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Snapnames to Run .UK Domain Name Auctions

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I received emails from NameJet and SnapNames informing me about upcoming .UK domain name auctions that will be held via SnapNames. In case you aren’t aware, .UK domain names are newly available, and registrants that owned .co.uk domain names were given the opportunity to purchase their matching .UK domain names.

The period to reserve matching .UK domain names ended on June 25, and domain names that were not claimed are going to become available for others to register. Details about this are available on Nominet’s website.

Chief Acquires Brand Match Chief.com

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Yesterday afternoon, I saw the tweet below from Lindsay Kaplan, Co-Founder of Chief, a private network and club for women executives. She was announcing that her company secured a major Series A funding round. According to Crunchbase, the company has now raised $25 million in funding over two rounds:

Poll: Expiry vs. Private Auctions Bidding

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I’ve been involved in a Twitter discussion with several people regarding the bidding on expiry domain name auctions and private domain name auctions. The discussion is centered around whether people are willing to bid higher for expiry domain names vs privately owned domain names that are up for auction. For instance, would domain investors be willing to bid higher for DomainNameExample.com if it was an expired domain name vs. the same name that is in auction but is a private auction.

For the poll today, I would like to know if you were bidding on a domain name at NameJet or GoDaddy Auctions, would you be willing to spend more if it is an expired domain name? Vote in the poll below but please share your additional thoughts in the comment section.


IMI.com Registrant Prevails in Jury Trial

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At the end of 2017, I wrote about the IMI.com UDRP decision. Shortly after the decision in favor of the complainant was published, I labeled it “stunning.” It looks like the registrant of the domain name filed a lawsuit shortly after losing the UDRP, and from what I can tell, it looks like he won. The case is still ongoing (more on that below).

The court docket is quite long, and it looks like it made it all the way to a jury trial. The jurors were asked several questions, with the two most important (and non-contingent ones) below:

Links.com Sold for €700,000 via Sedo

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Yesterday afternoon, Sedo reported the €700,000 sale of Links.com. At today’s exchange rate, the sale is just shy of $800,000 USD (approximately $796,610), making it one of the largest public domain name sales of the year to date. It also appears to be the largest sale of the year for Sedo, not including any unreported private sales.

The tweet promoting the sale stated that this was the “most expensive fixed price domain sale yet!” I presume this means the buyer used the buy it now option from Sedo’s marketplace and it was the largest sale in this manner to have transacted via Sedo rather than a brokered domain name sale:

GoDaddy Acquires Small Portfolio from Monster

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GoDaddy acquired a small domain name portfolio from Monster Worldwide via its NameFind entity. I noticed several transfers from Monster to NameFind through my DomainTools Registrant Alert email notification, and Jamie Zoch tweeted about it on Saturday:

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Snapnames to Run .UK Domain Name Auctions

I received emails from NameJet and SnapNames informing me about upcoming .UK domain name auctions that will be held via SnapNames. In case you...

Chief Acquires Brand Match Chief.com

Yesterday afternoon, I saw the tweet below from Lindsay Kaplan, Co-Founder of Chief, a private network and club for women executives. She was announcing...

Poll: Expiry vs. Private Auctions Bidding

I've been involved in a Twitter discussion with several people regarding the bidding on expiry domain name auctions and private domain name auctions. The...

IMI.com Registrant Prevails in Jury Trial

At the end of 2017, I wrote about the IMI.com UDRP decision. Shortly after the decision in favor of the complainant was published, I...

Links.com Sold for €700,000 via Sedo

Yesterday afternoon, Sedo reported the €700,000 sale of Links.com. At today's exchange rate, the sale is just shy of $800,000 USD (approximately $796,610), making...