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👁👄👁.FM: Emoji Domain Name Makes Waves

A viral Emoji campaign along with an Emoji .FM domain name caught the attention of many people on Twitter and helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of racial justice non-profits, Business Insider reported:

“For more than 24 hours, tech workers in Silicon Valley and high-profile venture capitalists were animated over what appeared to be a secretive app and a series of a cryptic tweets. Whatever it was appeared to be the next big thing: Investors and partners at venture firms like Draper and Gelt VC were talking about exclusive invites, techies at companies like Facebook were posting screenshots to Twitter, and prominent entrepreneurs were pleading with their followers for access and more info about the emoji combination 👁👄👁. The only response: ‘It is what it is.'”

LifeInsurance.com.au Sold for $100,000 AUD

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Another $100,000 AUD domain name sale was reported over the weekend. Erhan Karabardak, Director at Cooper Mills Lawyers, reported that LifeInsurance.com.au was sold for $100,000 AUD. His firm was involved in the deal. At today’s exchange rate, that is approximately $68,349 USD:

The sale was reported by Domain Name Junction, a publication that focuses on the Australian domain name marketplace. LifeInsurance.com.au was reportedly acquired by the company that operates the Money.com.au business.

In May, it was reported that the Sleep.com.au domain name was also sold for $100,000 AUD. This sale currently ranks #34 on the DNJournal year to date sales report. Once Ron Jackson archives the LifeInsurance.com.au sale, it will rank in the top 10 ccTLD domain name sales of the year. The sale of LifeInsurance.com.au will also rank near the top 10 .com.au domain name sales of all time, as recorded by NameBio.

Jackpot.io Sold for $48,500 via DAN

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Earlier this morning, one of the largest .io domain name sales of all time was reported on Twitter. According to the tweet from Bar Franek of Page Clinic, Jackpot.io was sold for $48,500 via DAN. The seller reported the deal was already paid in full in a BTC deal:

Report: Sleep.com.au Sold for $100,000

According to a report on Domainer.com.au, the Sleep.com.au domain name was sold for $100,000 AUD on the Drop.com.au domain name auction platform. (Update: It would appear that the sale is in AUD rather than USD. Assuming it is AUD, that would be approximately $66,559 in USD.):

Park.io Founder on Failory Podcast

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For the past few years, .IO domain names have become very popular. A quick glance at NameBio shows the substantial value that exists for some .IO domain names. In addition, a look at TechCrunch, CrunchBase, The Verge, or pretty much any other tech publication shows the extensive usage of .IO domain names at various startups across many fields. I readily admit I have never owned a .IO domain name (and very few ccTLDs in general), but there is a big market for them and Park.io is one of the companies that leads the pack when it comes to the sale of .IO domain names.

Adam Yamada-Hanff emailed me about a podcast readers might find interesting. Failory interviewed Mike Carson, Founder of Park.io, and the interview was released this week as a part of the Failory Podcast series.

All Websites on .ZA ccTLD Need to Link to SA Coronavirus Website

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The ccTLD domain extension for South Africa is .ZA, and it looks like many businesses uses the .CO.ZA extension for their websites. It looks like the South African government is now requiring all websites that use the .ZA ccTLD extension to provide a link to the country’s Covid-19 coronavirus website on their homepage. The South African government’s COVID-19 website can be found by visiting SACoronavirus.co.za.

You can see this requirement was publicized on the official Twitter page of The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa:

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