360.com Sold for $17 Million

I normally don’t write about domain sales data, but this one was a record-breaker so I couldn’t resist. 360.com was recently sold for $17 million by Vodafone to a Chinese company called Qihoo Technology. This breaks the previous record of the most expensive domain name,…
Namecheap’s Move Your Domain Day 2015

I’m all for supporting good causes, so I wanted to share info on the annual Move Your Domain Day promo from Namecheap. Move Your Domain Day was launched in 2011 by Namecheap to support Internet freedom and online privacy for all. MYDD is a win-win-win…
Google Domains is Now Available to the US Public

As you may know, Google officially launched it’s Google Domains registration service last year to a limited group of people by invitation only. On January 13th, Google announced that they would be removing the invitation-only requirement for US residents. So this means that residents of the US can…
Keep Your Whois Data (Email) Updated

I normally don’t get too deep into ICANN rules and regulations, but this new update is something that may affect many of us that own domain names. ICANN recently adopted a new rule that says registars are required to deactivate any domain name within 15…
Agreed.com Acquired by Escrow.com

Today, Escrow.com put out a press release announcing their acquisition of a small competitor called Agreed.com. This deal merges the biggest online escrow company in the world with one of the youngest domain escrow companies to hit the market. Escrow.com was founded in 1999 and…
Google Introduces Domain Registration Service

Google is shaking up the domain industry with their latest announcement. It was only a matter of time before Google got into the domain business. They’re into everything else! A couple of days ago, Google quietly announced that it would be offering domain registration services…
Rook Media Acquires DomainSponsor

Yesterday, Rook Media confirmed that it acquired DomainSponsor from Oversee.net. This is big news considering that Rook Media is the largest domain parking company in Europe and DomainSponsor being the largest domain parking company in the US. According to some domaining experts, this was a good…
The Domain Industry is Going Strong

The domain industry is going strong and there is no sign of slowing down. In fact, in the latest gTLD report released by ICANN (December 2013), all the gTLDs have gained in terms of registrations. Also, according to Verisign, worldwide registrations have grown by 18.5…
New Domain Name Extensions (gTLDs) Coming Soon

In 2011, ICANN, the organization that governs the domain name industry, decided to introduce over a thousand new gTLDs (generic top-level domain names). To date, there has been over 1,900 applications submitted for new gTLDs. ICANN is still in the process of reviewing and processing…
GoDaddy Acquires Afternic, SmartName and NameFind

Have you heard? GoDaddy just acquired some big players in the domain industry. The sale includes Afternic, SmartName and NameFind – all owned by NameMedia. NameMedia will hold onto BuyDomains. This marks one of the most significant acquisitions in domaining history. For more details, check…