Calculator.com Sells for $250,899 via Sedo Auction

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I was following the Sedo auction for Calculator.com when I got distracted just before the auction concluded and did not see it end. It looks like the domain name ended up selling for $250,899, as recorded by NameBio and reported by Sedo this morning on Twitter:

Calculator.com is a fantastic domain name with many uses. In my opinion, the most lucrative way to use Calculator.com, would be something related to the financial field rather than math or science. There seem to be a whole lot of

Kanye West Files UDRP Against Yandhi.com Domain Name

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It looks like Kanye West and Mascotte Holdings, Inc. have filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization to try and gain control of the Yandhi.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO case #D2018-2788.

From what I understand, Yandhi is the title of Kanye’s next album, which has apparently been delayed a couple of times. Yandhi will be a follow up to his hit album, Yeezus (West Brands LLC owns but does not use Yeezus.com). The Yandhi name was announced in a Kanye West tweet this past September:

The Yandhi.com domain name was registered on September 16, 2018. Because the domain name was

Daily Poll: Bigger Upside in 2019: Domain Names or Cryptocurrency?

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Over the last two plus years, I believe quite a bit of money shifted from domain name investments to cryptocurrency. Several domain investors I know spent more time focusing on investing in the crypto space because of the potential for much higher returns than with domain names.

As you likely know, many cryptocurrencies are down considerably from their all-time highs as well as from where they were tracking earlier this year. With the new year almost upon us, I am curious what you think has more upside in 2019 – cryptocurrencies or domain names. Obviously, there could be some coins that do better than others, just like some extensions could do better than others. I am asking more on a macro-view of each business.


Yandex Pulls a Rudy With Yandex.Phone Launch

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I was scrolling my newsfeed today, when Techmeme published a tweet referencing a news story about a new phone from Yandex. Apparently, the company launched a new phone that is called Yandex.Phone. Here’s an excerpt about the new smartphone from the company’s press release:

“Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, has unveiled its first smartphone, Yandex.Phone. “

Here’s the tweet from Techmeme that references Yandex.Phone:

As you can see, there are two urls in the tweet, with the first one being Yandex.Phone. It appears that this is an unintentional link that was created because there is a .Phone new gTLD extension, so Yandex.Phone is actually a domain name that becomes a hyperlink within a tweet. Effectively,

Daily Poll: Chicago.com Deal (Assuming it was $1 Million)

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Chicago.com was sold a couple of years ago, and George Kirikos found an IRS filing that seems to indicate it was bought for $1 million. Assuming the million dollar figure is accurate, this sale would be one of the largest reported geodomain name sales.

Chicago is one of the largest cities in the US, and it is one of the most visited cities as well. I have been several times (mostly for work when I had a corporate job), and I had a great time visiting friends in Chicago a few Summers ago.

Assuming the purchase price was $1 million, how would you describe this sale?


Updated List of Domain Industry Newsletters

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A long time ago, I put together an article to share some of the domain industry newsletters I receive. That list is totally outdated and not really all that useful.

In a comment posted in response to yesterday’s daily poll asking how many readers sign up for newsletters, Daniel asked if there is a list of newsletters he and others could review. Since I don’t know of any up to date list, I decided to put one together based on my own inbox. This is a bit of a work in progres, as I intend to add more as I think of them. Readers are also invited to share the newsletters they receive if I missed any (which I am sure I did). My apologies to anyone I missed.

Almost all of these newsletters are free, and nearly all are available to the public. Some are delivered daily, and most seem to be delivered at least weekly or monthly.

Domain industry newsletters:

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