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Three-digit .coms fetch high prices

Kevin Murphy, March 11, 2010, Domain Sales

A few short, meaningful, numerical domains have shifted on Sedo today.

Among them is 313.com, which sold for $25,000. Its end-user value mostly likely lies in 313 being the area code for Detroit, a city of almost a million people.

Similarly, 949.com has sold for $13,560. It’s the dialing code for Orange County in Southern California, as well as being used in various radio stations’ frequencies.

Meanwhile, 421.com has sold for 8,955 euros ($12,229).

Oscar winners show desire for .movie

As a bit of a film buff, I’ve always thought the case for a .movie gTLD was a slam-dunk.

I’d really rather see movie posters containing URLs like sherlock.movie rather than sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com.

I thought I’d figure out how many of last night’s Oscar nominees managed to secure movietitle.tld for their official web sites and how many went for other options. (continue reading)

Maybe we should go back to .ARPA?

Kevin Murphy, February 27, 2010, Domain Tech

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

I registered DomainIncite.com today. In less than an hour, I had a fully functioning web site and email account, and my domain was apparently resolvable pretty much everywhere.

That’s pretty impressive speed. Ten years ago, it could have taken 24 hours to achieve the same result.

Care to guess how long it would have taken 25 years ago?
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