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November 22, 2017 18:07

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Afilias wins auction for .Promo top level domain name

Domain name is second to sell through Innovative Auctions’ Top Level Auction service. Domain name registry Afilias has won rights to the top level domain name .Promo in an auction organized by Innovative Auctions. Phenomena Group Oy was the only applicant with ICANN for the .promo domain name, but the company decided it made more […]

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.hiv reserve set at $200,000, profits so far $83,000

The soon-to-be-auctioned new gTLD .hiv has a reserve price of $200,000, but the registry reckons it’s worth as much as $700,000. That’s according to auction documents provided by dotHIV Registry to DI today. The documents also reveal that .hiv has made a profit of $83,000 in its first seven months. Earlier today we reported that […]

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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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.Promo and other TLDs headed to auction

Auction group hopes to sell .Promo and other TLDs at June auction. Innovative Auctions Ltd. is holding another auction to “resell” already-contracted top level domain names. The next auction will take place June 4 and will feature .Promo. Play.PROMO Oy has entered into a contract with ICANN for the top level domain name but has […]

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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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TLDH raises $5 million from gTLD auctions

Top Level Domain Holdings made almost $5 million by losing auctions for the .lawyer and .website gTLDs this week, according to the company. The London-listed company told the markets today that it has added £2.97 million ($4.81 million) to its coffers as a result of the auctions, in which Radix won .website and Donuts won […]

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Directi’s Radix wins .website gTLD auction

Directi-affiliated TLD registry Radix, has won the private auction for the .website gTLD, according to Radix. The company beat rival portfolio applicants Donuts and Top Level Domain Holdings to the string, in an auction that was managed by Innovative Auctions, likely one of several going on this week. There’s no outstanding Governmental Advisory Committee advice […]

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Next new gTLD auction set for August 13

Innovative Auctions today announced that its second new gTLD auction is scheduled for August 13 and that several companies have already signed up to participate. The news follows the settlement of the first round of auctions, which saw $9.01 million shared between losing applicants and Innovative for the rights to six new gTLD strings. “[A]ll […]

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Innovative Auctions hires storied new employee

Innovative Auctions, which is running private new gTLD auctions, has hired a poker-playing former Google engineer and grandson of Nobel-winning economist Milton Friedman. Patri Friedman becomes the company’s 11th employee, according to an Innovative blog post. According to his Wikipedia page, Friedman has had some success playing high stakes poker and was once a software […]

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Donuts loses five of the first six new gTLD auctions

The full results of the first six new gTLD auctions are now known. Donuts lost five of them, raising millions of dollars in the process. Here are the winners of last week’s auctions, which were managed by Innovative Auctions: .club — .CLUB Domains. .college — XYZ.COM. .luxury — Luxury Partners. .photography — Donuts. .red — […]

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