Nominet Increases Security By Adding 2-Factor Authentication To .UK Domain Names

nominetNominet announced that it is boosting the security of the UK namespace to help protect it from attack and exploitation. As part of this, they will be offering two-factor authentication access to their Online Services (OS) to registrars later on this year. Two-factor authentication is a two-step verification process and provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems.

Nominet is running a limited pilot in September and it will be inviting a small number of registrars to take part. For the pilot, Nominet is selecting those who have approached us about this service in the past, in particular the brand protection sector, and those who log into the Nominet OS most frequently.

Following a successful pilot, two-factor authentication will be offered to all registrars wishing to use it later on this year. The new security feature will have a phased rollout, with registrants being offered this service at a later date.

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Sedo sells 561 domains for $0.9 million: Ridescout.com 60k Euro, 888.ca $20k, Loan.info $18.5k

In the past week (August 18 to August 24), 561 (502 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $0.9 million ($1.1m last week). Only 168 (149 last week) domains from the 502 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 53% (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 $1,604 ($2,191 last week).

Loan.info sold for $18,500. You can read the whole story here.

Here are the 168 public and reported Sedo sales for the week August 18 to August 24 2014:

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.Bio Sells 4,100 Domains For $250,000 In It’s First Week

bioStarting Dot, the registry operator for new generic top-level domains (new gTLD) .BIO, .ARCHI & .SKI, announced that the company experienced greater than projected registration volume with .BIO, which launched on Aug. 21.

Over 4,100 .BIO domain names have been registered at the end of the first week generating over a $250,000 USD in revenue thanks Starting Dot’s pricing and marketing initiatives. The .BIO launch ranks in the top 15 in terms of new gTLD first week retail revenue and validates the popularity of the extension in the market place.

First week retail revenue is calculated by multiplying the total domain name registration (net from registry operator self allocation) by the average retail one year registration fee in USA, Germany and France. So the average retail price for .bio was Continue reading

Latest Flippa Sales: Sponsored.com $50,200, Fire.glass $5,000

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain name Sponsored.com that sold for $50,200. Fire.glass sold for $5,000 and became Flippa’s highest new gTLD sale to date.

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 6 domains of this week’s list. These Flippa post-auction negotiations are working very well.

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Minds + Machines Announces New gTLD Launch Dates And 70+ Registrars Are Offering Them

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines Group Limited provided an update on the launch programme of its portfolio of new top-level domains, such as .london, .country and .surf, its registrar sales channel activity and the development of services for its own wholly-own registrar, Minds + Machines Registrar Limited.

In September, names within the following new top level domains in which Minds + Machines has an interest will go on General Availability (“GA”) to the public on the following launch dates: Continue reading

.London Tops 20,000 Domain Name Registrations And Priority Allocation Is Not Over Yet

london-domainsThe .London new extension went over 20,000 domain name registrations today as everyday more and more domain names are allocated to those who applied for .london domains during the London Priority Period that ended on the 31st of July. The registry is undertaking validation according to the priority rules for the London Priority Period. Names where there was only one applicant are in the process of being released for registration by applicants.

The .London New gTLD Priority Period was designed so that businesses and people with a London address would have priority over the rest of the world.

The .London registry has been allocating .London domains since Monday the 25th of August to the different allocation categories. The latest zone file update brings the total number of registered .London domains to 20,647. But it seems that allocation is not yet over. Here are the 7 different priority categories: Continue reading

.CLUB Is The 1st New gTLD To Reach 100,000 Sold Domain Names

club-new-gtld.CLUB Domains announced that it has sold its 100,000th new domain name today, setting a record as the first new generic top-level domain (gTLD) to sell 100,000 domains and continuing its streak as the best-selling new domain extension.

Other extensions that appear to have sold more domains than .Club have actually given out a lot of free domains. As many as 375,000 of them.

Namestat.org reports that that are 99,003 .club domains today and ntldstats.com 99,995 domains but that are a lot of domains that don’t have nameservers assigned and thus don’t appear in the zone files. These 2 websites are reporting domain name registration statistics based on zone files. The .Club registry numbers are certain to be more accurate.

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Nominet: 674 DRS Complaints in 2013 (complaints down 17%, 55% of domains transferred)

nominetNominet published a summary that shows that the number of domain name disputes handled by Nominet fell by over 17% in 2013. The summary provides an overview of all the complaints that were filed with the organisation’s lauded Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) in 2013, including an analysis of the outcomes and trends compared to previous years now that all the complaints have been closed. Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, Barclays and St Johns Ambulance.

Nominet established the DRS over 12 years ago to offer an efficient and transparent method of resolving disputes relating to .uk domain names which are administered by Nominet. The DRS seeks to settle disputes through mediation and, where this is not possible, through an independent expert decision.

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Loan.info Sells For $18,500 At Sedo (Sold For The 3rd Time In 2 Years)

infoLoan.info sold for $18,500 at Sedo after it was previously sold for $6,640 at Namejet back in November 2013.

The domain has been auctioned 3 times in the past, selling twice, before being sold at Sedo:

  1. loan.info $6640
    Namejet November 2013
  2. loan.info $6,200 (Reserve not met)
    Namejet May 2013
  3. loan.info $8,293
    Go Daddy December 2012

The domain was bought by Luc-Andre BIGGS (aka Federer) that is a very active .info seller especially at Flippa. It was sold by someone from China.

Loans.info also sold last month for

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Rightside Announces 2 Additions to Board of Directors

rightsideRightside Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq:NAME), today announced the appointment of Diane Irvine and Shawn Colo to its Board of Directors.

“Diane has directly relevant executive and board-level experience with public companies that are leaders in ecommerce and online marketing,” said Taryn Naidu, Chief Executive Officer of Rightside. “I have worked with Shawn for more than eight years, and he brings critical experience in evaluating strategies and opportunities for growth in the domain name industry. Both new members will be great assets to me and to our board.”

David E. Panos, Chairman of the Rightside Board of Directors, commented, “We are pleased that Diane and Shawn are joining our board. Their knowledge and experience will complement that of our current directors. Both bring substantial financial expertise and general management experience to Rightside, and they are well-suited for a company focused on growth. Our board and management team look forward to their leadership and involvement.”

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