Uniregistry to Remove TopCoin from its Platform

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Uniregistry sent out an email to customers informing them that the company will be removing TopCoin from its platform on January 1, 2019. The company had been giving out TopCoin as a reward for registering and renewing domain names. In its email, Uniregistry advised customers they could still redeem TopCoin with Uniregistry through March 31. I reviewed the TopCoin website but do not see where or how TopCoin can be used.

Last December, TopCoin shared some news about a token issuance, but I am not sure what the status with that is.

Here’s the email announcement from Uniregistry:

Zoom.com Acquired by Zoom Video Communications

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In October of this year, Andrew Allemann reported that Media Options acquired the Zoom.com domain name and had filed a trademark to launch a concierge domain name acquisition and consulting service. Andrew also reported that Media Options acquired the domain name from domain investor Andy Booth.

In lieu of launching the domain industry service, Media Options sold Zoom.com to Zoom Video Communications, a video conferencing company. Zoom.com now forwards to Zoom’s website, which can be found on the Zoom.us ccTLD domain name. I would not be surprised to see the company shift its website, social channels, and email to Zoom.com at some point in the near future.

Andrew Rosener, CEO of Media Options, declined to share the sale price for this domain name. He confirmed that the domain name was sold and told me via email, “I can’t say anything other than it was a great outcome for everyone and we will be rebranding our Zoom Domain service to another brand soon!

Final 2018 Great Domains Auction Results

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Sedo’s final Great Domains auction of 2018 concluded yesterday, and there were quite a few domain names that sold. I am not sure why, but Pain.com was not listed in their sale report. TheDomains.com reported that the name sold for $399,999, but this sale was not included in the report I received.

I reached out to a Sedo representative about the non-disclosure of Pain.com and here’s what I was told:

“Sedo is not disclosing proactively the sale of Pain.com. While we are aware that any auction is always happening publicly, Sedo has an agreement in place with the parties involved in this particular auction not to share any information about the sale proactively. As such, this is why we aren’t commenting on the specifics of this individual case.”

Beyond this, GGN.com was the largest reported sale, closing at

GoDaddy Acquires Another Portfolio from Tucows

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In my DomainTools registrant monitor email this morning, I noticed quite a few generic domain names moved into GoDaddy’s NameFind portfolio. Prior to the transfer, the domain names had their registration information blocked due to GDPR, but the DomainTools Whois History tool showed me the registrant details prior to GDPR.

With this information, I was able to see that GoDaddy acquired another domain name portfolio from Yummy Names, a business operated by Tucows. GoDaddy Aftermarket VP and GM Paul Nicks confirmed the acquisition to me in an email.

I am sure additional domain names will continue to transfer from Tucows to GoDaddy over the coming days, but so far, it looks like Tool.com could be the gem of the acquired domain names.

Paul was

Tracking a Domain Name Owner Can be Exhausting

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Brokering domain names involves more than simply emailing prospective buyers or sellers and acting as a go-between for a domain owner and a prospect. Sometimes, it can take a considerable effort for a domain broker to even reach a counterparty to begin discussing a domain name.

Alan Dunn, founder of NameCorp and someone who has been involved in the domain investment business for many years, recently detailed an exhaustive effort it took just to make a domain name inquiry on behalf of his client:

Wing.com Acquired by X, Google’s “Moonshot Factory”

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In late July, I noticed a couple of interesting changes related to the Wing.com domain name. Those changes were noted in a tweet I sent out:

Wing.com had been owned by a company called Wing Inflatables. This Summer, I saw that the domain name transferred to MarkMonitor, a brand protection company and domain registrar used by many large companies. When someone visited Wing.com, they reached a temporary landing page informing them that they were going to be forwarded to a different website (I believe it was InflatableSolutions.com).

When I saw this, I speculated that the domain name may have been acquired by X, a research and development company operated by Google’s parent company, Alphabet (colloquially referred to as “The Moonshot Factory”). Wing is an independent company that was incubated within X, and it would have made sense for X to have acquired the Wing.com domain name for this business.

At the time of my tweet, I reached out to Wing Inflatables to ask if the company sold Wing.com. I did not receive a response to my query.

A couple of days ago, I checked in on Wing.com, and I noticed that it is being used by X’s Wing. The domain name is now registered to DNStination, Inc., the privacy proxy service operated by MarkMonitor. It would appear that X did, in fact, acquire the Wing.com domain name. I reached out to Google’s Press office, but I did not hear back from the group yet (update – see below)

If I had to venture a guess, I would say that this was a mid to high six figure sale – and perhaps as high as seven figures. The former registrant had to change its web presence and marketing, including a change of email addresses. This is not easy nor without risk, so I presume this valuable domain name was quite expensive.

With Google’s willingness to use new gTLD domain names like ABC.xyz and X.Company, it is always interesting to see the company buy a domain name like Wing.com.

Update: I heard back from Google this afternoon, but the company has no comment about the domain name.

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