JD.Com Domain Name Sold for $5 Million in 2012

According to George Kirikos, the domain name JD.com sold for an estimated $5 million in 2012. Mr. Kirikos was browsing through EDGAR, and was able to discover that their SEC filing referenced domain names. Looking at the recorded public data, he was able to concur that the amount paid for domain names rose from 2.6 million RMB to 36 million RMB as of December 2012.


Here’s what Mr. Kirikos told me: [Read more...]

Facebook Recognizes New gTLDs in Facebook Posts

After seeing that Twitter doesn’t actually recognize the new gTLDs as real links in Tweets, I was curious to see whether or not Facebook recognizes the new gTLDs as links in posts. If you were to include the URL of a new website that you just put up on a new gTLD, then would Facebook include that URL in the post and change it so it’s a clickable link? [Read more...]

Google Plus Recognizes new gTLDs as Links in Posts

I was curious to see whether or not Google Plus actually recognizes the new gTLDs as links in posts. If you were to include the URL of a new website that you just put up on a new gTLD, then would Google Plus include that URL in the post and change it so it’s a clickable link?


Well, I made a post with a list of URLs of 14 of the new gTLDs that are now available to the public for registration, and I am happy to report that Google Plus actually recognizes them. That’s good news.

Well, notsomuch for Twitter.

Twitter does not recognize the new gTLDs, and therefore doesn’t change URLs that include them into clickable links.

Facebook recognizes the new gTLDs, though, as well.

Apple Continues to Register Mystery Domain Names

A few days ago, I uncovered the fact that Apple owns a bunch of mysterious domain names, most of which are resolving to a default Linux setup page on Amazon’s cloud.


But today, after I reported that one of these mysterious domain names, trollqtkhoverlaysbynk.biz, was registered and then deleted, was just re-registered yesterday. [Read more...]

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is Now Called Globe Life Park in Arlington

The Texas Rangers baseball team has reached a naming-rights deal for the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will now be called Globe Life Park in Arlington. Globe Life is based in McKinney Texas.

globe life park

Back in 2004, the Texas Rangers sold the naming rights to a company called Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and renamed what was then The Ballpark in Arlington to Ameriquest Field in 2004. [Read more...]

Apple Owns Mystery Domains, Hosted on Amazon Cloud Server

While doing some digging around today, I noticed that Apple, Inc. owns a bunch of nonsensical domain names that use Apple’s own DNS, but are hosted on Amazon’s cloud server. These domains continue to be registered on a regular basis, some as late as last week. And they’ve been buying these nonsensical domain names and setting up web hosting for at least 6 months now. I’m not sure what they’re up to, and it could be just them testing. But whatever it is, it doesn’t make much sense as of now.


On January 29, 2014, Apple registered two different domain names that appear to make no sense (at least to me): [Read more...]

List of New gTLDs – New Domain Names Coming Soon

Very soon there will be a lot more choices when it comes to registering and owning a domain name. We’ve all be used to using .com, .net, and .org as TLDs (Top Level Domains) but there are actually are a lot more, including .travel, .biz, .info, and even the ccTLDs (Country Code TLDs), such as .ca for Canada and .co.uk for the United Kingdom.

.XYZ is one of the new gTLDs that’s coming soon.

Well, there are several hundred new gTLDs coming (Generic TLDs) and you’ll soon be able to have a lot more choices. Some say that this is going to be a good thing, while others are not so sure. Will adding hundreds of new options suddenly make the prices of .COMs go up or down? There has been a big debate in the domain industry going on, and I recently covered the Namescon conference recently held in Las Vegas that I attended.

Here is a list of the new gTLDs that will soon be available. In order to purchase one or pre-order a name, you can go to a registrar like Namecheap or Godaddy. Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry will soon be offering domain names, as well.


Network Solutions Auto Enrolls Customer in WebLock Program, To Tune of $1,850

Network Solutions has auto-enrolled one of their customers in some sort of new “WebLock” program, and will soon charge his credit card $1850. Furthermore, this is a program where the customer is auto-enrolled in the program. They have to call Network Solutions in order to opt out of the program, thus not be auto-charged $1,850. This is for two domain names that the customer owns.

Brent Simmons received an email from Network Solutions: [Read more...]