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In the matter relating to O.COM, I've focused on the fact that VeriSign has — in correspondence to the organization that is counter-party to its .COM and transliterated .COM IDN Registry Agreements, in earnings calls with its investors and financial analysts, and in policy published on its website for every innocent and unsuspecting Tom, Dick, [...] Continue reading
Sedo released their weekly sales and Yotta.com led the way at $100,000. Yotta is the largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system, denoting a factor of 10 or 1000000000000000000000000. EndlessSummer.com sold for $20,000 to take second place. eCommerce.co sold for 15,000 Euros, ($16,736). 42 .com sales 18 cctld sales 5 other tld sales From [...] Continue reading
Editor’s note: this post is by Nat Cohen. I am publishing it because he provides a rich context for ICANN’s proposal to remove price restrictions on .org domain names. Any opinions in this post are those of the author. Logo for the Internet Society, which benefits from registrations of .org domain names. ICANN awarded the [...] Continue reading
.ORG domains may end up costing a lot more money if an ICANN proposal to allow unlimited increases passes. Time is running out for registrants to object. [...] Continue reading
I was the underbidder in the VidaliaOnions.com auction in November of 2014. My maximum bid was $2,121, and the winning bid was $2,200. Fortunately, Peter Askew won the auction, and he has since become the “Vidalia Man.” He described how he got there in a great article that he published that made its way to [...] Continue reading
A look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the domain auction list posted on April 23, 2019. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve. I’m only showing where [...] Continue reading
The internet started to take on momentum in the 1990s. At that time many analysts, myself included, marveled at the opportunity of creating a platform that would boost grassroot democracy. There was no need for a middleman and there were few barriers to ordinary people becoming involved. This included organizing groups, discussions and events, sharing [...] Continue reading