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Future Goes Viral with New gTLD Music Hunt

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Musician Future sent fans on a music hunt across 149 different domain names to find music “leaked” from Future’s new album. The viral tweet announcing this Internet scavenger hunt of sorts was shared this afternoon on Future’s Twitter feed:

Meredith Rebranding App to MyLife Using My.Life

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In April, I reported the sale of My.Life, a domain name that was owned by Donuts and sold to Meredith Corporation. It was a large cash sale with a two part payment plan. At the time of the sale, I did not know why Meredith acquired the domain name, but it looks like the company may have acquired it for a rebrand of an app it recently acquired.

On the homepage of My.Life, I can see links to an App store app called Stop, Breathe & Think, which has thousands of reviews. News of Meredith’s acquisition was announced in October of 2019.

I noticed the launch of My.Life after Bob Hawkes just tweeted about it this afternoon:

.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.”

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