Welcome to Domain Movers. DotWeekly keeps track of corporate domain name transactions and reports the early findings to you. The follow is a mere sample of daily activity that takes place. I try to find a medium of what to share and what I do not include but be sure to know that there are A LOT more movements, registrations etc every day by companies.
Here are the latest:
The Huffington Post has done a rebrand and shortened up its domain name to HuffPost.com. They have owned the domain name for many years, which has been registered since 2005. I personally do not like the rebrand and something like Huffington or simply Huff may have been better. They were using HuffingtonPost.com prior.
Ousted Fox News Bill O’Reilly launches his own podcast via BillOreilly.com. To note, Fox News registered the domain name in 1999 and held the registrant details of The O’Reilly Factor at that time with a FoxNews.com email address. The domain then switched to Bill Me, Inc. for a couple of years. At some point in 2003, FoxNews.com was removed in the registrants email and switching to a BillOreilly.com email address.
Often times, it is in question of who owns the domain name in situations like this, as well as social media accounts.
OptionB.org, the domain name behind Sheryl Sandberg’s new book called Option B was acquired via Afternic. The domain appeared to be owned by Web.com’s arm New Ventures Services Corp after expiring in 2015. Dave Goldberg passed away May 1, 2015. OptionB.org was acquired about July 21, 2015. The .com domain name, OptionB.com was acquired almost 1 year later than the .org on July 15, 2016 and moved to whois privacy protection at Name.com, also where the .org is housed. OptionB.com wisely redirects to OptionB.org and both domains IMO are required as many will type OptionB.com instead of the .org.
Dave.com has been acquired by September 2016 Fintech startup and just secured $3M in funding. The domain name came out of whois privacy protection on March 10, 2017 displaying Jason Wilk, CEO of Dave.com and was the likely time it was acquired. Really great domain name and pretty cool brand to boot! You can’t forget that one! The service helps prevent overdraft fees and is back by Mark Cuban. You can read more about Dave.com in this TechCrunch article.
Morton Salt, Inc. registered MortonWaterSoftener.com and MortonWaterSofteners.com adding to the other 97 domain names they own.
General Motors LLC registered 3 of its brands with the term Market after the brand name, ChevroletMarket.com, BuickMarket.com and CadillacMarket.com
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM.com) has registered the recently expired domain SnackCycle.com
Joel Runyon has acquired PushYourLimits.com out of GoDaddy’s NameFind Division. Joel is a reader of DotWeekly, and founder of ImpossibleHQ.com, which uses the tag line: Push Your Limits. Do Something Impossible. Congrats Joel!
Sears Brands LLC, registered several “GarageHead” domain names with terms after it like: Club, DIY, Life and Pro, as well as GarageHeadz.com
Bauer Hockey, Inc. has acquired BECinc.com. The domain name held a $1,000 offering price on a for sale lander
McDonald’s Corporation registered McdFrork.com. Not sure what a Frork is but that was the way the domain was spelled.
General Mills Inc. registered TheRealGushers.com. They also own “the best domain”, Gushers.com (and have for a long time) which is redirected to the fruit snacks product list for General Mills. The original name of the fruit snacks were simply “Gushers” but the term Fruit was added. General Mills also owns that term as a domain, FruitGushers.com.
EchoLook.com has been sold by HugeDomains. The domain appeared to hold a $1,495 buy now price. EchoLook.net was just registered, by Amazon. So there is potential that the buyers of the .com were Amazon but the domain sits under whois privacy currently. Since Amazon has the Echo already, my guess is the Echo Look is a next version of some sorts? Amazon has so many domain names, it’s crazy (40,000+ and they register domains related to almost everything they announce, which seems to be daily)!
NewsIQ.net, NewsIQAds.com and NewsIQPlatform.com were all registered by a currently unknown MarkMonitor client. NewsIQ.com is for sale currently on the Uniregistry system.
CloudIsland.com has been acquired by domain buyer service Marksmen for a currently unknown client but has transferred into CSC Corporate Domains.
Masking.com has been acquired by a Ruth Moore, who appears to be connected to Disrupt Inc. The domain name acquired via Sedo. The domain held a $8,500 buy now at Afternic, so it likely sold for that amount or around that.