Must read: Fake Trademarks Stealing Generic Domains In New gTLD Sunrises

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Have you heard of “What Box Holdings“, “Plan Bee LLC” andThomas A. Brackey II“? If you are looking to buy a New gTLD domain name you probably have. They managed to register more than 300 premium generic domain names before anyone else. How? Using “fake” trademarks in Sunrise.

They have registered domain names such as cloud.guru, social.photos, Build.house, BET.guru, online.bike, VACATION.photos, discount.repair etc.

I am sure they will tell you that these are not fake trademarks. They have about 40 real trademark registrations in Switzerland, although they only operate in the US, for non existent
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New gTLD Domain Sales: 3 sold for $3,000+ and 6 for $1,200+ each (wood.marketing, viral.marketing)

This past week the following 2 Donuts New gTLDs entered general availability with EAP: .marketing and .holiday.

The total Donuts EAP purchases from the first 3 EAP days is at about $16,200 or more depending on the premium domain names. This was a very slow week.

Some of the sales are difficult to find as a few domains don’t have nameserves and don’t appear in the zone files. Only sales over $1,000 are reported.

There was no domain name sold on the 1st day of the EAP for about $12,500 or more depending on the registration/renewal price (premium level or no premium).

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Uniregistry to Sponsor T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas

Uniregistry will be sponsoring the luncheon on May 29th at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 at Las Vegas.
Here is the announcement from Rick Schwartz:
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. is excited to announce that Frank Schilling’s UNIREGISTRY will be sponsoring the luncheon on Thursday, May 29th, at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 in Las Vegas.
UNIREGISTRY recognizes the immense business potential at T.R.A.F.F.I.C. By sponsoring and exhibiting at T.R.A.F.F.I.C., registrars and registries gain visibility among the most influential domain investors in the world today.
T.R.A.F.F.I.C. West 2014 runs May 28 – 31 at the World Famous Bellagio Hotel.
Can you really afford to put your business on hold until 2015 just to save a few dollars? You may want to rethink that one.

3 Nights free at the Bellagio ends at 6PM TODAY!

EURid will be the registry of the .eu top-level domain for the next 5 years

EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu top-level domain for the next five years, with the European Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid. “The decision comes Continue reading

Looking to buy .red, .blue and .pink domain names? Here are the registrars…

The New gTLDs .red, .blue and .pink launched today by Afilias. The .BLUE, .RED, .PINK general availability period opened at 16:00:00 UTC on April 17, 2014.

A lot of people complained that they couldn’t find what registrars are offering these 3 new gtlds. Visiting the official Afilias website is not very helpful.

Even going to http://www.afilias.info/pre-register gets you nowhere. The official websites for .red, .blue and .pink are subdomains of afilias.info but I can’t find a link to them anywhere.

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General Availability Started Yesterday: .Codes, .Farm and .Viajes

Donuts entered EAP general availability for the following 3 New gTLDs yesterday:
.Codes, .Farm and .Viajes (travel in Spanish).

This seem like a slow week for Donuts with weak strings. I don’t know the Spanish market so I am not sure about .viajes but judging from .travel and the recent launch of .uno things don’t seem promising. I might be after a couple of .farm but that is about it.

The following 2 New gTLDs are out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability today: .Holiday and .Marketing. .Holiday had 2338 registrations after the first day and .Marketing had 2963 domains.

You can register a (.Codes, .Farm and .Viajes) domain name using the Donuts EAP that is available in registrars that sell Donuts gTLDs. EAP prices start at about
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123-Reg.co.uk customers targeted with phishing emails

123-Reg.co.uk send an email to all it’s customers as phishing emails were sent to several customers. Here is the email:

Dear Customer,

It has come to our attention that some customers may have received an email purporting to be from 123-Reg in relation to the “limit load available for the existing pay rate plan being exceeded”. The email looks like this… Continue reading

Future Media Architects (FMA) is dropping 2737 3-letter .info domain names

Future Media Architects, Inc. (FMA) owned by domainer Thunayan K AL-Ghanim (aka “Elequa”) is dropping thousands of 3 letter .info. FMA owns domain names such as media.com, multimedia.com, fm.com mp3.tv, dj.net and i.net.

I read a comment by Mark about thousands of 3-letter .info dropping and I immediately thought of FMA that at one point owned about 3872 3-letter .info domains.

I checked and found out that he has already dropped 2000 .info domains and is in the process (domains are in pending delete status) another 700+. Once these are dropped he will be down to 1135 3-letter .info domains having dropped 2737 domains.

He is dropping lower quality 3-letter domains such as: rdx.info, yuq.info, yxi.info, lgv.info
joj.info and zqq.info.

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New gTLDs reach 500,000 domain name registrations (.link is at 20,000 but…)

New gTLDs surpassed 500,000 domain name registrations today reaching 531,665 registrations with the help of 5 Uniregistry new gtlds that launched yesterday and .buzz. Here are their first day registration numbers:

buzz  796
gift  4894
guitars  513
link  20050
photo  5347
pics  2368

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The Italian Registry (.it) Registro.it published their ‘Yearbook 2013′

The Italian Registry (.it) Registro.it have published their ‘Yearbook 2013′ covering the events of the Registry over 2013.  Click to open the Yearbook.

Quarter.it is born, the first quarterly report by .it Registry, with the most important facts
and figures about the domains, projects and events, and the latest news. The Quarter
intends updating the Registrars, in a much shorter time than the data yearbook, with
up-to-date and detailed information.

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