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Whois fixtures365.com and why is it suspended?

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Whois fixtures365.com and why is it suspended?

Answer: a (legal in the UK) betting site apparently owned by BSkyB that is temporarily suspended as a result of ICANN’s new Registrar agreement. As has been widely discussed in industry circles this morning, and reported on a number of other blogs, this is the first site of note that has fallen victim to the […]

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See You At NamesCon!

| January 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
See You At NamesCon!

2014 is going to be a big year for the domain industry, driven in large part by the advent of new gTLDs.  My friend Richard Lau is ringing in the new year by putting on the largest domain name conference in recent memory, this week in Las Vegas. DomainTools will be there and I encourage […]

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Twitter DNS Hack — Every Attack Leaves a Trace

| August 28, 2013 | 1 Comment
Twitter DNS Hack — Every Attack Leaves a Trace

As has been widely publicized, yesterday, August 27, a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked into the MelbourneIT registrar and gained access to the registrar account of some very important clients including Twitter and the New York Times. DomainTools got some free publicity out of that as the initial announcement by the perpetrators used a DomainTools Whois record screenshot as evidence of the compromise. People (including many journalists) have been asking us what we know about the incident and, specifically, if the SEA did indeed get control of those domains. So we wanted to clear a few things up.

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Analysis of .PW Domain Registrations One Month After Launch

| May 8, 2013 | 6 Comments
Analysis of .PW Domain Registrations One Month After Launch

The launch of .PW has received a great deal of attention because it can indicate the kind of reception new gTLDs may receive.

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5 Things To Know About Managing Your Domain Information

| April 25, 2013 | 2 Comments
5 Things To Know About Managing Your Domain Information

All too often the Support Team here at DomainTools receives disconcerting stories from registrants who have no control over their domain names or websites. What is entirely surprising is how many registrants shift control of their business’ domain and/or website to outside resources without building a solid understanding as to how to manage their own domain assets.

With many trustworthy Registrars in today’s domain registration marketplace, with their volumes of Help and Support knowledge resources, it is mind boggling at times that people still blindly trust others to handle what may very well be one of their most crucial business decisions.

I have found that there are five basic tips that can be useful, to even the most novice domain registrants:

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Politics and Disposable Domain Names

| November 28, 2011 | 3 Comments
Politics and Disposable Domain Names

With the news not too long ago that Republican Jack Abramoff is fighting to get control of jackabramoff.com

from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, I thought I’d take a look at the always tricky

subject of domain names used in politics.

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Apple, Google and RIM – Who Has the Right Domain Strategy?

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Last week, I explained how simple it can be to gain insight into companies’ product plans by using DomainTools to track the domain names they register. If you’ve been using our services to do that for a long time, you’ll have no doubt noticed that every company has a different strategy, in terms of how, and more importantly when, they register domains related to new and upcoming offerings.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names in mobile computing, for example. Just last week news emerged that Blackberry maker Research In Motion had registered over 300 domains for its new Curve phones. The list of domains covered a broad range of extensions, as well as variations using hyphens, abbreviations and additional keywords including the scary “sucks” suffix.

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Was Your Domain Used for Porn? How to Avoid a Costly Mistake

| August 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

With the launch of .xxx domain names coming soon, I thought now would be a good time to address an important topic sometimes overlooked by domain buyers: how to avoid accidentally purchasing a domain that was once used for pornography.

Almost as long as the web has been around, companies have been selling content filtering software. Parents and network admins can use it to stop their kids, employees or users from accessing inappropriate web sites at work and at home, or in colleges, schools and libraries.

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ICANN Wiki Mural from the San Francisco Meeting

| March 18, 2011 | 2 Comments
ICANN Wiki Mural from the San Francisco Meeting

CANNWiki does a mural for each meeting. Here is the one for the San Francisco meeting. There’s one particular logo in the background that caught our attention! Happy Friday.

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Best Tips & Strategies for Buying and Selling Domains

| February 8, 2011 | 3 Comments
Best Tips & Strategies for Buying and Selling Domains

Buying and Selling Domains – Advice from the Experts

One of the workshop sessions on Day 2 of Domainfest featured a panel of experts who talked about the best tips and strategies for buying and selling domains. Whether you’re a domain investor, buyer or domains are part of your job description, the session was very informative. The panel included Michael Berkens, Larry Fischer, Tessa Holcomb, Jason Miner, and Kathy Nielsen.

Predictions for the Domain Market in 2011: Among the panel, the first prediction for the domain market in 2011 was that it will continue to grow with new players looking at domains for acquisition, monitization or brand building purposes. The second prediction was that the largest domain sale will likely happen this year, perhaps in the $20-$30 million dollar range.

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