Another busy week is in the books. I had a group of 50 or so auctions at NameJet last week, and it is always exciting to watch auctions close. Whether there are last minute bidders or not, it is fun to see how auctions do.
Here are some domain industry news updates from the last week. If you have other news updates to share that I missed or you think others might want to know about, I invite you to share.
The XCI.com auction on DropCatch.com is ending this afternoon. Bidding is over $20,000. It’s not very often that you see a LLL.com domain name dropped.
I will be keeping my eyes on a couple of recent UDRP filings. An unknown company filed a UDRP against the imec.com domain name. It was filed at the NAF, so the complainant is not yet listed. There are a ton of IMEC acronyms, so I couldn’t even guess who filed it. A UDRP was filed at WIPO against Montane.com, a domain name registered over 20 years ago in 1996.
DSAD is running a NameJet auction featuring domain names submitted by readers. It looks like the auction is now open for bidding.
According to a tweet from NameStats, the .Africa extension is “now delegated and in the Root Zone.” I am interested in seeing how many .Africa domain names are registered in the first year of availability. Geographic extensions have not done as well as I thought they would.
GGRG domain brokerage founder Giuseppe Graziano published (it’s a .pdf file on his website) his quarterly report on liquid domain names. Ron Jackson shared a comprehensive analysis of Giuseppe’s report.