Flippa Latest Domain Sales: BestWine.com $5,000, Commuters.com $3,551

flippaHighest sale this week at Flippa was the domain name BestWine.com that was sold for $5,000.

Post-Auction Negotiation was the method of sale for 11 domains of this week’s list. These Flippa post-auction negotiations are working very well.

There were 5 domains that were sold by Buy-It-Now and newly introduced Domain Catalog had 2 sales this week.

Top Flippa Domain Sales from Last Week: Continue reading

Daily Domain Sales (10-16-2014): LowCarb.com $45,000, Anonymity.com $13,433, Sadness.com $12,000

dailyFlippa had some great sales yesterday with LowCarb.com leading sales with $45,000.

New low by .xyz registry: Google Glass Used As Bait For Students To Get Free .XYZ Domains. Every time I say that I have seen it all but they always surprise me.

Everybody, except people stuck in the 90s, know that Network Solutions is a very bad and expensive registrar. Their support is non-existent and condescending. The latest problem I am having is that Network Solutions does not agree with the official registry expiration date. So you should transfer all your domains out of Network Solutions before their internal expiration date.

Click here to see domain sale reports from the past week.

Here are yesterday’s domain sales and auctions: Continue reading

New Low: Google Glass Used As Bait For Students To Get Free .XYZ Domains

noI didn’t want anything to do with these people even after I saw those photos of these ridiculous purple men at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles promoting the worst of the worst in New gTLDs.

But I am weak. I can’t help it with these people. Now they are begging people to get free .xyz domains. Today, I came across this new .XYZ promo: Continue reading

New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Okinawa 640, Google’s .Soy 182

newgtldHere are the domain name registration results from this week’s 2 New gTLD launches:

.Okinawa entered general availability on the 14th of October. Okinawa prefecture is located in the southernmost of Japan. The purpose of .okinawa is to promote Okinawa and spread to the world Okinawa brand. .Okinawa had just 640 registrations after its first day of general availability.

Google Registry launched its second Continue reading

Google Q3 2014 Results: Revenue Up 20%, Paid Clicks Up 17%, Cost-Per-Click Down

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

“Google had another strong performance this quarter, with revenue up 20% year on year, at $16.5 billion,” said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.  “We continue to be excited about the growth in our advertising and emerging businesses.”

Q3 Financial Summary

Google Inc. reported consolidated revenues of $16.52 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, an increase of 20% compared to the third quarter of 2013. Google Inc. reports advertising revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs (TAC). In the third quarter of 2014, TAC totaled $3.35 billion, or 23% of advertising revenues.

Operating income, operating margin, net income, and earnings per share (EPS) are reported on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis. The non-GAAP measures, as well as free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, are described below and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measures at the end of this release.

  • GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2014 was $3.72 billion, or 23% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $3.76 billion, or 27% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2014 was $5.36 billion, or 32% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $4.62 billion, or 34% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013.
  • GAAP net income (including net loss from discontinued operations) in the third quarter of 2014 was $2.81 billion, compared to $2.97 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2014 was $4.37 billion, compared to $3.82 billion in the third quarter of 2013.
  • GAAP EPS (including impact from net loss from discontinued operations) in the third quarter of 2014 was $4.09 on 688 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $4.38 in the third quarter of 2013 on 678 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2014 was $6.35 compared to $5.63 in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin exclude stock-based compensation (SBC) expense. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS exclude SBC expense, net of the related tax benefit, as well as net income (loss) from discontinued operations. In the third quarter of 2014, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP EPS also excluded an impairment charge of $378 million related to a patent licensing royalty asset acquired in connection with the purchase of Motorola.
  • In the third quarter of 2014, the expense related to SBC from our continuing operations and the related tax benefits were $1,255 million and $258 million compared to $856 million and $200 million in the third quarter of 2013. In addition, net loss from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2014 was $185 million, compared to $193 million in the third quarter of 2013.

On January 29, 2014, we entered into an agreement with Lenovo Group Limited providing for the disposition of the Motorola Mobile business. Financial results of Motorola Mobile are presented as “Net income (loss) from discontinued operations” on the Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2014; and assets and liabilities of Motorola Mobile to be disposed of are presented as “Assets held for sale” and “Liabilities held for sale”, respectively, on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2014.

On April 2, 2014, we issued shares of Class C capital stock as a dividend to our stockholders. Except for the number of authorized shares and par value, all references to share and per share amounts have been retroactively restated for all prior periods shown to reflect the stock split, which was effected in the form of a stock dividend.

Q3 Financial Highlights

Revenues and other information - Google Inc. revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 were $16.52 billion, representing a 20% increase over third quarter of 2013 revenues of $13.75 billion.

  • Sites Revenues – Our sites generated revenues of $11.25 billion, or 68% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2014. This represents a 20% increase over third quarter of 2013 sites revenues of $9.38 billion.
  • Network Revenues – Our partner sites generated revenues of $3.43 billion, or 21% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2014. This represents a 9% increase over third quarter of 2013 network revenues of $3.15 billion.
  • Other Revenues – Other revenues were $1.84 billion, or 11% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2014. This represents a 50% increase over third quarter of 2013 other revenues of $1.23 billion.

International Revenues – Our revenues from outside of the United States totaled $9.55 billion, representing 58% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2014, compared to 58% in the second quarter of 2014 and 56% in the third quarter of 2013.

  • Our revenues from the United Kingdom totaled $1.63 billion, representing 10% of total revenues in the third quarter of 2014, compared to 10% in the third quarter of 2013.

Foreign Exchange Impact on Revenues – Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the second quarter of 2014 through the third quarter of 2014, our revenues in the third quarter of 2014 would have been $66 million higher. Excluding gains related to our foreign exchange risk management program, had foreign exchange rates remained constant from the third quarter of 2013 through the third quarter of 2014, our revenues in the third quarter of 2014 would have been $106 million lower.

  • In the third quarter of 2014, we recognized a benefit of $10 million to revenues through our foreign exchange risk management program, compared to $22 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Reconciliations of our non-GAAP international revenues excluding the impact of foreign exchange and hedging to GAAP international revenues are included at the end of this release.

Paid Clicks – Aggregate paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, increased approximately 17% over the third quarter of 2013 and increased approximately 2% over the second quarter of 2014. Sites paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads we serve on Google owned and operated properties across different geographies and form factors including search, YouTube engagement ads like TrueView, and other owned and operated properties like Maps and Finance, increased approximately 24% over the third quarter of 2013 and increased approximately 4% over the second quarter of 2014. Network paid clicks, which include clicks related to ads served on non-Google properties participating in our AdSense for Search, AdSense for Content, and AdMob businesses, increased approximately 2% over the third quarter of 2013 and decreased approximately 4% over the second quarter of 2014.

Cost-Per-Click – Average cost-per-click, which includes clicks related to ads served on Google sites and the sites of our Network members, decreased approximately 2% over the third quarter of 2013 and remained constant from the second quarter of 2014. Cost-per-click for Google sites decreased approximately 4% over the third quarter of 2013 and decreased approximately 1% over the second quarter of 2014. Network cost-per-click decreased approximately 4% over the third quarter of 2013 and increased approximately 2% over the second quarter of 2014.

TAC – Traffic acquisition costs, the portion of revenues shared with Google’s partners, increased to $3.35 billion in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $2.97 billion in the third quarter of 2013. TAC as a percentage of advertising revenues was 23% in the third quarter of 2014, compared to 24% in the third quarter of 2013.

The majority of TAC is related to amounts ultimately paid to our Network members, which totaled $2.42 billion in the third quarter of 2014. TAC also includes amounts ultimately paid to certain distribution partners and others who direct traffic to our website, which totaled $927 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Other Cost of Revenues – Other cost of revenues, which is comprised primarily of data centers operational expenses, hardware inventory costs, amortization and impairment of acquisition-related intangible assets, and content acquisition costs, increased to $3.35 billion, or 20% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $2.44 billion, or 18% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013.

Operating Expenses – Operating expenses, other than cost of revenues, were $6.10 billion in the third quarter of 2014, or 37% of revenues, compared to $4.58 billion in the third quarter of 2013, or 33% of revenues.

Depreciation and Loss on Disposal of Property and Equipment, Amortization Expenses, and Impairment of Intangibles and Other Assets - Depreciation and loss on disposal of property and equipment and amortization and impairment of intangibles and other assets were $1.55 billion for the third quarter of 2014, of which $1.52 billion was related to Google, compared to $974 million in the third quarter of 2013. Of the $1.52 billion, $109 million was related to amortization of Motorola intangibles, which Google will retain subsequent to the disposal of Motorola Mobile.

Stock-Based Compensation (SBC) – In the third quarter of 2014, the total charge related to SBC was $1,255 million compared to $856 million in the third quarter of 2013. We currently estimate SBC charges for grants made to employees prior to September 30, 2014 to be approximately $4.16 billion for 2014. This estimate does not include expenses to be recognized related to employee stock awards that are granted after September 30, 2014.

Operating Income – GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2014 was $3.72 billion, or 23% of revenues. This compares to GAAP operating income of $3.76 billion, or 27% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2014 was $5.36 billion, or 32% of revenues. This compares to non-GAAP operating income of $4.62 billion, or 34% of revenues, in the third quarter of 2013.

Interest and Other Income, Net – Interest and other income, net, was $133 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $14 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Income Taxes – Our effective tax rate was 22% for the third quarter of 2014, which includes the effect of the impairment charge of $378 million (discussed above) that is not deductible for income tax purposes.

Net Loss from Discontinued Operations – Net loss from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2014 was $185 million, compared to $193 million in the third quarter of 2013. Net loss from discontinued operations in the third quarter of 2014 included a pre-tax adjustment of $26 million related to the release of the deferral of certain revenue for the Motorola Mobile segment. Had we presented Motorola Mobile as an operating segment, the Motorola Mobile segment revenue for the third quarter of 2014 would have been $1.69 billion, $26 million lower than what was included in net loss from discontinued operations.

Net Income – GAAP consolidated net income in the third quarter of 2014 was $2.81 billion, compared to $2.97 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Non-GAAP consolidated net income was $4.37 billion in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $3.82 billion in the third quarter of 2013. GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2014 was $4.09 on 688 million diluted shares outstanding, compared to $4.38 in the third quarter of 2013 on 678 million diluted shares outstanding. Non-GAAP EPS in the third quarter of 2014 was $6.35, compared to $5.63 in the third quarter of 2013.

Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures – Net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of 2014 totaled $5.99 billion, compared to $5.08 billion in the third quarter of 2013. In the third quarter of 2014, capital expenditures were $2.42 billion, the majority of which was for data-center construction, production equipment, and real estate purchases. Free cash flow, an alternative non-GAAP measure of liquidity, is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. In the third quarter of 2014, free cash flow was $3.58 billion compared to $2.79 billion in the third quarter of 2013.

We expect to continue to make significant capital expenditures.

A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities, the GAAP measure of liquidity, is included at the end of this release.

Cash – As of September 30, 2014, cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $62.16 billion, which excludes cash classified as held for sale, compared to $58.72 billion as of December 31, 2013.

Headcount – On a worldwide basis, we employed 55,030 full-time employees (51,564 in Google and 3,466 in Motorola Mobile) as of September 30, 2014, compared to 52,069 full-time employees (48,584 in Google and 3,485 in Motorola Mobile) as of June 30, 2014.

Afnic 2013 Report: 13.7 Million Euros Turnover, 2.7 Million Domains, 8.2% Growth For .FR

gtldsThe Afnic annual report sheds new light on major events that have marked the development of the Association in 2013:

The consolidation of the French legal framework for domain names, the growth of the .fr TLD, and a major advancement for Afnic, which became a multi-registry operator in 2013, thus diversifying its business at the service of the French Internet community.

Highlights of this latest report include:

Daily Domain Sales (10-15-2014): RGM.com $35,299, 0199.com 12,000 EUR

dailyEverybody, except people stuck in the 90s, know that Network Solutions is a very bad and expensive registrar. Their support is non-existent and condescending. The latest problem I am having is that Network Solutions does not agree with the official registry expiration date. So you should transfer all your domains out of Network Solutions before their internal expiration date.

The sale of KorsVodka.com for $750,000 was a fake.

Media around the world are attacking the Ebola.com owners (and their mothers…). What do you think?

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Beware Of Network Solutions Domain Expiration Dates

network_solutionsI was transferring some domains out of Network Solutions, like I always do, when I noticed that a domain I didn’t intent to transfer out, as it was expiring in 2 years, was instead expiring in a few days in my NS control panel.

All domains I have with Network Solutions are domains won in auctions at Namejet. I have not registered on renewed a domain in Network Solutions and I don’t intent to. Network Solutions is a company that Continue reading

NamesCon Adds Premium Domain Auction Conducted by Right of the Dot

NamesConNamesCon announced the addition of a live domain auction to its Conference being held January 11-14th 2015 in Las Vegas that will be conducted by Right of the Dot.

The Auction will include a mixture of premium .com domain names and select premium names from new gTLDs with a range of price reserves.

The combination live/internet auction will be Continue reading

ICANN: 36,732 Complaints Filed Against Registrars & 853 Complaints Against Registries

icannICANN announced the appointment of Allen Grogan as Chief Contract Compliance Officer, overseeing Contract Compliance and Safeguards. But some really important numbers were revealed in the press release.

“The workload of ICANN’s contractual compliance team has increased markedly. From August 2013 to August 2014, 36,732 informal complaints were filed against registrars, while 853 informal complaints were filed against registries. During the same period, 72 formal complaints were filed.”

The number of complaints is staggering but it is not that surprising. A few registrars have been running scams Continue reading