on it, although a case could be made for either domain name. The keyphrase of the domain name in auction has has one extension registered while the comparable name has 5 of the most popular extensions registered.

If I would win the auction and price the domain name in the

Danica Patrick to Speak About Entrepreneurship at 2 NYC Events

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GoDaddy published a press release announcing that Danica Patrick will be speaking about entrepreneurship at two upcoming events in New York City. Patrick, who retired as a GoDaddy-sponsored NASCAR race car driver, has now been building her brand online with the help of GoDaddy. Thankfully, GoDaddy got rid of the “GoDaddy Girl” moniker several years ago, but she is probably still the most recognizable company spokesperson.

From the press release:

“Since retiring from racing in May, she’s dedicating herself to her own entrepreneurial ventures, including Pretty Intense, her health and fitness book; Somnium, her vineyard; and Warrior By Danica, her athleisure apparel line, as well as her commitment to helping others who aspire to convert their passions, or side hustles, into full-time business ventures.

November 16th, Danica is scheduled for a keynote ‘fireside chat’ at Entrepreneur L!VE in Brooklyn, New York. The one-day event is sponsored by Entrepreneur magazine and brings together influencers and innovators to share their unfiltered, unconventional and unexpected insights into what it takes to launch, sustain and grow a business.

December 3rd, Danica takes the stage at Business Insider’s Ignition conference, in New York City. The premier East Coast media and technology conference, IGNITION features the visionaries and industry leaders and CEOs who are shaping our future, and some who are approaching their businesses in unconventional ways.”

The events at which Patrick is speaking are not free to attend, so people who are interested in attending will need to

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