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Plated : From a $9.99 domain at GoDaddy, to a $300 million acquisition by Albertsons

Plated, operating from Plated.com, sends its customers the necessary ingredients to cook their own meals. This is what a “meal kit service” is all about. Instead of shipping pre-made, soggy food, Plated took the novel approach when it was founded in 2012. Its main competitor, Blue Apron, operates around the same principles. There is a […]

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Sedo removes stolen domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its platform

Sedo removed the domains OLP.com and FDE.com from its selling platform, where they appeared with BIN prices between $20k and up to $28k. As we reported in the August domain theft report, OLP.com and FDE.com are stolen domains that belong to a portfolio of LLL .com’s that left the possession of their Japanese owner some […]

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Afternic : Official guide to selling domains on the aftermarket platform

Afternic is an independently operated subsidiary of GoDaddy, and a popular domain aftermarket platform. Its large inventory provides domain sellers and brand seekers, the opportunity to exchange domain names for money. Afternic scored 8/10 in our comparison review regarding user experience (UX) and it still maintains its good shine. Joe Styler, domain aftermarket product manager […]

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ICANN approves new gTLD Dot.ard for political domains

ICANN has approved the latest new gTLD, Dot .ard, an extension specifically for political domains with a conservative bias. Dot .ard was applied for by Donald Trump’s political campaign manager, to ensure that a recent epithet about the president remains under control. “Mr. President is aware of the ‘dotard’ allegations against him, by the Rocket […]

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Rick Latona and family are safe, after hurricane Maria crushes Puerto Rico

Domain entrepreneur, Rick Latona, and his family are safe, after hurricane Maria crushed Puerto Rico. Latona, a Harvard Business School graduate, moved his company, SiteMatrix LLC, to Puerto Rico a couple of years ago. The island is without power, but all of his employees are safe and sound, despite the unprecedented scale of destruction that […]

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MERGE! 2017 in Orlando : Hurricane Irma caused no issues

MERGE! 2017 takes place in Orlando, Florida, next month. The multi-discipline conference will attract domain investors, marketing and branding professionals, SEO specialists, IP attorneys and cryptocurrency enthusiasts. And that’s only the surface of what’s on plan for MERGE! and its attendees. Co-founders Jothan Frakes and Ray Dillman sent out an update today, regarding hurricane Irma’s […]

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Washington Journal .com : Mike Mann sold domain, he and new owner got hit with a UDRP

Domain investor, Mike Mann, sold the domain WashingtonJournal.com in May, and three months later, the buyer was served with a UDRP. There is a twist to the story: Mike was tardy with updating the WHOIS information, and the UDRP went to him first. Once the domain was locked down, no updates were possible; Mike Mann’s […]

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The University of Texas .com : Regents grab 15 year old domain via the UDRP process

The University of Texas at Austin operates from UTexas.edu, and until 2016 it owned TheUniversityOfTexas.com. Sometime in 2014, however, the registrant’s email changed from “net-tech@its.utexas.edu” to “no.valid.email@worldnic.com” and they lost control of the domain. Eventually, it was acquired from a list of expired domains at Network Solutions, by an Indian firm. Earlier this year, the […]

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Animal killers : Pirate Bay co-founder lashes out at GoDaddy founder, Bob Parsons

Peter Sunde, co-founder of the controversial Pirate Bay, lashed out at GoDaddy founder, Bob Parsons, via Twitter today. Sunde dug up a 2011 safari incident, during which the GoDaddy founder and then CEO participated in a sick elephant hunt in Africa. “Running an ethical vegetarian domain service (@njal_la) is important when your main competitors are […]

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KG.com : Heavyweight LL .com domain sold to Chinese buyers

Another day, another LL .com domain has been sold: KG.com moved to Chinese ownership two days ago. According to Canadian domain investor, George Kirikos, KG.com was sold by domain investor, Jay Westerdal, and Domain Holdings was brokering it. Kirikos monitors the percentage of two letter .com domains, a premium genre, that’s in the hands of […]

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