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.XXX Sunrise Closes With Over 80,000 Applications Submitted

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According to a press release by the ICM Registry, sponsors of the .XXX TLD, the Sunrise period closed today for the .XXX extension, with over 80,000 applications submitted for domain names.

We believe this is by far the largest number of Sunrise applications ever submitted for a new TLD, even surpassing other launches of new extensions considered  to be extremely successfully.

The Sunrise period was opened to Trademark holders and existing domain holders.

Here is the full press release below:

ICM Registry, the company behind the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) officially closed its Sunrise A and Sunrise B periods at Noon EST yesterday with more than 80,000 applications for domain names, it was announced by Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry.

The Sunrise Period, which was extended by three days to accommodate overwhelming demand, was designed to allow trademark and brand holders ample opportunity to apply for their corresponding .XXX domain names. During this time, 78,938 trademarked/pre-owned names were submitted, while 1,524 other names were allocated as part of The Founders Program.

“We couldn’t be happier about the success of the Sunrise period,” said Lawley. “There is always a risk with a new TLD that you may build it and nobody will come. We are thrilled that over 80,000 applications came! In fact, the .XXX Sunrise period results far exceeds those of any other new sTLD, including .mobi, .asia and even that of .co that re-launched last year with a significant marketing campaign. We look forward with great anticipation to Landrush, opening next week and General Availability on December 6, which is when the fun really starts.”

Landrush, which opens on Tuesday, November 8th is a restricted 17-day period set aside for members of the adult Sponsored Community who want to secure premium .XXX domain names, guaranteeing them the chance to either buy them outright or to participate in a closed mini-auction where they can bid for them. Unlike General Availability, Landrush is not administered on a first come, first served basis, thereby guaranteeing anyone applying for an available domain name the chance to obtain it. At the end of the Landrush period, domain names with only one application will be simply awarded, while those with two or more applications will proceed to a closed mini-auction between the respective applicants.

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Overnight Sensation?: Domainer’s Daughter Lana Del Rey Featured in New Rolling Stone

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I've been telling you for the past few years that Lizzy Grant (stage name Lana Del Rey), the daughter of veteran domain investor/developer Rob Grant, was going to be a star in the music business. Now it's happening. Lana is featured in a high profile color spread in the new November issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
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Overnight Sensation?: Domainer’s Daughter Lana Del Rey Featured in New Rolling Stone

October 31st, 2011 Comments off
I've been telling you for the past few years that Lizzy Grant (stage name Lana Del Rey), the daughter of veteran domain investor/developer Rob Grant, was going to be a star in the music business. Now it's happening. Lana is featured in a high profile color spread in the new November issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
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3Q-2011 Domain Sales A Mixed Bag: Total $ Volume Rises From 2010 But Median Prices Slip

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A new DN Journal newsletter is going out to opt in subscribers today. The publication is also available to everyone online. In the latest issue we break down the most recent quarter of reported domain sales (3Q-2011) to see how they compare against the same quarter a year ago.
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3Q-2011 Domain Sales A Mixed Bag: Total $ Volume Rises From 2010 But Median Prices Slip

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A new DN Journal newsletter is going out to opt in subscribers today. The publication is also available to everyone online. In the latest issue we break down the most recent quarter of reported domain sales (3Q-2011) to see how they compare against the same quarter a year ago.
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Jim Stepanian is Named as the Chairman of NoteTechnology

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Jim Stepanian becomes Chairman Of The Board at NoteTechnology, LLC in Irvine, CA. Mr. Stepanian makes a statement regarding the rapid growth of this company, and discusses it's connection to the fields of telecommunications and lead generation for real estate investment.

(PRWeb October 31, 2011)

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Look.com Sold By Banks.com

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Banks.com has just announced that they have sold the domain Look.com

The buyer appears to be Quidsi, Inc. of Jersey City New Jersey.

It was just earlier this month that we wrote about the domain name Look.com going up for sale.

The purchase price was not disclosed.

The domain was up in a Sedo.com auction earlier this year with a reserve range of $500K-$999K but did not sell.

Here is the press release:

“Banks.com, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BNX), operator of leading financial services focused online media properties, announced today that it has completed the sale of the domain name, Look.com. “As we previously announced was our intention, we are divesting those assets that are no longer core to the finance vertical. With the sale of Look.com, we’re able to convert what has been a non-productive asset since we exited the search business into cash that will help build our core business going forward,” said Dan O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Banks.com. “We now have the necessary resources to focus on what is shaping up to be a very successful 2012 tax season, which is less than two short months away.”

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Special Auction of 100 Premium .CO Domain Names Kicks-Off Today!

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All names are open format and no reserve

(PRWeb October 31, 2011)

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Godaddy Likes The E-PARASITE Bill & TechDirt.com Rips Them

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Over the weekend, Christine Jones general counsel and corporate secretary of GoDaddy.com wrote a piece that appeared in Politico.com in support of the E-Parasite Bill.

In the piece Ms. Jones write in part:

“”It’s a welcome step in the right direction, and we at GoDaddy.com applaud the leadership in the House Judiciary Committee, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet and the Senate Judiciary Committee, for taking decisive, bicameral and bipartisan action.”"

“”In our view, Internet policy should strive to balance the sometimes competing goals of the global free flow of information (which is clearly critical to U.S. businesses), with enforcement of the rule of law. We don’t see those competing goals as mutually exclusive, but rather, complimentary. In fact, that balance is essential to a flourishing, yet safe, Internet.”"

“”Why some members of the Internet ecosystem do not believe it is their responsibility to participate in finding that balance is unclear to us. We’ve found that balance in the past in the child protection and counterfeit pharmaceuticals contexts, for example, where we voluntarily take action against customers whose websites or domain names violate the law. So far, none of our voluntary action has stifled legitimate capitalism online. And neither will robust intellectual property enforcement.”"

“”The question should be how, not whether, we develop a notice and takedown regime in a responsible and responsive way.”"

“”While increasing demands on intermediaries are less than desirable for all of us, we can’t just turn a blind eye to illegal conduct online.”"

TechDirt.com has now ripped into Godaddy.com  for supporting the bill saying in part:

“However, the really stunning thing is that Jones doesn’t even seem to understand the bill that she’s supporting. Specifically, she doesn’t seem to recognize not just the compliance costs it puts on GoDaddy

“She also doesn’t seem to realize that under the bill’s broad definitions GoDaddy itself is a “site dedicated to the theft of US property”.

“”That’s because among the definitions of a site that’s “dedicated to the theft of US property” is this: if the site “is marketed by its operator… for use in offering goods or services in a manner that engages in, enables, or facilitates… the sale, distribution, or promotion of goods, services, or materials bearing a counterfeit mark, as that term is defined in section 34(d) of the Lanham Act or section 2320 of title 18, United States Code.” In other words, if you operate a site that enables or facilitates the sale of goods that bear a counterfeit mark… you’re dedicated to theft of US property.”

“So, let’s take a quick wander over to GoDaddy… and, just for fun, let’s see what happens if we try to register the domain Rolex.com. Rolex.com is obviously taken, but… oh wait… what’s this… GoDaddy is recommending that I might want to register these other domains that are perfect for infringing sites.”

If you want to see screenshots of what TechDirt.com found as suggestions for Rolex.com check out the full article here

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Happy Halloween from DomainTools!

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In case you haven’t heard about our Halloween pumpkin carving contest last week, we wanted to share some fun photos of the event. We had a great time teaming up to compete for bragging rights (the 2 BEST DomainTools Halloween pumpkins of 2011)—topped off with Halloween cake and a birthday toast to Brian, our office manager!

Pumpkin carving contest in Action!

DomainTools Window Display on 5th Avenue

The Halloween Birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Brian!

You can see all of the party photos on our DomainTools Facebook page and find out which two pumpkins won bragging rights – click here

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Happy Halloween!!