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Jan-Feb. 2006 Archive

Here's the The Lowdown from DNJournal.com! Updated daily to fill you in on the latest buzz going around the domain name industry!

Compiled by Ray Hackney (DN Journal Special Correspondent)
& Ron Jackson (Editor/Publisher)


 Organizers of the T.R.A.F.F.I.C. domain conferences have announced the date and location for their fall show in Florida. It will be held October 24-27 at a new venue, the luxurious Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywoood, Florida (just north of Miami and south of Ft. Lauderdale). Before that event, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West will be held May 1-5 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.


The .eu land rush starts April 7 and German domain investors will apparently lead the charge. A quick check of the .eu sunrise status report shows 305,433 applications of which 28.8% are from Germans. The Netherlands is second with 16.5% followed by France at 11%.


The National Arbitration Forum administered 25% more domain dispute cases in 2005 than in 2004. In 2005, 1,369 domain dispute cases were filed with the NAF, the highest number of cases handled in one year since the NAF was appointed as an approved provider of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) in 1999 by ICANN. A NAF spokesman said some of the increase in cases can be attributed to more people using the Internet. We suspect the rapidly increasing value of domains has also been a major factor in the higher case load.


CentralNic.com has formed a new partnership with Sedo.com that will help buyers acquire CentralNic domains (with extensions such as .us.com, uk.com, eu.com) directly from their owners. Visitors to the CentralNic site will be promped to either follow a link to the offer page at Sedo where the domain is for sale, or use Sedo’s domain brokerage service where an experienced broker will work to acquire the domain for them.


In a move to help prevent fraudulent domain sales on public forums, DNForum.com has introduced a DNF Verified Member program. For a $5 processing fee, members can have their address verified by FAXing in a recent utility bill. Once they have done that, a Verified Member seal will appear on their forum posts so others know their identity and location has been confirmed.


The Dot TV Corp is running a special auction to benefit the HRTS (Hollywood Radio and Television Society) and their charity partner the L.A. Free Clinic.  Four premium .tv domains will be auctioned off from now until April 27,2006. The four domains are Watch.tv, Comedy.tv, Kids.tv and Broadcast.tv. The premium .tv domain name will be registered at the winning bid price for one year and will then renew at only $50 a year. This is a special condition only for this project. Dot tv names usually renew at the same price as their intitial registration.


The new DN Journal Newsletter is now available. You can sign up here to receive the free monthly newsletter and email updates to let you know when new articles and sales reports have been posted on our site. The newsletters will also be available online. The debut March 2006 edition is here. To have future editions delivered directly to your email inbox, use the signup link above.


BuyDomains.com announced the purchase of 32,000 .com domains from Exclusive Domains, Inc., swelling the BuyDomains porfolio to more than 600,000 domains (the largest group held by any single entity). The acquired one and two-word domains are concentrated in the lucrative advertising verticals of finance, travel, education, and recruitment.


Popular aftermarket domain sales venue Afternic.com has added Dotster.com, one of the world's largest ICANN-accredited registrars in the world with over 3 million registrations, to its growing stable of registrar partners. Afternic President and CEO Roger Collins said the new partnership allows Dotster visitors to find the Afternic-listed name they want through a search on Dotster. The arrangement is expected to increase the customer base for both companies. Collins said Dotster is employing Afternic’s application program interface (API) that allows them to show Afternic listings on results pages of Dotster searches, making it quick and easy for Dotster customers to obtain Afternic names and prices.


In another Afternic related note, CentralNic (provider of extensions such as .us.com, uk.com, eu.com and 17 other country specific domains) said that Afternic.com now accepts listings for all CentralNic domains. Joe Alagna, CentralNic's U.S. Marketing Manager, said "We've recently seen registrants list and sell some of our domains for several thousand dollars. It's been a nice development that validates how consumers feel about our domains." CentralNic domains are available at many major registars, including Enom.com, Dotster.com and Name.com.


Armstrong, a popular moderator at the NamePros.com domain forum, has issued an urgent appeal for help in locating potential bone marrow donors of Filipino descent. His cousin Christine is battling cancer and her life literally depends on finding a donor soon. Details on her situation and the procedure for registering as a marrow donor are available in this thread at NamePros.


The Domain Roundtable Conference will convene again April 19-21 at the new Westin Bellvue Hotel in Bellvue, Washington. The domain conference returns after a successful debut in May 2005 in Seattle. This time out, Internet REIT President Mark Ostrofsky (also widely known as the seller of Business.com) will be the featured speaker. Details about the conference, which is hosted by Name Intelligence, Inc., are available on the Domain Roundtable web site.


Sex.com had changed hands in the highest domain sale ever reported. Multiple reports indicate that original owner Gary Kremen received at least $12 million for the domain from Boston-based Escom LLC. Kremen would not release details about the deal.


Sedo.com, the world's largest after market domain sales venue, announced that the company started 2006 with 3 million domains listed for sale on their site. Sedo said that inventory is three times larger than their nearest competitor. The rapidly growing venue said they expect to hit 10 million listings in the next 2-3 years.


Well-known domain aftermarket sales venue Afternic.com has become an ICANN accredited registrar. Afternic will not be offering public registration services but their new status will give them a stronger hand in the evolution of the industry. Afternic President Roger Collins said, "the new designation formalizes our relationship with this all-important governing organization and will enable the company to participate actively—and at the highest levels—in key issues and oversight matters regarding the future of domain names".

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