TUESDAY,28 April 2015 THE DOMAINS
According to the news from Domain.cn on April 28th,welcome to Domain Movers where I detect domain names on the move that have been recently acquired, registered or are simply moving, mainly all by large corporations.
These domain movers are often very early finds and often lead to new brands, services, products and more. Here we go with the latest domain movers, which is STACKED with great domain names!
Say.com has been sold by FUTURE MEDIA ARCHITECTS, INC. to a Carl Ng / Stripes39 according to whois records. Carl owns several other great domain names like Cut.com, Fixer.com, Concept.com and Soda.com to mention a few. I would estimate this domain sale to be at least mid six figures and up!
The Coca-Cola Company has registered the domain name CokeCompass.com to add to its 6,600+ domain portfolio.
HUBSPOT INC. has acquired the domain name GetPrime.com from BuyDomains. The domain had a $2,388 listing price. Hubspot has already launched a landing page on the domain showing “Mettings Unsucked” with the name “Prime” in the header. You can also sign up for the beta program.
Gesture.com a domain name that I reported being sold on January 7, 2015 to an unknown company appears to be getting ready to a launch a website on the domain name. Amazon hosting name servers have been set on the domain but the website doesn’t resolve yet at time of posting other than showing “Hello”. The domain is under whois privacy at Safenames LTD.
Whirlpool Properties, Inc. (Whirlpool) has sold the domain name PerformanceWise.com via Sedo. They had the domain listed and parked with Sedo. The domain sold for $900. Performance-Wise.com did the domain upgrade. The domain name has since transferred out of CSC Corporate Domains to Mesh Digital Limited.
Whirlpool has over 100+ domain names listed for sale at Sedo and I would say GoldRing.com is the most valuable one listed.
Between Maytag and Whirlpool, they own many premium generic domain names like AirConditioners.com, Dishwashers.com, MicrowaveOven.com and WashingMachines.com to mention a few.
AtlasSolutions.com has transferred ownership from Microsoft Corporation to Facebook Inc. Facebook acquired Atlas Solutions from Microsoft in February 2013 and it provides services in online advertising. They do not own the domain Atlas.com, which is owned by NameRights.com.
Microsoft has secured the domain name AzureDNS.com from HugeDomains.com according to whois records.
Google Inc. has revealed they own the domain name MusicKey.net, which they likely acquired on or about November 10, 2014 when the domain went into privacy protection at Dynadot. The domain has since transferred to MarkMonitor and revealed Google as the owners.
Google has yet to secure the MusicKey.com domain name according to whois records which is owned by Weihai Shinyi Trade Co.,Ltd. Google announced in November 2014 the paid subscription for YouTube under the Music Key name.
Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp has acquired the domain name SleepGuru.com. The domain has been under whois privacy since October 16, 2011 but prior to that Gregg Ostrick of GNO, Inc. had owned the domain. The domain has been under privacy protection at GoDaddy since that time and resolved to a default GoDaddy page and has now transferred to MarkMonitor. The domain will likely resolve soon as they have set domain name servers to several hosting providers.
Fox Inc. has acquired the domain name Snowfall.tv . Based on whois history on the domain, it was a “premium” domain and held by the registry prior. Fox does not own Snowfall.com, as that domain is parked and owned by a Richard Merit according to whois records.
Fixya.com has acquired the domain name FixTalk.com. The domain name was parked using SmartName and according to whois records the domain likely sold on February 4, 2015. The domain was registered at Name.com and has since transferred to GoDaddy.
Altria Client Services Inc. (Philip Morris) has obtained the domain names JazzEcigs.com, JazzeCigarette.com, JazzEcigarettes.com and JazzEcigars.com from Lakeport Distributors, Inc. This was a result of trademark issues as stated by the past owners of the domains:
“Name change…When we originally did our Trademark search, we were unaware someone at “Big Tobacco” had secured the name, but was not using it. We were told to “disappear”. We’re allowed to “sell through out current Jazz stock”. Our mistake for not digging deep enough. There you have it.” They have since changed brand / domains to Atomic Dog Vapor.
CabFare.com.au has acquired the domain name CabFare.com from Vertical Axis. The domain was registered April 26, 2001 and has transferred to GoDaddy.
GDRP.com is now showing in whois records as owned by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The domain name had been registered at eNom under whois privacy and redirecting to LuckyAceCasino.com in the past. The domain name is now redirecting to GDHS.de (Goodyear Dunlop Handelssysteme) so the domain name was likely acquired.
Skylark.com has been sold by Telepathy Inc. and the domain has went under whois privacy at GoDaddy. The domain is resolving with the terms “Booking is just the beginning…”. The source code shows LarkTravel.com, which also shows “Skylark” in the heading. Lark.travel is the same site that is on Skylark.com. LarkTravel.com is owned by Ovation Travel Group which is an independently owned travel management company.
Nextdoor.com, Inc. has registered the domain names TheNewWayToNeighbor.com and NewWayToNeighbor.com. Nextdoor.com is a private social network for your neighborhood. On February 9, 2011 according to whois records is when Nextdoor.com was acquired by Nextdoor.com, Inc.
Bayer AG has registered the domain name TonOfCotton.com.
Lilly Korea Ltd / Eli Lilly and Company has registered the domain name LillyDoctor.com. They use Lilly.com as there main domain name.
Varner Retail has acquired the domain name Varner.com. The company is currently using Varner.no as its main domain name. The domain had several movements according to whois records, so the specific date of the purchase is not known. The domain was registered at Moniker under privacy but moved to Uniregistry in September 2014 under privacy. On November 21, 2014 the domain moved to eNom under privacy. 1/1/2015 DNS changed away from DomainNameSales.com to general eNom DNS. So any one of those movements could indicate a sale based on whois records, so if I had to pick a sale date I would go with the November 21, 2014 date. The domain has since transferred to CSC Corporate Domains.
Microsoft who I had mentioned obtained the domain name How-Old.net… have launched a website and is stating “How Old Do I Look” and offering a demo for you to upload a photo and they will guess your age. Not sure what is up with the site, beyond that they are displaying some technology.
Abbott Laboratories has registered the domain name PerfectlySimpleBars.com. Abbott offers a nutrition bar by ZonePerfect under the Perfectly Simple name. They do not own the domain PerfectlySimple.com and use ZonePerfect.com to offer the nutrition bars.
Meetings.com which was acquired by Lexyl Travel Technologies on July 8, 2013 (the domain was listed with Sedo for $300K but I wasn’t able to find what the domain actually sold for) according to whois records has changed hosting on the domain name. Meetings.com is a wholly owned entity of HotelPlanner.com
Security.com which is owned by Computer Associates International (Ca.com) changed hosting providers on the domain and continues to redirect it to its main website and a specific page for “rewrite”.
Game.com, which was sold by Hasbro April 4, 2014 to the owners of 4.cn Hangzhou Duomai E-Commerce Co.,Ltd. for a reported $3.6 Million has finally changed domain name servers to 4.cn as of April 21, 2015. There was likely an agreement in place that the Game.com domain would continue to resolve for Hasbro. The domain name currently does not resolve, nor is it currently listed for sale on 4.cn, so the future of the Game.com domain is currently unknown.
Amazon Technologies has registered the domain name AmazonDashs.com and transferred in AmazonShift.com and AmazonTilt.com to MarkMonitor which were both registered at GoDaddy under privacy protection.
Uber Technologies, Inc. has registered the domain name HyperBahn.com as well as UberSP.com/.net
Novartis AG has registered the domain name WinningForPatients.com
HD.com which is owned by SOJCOM, LLC and the domain had been redirecting to Amazon.com (likely using the affiliate program) has now switched to domain name parking using Rook Media AG DomainSponsor.
Interesting to note: The main domain name used for domain name servers for DomainSponsor, DsRedirection.com is listed for sale at Afternic with a buy it now price of $2,375 and was listed August 28, 2014. Not sure what’s up with that.
Shutterstock Inc owners of Bigstock / Bigstock photo registered a slew of “Bigstock” domain names with Bigstock+Keyword and all .com/.net registrations. They keywords vary but include terms like 4K, affiliate, aftereffect, api, art, background, bundles, coupon, community, logos, icons, music etc. They registered hundreds of domains!
Unknown MarkMonitor client is making a big play on an odd spelling terms Navee or Navie or Nivie or Nievy or Nivee or Nivy or Navee. A lot of domains including the word Tech have been registered, like TechNavee.com/.net and TechNavie.com/.net and terms like TechNeivi.com. They registered the matching domains for each term! The only other connection that I see is HCP in some domains like TechNaveeHCP.com/.net and TechNavieHCP.com/.net. A lot of domain registrations to cover a “sounds like” term. They even registered many Tek domains like TekNeivy.com, TekNievi.com etc. Why go with such a confusing spelling from the start is my question! They are smart to cover bases of misspellings but….
AdSack.com has transferred ownership according to whois records from American Consolidated Media to Gatehouse Media. AMC was acquired by Gatehouse Media in early 2014.
AlJazeera.com has changed registrant details from Aljazeera Network to the generic DNStination Inc. at MarkMonitor. The domain transferred into MarkMonitor from Network Solutions along with AljazeeraSport.com. In 2013 Al Jazeera Media Network acquired Current TV for about $500 Million but none of “current” owned domains are with MarkMonitor.
AljazeeraSport.com is redirecting to BeInSports.net which is using the same name servers as AljazeeraSport.com and Aljazeera.com. BeInSports.net is registered at Network Solutions.
Aljazeera.tv transferred to MarkMonitor on 1/21/2015, AljazeeraSport.net transferred to MarkMonitor on 2/20/2015 so this may simply be related to a consolidation.
Tucows has sold the domain name Buttercup.com to a John Rampton according to whois records. The domain has been registered since June 15, 1996. The domain has transferred from Tucows to GoDaddy. Tucows had the domain listed for sale using DomainNameSales.com. Buttercup.com is redirecting to Buttercups.com.
John had recently purchased Due.com on Flippa for $130,000.
John has also acquired the domain name Bart.com on April 24, 2014 from Claranet Benelux B.V.