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December 9, 2019 00:10

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4 years ago today Mr. Berkens rang the register, a look back

On this day back in 2015 Michael Berkens announced that he sold the majority of his portfolio to GoDaddy. (171 comments). At the time Michael could not give numbers but after things settled the numbers came out, DomainInvesting.com covered the purchase price of $35.5 Million. The credit goes to George Kirikos: According to a series […]

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How ICANN can intervene in the .org sale

Milton Mueller wrote a piece worth reading over at InternetGovernance.org about the .org sale. Mueller spells out what ICANN could do to intervene. ICANN can intervene ICANN will probably pretend that it has no ability to intervene in this process, but that is clearly not true. The Registry Agreement for .org gives PIR the delegation […]

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An update on Pheenix

JudgeMind started a warning thread on Namepros with regards to domain registrar and former drop catcher Pheenix. Apparently he was having a hard time getting authcodes and needed one quick because he had a sale and needed to give it to the buyer. Now, i have sold another name and again i am unable to […]

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Namepros replies to Kate Buckley

As most know Kate Buckley wrote an open letter concerning the threads on Namepros that questioned the validity of certain sales Kate brokered. Tonight Namepros posted their reply to Kate, they sent it to her personally and also decided to share with the community. Hi Kate, Excellent letter to the community! Well articulated and supported […]

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So which industry companies want to provide an ICA discount/benefit?

Many years before I started working with Mike on TheDomains.com, we had a back and forth about the ICA. My position was that you want more members that an organization with 80 members doesn’t hold any juice when they want to say to a politician, “Hey we are your constituents, and we demand justice.” Having […]

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Would you like to charge a domain inquiry fee?

Would you like people to pay to make an offer on your name? Would you like to pay to make an offer on someone else’s domain name? I read a tweet from George Kirikos about low ballers (someone offered him $500 for Orderly.com) George wrote: What sucks is the time wasters trying to buy domains […]

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November 2009 the scandal that rocked domaining – A look back

A decade ago it was the scandal that rocked the domain industry, the Snapnames Halvarez bidding scandal. Mike wrote The 5 Most Surprising Things That Came Out Of The SnapNames Scandal Michael Arrington wrote at TechCrunch: SnapNames: Apologies Shouldn’t Be Conditional, Especially When You Steal From Customers Mike again posted 12,000 Auctions, 8,900 Bidders and […]

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Canadian Organization takes on Global Domain Name Disputes

A new player is entering the domain dispute arena. The Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre or (CIIDRC) put out a press release announcing their entry into the world of UDRP. Press release: MONTREAL, Nov. 13, 2019 /CNW/ – The Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre (CIIDRC) is thrilled to announce that it is now open […]

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What percentage of reported domain sales do you believe?

The domain industry can only prove so much, domain sales are reported to DN Journal, recorded by and sometimes reported to Namebio. Blogs will sometimes break a story with a domain sale that no one else knew about. All these platforms rely on trust to a great degree, there is not forensic accounting done to […]

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Kate Buckley addresses those who question her sales

There was a post on Namepros that called into question the Chocolate.com sale. “NDA Keeps A FAKE Multi-Million $ Sale of Chocolate.com from being exposed” I wrote previously about the Chocolate.com sale and the buyer being revealed here. Kate decided to address these Namepros threads in the open letter below: An Open Letter from Kate […]

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