Archives for April 2011

DC Poker: The next big thing in online poker was registered by Dutch Boyd

By now, news of the shutdown of three of the biggest online poker sites (Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and Absolute Poker) has spread across the globe.  But across the United States, people are talking about the District of Columbia becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to permit online … [Read more...]

Will Zynga release “Farmville Express”? Company registers, domain names

Social gaming giant Zynga has registered the domain names and through MarkMonitor, its registrar of choice.  Both domains were registered earlier this week on April 20 following a story that appeared on Farmville Freak that discussed a survey sent out by … [Read more...]

Zynga trademark application for the term ‘patentville’ prompts owner of domain name to launch website

Zynga's recent European trademark application for the term 'patentville' appears to have prompted the owner of the domain to take notice.  On April 14, a day after my story ran on, the popular domain news aggregator, went from a parked page at Sedo to an … [Read more...]

Scott Day’s Digimedia updates website, showcases generic domain names

It's been years since Digimedia has updated its website, but the company that was founded in 1997 by watermelon farmer Scott Day has a new look. And the company not only has a new website, but also a new slogan to go with its longstanding slogan --- "Developing places people want to go." "We … [Read more...]

MindJolt acquires Bill Kara’s Hallpass Media: What you may not know

Like many a domainer, I've been keeping up on Bill Kara and Hallpass Media since he made news by purchasing the domain name for $350,000.  Over the past year, his company has kept busy with a series of launches including,, and … [Read more...]

Six-figure domain name expires, is pending renewal or deletion

The screenshot you're looking at is actually a screenshot of the home page, taken from 2008 and was captured by DomainTools Screenshot History.  Up until April 11, 2011, the domain name had been registered to a Brenda Thornburg.  That's all changed. Today, is … [Read more...]

Flippa’s biggest officially reported sale ever at $400,000, back up for sale at auction site which sold for a reported $400,000 in 2010 and became Flippa's biggest-ever sale at the time, is back up for auction on the website/domain marketplace and drawing skeptical comments from users.  "You have bought the website for more than 400K, and now the bid starts at 150K ?", commented … [Read more...]

Zynga applies for a trademark on the word: Patentville

If you thought Zynga's trademark application for ville was the last of Zynga's interesting European trademark applications, think again. This week the gaming company filed for a trademark on the word "Patentville", with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official … [Read more...]

Black Friday 2011: Frank Schilling’s NAMedia versus Kevin Ham’s Reinvent

The competition for Black Friday is heating up between Kevin Ham and Frank Schilling, and there's still more than 200 days left before the day that will kick off the 2011 Holiday shopping season. Yesterday, Frank Schilling's NAMedia launched Black Friday Sales - - a domain … [Read more...]

Newly registered domain names good enough for The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Daily Deal website

The domain name is 18 characters long, cost around $10, and was created on April 8, 2011, but it's still good enough for The San Diego Union-Tribune. was one of many domain names hand-registered this week by The San Diego Union-Tribune, which launched its Daily Deal … [Read more...]