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Graphic: Who’s bullish on Bitcoin?

“I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse,”said Robert Metcalfe, the inventor of the ethernet. It’s ego-bruising to be the person who’s wildly wrong about that one prediction, but that hasn’t stopped people making bold bets about the future of Bitcoin. Here are some famous supporters and critics of the digital currency, in this graphic by Andre Gunawan.

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$2.8 million of premium .VIP domains sold in past ten days

MMX reports strong premium sales.


New top level domain company MMX (Minds + Machines) released a statement today about sales of premium domain names in .VIP. According to the statement, the company sold $2.8 million of premium .VIP domains in the past ten days:


Minds + Machines Group Limited (AIM: MMX), one of the world’s leading owners and operators of Internet Top-Level Domains (“TLDs”), is pleased to announce that since the release of its 2017 premium inventory for China in late June 2017, premium sales in excess of $3.4million have been achieved in .vip, of which approximately $2.8million has closed in the last 10 days.


The company will release financial results for the first half of 2017 later this month, and I’m sure it will provide more detail about its .VIP sales.


Source from Domain Name Wire
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The three types of companies at WHD.usa

Here are the types of companies pitching to webhosts.


The show floor at WHD.usa.

I’m writing this from a familiar place for the domain industry: the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. I’m surrounded by the exhibit floor at WHD.usa, a web hosting industry conference put on by the same group that now runs NamesCon (which will be in the same hotel in January).

The majority of companies sponsoring the event fall into three buckets:


Website builders – These companies, including Duda and CM4all, offer website builders for webhosts. Domain registrars and hosts need an easy way for their customers to create websites and become sticky customers. Installing and creating a WordPress site is too technical for many users, and that’s where these companies step in. They offer white label or branded website builders that hosts/registrars offer to their customers. Most of these use a proprietary building platform, but Boldgrid is an example of one that makes it easy to start a WordPress site.


Domain reseller systems – OpenSRS and Enom have a co-branded booth this time around as they are no longer competing with each other after Tucows acquired Enom. InterNetX and Ascio also have booths. .Com registry Verisign is the headline sponsor.


Backup and security – This is a big area. There are spam filtering companies, backup protection, security systems and more. Some of these companies sell directly to end users and others offer their services to hosting companies that, in turn, offer them to their hosting customers.


Of course, these are just the sponsors. Attendees include companies all around the hosting ecosystem including the hosts themselves.


Source from Domain Name Wire
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A big week for end user domain name sales

A six-figure sale leads Sedo’s sales list.


Sedo had a big week for end user domain name sales. I already wrote about Sedo’s biggest end user sale of the past week, It was acquired by a consulting firm called West Monroe Partners. Despite the $275,000 price tag, it was a great value.


Other buyers include a bank, the group behind the SAT, and a toy maker.


Here’s the list of end user domain sales I found:

(You can view previous lists like this here.) $275,000 – West Monroe Partners $28,000 – The domain forwards to, the group behind the SAT and AP tests. $22,500 – An electronics seller that uses the domain name $19,000 – Banco Bonsucesso S/A. It’s a lot shorter than! $10,000 – Kamet Ventures, an insurance technology startup incubator funded by AXA. This might be for one of its new portfolio companies. $8,000 – An artificial intelligence company called Olono has yet to launch, but forwards the domain to $7,800 – Wenzhou Times Co is a Chinese toy maker. $7,000 – Breunig Realty Group in Dallas. Highland Park is an upscale area of Dallas. $5,800 – BYBE Inc., and alcohol marketing company, shortened from $5,000 – Digital marketing company Elevated, which owns It might be for a client or a marketing campaign. EUR 4,900 – The whois record has privacy, but the nameservers switched to This makes me think this will be a new site from Leaf Group, the new name for Demand Media. $4,900 – The domain resolve to a site for Zensi Extracts and says it’s coming soon. $3,999 – SumUp Holdings S.a.r.L, maker of a credit card reader, bought the Japanese country code domain to match its .com. $3,500 – A business coach named Wendy White. EUR 2,990 – The domain is resolving to a Augmented Reality site PrimeLite $2,650 – Wine Marketplace Pty Ltd in Australia. EUR 2,100 – An Italian restaurant banquet center in Dublin, Ohio.


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Bright future for Chinese domain market! Only 54% of China’s population is online!

If you invest in the Chinese domain market, you need to know CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) because it publishes a national survey report twice a year on China’s internet landscape. The latest report — the 40th — was published in July. You can download it in Chinese here.


According to the report, China has 751 million internet users. This represents only 54% of the Chinese population so there is a lot of room for growth. Compare this number with the 323 million population of the entire USA and you can appreciate the sheer size and potential of the Chinese market. This number, coupled with the continued increase in internet-related products and services, means there will be an ever expanding internet economy, which in turn will create more companies and therefore more demand for domain names.


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There are now 5 million websites, growing mostly at double digits over the last 6 years. This number is dwarfed by the estimated 77 million companies in China. This large gap may be due to companies not being online or running their business from ecommerce sites such as, etc. Eventually, these companies will want to move to their own address (domain name) to gain complete control of their business. Therefore, high demand for domain names can be expected to continue.


The report shows that 96% of the internet users go online via their mobile phone. This has significance for domain investors. Whatever you do for the Chinese market, think mobile. Make sure, for example, that the landing page of your domain name for sale is mobile ready. Also, 92% of the internet users use a messaging app as their communication tool, with Wechat and QQ being mentioned as the top ones. If you want to communicate with Chinese buyers, a Chinese messaging app may be your best choice rather than email which is popular in western countries.


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The report highlighted several areas with good growth: ecommerce (online shopping, online food ordering and delivery, travel booking), personal finance, online entertainment (music, video, games etc.), online education, and ridesharing. If you have domain names applicable in these areas, you may want to further explore such selling opportunities in China.


Unfortunately, data on domain names is missing in this latest report for some unknown reason, so I’ll use the one published 6 months ago. As of December 2016, the number of domain names registered in China was 42 million. Growth has been double digits over the last 5 years. Here’s the detailed breakdown: .cn (48.7%), .com (33.9%), .net (3.9%), .中国 (China, 1.1%), .org (0.8%), .biz (0.5%), and .info (0.5%). New extensions were grouped under “Others” so no insight can be obtained.


These numbers tell us that the Chinese market is growing fast, and you want to focus on .cn or .com if you want a large pool of domain buyers. If you invest in .cn domain names, however, understand that you are investing in a country extension which comes with country risks. For example, in 2009 the Chinese government announced a new rule which required registrants to submit personal information and photo identification. This rule especially hurt investors outside China as many simply let their domain names drop.


Finally, I’d like to mention two areas worth watching in China: credit and speculation. When credit becomes widely available and speculation goes mainstream, the domain market will likely explode. So, overall, I see a high-growth market for domain investors.
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Let’s come meet NiceNIC.NET Team (1st Part)

Congratulations to NiceNIC.NET for getting ICANN and HKIRC Registrar accreditations!

And Congratulations to NiceNIC.NET for getting the brand-new version website launched, it’s adaptive to mainsteam PC, mobile phone and tablet.

We much appreciate our customers and resellers for helping the past years be such a constant success, we are really excited about the future.

After the applause and flowers, it is a group of interesting, creative, professional, heartwarming and lovely people, now let’s come meet NiceNIC.NET team:

Zheng Wang

Board Chairman

Zheng Wang is an internet veteran that can date back to 1999, with high reputation and popularity in Chinese Internet

Indutry. Mr. Wang confirmed NiceNIC’s corporate mission a few years ago, it’s “Make NiceNIC be a GREAT INTERNET COMPANY!”.

May Fung

Chief Executive Officer

As NiceNIC’s CEO, May oversees the whole company’s day-to-day operations, as well as NiceNIC’s strategic direction in both Mainland China and Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan’s markets.

Helen Ho

Chief Operation Officer

As NiceNIC.NET’s COO, Helen manages the Hong Kong company’s business operations and channels globally, as well as NiceNIC.NET’s strategic direction in the international market.

You are welcome to check for more information about Helen Ho.

Rav Chan

Chief Technology Officer

Rav Chan has 17+ years’ experience in internet technology, especially on domain name, web hosting/server, website building, APP development at mobile end and API development etc.

Don’t let the title of CTO fool you, Rav Chan has huge interest in fresh and creative stuff, for example cosplay of Micheal Jackson:

Anny Fung

Senior Vice President

As SVP for NiceNIC’s productivity business, Anny leads teams to provide small businesses with tools and services that help them improve marketing force and run their businesses.

Chunling Wong

Chief Customer Officer

Chunling oversees all facets of strategic end-to-end customer relationships, creates programs and promotes consumer-related functions with a unified vision to provide a consistent customer experience and value.

Ping Luk

Chief Hosting Officer

Ping Lu is a talented Chief Officer of Hosting at NiceNIC.NET, he monitors and manages all of NiceNIC’s shared hosting, cloud hosting, dedicated server and web pro services business.

Jing Yin

Chief Design Officer

Jing Yin is famous in Chinese domain industry for her unique aesthetic perspective on website design and product design, also famous for her management ability in technical team.

To be continued … …
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NiceNIC Switch to Hong Kong Registrar Accreditation

Dear Valued Customer,
This is your domain Registrar/Parter of NiceNIC.NET, we sincerely apologize for the trouble and inconvenience that you are undergoing.
You might have noticed the Chinese government’s requirements of real name verification on all gTLDs and new gTLDs including .COM/.NET, .BIZ, INFO, .Mobi etc.:
Verisign signs deal with China’s CNNIC for real name verification
China’s Real Name Verification Requirements Are Finally Enabled for .COM Domains
However, we have lots of customers from outside of mainland China, for example you,  who can’t provide local mainland Chinese materials to match the required real name verification, and are confronted with the situation that your domain names were suspended or will be suspended compulsorily by the Registries.
To cope with the predicament, we applied for another Registrar accreditation with ICANN as of Dec 2016, the application of our new Registrar accreditation was approved by ICANN on 14 June, 2017, the new Registrar is based on our Hong Kong company, also the right company behind our English version website, the full name of our Hong Kong company is NICENIC INTERNATIONAL GROUP CO., LIMITED, the GURID/IANA/RADAR ID of our new Regsitrar is 3765, please refer to

Before we got the new Registrar accreditation, your domain names were registered with our first Registrar, namely GuangDong NaiSiNiKe Information Technology Co Ltd, a mainland China company. In the next few days, we will complete the new registrar’s .com/.net, .org, .biz, .info, .mobi etc domain names’ OTE testing. Now, we request you to transfer the suspended domain names to our new Registrar to keep off the real name verification and domain suspension. When we complete the OTE testing, we will inform you again if you permit.
The domain transfers would be instant and very convenient, but per ICANN’s policy, you would be required to pay for one-year renewal fee, the transfer process is same as usual way, please visit
If we can figure out better solutions to solve the issue and not let you transfer and renew domain names, we will do. Unfortunately, we are very sorry that we can’t find a better solution.
Your patience, understanding and support will be greatly appreciated.
Kindest regards,
Cici Leung
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