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November 22, 2017 18:09

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.hiv to auction with “no profiting” catch

Don’t all rush to your checkbooks at once. The live TLD .hiv is going to be among the next batch of new gTLDs auctioned off by Innovative Auctions, but the contract comes with a no-profit clause. Innovative and dotHIV Registry announced the sale yesterday. .hiv is an unsuccessful gTLD so far. It had just over […]

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Live gTLD .reise sold at auction

The first auction of a live new gTLD resulted in a sale, I can reveal. Dotreise’s .reise, which is German for “.travel”, changed hands in an auction managed by Applicant Auction last Friday. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to identify the winning bidder or the winning bid, but the winner’s identity will inevitably be revealed […]

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.blog won in eight-figure auction by Primer Nivel

A Colombian registrar has become the unlikely owner of the coveted .blog new gTLD, beating eight other applicants to the string at auction. Winning bidder Primer Nivel is a Panamanian company affiliated with Bogota-based CCI REG, which runs my.co. The company was the first to reveal its plans to apply for .blog, telling DI back […]

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.reise to start at $400k in no-reserve auction

Applicant Auction has revealed the starting price of the first live new gTLD to be auctioned off. Dotreise’s .reise will have a minimum starting bid of $400,000 when it hits the block on February 27, the company revealed. There will be no reserve. It seems quite possible that the registry is barely covering its costs, […]

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.reise is first live new gTLD to hit the auction block

German domain registry Dotreise has become the first company to reveal that it wants to sell off a new gTLD. Innovative Auctions is to handle an auction on February 27 at which Dotreise will attempt to unload the unwanted string, it emerged this evening. The word “reise” is German for “travel”. The gTLD has failed […]

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Momentous pays over $3 million for .sucks

Momentous Corp, whose .sucks application has been branded “predatory”, has won the three-way contention set for the new gTLD, according to sources with knowledge of the auction. The company paid over $3 million for the string, one source said. Momentous affiliate Vox Populi Registry beat Donuts and Top Level Spectrum, the other applicants, at a […]

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Multiple live gTLDs will be auctioned in October

Exactly 11 months after the first new gTLDs were delegated to the DNS root, DI has learned that a batch of live gTLDs are heading to auction for the first time. There’s now officially an aftermarket for top-level domains. “Multiple” delegated 2012-round new gTLDs will be auctioned off next month, with the exact date yet […]

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Are you ready to sell your new gTLD yet?

Applicant Auction wants to know. The company, which was set up to help resolve new gTLD contention sets, has started pitching its services to the owners of gTLDs that are already delegated. An email sent out to applicants this week says: Many people approach us with interest in purchasing strings, so we are offering a […]

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Millions spent on new gTLDs as 11 auctions settled

New gTLD portfolio applicants settled at least 11 new gTLD contention sets last week, sharing the spoils of a private auction that looks to have totaled seven figures in sales. Applicant Auction carried out auctions for 13 contested strings last week, which I believe lasted at least three days. I’ve been able to determine that […]

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.wedding and .green gTLD auctions raise millions

Two more new gTLDs — .wedding and .green — have been auctioned off, with proceeds amounting to millions of dollars. Top Level Domain Holdings said in a press release that it won .wedding and lost .green, which cost it a net $2.23 million. That’s the amount it paid for .wedding, minus its share of the […]

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