Archive for China Domain News

BigRock.com: India Accounts For 4% of All Domain Registrations; China 20-22%

MONDAY,1 JUNE 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain Forum of China on June 1st, average monthly domain name registrations in India has more than doubled to 4% of all global registrations, citing figures from web-hosting company BigRock.

China, accounts for 20-22%t of monthly new domain name registrations globally.

BigRock hosts websites for Warner Brothers, Fiat India, Adidas, Yatra.com, HP Gas, Star Network, and Kotak Securities, among others and competes with larger players like GoDaddy, HostGator and Net4India.

There are now 232 million Internet users in India, which is growing over 37% per year and 65% of India users access the Internet from mobile phones.

Enom.com Informs Customers of “Very Sophisticated Attack” But No Domains Were Stolen

FRIDAY,22 May 2015  The Domains
According to the news from Domain.cn on May 22th,in an email to tonight from Taryn Naidu CEO of Enom.com told its customers that they “recently became the subject of what appears to be a very sophisticated attack by a group that targets large internet infrastructure companies. Within hours of this attack, we were in contact with federal law enforcement and the affected parties. This attack hijacked the DNS traffic of 4 domains for a very short period of time before we mitigated the situation.”

“You have not been impacted by this incident and you are not required to take any action to ensure your future security.”

“However, in an effort to continue to strive for transparency and best in class services, I wanted to inform you of this unfortunate situation.”

“To be clear, no domain names were stolen, and after exhaustive analysis, with the exception of the DNS of the domains specifically targeted, we do not have any evidence or reason to believe that these malicious actors accessed any customer accounts, customer personal information, or any of Enom’s secured and encrypted data.”

“Your security is a leading priority at Enom and we continue to work both with federal law enforcement and industry leading security forensic companies to protect your online presence.

I know you trust Enom with your domain names and services and we take this responsibility very seriously. We appreciate your business and you have our commitment to continue to do what it takes to protect your assets.”

China Dominates 7 Out of Top 10 Trending Keyword Registrations For .Com Domains In March

THURSDAY,16 April 2015   THE DOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on April 16th,Verisign’s has posted the top 10 trending keywords registered in .COM and .NET for the month of March

The word “China” was the top trending keyword for both .com and .net registrations in March.

The next three most trending terms in .Com were also Chinese words.

So the top 4 keywords registered in .Com were Chinese and 7 of the top 10.

Only appliance, Guys and Rehab were non-Chinese words (including China)

Certainly further proof buyers from China are moving the domain market and aftermarket

Here are the trending registrations from March for .Com and .Net

Another Blockbuster Sale: Vodafone Sells 360.com to 360.cn; The 49th Most Visited Site On The Internet

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WEDSDAY,4 February 2015   THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on February 4th, in what appears to be another blockbuster domain sale in two days, publicly traded Vodafone Group (Nasdaq:VOD) has sold the domain name 360.com to the company that operates 360.cn.

The domain transfer took place today.

360.cn is ranked by Alexa as the 49th most visited site on the internet worldwide and the 9th most visited site in China.

360.com gives 360.cn the ability to go global and like JD.com which went public last year give the site a reach well beyond China.

The fact that the domain was owned by Vodafone, a public company with a market cap of $96 Billion indicates to me that the sale,  which has not been announced yet is definitely, in my opinion and 7 figure sale and we would not be surprised at all if the price paid by 360.cn was higher than the $8.9 Million dollar sale of Porno.com that we announced yesterday.

The domain space is red hot as companies are finally waking up to the fact that they NEED certain .Com domains moving forward.

Good news for everyone in the space and we will let you know if there is any announcement.

Domaining.com is for Sale!

WEDSDAY,7 January 2015 Domain Forum of China

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on January 7th, Francois the owner of domaining.com sent email to Wang king to tell him the intention of selling the domain name of domaining.com publicly. The following is the details of the email:

Hello,
If you missed the last newsletter issue, I decided to sell the Domaining.com domain and site to fund my next service: PROOF.com
If you are interested to acquire this established brand just post your best private offer.
5 years seller financing payment plan will be accepted.

Happy New Year again!

Francois

Goojie.com purchases tiexin.com for ¥380,000 RMB

THURSDAY,18 DECEMBER 2014 DOMAINCOM

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 18th, Goojie.com became famous by imitating Google many years ago who purchase tiexin.com from the cofounder–Jundu of huobi.com. Before establishing the huobi.com, Jundu had been a famous domain investor. It is reported that tinxin.com was sode for ¥380,000 RMB and the purpose of this domain hasn’t been known yet.

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Based on the Whois information, tiexin.com was registered in 2006 which is a Chinese binary syllabification that can be applied to the O2O sectors so as to be competitive in service quality.

 

.XYZ Is The 1st New gTLD To Break 750,000 Registered Domains

WEDNESDAY,17 DECEMBER 2014 THEDOMAINS

According to the news from Domain.cn 1(1)on December 17th, .XYZ has become the first new gTLD to break through the 750,000 mark for domain name registrations.

According to the .XYZ registry the number of registered domain names is 750,073

The 750,000th domain name to be registered was Chez.XYZ that was registered today at the domain name registrar Gandi.net.

We at TheDomains.com were the first to figure out that NetworkSolutions,  which is  part of the Web.com group (WWWW), were stuffing free .XYZ domain names into customer’s accounts when the extension first launched.

However the number of .XYZ domain names registered at Network Solutions currently sits at 376,612 and has been stalled at that level for a few months, so within a matter of  hours or days the percentage of .XYZ  domain name registered at Network Solutions will fall below 50%.

.XYZ is closing in on a legacy domain extension, .Mobi which sits around 830,000 registrations.

With the total number  of new gTLD registrations sitting around 3.5 Million that means that over 20% of all new gTLD registrations are .XYZ domain names.

You may love it or hate it but you can’t ignore it.

Even backing out all the “free” Network Solutions registrations .XYZ would have 350,000 registrations more than twice the number of domain names registrations under the second most registered new gTLD extension .Berlin (which also offered free registrations).

.XYZ didn’t launch until June 2nd of this year which is several months after the first new gTLD’s launched.

A lot of .XYZ registrations are coming from the Asian Market.

.XYZ has over 186,000 registrations from Xin Net in China and is featured on its home page:

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The second most registered new gTLD after .XYZ  at Xin Net is .Wang with under 8,000 registrations

.XYZ is also featured on the home page of onamae.com a large Japanese registrar which is owned and operated by GMO, group, has registered over 77,000 .XYZ domain names.

The next most registered new gTLD at  onamae.com is .Tokyo, with over 26,000 registrations:

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Yes .XYZ is a very low priced, new gTLD extension, but there is obviously a market for it.

Congrats to .XYZ for hitting 750,000 domain name registrations.

 

16 Year Old Domain TVBS.com Lost in UDRP.

FRIDAY,12 DECEMBER 2014 the DOMAINS

According to the news from English.domain.cn 1(1)on December 12th,TVBS.com, a domain name registered on April 20, 1998 has been ordered transferred to a trademark holder in a UDRP decision handed down by the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center (“ADNDRC”).

Some of the language in the decision is troubling as is the failure of the panel to even consider or discuss the legal concept of latches due to the 16 year delay in taking action.

The Complainant is the TVB, Television Broadcasts Limited (listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited), commonly known as TVB, was established on 19 November 1967 and is the first wireless commercial television station in Hong Kong.

They own the domain name TVB.com which was first registered in 1999.

“Headquarters in Hong Kong, TVB provides round-the-clock entertainment channels and news service to over 7 million Hong Kong viewers and operates an international licensing and distribution business.”

While the Respondents did not submit a formal Response to the Complaint but did sent an email to the panel, which the panel discusses below but did not treat as a response.

What the panel did not consider at all or even discuss, is the 16 year delay from the time the domain name was registered to the time the trademark holder “discovered” this domain name TVBS.com has been registered.

Laches is apparently not a term or concept that is used or understood in Asia or at least by this panelist.

The panelist did however accept the trademark holders argument that moving the domain name recently to Privacy was a huge indication of bad faith of the domain holder saying:

“Obviously, the First Respondent tried to use this means to hide its name from being disclosed to the public, which suggests a highly suspect motive. It is not the way a legitimate business would operate

Here is what the trademark holder had to say:

“TVB happened to become aware that an entity named “Shen, Ying-Wei (The Vacation Bacchic Studio)”, had registered the Disputed Domain Name on April, 20, 1998.

By conducting a WHOIS search, it was discovered that the First Respondent was located in Taoyuan County, Taiwan.

Apparently, the First Respondent is an organization or an individual located in Taiwan.

Furthermore, the registration of the Disputed Domain Name http://www.tvbs.com has been changed to a company named “PERFECT PRIVACY, LLC”, which provides domain name holders with a privacy service to conceal the registrant’s real name from the public.

Obviously, the First Respondent tried to use this means to hide its name from being disclosed to the public, which suggests a highly suspect motive. It is not the way a legitimate business would operate.”

In addition, TVB has already obtained the registry of tvbs.com.tw (registered in 1997).

TVB obtained the trademark registrations of TVBS prior to the date of April 20, 1998 which the Respondent registered the domain name tvbs.com

“The Disputed Domain Name does not appear to be in use for any bona fide offering of goods or services or to have been established in anticipation for such use, and there is no indication that the Respondents were known by the name “TVBS” prior to the registration of the domain name.

Here is what the panelist had to say:

“The Panelist has carefully considered the representations contained in Ying-Wei “Gary” Shen’s 20 November 2014, reply email to the ADNDRC, and finds them to be misleading and false, particularly when viewed against the robust and highly persuasive documentary evidence adduced by the Complainant. Furthermore, the First Respondent’s assertion that it is not bound to comply with the URDP dispute resolution procedure, because the domain was registered on 20 April 1998, which was “before the [UDRP rules and] policy was adopted: August 26, 1999″, is without merit.”

The Registrar’s 14 November 2014 email to the ADNDRC expressly states: “We confirm that the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy applies to the tvbs.com domain name”. That this is true, and that this Panel has jurisdiction over this dispute, is apparent from the terms of the service agreement found on the Registrar’s public website, which reads (in relevant part):

“12. MODIFICATIONS TO AGREEMENT. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, you agree during the term of this Agreement, that we may: (1) revise the terms and conditions of this Agreement; and/or (2) change part of the Services provided under this Agreement at any time. Any such revision or change will be binding and effective after posting of the revised Agreement or change to the service(s) on Network Solutions Websites, or upon notification to you by email or United States mail. You agree to periodically review our Websites, including the current version of this Agreement available on our Websites, to be aware of any such revisions. If you do not agree with any revision to the Agreement, you may terminate this Agreement at any time by providing us with notice. Notice of your tennination will be effective on receipt and processing by us. Any fees paid by you if you terminate your Agreement with us are nonrefundable, except as expressly noted otherwise in one or more of the Schedules to this Agreement, but you will not incur any additional fees. By continuing to use Network Solutions Services after any revision to this Agreement or change in service(s), you agree to abide by and be bound by any such revisions or changes. Weare not bound by nor should you rely on any representation by (i) any agent, representative or employee of any third party that you may use to apply for our services; or in (ii) information posted on our Website of a general informational nature. No employee, contractor, agent or representative of Network Solutions is authorized to alter or amend the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

22. AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND. By applying for a Network Solutions service(s) through our online application process or otherwise, or by using the service(s) provided by Network Solutions under this Agreement, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by all terms and conditions of this Agreement and documents incorporated by reference”.

That is, upon registering the Disputed Domain Name, the First Respondent became bound by the terms of the (on line) service agreement with the Registrar. Pursuant to that agreement, the First Respondent agreed that the terms of the service agreement would be changed from time to time by the Registrar; that such changes would become binding on the First Respondent upon posting on the Network Solutions Websites; and that the First Respondent’s continuing use of the domain name would evidence the First Respondent’s agreement to be bound by such new or different terms.

Furthermore, the fact that the First Respondent employed the Second Respondent as its agent in relation to the Disputed Domain Name provides no defense. Paragraph 14 of the Registrar’s service agreement provides:

“14. AGENTS. You agree that, if your agent, (e.g., your PrimalY Contact or Account Administrative Contact, Intemet Service Provider, employee) purchased our service(s) on your behalf, you are nonetheless bound as a principal by all terms and conditions herein, including the domain name dispute policy. Your continued use of our services ratifies any unauthorized actions of your agent. By using your login name, account number or password, or otherwise purporting to act on your behalf, your agent certifies that he or she is authorized to apply for our services on your behalf, that he or she is authorized to bind you to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, that he or she has apprised you of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and that he or she is otherwise authorized to act on your behalf. In addition, you are responsible for any errors made by your agent”.

That is, even assuming that the First Respondent’s lack of awareness or understanding of its obligations under its service agreement with the Registrar resulted from some failure or defalcation on the part of its agent, the Second Respondent, this provides no defense to the First Respondent, who remains bound by the service agreement, including the obligation to be bound by the UDRP, as amended by the Registrar from time to time.

7. Decision

The Complainant having established all three elements required under the ICANN Policy, the Panel concludes that relief should be granted. Accordingly, it is ordered that the <tvbs.com

 

 

Binary Syllabification Domain–Jiaocai.com Sold Up To Nearly 400,000 Yuan

FRIDAY,12 DECEMBER 2014 DOMAIN.CN

According to the news from English.domain.cn on 1(1)December 12th, Jiaocai.com(“教材” in Chinese) was auctioned for 39,9999 Yuan on a domestic transaction platform and the buyer is the well-known domain investor Zhenxuan Huang.

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The Whois of Jiaocai.com

Based on the Whois information, jiaocai.com was registered in 2000, and there was information changing on November 27th this year which was renewed to February in 2017. Jiaocai.com has the meaning of “教材、脚踩、浇菜、叫菜”which can be used for establishing education site,downloading textbook site,take-away site and so on.

 

Niaobushi.com is said to be sold for hundreds of thousands of yuan

THURSDAY,11 DECEMBER 2014  Domain Forum of China

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on December 11th, the domain owner-Jianfeng Jin sold niaobushi.com which has the meaning of “尿不湿” in Chinese suitable for diaper products. The special selling website of “尿布师” earlier before obtained millions and millions angel financing and they have enabled niaobushi360.com. After the financing, the domain holder of niaobushi.com has received lots of offers and it is estimated that these offers are all because of “尿不湿”. Additionally, Jianfeng Jin once also the holder of mote.com、niunai.com and he still possesses shipin.com(视频)、kongjian.com(空间).