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Parked.com Provides Bing / Yahoo Migration Updates

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I just received an email update from Parked.com regarding the Yahoo and Bing merger, and the change over from the Yahoo feed to the Bing feed for Parked customers.  I would imagine this update also goes for WhyPark customers as well.

Here's the email update:

As many of you may be aware, the migration from Yahoo to Bing.com/Microsoft is already underway and will be completed within the next few days.   All traffic that is currently sent to Yahoo in the US and Canada will be migrated from Yahoo to Bing.   Since these changes are being implemented in phases, we wanted to keep you informed of the process by providing specific dates of each phase to make the transition as seamless as possible.



Currently in the initial phase, 20% of all traffic we receive is sent to Bing. On Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10am PST, Yahoo is scheduled to migrate up to 50% of the traffic to Bing.   Then in the final phase on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10am PST, Yahoo will be migrating all of the remaining traffic to Bing.   So far the → Read More


Partners at MSNBC, Microsoft Acquires Today.com

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According to the current Whois record for Today.com, it looks like Microsoft recently acquired the domain name Today.com, and it now forwards to MSNBC's Today Show website. Prior to Microsoft's ownership, it appeared to be registered by a company called Marksmen, Inc. which has been known to acquire domain names on behalf of large companies like Microsoft. Prior to that, it was privately registered, and just before that, Domain Capital was shown as the registrant.

MSNBC was formed as a partnership between NBC and Microsoft, and according to Wikipedia, Microsoft owns 18% of the joint venture (as of 2005). When I learned of the Today.com acquisition, my immediate thought was about the Today Show. According to Compete's analytics, Today.com receives close to half a million unique visitors per month.

The new domain name is certainly better than the laborious one being used currently, today.msnbc.msn.com. As with most private sales of this nature, the sales price probably will not be disclosed, but it is possible that it could → Read More


Did Microsoft Buy Vaccination.com?

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I was doing some domain research, and I noticed that Vaccination.com is now registered to a company known as Media Market of Boise, Idaho. As of September 24, 2009, the domain name was registered to Internet REIT, but on October 20, 2009, the domain name changed hands and is now registered to Media Market.

I don't know anything about Media Market, but I do know they were the company who registered quite a few Bing related typo domain names just before they were acquired by Microsoft. Interestingly enough, Jamie reported that Microsoft recently acquired H1N1Symptoms.com, and the domain name resolves to the Bing results page for the search phrase "h1n1symptoms." This is great for the owner of h1n1symptoms.us, as that website currently ranks #1 for the search term.

Prior to Microsoft's acquisition of H1N1Symptoms.com, it was registered to TenPenny Group, a company that among other things, acquires domain names on behalf of Microsoft and other large companies. → Read More


Does Microsoft Need to Watch Out for AOL?

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I missed the article in TechCrunch on Tuesday until just now, but AOL's Sphere, the self-dubbed "next phase in the evolution of AOL News," is undergoing a rebranding effort. The new name of the brand will be Surphace, and the company will use Surphace.com as its domain name.

Of course, when people tell their buddies to check out "Surphace.com," many of their friends will inevitably head to Surface.com instead, which happens to be a domain name owned by Microsoft, which redirects to the Microsoft website.

With AOL currently embroiled in a lawsuit against Advertise.com for trademark infringement, one can amusingly ask if AOL will believe that they deserve the Surface.com domain name to go along with their renamed brand. It surely would be a head scratcher, but I wouldn't exactly be shocked. I wonder what Microsoft thinks of this.

On another note, I still don't understand why some companies - especially large companies - still create brand names that are difficult to spell. This can only lead to brand confusion, lost traffic, → Read More


Microsoft Buys Bing Typos: Bimg.com, Bibg.com, and Others

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Microsoft BingIn a shrewd move that many (probably most) companies don't consider before launching a new product or service, Microsoft went ahead and purchased many Bing related typo domain names prior to launch. Some of the domain names now owned by Microsoft include, Bimg.com, Bibg.com, Bihg.com, and Binf.com.

All of these typo domain names were previously owned by other people and companies before Microsoft acquired them. One common link between these names is that it appears they were acquired by a company known as Media Market of Boise, Idaho between being owned by the former owner and Microsoft. You can see the Whois lookup for Bibg.com from February as an example.

One interesting domain acquisition they made was Bing.com. The reason it's particularly interesting to me is that it was previously owned by General Mills, another Fortune 500 company.

Unfortunately, there were many Bing typos that Microsoft didn't and/or couldn't acquire. Among them include Bong.com, Bingo.com, Bin.com, Big.com, and Ing.com. I don't know if the traffic → Read More


Follow Domain Related Public Companies

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You can learn quite a bit of information from public companies who must disclose just about every thing that could have an implication on the value of the company. Because of this, it's a smart idea to follow the filings of various domain companies so you can read up on company filings, rather than rely on blogs and other news outlets who may or may not report on certain events/filings.

Some publicly traded companies that are required to make public filings that are related to the domain industry include the following (please let me know if I missed any company):

Google
Yahoo
Microsoft
Marchex
Top Level Domain Holdings
Tucows
Dark Blue Sea
Verisign
Banks.com

In order to follow these companies, I set up a stock portfolio in Yahoo specifically with domain industry related stocks. This allows me to see where they are trading as well as news reports and SEC (or other) filings. Don't simply rely on others' interpretations of news - and don't get delayed news reports that fly under the radar (domain sales for example).
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