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.Buzz Makes Appearance on Family Guy

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I have a couple of friends who love Family Guy and regularly cite lines from the popular cartoon television show. Bill Doshier from the .Buzz registry shared a video on LinkedIn from a recent Family Guy episode. During the show, one of the cartoons mentions that his website is FlyOnTheWall.Buzz.

Interestingly, that domain name does not appear to have been registered by anyone associated with the television show. In fact, FlyOnTheWall.Buzz was registered four days ago and has what appears to be an unrelated website operating on it.

The video is embedded within Bill’s LinkedIn update below:

Shopify Launches Shop App (Using $200k Domain Name)

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The $200,000 sale of Shop.app via Sedo is one of the ten largest publicly reported domain name sales of the year listed on DNJournal. Andrew Allemann reported that the buyer of Shop.app was Shopify, although the reason for spending $200k for the domain name was not known at the time of the acquisition. Because of GDPR, I am unable to see what entity owned the Shop.app domain name prior to the sale, but Google operates the .app extension.

A tweet from Efty’s Doron Vermaat revealed why Shopify spent this much money to buy the Shop.app domain name:

Radix Job Opportunity: Brand Manager

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Radix is the largest new gTLD registry operator with over 5 million domain names under management. The India-based company is looking to hire a Brand Manager for one or more of the extensions the company operates. The job opportunity was posted on LinkedIn about three weeks ago, and I noticed it this morning. This job might be of interest to someone with domain industry experience who lives in India. The job will be based out of Mumbai, where Radix is located.

Here’s an excerpt from the job listing describing what the job entails:

RT.Live Launched by Instagram Founders to Track COVID-19 Spread

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According to a TechCrunch article published this afternoon, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have launched a project on RT.Live to track how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading in each US state. According to the website, Rt is “a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person.”

My.Life Sold by Donuts for $175,000 (Updated)

This morning, Donuts reported the sale of My.Life for $175,000 via its Premium Domains Twitter account:

My.Life was a registry reserve domain name that was sold directly by Donuts, the company that operates the .Life extension.

XYZ & CentralNic to Waive Redemption Fees During Coronavirus

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Last Friday, I shared responses to ICANN’s blog post about relief for registrants in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from several domain registrars. Most domain registrars are offering customers the ability to get back their expired domain names without having to pay what is typically quite a hefty restoration fee. Registrars are generally reliant upon the upstream domain registries to back this offer.

Earlier today, 101domain published a blog post detailing how it is assisting its registrant clients. In the blog post, 101domain had information about what individual registry providers are doing to help registrants. Companies like Verisign, .Club registry, Donuts, Afilias, and other major registries have offered relief to registrants via its registrar partners. XYZ Registry can be added to that list.

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