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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.

UDRP Filed Against DigitalCandy.com, Which is in Auction

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A couple of days ago, I noticed that DigitalCandy.com was in pending delete status and headed to auction. DigitalCandy.com is a domain name that previously (up until deletion) was home to a website operated by intellectual property attorney Stevan Lieberman of Greenberg and Lieberman. When I noticed the status of the domain name, I reached out to Stevan to see what happened and learned it was an error.

The domain name is currently in a private auction at SnapNames. Stevan told me he contacted Web.com to pull the auction because of the registered trademark claim and his company’s ongoing use but that Web.com refused to do so. Apparently the domain name went to auction without intervention.

This afternoon, Stevan filed

NameJet & SnapNames Hosting “Dominate the Drop” Webinar

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I received an email from NameJet about a webinar covering dropping domain names. The free webinar is co-sponsored by NameJet and SnapNames. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 8th at 2pm (Eastern time). You’ll need to sign up in advance to participate in this webinar.

Here’s the email, which includes information about what will be covered during the webinar:

SnapNames Adds Drop Catch Resources for .cc and .tv

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I received a press release from SnapNames this afternoon that may be of interest to people who buy and sell .cc and .TV domain names. SnapNames has added more drop catching resources for these two ccTLD domain extensions. Both of these extensions are operated by Verisign.

I am almost entirely a .com domain name buyer, so this SnapNames news won’t really impact me. Hopefully by adding these resources for .cc and .TV, the SnapNames / NameJet duo is not taking away resources from .com drop catching!

I am unsure if this is related to today’s announcement, but if you look at “The Drop” heading on NameJet’s home page right now, 9 of the 15 domain names listed are .cc domain names.

Here is a copy of the SnapNames press release I received:

NameJet Increasing Price of Pending Deletes

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Earlier today, SnapNames announced that the price of backorders would be increasing from $69 to $79. Because of the company’s partnership with NameJet (and the fact that both have relationships with Web.com), I wondered if NameJet would also be increasing pricing in line with SnapNames’ price increase.

Unfortunately for those of us who bid on NameJet, the answer is yes on pending delete auctions. In a comment posted in the SnapNames article, here’s what NameJet Marketing Director Scott Pruitt said:

SnapNames Backorder Pricing to Increase to $79

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SnapNames just announced that the price of backorders will increase to $79 from $69 (around 14%) on Tuesday July 19th. The company references advances in technology, improvement in security, and other domain services as reasons for this price increase.

The price increase will impact both expiry and deleting inventory. Because SnapNames and NameJet partner up on deleting domain names, I reached out to NameJet General Manager Jonathan Tenenbaum to see if NameJet also has plans to increase its backorder pricing.

Here is the email sent to customers:

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