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Domain registration service Rightside spins off from Demand Media, trading on Nasdaq under ticker ‘NAME’

Meet the latest publicly-traded company from the Seattle area. Kirkland-based Rightside Group, a domain name service, today completed a spin off from Demand Media Inc. Shares started trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker “NAME,” with the stock now at $15.48. “Today’s milestone is a tribute to our team’s vision, ingenuity and commitment to making… Read More


Donuts continues Internet land grab, launching .fail, .toys, .WTF and other domains

Want to register tech.expert? It could be available for purchase on May 7. Donuts, the Bellevue-based domain name registrar, is continuing the rapid expansion of its portfolio of new top-level domains (TLDs) this month by making 13 new swaths of web property available to interested buyers, including .expert, .foundation, .cruises and .condos. In addition to… Read More


Way beyond dot-com: New era begins with orders for .menu, .luxury and other ‘gTLDs’

Can’t get your favorite dot-com address? GoDaddy announced today that it will start taking pre-registrations for a quartet of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that will become available early next year. GoDaddy says it’s the first domain registrar to offer pre-registration for gTLDs — launching the market for what amounts to new real estate on the… Read More

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Microsoft, Expedia, others file complaint over Google’s domain name ‘land grab’

Fairsearch.org, a lobbying group whose backers include Microsoft, Expedia, TripAdvisor and Nokia, has filed objections over Google’s attempts to take control of genric top-level domains such as .search, .fly, .map and more than 100 other extensions. Calling it a domain name “land grab,” Farisearch argues in its complaint to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and… Read More


Domain purchase fuels speculation of Microsoft-Sony partnership

Earlier today, we told you about Microsoft’s leak of the Web site Socl.com, which caused all sorts of chatter about the company’s upcoming efforts in social search. But now another domain name purchase by the software giant is fueling a frenzy. Microsoft has purchased the domain names microsoft-sony.com and sony-microsoft.com, according to WinRumors. What does… Read More


Marchex sells Foodie.com to Glam Media’s Samir Arora

Prior to getting into the call advertising business, Marchex was a big acquirer of domain names. But that’s no longer the Seattle company’s focus. And, as a result, the Russ Horowitz-led advertising company continues to sell off its old portfolio. One of those transactions occurred last week, and it was a big one. Marchex spokesman… Read More


Why Microsoft is paying $7.5M for 600,000 IP addresses

Microsoft is dropping more than a few jaws with the news that it’s spending $7.5 million to acquire 666,624 IP addresses, the behind-the-scenes routing numbers associated with specific devices connected to the Internet. The deal emerged from Nortel Networks’ bankruptcy proceedings. Here’s the word from Dayne Sampson, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Global Foundation… Read More