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MapsWithME.com With over 4 Million Users Re-Brands as Maps.Me

July 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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The .Me registry announced today in a blog post, that MapsWithME.com has rebranded as MAPS.ME

The company is the creator of an App which boasts over 4 million users.

The App is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

This startup uses OpenStreetMap data to provide access to highly detailed offline maps of, virtually, every country in the world.

In addition to having the entire world at your fingertips the app offers plenty of other features that make your travel light (and carefree), like the ability to bookmark the places of interest and share the current location via text message.

With the rebranding to MAPS.ME, the service also underwent some major improvements to the core functionalities such as simplification of search process by adding “search by address”.

“When making a decision to rebrand to a new name, we were guided by the principle ‘Simplicity is perfection’”, says Yury Melnichek, the CEO and founder of MAPS.ME. “And MAPS.ME is shorter, more searchable and much more appealing, especially to our non-English users base.

After finding the perfect name, revamping the user interface and improving the search, I can proudly say that we are on the right way to make the best offline maps experience in the world”.

“With the vast number of online businesses and service the difference between success and failure can be whether or not customers remember your name. We were well aware of this when we launched .ME Premium Domain Program and the allocation of MAPS.ME came as a reassurance.

It is easy to see that there is a perfect match between a memorable domain and an extremely handy service. I am sure they will keep making the travel experience better in the years to come”, says Predrag Lesic, the CEO of the .ME Registry.

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Did Lebron James Lease or Buy Lebron.com? After 6 Years Domain Points To LebronJames.com

July 18th, 2014 Comments off

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CBSNews.com published a blog post about a week ago about a domain investor who owns Lebron.com since 2008.

The story,  which in a very positive light,  chatted about a domain investor, Patrick Nagle. whom they described as a “Tech-savvy Maryland businessman”.

“As millions of basketball fans search online for news of what team free agent LeBron James will be playing for next, Mr. Nagle has found a way to benefit.

Type in LeBronJames.com and you go to James’s official Web site. But type in lebron.com and you’ll end up wherever Nagle directs you. Nagle bought the domain name lebron.com back in 2008.”

“Now he has taken all of the Web traffic looking for basketball news at Lebron.com and directed it to Nagle’s own personal LinkedIn profile instead.”

In an email to CBS News today, Nagle says, “I’ve been buying and selling Internet business for the past 15 years (since I was 16). I stumbled across Lebron.com when I co-founded OurSpace.com in 2008, an Urban Social Network, (later acquired by News Corp). I thought lebron.com was a great domain, so I bought it.”

Now about a week after CBS News published the story the domain name Lebron.com is forwarding for the first time since 2008 to Lebron James Official site LebronJames.com

The whois record has not changed so we don’t know if there is a lease and/or sale in the works, or maybe Mr. Nagle responded to a C & D letter based on the story.

We don’t have the answer yet but the timing of the forwarding of the domain to Mr. James official site on the heels of the story would seem to indicate something is in the works.

As for Mr. Nagle he seems to be another one of those people who has been in the domain investment space for a very long time but isn’t a well know figure in the community but appears to be making some big money from domaining.

The article goes on to quote Mr. Nagle to say:

“I recently re-sold MarijuanaMD.com in less than week for mid six-figures after acquiring it for $800.

I don’t know what Lebron.com is worth — but I do know it is a quality generic name.”

Nagle says he owns or runs around 3,000 domains and web properties, but has “stopped buying and selling to focus on a new business.”

After Losing MyArt.com in UDRP, Fed Court Awards Owner Domain + Damages + Attorney Fees

July 17th, 2014 Comments off

According to a post on the site of the law firm Lewis & Lin, the domain owner of MyArt.com who lost a UDRP in April, filed a lawsuit in federal court and not only stopped the transfer of the domain name but got an award of statutory damages, attorney’s fees and litigation costs.

We wrote about the UDRP back in April of this year and noted it was the 2nd UDRP filed by the same complaint on the same domain.

David Lin, Esq. writing on his firm’s site in a post entitled: “Reverse Domain Hijacking Defendants Consent to Judgement” says:

Reverse Domain Hijacking Defendants Consent to Judgement – See more at: http://www.ilawco.com/blog/reverse-domain-hijacking-myart.html#sthash.KXCiEDeU.dpuf

“After losing a UDRP proceeding by default, the owners of MyArt.com retained Lewis & Lin to stop the transfer of the domain name under ICANN rules.

Lewis & Lin immediately filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against My Art SAS, a French company engaged in the sale of artwork, and its principal shareholder. Our complaint sought relief for reverse domain name hijacking under the Lanham Act, as well as related state unfair competition claims.

Barely a month after being served with the complaint, defendants issued an offer of judgment consenting to all of the declaratory relief that we sought on behalf of our client.

Defendants also offered a monetary judgment in an amount that included statutory damages, attorney’s fees and litigation costs. The offer of judgment was accepted and judgment was entered in favor of our client.

This case illustrates that a UDRP loss has absolutely no bearing on subsequent litigation between the same parties and the same domain name. A UDRP panel’s decision, which is not based on U.S. trademark law, will be entitled to no deference, and will have no preclusive effect in a federal court case. For domain name registrants who fall victim to the efforts of reverse domain hijackers attempting to seize a domain in the UDRP process, there is hope to recover a hijacked domain.

Simply by filing a federal lawsuit and requiring the attempted hijacker to defend their actions, a domain name registrant can keep what’s rightfully theirs. For more information on reverse domain hijacking and the UDRP, contact David Lin at Lewis & Lin LLC.”

We are thrilled that a domain name owner stood up for his rights, took the horrible UDRP decision to court and not only quickly got the transfer of the domain name stopped but also got damages, attorney fees and costs.

Big congrats to

 

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TheFullStory.com Raises $1.2 Million After Buying The Domain In December for $2,477

July 16th, 2014 Comments off

The domain name TheFullStory.com was sold on Godaddy.com/Afternic.com in December last year for $2,477.

Today the company was covered by TechCrunch.com after raising $1.2 Million Dollars.

According to TechCrunch, TheFullStory.com is “trying to minimize those endless hours spent on the phone by capturing everything a user does on a company’s product using a simple script.

FullStory captures mouse movement, clicks, page transitions and more and allows for session playback for support teams to understand user flows.

The script begins recording the users movements once they are logged onto the website or app, but users can exclude themselves from being tracked

Then customer service teams can see a customer’s movements and allows them to identify bugs and send the playback session URL to the engineering team to fix.

Anyway it’s another brandable domain that is used in a way that most people would not imagine.

I wouldn’t have sold the domain for less than five figures.

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Secret.ly Bought For $3,500 On Sedo 9 Months Ago Raises $25 Million At $100M Valuation

July 15th, 2014 Comments off

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It was just back in March that the New York Times chatted about, what was at that time, a 5 week old app called Secret which uses the domain name Secret.ly

Today the company announced it has raised an additional $25 Million dollars, on top of the $8.6 million the company announced it raised in March from a number of well-known investors, including Alexis Ohanian, a founder of Reddit, and Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.”

“Secret connects people anonymously through their address books. Messages appear only as from “friend” or “friend of friend.” Juicy posts that receive a lot of likes or comments also appear occasionally, identified simply by the city or state where they originated.”

Yesterday according to the New York Times, released “a new version of the application that will allow people to sign up for Secret and find friends using their Facebook credentials. Previously, the service relied on a user’s address book and list of contacts to find friends and see their Secret posts.”

The company also introduced “collections” that will help organize messages posted on Secret and make it easier to browse by topics, such as humor, dating or food.”

The company also announced on Monday that it raised an additional $25 million in venture financing from a number of esteemed firms and angel investors, including Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, SV Angel and Fuel Capital.

“The new funding puts the valuation of Secret, a six-month-old company, at higher than $100 million.”

The domain name Secret.ly was sold on Sedo.com In October 2013 for $3,500.

.XYZ Debuts on RegstrarStats.com As The 8th Most Registered Top Level Domain Extension

July 13th, 2014 Comments off

 

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.XYZ has become the 8th most registered Top Level Domain according to RegistrarStats.com.

.XYZ domain registrations are only surpassed by .Com, .Net, .Org, .Info, .Biz, .US and .Mobi (actually .US is a ccTLD not a TLD)

This is the first day I have seen .XYZ stats picked up by RegistrarStats.com which shows .XYZ picking up over 4,000 registrations and the only one of the now top 8 to pick up net registrations (of course .XYZ does not have deletions yet)

Years before there was ntldstats.com, and namestat.org, which have popped up this year to track stats on the new gTLD’s,  RegistrarStats.com was the go to source for to find stats on domain name registrations across TLD registries and registrars.

While the two newer services are free, RegistrarStats.com is subscription based and you have to be approved to spent the money and get access.

Also unlike the two newer services RegistrarStats.com tracks stats not just on the new gTLD’s but on all incumbent strings like .Com, .Net and .Org and although it generally does not track country code extensions (ccTLD’s) but does include .US.

Since launching just a few months ago, .XYZ has passed .Asia, .Name, .Tel, .Pro, .XXX to name a few.

While most will still point to the Network Solutions fee domain giveaway to account for .XYZ success, I haven’t seen the number move on the NetSol side for many days and the percentage of .XYZ registrations was a high as over 86% coming from NetSol is now sitting at 77%.

According to ntldstats.com, which is updated sometimes twice a day, .XYZ tops 300,000 registrations at the moment at 301,627.

RegistrarStats.com is updated once a day.

 

RapGenius.com Upgrades & Rebrand To Genius.com

July 11th, 2014 Comments off

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The website RapGenius.com announced today that they acquired and were re-branding to the killer domain name Genius.com

The domain name Genius.com was previously owned by Genius.com, Inc. of San Mateo California.

In June 2014 the whois record changed for a short time to Tony Wong of Callidus Software.

According to BusinessInsider.com,one of the investors in Rap Genius is actually Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans and the Cleveland Cavaliers who with signing Lebron James away from the Miami Heat is by all measure having a very good day.

Businessinsider goes on to say that Mr. Gilbert led a $40 million investment in February of 2014, which valued the company at several hundred million dollars

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dan-gilbert-invested-in-rapgenius-2014-7#ixzz37CyOBvmI

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dan-gilbert-invested-in-rapgenius-2014-7#ixzz37Cy74PKM

The domain is now under privacy.

Here is the message from the new owners site:

“”Today we take a crucial step forward in the mission to annotate the world:

Introducing Genius.com, the new home of this great knowledge project.

When we created Rap Genius 5 years ago, we had no plans to expand beyond rap lyrics. But the community had a bigger vision, and it wasn’t long before “Rap” Genius housed the collected works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen, the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, poetry by T.S. Eliot and Langston Hughes, TV and movie scripts, Chipotle’s menu, the back of a Tylenol bottle, the roster of the 1986 New York Mets, and that dream you keep having where your teeth fall out—all lovingly and carefully annotated.

In retrospect this was inevitable. Any text can be as layered, as allusive and cryptic, as worthy of careful exegesis as rap lyrics. Furthermore, it’s simply not possible to create a website that annotates rap alone, just as it’s not possible to create a website that annotates any individual slice of human culture—because no slice of human culture stands on its own.

Thus, starting today, “Genius” is the new name of the grand project, born from rap’s rib, to annotate the world—and of the platform and company we’re building to enable it.

“Genius” is the term you should add to your Google searches whenever you’re looking for deeper meaning and context. Genius is the verb you can use to describe looking something up on Genius or decoding something in general.

Genius is also a platform. Soon we’ll release tools that will allow anyone to make their website annotatable. Even today, you can add any text you want to Genius, annotate it here, and then embed it on your website.

The Internet contains multitudes. It is the greatest store of knowledge in human history. But so often we flit from page to page without ever diving in. We believe that an Internet that is Genius-powered will help us all realize the richness and depth in every line of text.

Rap Genius, founded by lovers, began as but a woeful ballad to Cam’ron’s eyebrow. But the intervening years have morphed us into soldiers, full of strange oaths, and that is how we stand before you today, ready to pursue our mission of global annotation with renewed vigor.

Much love,
Ilan & Tom, Genius Co-founders””

 

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Founder of Mt. Gox To Sell BitCoins.com In HA.com Domain Auction On July 24th

July 8th, 2014 Comments off

The URL Bitcoins.com will hit the auction block on July 24, 2014, as Part of Heritage Auctions’ Domain Names & Intellectual Property Auction.

The domain name is being sold by Mark Karpeles, the controversial founder of the failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, and is expected to bring more than $750,000.

“We are hoping, with the sale of Bitcoins.com, to provide some relief to the people impacted by the Mt. Gox bankruptcy,” said Karpeles, “and will be putting at least half of the sale amount toward that purpose.”

“Bitcoins.com is absolutely the best remaining, and available name for this new market,” said Aron Meystedt, Founder and Director of the Domain Names & Intellectual Property category at Heritage Auctions. “Bitcoin.com, the singular version, is owned and used by Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet, and Bitcoinwallet.com itself is also already tied up. For the right investor this is a golden opportunity.”

The bitcoin payment system, an open payment network aimed at eliminating currency exchange fees and removing the need for intermediary banks, was created in 2009. It is mostly in the last 12 months, however, that it has gained mainstream notoriety, largely with the failure of Mt.Gox.com and the seizure of the nebulous Silk Road website, along with the subsequent liquidation of its Bitcoin assets. Bitcoins (plural) are the actual unit of exchange that has monetary value.

“The current market capitalization of all bitcoins in circulation is between $7 billion and $8 billion,” said Meystedt. “Daily, there are millions of dollars in transactions in Bitcoins. This auction offers the opportunity to capitalize on one of the most significant developments since the inception of the Internet.”

Bitcoins.com is being offered in the July 24, 2014 auction alongside more than 90 other premium domain names, including:

OklahomaCity.com

DEC.com (the fifth oldest domain name on the Internet, circa 1985),

Rides.com,

SEM.com

Digital.com

Cute.com

SouthernCalifornia.com

Will This Domain Portfolio Owned By The Castello’s Be The 1st To Sell For Over $1 Billion?

July 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Last week I received a tweet to @thedomains, asking the question:

“Is any domain name portfolio worth over $1 Billion Dollars?

We are about to find out.”

The link in the Tweet goes to this site, which says:

“The portfolio consists of 40 hyper names (and hundreds of others) that will ensure a substantial and immediate impact on the Internet if they are paired with the right global resource.

The seller’s preference is to keep the portfolio intact.

It is his belief that the whole is substantially more significant than the sum of the parts.”

I was initially concerned whether the company sending the Tweet out was really representing Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc (CCIN) as I never heard of the broker.

CCIN is the owner of the domain names linked to the Tweet, so I contacted Michael Castello CEO and President of Castello Cities Internet Network, Inc., who confirmed the domain portfolio was for sale but there were 41 primary domains not 40.

Michael agreed to answer some questions:

1.   Michael Why did CCIN put this portfolio up for sale now ? Does it have anything to do with the roll out of the new gTLD program ?

“”I have been entertaining the idea since the beginning of 2014.

Back in 1994 I told my mother that our family is on a twenty-year adventure. I always look for indicators that something will occur in the future.

Whisky.com received one offer back in 1995 for $100.

The next offer (and sale) of $3.1 million was nineteen years later. There was no talk from the buyer in regards to its traffic or revenue. It was a domain name only acquisition.

At the same time, my partner and brother David had already put 15 years into our business, and he wanted to get back into the music industry, which is where we started. I can’t blame him. If you love performing on stage, creating music, and traveling, then that is what you should do. Success can be determined in many ways. When someone is able to do what they want to do, whenever they want to, I would call that success. I love what I do on the Internet, but there is a point when one needs to look at current events and decide if a change is in order.

I feel that it is a good time to see if I can maximize the potential of our portfolio. I realized that I cannot plausibly put the kind of time and effort into each of these 41 names that is required.

The Internet has changed so much over the last ten years. No longer can someone create a five-page website on a name like Tijuana.com and make thousands of dollars doing virtually nothing. If I spent the kind of effort that Tijuana.com deserves, I could easily make tons of money right now. But the public expects a richer experience than what a static info-site can provide. Now multiply that by 41 hyper names. It would be impossible for me to do so.

I now believe that the potential of what I built back in 1995 may be better realized by another enterprise. It makes sense for me to sell the portfolio and give David his share, and give the government its share. This allows me to simplify my situation, giving me more freedom to do what I want to do for the next 20 year adventure.

Of course, I will remain in the domain business; there is no better market to create wealth and financial freedom, and the future of civilization requires a functioning virtual world that continually grows in vastly new technological directions.

I was very happy to see Whisky.com move to a company that now has huge global reach. Imagine what the right party could do with Room.com or Bullion.com? Look at them in their current form and realize that their true potential would be a game-changer for any company with the right resources.

The new gTLDs are a part of the advancing name economy. There is a hierarchy in our market, and they have a place, but .com will always be the star of the DNS. That place will continue to grow as the public continues to use the Internet as an environment that they can dwell in, instead of as an app or tool to search for things.

Domain names are addresses for people to find each other. Some of those addresses already exist as common phrases in our minds, like Daycare.com, Nashville.com and Golfclub.com. In such cases, those names are already worth a lot, with great leverage and a worldwide trust factor.

I go to great lengths to allow myself the time and money to do what I want to do. For twenty years, I’ve had great personal freedom, and I have my portfolio to thank for that.””

2. Can you list the 41 primary domain names for me that are for sale in this portfolio?

Currently I am selling 41 hyper and generic domain names.

I have around 1,000 more that could be acquired for extra.

Here are the 41:

ACAPULCO.COM

ADOPT.COM

BOOTLEG.COM

BULLION.COM

COST.COM

CAUTION.COM

DAYCARE.COM

DUST.COM

EEL.COM

GOLFCLUB.COM

GRAPE.COM

GREATGATSBY.COM

HARLEM.COM

HEARTACHE.COM

KENNEL.COM

KINGTUT.COM

ISLANDERS.COM

MANICURE.COM

MOOREA.COM

NASHVILLE.COM

NOVEMBER.COM

PALMSPRINGS.COM

PETALUMA.COM

PREACH.COM

RATE.COM

ROOM.COM

SAMPLE.COM

SEASONS.COM

SMOOTHIE.COM

STEW.COM

SUIT.COM

SUNTAN.COM

TGIF.COM

TIJUANA.COM

TOOTH.COM

TRAVELER.COM

VIRTUE.COM

WAGON.COM

WASH.COM

WEDNESDAY.COM

WESTPALMBEACH.COM

3. What is the asking price?

$1.2 Billion Dollars.

4. Why did you decide to sell these domains as a portfolio rather than separately?

“My gut feeling tells me that there are a few people in the world who both understand what my portfolio really contains and can afford it.

It was built at a time when whatever my passions were, became my domain name to own. Anyone can piece together a portfolio of names, but arguably none have the passion of creation that mine has.”

5. Does that mean at this point you will not entertain offers on any one domain in the list?

“”I’ve had some pretty good offers that I’ve turned down on some of them after the Whisky.com sale. That sale was a statement of timing.

The rest are like The Crown Jewels to me. It would be like taking a butter knife and plucking a beautiful gemstone from the royal crown.

No – they stay together.

I will hold at this price until the end of 2014 to sell.

After that I will be asking for more.””

6.  At over $1 Billion I would assume its going to have to be a public company who would buy this portfolio, do you agree? Who has over $1 Billion in cash that might be a buyer?

“I feel that there will be an individual who sees what I see. ”

They might be the head of a large company, or someone with a lot of influence. There are people who have made vast amounts of money in the past five years. Many are not in the US, but rather Asia and the Middle East. But that money is scared money, and they are unsure of the best market for them to invest in.

Investing in my portfolio will allow any company with money and resources to be a major player in a multitude of verticals such as Manicure.com for beauty; Nashville.com for country music; Daycare.com for family; Bullion.com for financial; Traveler.com for travel; and Adopt.com for charity, just to name a few.

I would liken it to having the ability to be Rockefeller, Carnegie, Chase, Ford, and Vanderbilt all at the same time.

Those leaders carved out their industries over their lifetimes, always wanting to capture the other markets. They were very competitive.

Never before has anyone had that kind of global opportunity to dominate across such vast marketplaces. The Internet allows it, and my portfolio is a free and clear path to the future.””

7. Who is behind junxtion.com and why did you choice them as your broker?

“I did not expect this to go public.

I gave an opportunity to a friend to make some money, and he tweeted the portfolio out.

I have a small pool of friends who I offered to broker my portfolio.

It was never exclusive.

This release gives me a chance to say publicly what I have been saying over the past three months to industry friends at conventions. They had the same questions you are asking, and I think I should qualify my reasoning.””

8. If someone is interested in the portfolio, whom should they contact?

michael@ccin.com

Thanks Michael and best of luck

 

I should note the 41 domain names priced at $1.2 Billion dollars,  comes to $30 Million Dollars on average, per domain name.

 

Here are a few other stories about or written by Michael Castello:

Read about Michael’s Call To Action effort

Read about the sale of Whisky.com

Read about the Michael’s Block The Bullies effort

Read Michael’s post The Future is about Leverage

 

Warning: Expired Domains Are Easy Pickings for Hackers

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

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GroovyPost.com did a piece written by Jack Busch about his experience with an expired domain and hackers.

From the article:

I learned a hard lesson this week. Long story short, a spammer from Vietnam has hijacked my Google Apps for Domains (now called Google Apps for Business) account and is currently sending people emails from my old email address (jack@anthrocopy.com) complete with my signature, phone number and name and everything on it. Anthrocopy.com was an informal dba name I used years ago for my freelance writing business, but I slowly phased it out and let the domain expire. Now, someone else has moved into the place, hermit-crab style, and are probably contacting all my old business contacts about cheap Viagra.

I contacted Google about it and their official response was “I’m sorry to tell you that we cannot assist you with this problem since you don’t own that domain anymore.”

How Hackers Can Access Your Gmail by Buying an Expired Domain

Google Apps for Domains is different from a normal Gmail or Google Docs or Google Drive account in that it is associated with a domain that you may have registered from a company other than Google. Back in 2010, I registered Anthrocopy.com with Namecheap.com. After I wound down my freelance career to work as a fulltime technical writer, I let the domain expire. Somehow, the hacker found out that I had a Google Apps for Domain account, even though I no longer owned the domain. So, on June 20, 2014, somebody bought it through moniker.com, according to Whois.

Busch does a very good job at detailing his experience and is worth reading entirely.

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