Neustar Acquires Bombora Technologies (.au, .melbourne, .sydney) For $86.9 Million

gtldsNeustar, Inc. announced it has acquired Bombora Technologies Pty Ltd (Bombora), based in Australia, for AUD $118.5 million, or approximately USD $86.9 million. Bombora and its subsidiaries, which include ARI Registry Services, provide registry services for a number of top-level domains (TLDs) including .au, .melbourne, .sydney, and over 100 new TLDs, including several in the Fortune 500.

“With this acquisition, Neustar continues to gather momentum as a global leader in launching and operating TLDs.”

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XYZ Registry Is Running A Parallel .COM & .XYZ Domain Registration Contest

xyz-logo-purpleThink you can register the best .COM or .XYZ domain name and win $1,000? Then you can take The Challenge at TheChallenge.xyz while you hand-register the best domains you can find and submit your entries on the official contest site.

You have to submit your entry, along with a short survey, and you’ll enter your chance to win $1,000.

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Minds + Machines To Register 30,000 Of Its Premium Domains Under “Emerald Names”

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines Group Limited provided an update of its operations for Q2 2015. The Company’s unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June 2015 will be published in September 2015.

Antony Van Couvering, CEO of Minds + Machines Group Limited, said:

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40+ Pioneers Signed On For .TECH By Radix – General Availability Starts On August 5th

techRadix, announced leading pioneers for .tech as it entered the Early Access Phase (29th July) at 16:00 UTC.

Radix has switched from Landrush to the EAP model, for its latest batch of new TLDs. EAP for .tech started and is supported by leading Registrars like GoDaddy, Domain.com, Name.com, 1Api, eNom, 101Domain etc. General Availability for .tech starts on Continue reading

Chinese Domaining Masterclass: “The Number Seven”

Chinese-Domaining-Masterclass-The-Number-SevenTLD Registry, the registry of Dot Chinese Online (.在线) and Dot Chinese Website (.中文网) top level domains, is releasing the first installment of their Chinese Domaining Masterclass blog series.

In January 2015, TLD Registry presented the world’s first, and still currently the world’s only Chinese Domaining Masterclass, at the industry-leading domain investing conference, NamesCon. After several months of research, development, writing, and refining, they created a 120-page curriculum for western domain investors to use as a resource to help them confidently invest in Chinese-specific domains, without knowing a single word of Chinese.

I attended the "Chinese Domaining Masterclass" in NamesCon and I wrote a blog post about it: 10 Things I Learned About Chinese Domain Names.

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Sedo Sells 499 Domains For $1 Million: newy.com $66,000, philae.com $22,000

sedoIn the past week 499 (480 in the previous week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1 million ($1.5m in the previous week). Only 169 (188 in the previous week) domains from the 499 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 52% (52% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales. And will not reveal what percentage of the total sales value do the Buy Now listings represent.

The average domain name sales price was $2,004 ($3,125 last week).

Please visit Sold.Domains for all the latest New gTLD sales.

Here are the 169 public and reported Sedo sales for the week July 13 to July 19 2015:

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Flippa Weekly Domain Sales: Clickbait.com $9,000, Gift.info $8,500

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain names Clickbait.com that sold for $9,000.

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 1 domain of this week’s list.

There were 6 domains that were sold by Buy-It-Now and just rebranded "Flippa Portfolio Section" (previously known as Domain Catalog) had 2 sales this week.


Top Flippa Domain Sales from the past week:
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Top 25 New gTLD Domain Name Sales Of The 1st Half Of 2015 (From Sold.Domains)

newgtldThese are the highest selling New gTLD domain names of the first half of 2015. All domains were sold for $10,000 or more either by the respective registry or by a domain name reseller.

You can find all New gTLD domain name sales at Sold.Domains.

Here are the top 25 New gTLD domain name sales from months January to June 2015: Continue reading

Premium .London Domain Auction: All Domains Have Bids, Rooms.London Is At 5,100 GBP

london-domainsThe premium .London auction featuring 50 .London domain names is underway and already one domain is over the 5,000 GBP mark and 3 are in 4 figures. With more than a week left in the auction it seems that the auction will be a success as all domains already have bids. Continue reading

This is How Google Handles New Top Level Domains

newgtldWith the coming of many new generic top level domains (gTLDs), Google would like to give some insight into how these are handled in Google's search.

They have heard and seen questions and misconceptions about the way Google treats new top level domains (TLDs), like .guru, .how, or any of the .BRAND gTLDs.

Here is the complete list of questions and answers published by Google: Continue reading