Domain Industry Update – Week 11

 Michael Gilmour:  A lot happens in a single week! The data coming through in this video is riveting as it’s likely tantalizingly shows the beginnings of an upwards trend for the normalized RPM across the board. This is all good news for domain investors. I’m beginning to think about what the world is going to look like over the next few months. I do…
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Brandable domain name sales week 20: Tema.com, Raptr.com, MindGlobal.com

 DNGeek.com: GoDaddy Auctions dominates this week’s list and charts five sales in the five-figure range. The top sale, however, goes to DropCatch where Tema.com sold for $ 43,805 in a second auction. The domain name was sold for $ 128,938 on May 13th but the winning bidder did not pay for the auction, and the domain name was […] The pos…
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World’s youngest country launches its Nazi-risk TLD next week

 DomainIncite.com: South Sudan is gearing up to launch its controversial top-level domain, .ss, on Monday. It’s being run by the National Communication Authority for the country, which was founded in 2011 after its split from Sudan and is the world’s youngest nation. As I noted back then, while SS was the natural and obvious choice of [&#82…
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#Sedo #domain sales for the week of May 25, 2020 topped by 6115.com and HOP.in at $50000

 DomainGang.com: Sedo weekly: Top sale is that of 6115.com at $ 50,000 dollars, matched by HOP.in at the same price. Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the week ending on May 25, 2020. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, sponsors of DomainGang. Please read a current […] Copyright D…
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Asking my friend who’s Co-founder of a YC startup last batch some questions this week! Let me know what questions you want me to ask and I’ll post the answers here when he answers!

Im talking to my friend next week who's co-founded multiple companies and went through YC last batch. He is fairly knowledgeable in the startup space, raising capital, and executing on his plans. I have a ton of questions to ask and was wondering if you guys wanted me to ask him some questions too?

Ill write a post revealing what his company is (its a saas product related to helping sales teams) and all the questions he answered 🙂

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This Week in Apps: Facebook takes on Shopify, Tinder considers its future, contact-tracing tech goes live

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $ 120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $ 544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this Extra Crunch series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

This week we’re continuing to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile applications. Notably, we saw the launch of the Apple/Google exposure-notification API with the latest version of iOS out this week. The pandemic is also inspiring other new apps and features, including upcoming additions to Apple’s Schoolwork, which focus on distance learning, as well as Facebook’s new Shops feature designed to help small business shift their operations online in the wake of physical retail closures.

Tinder, meanwhile, seems to be toying with the idea of pivoting to a global friend finder and online hangout in the wake of social distancing, with its test of a feature that allows users to match with others worldwide — meaning, with no intention of in-person dating.

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COVID-19 apps in the news

  • Fitbit app: The fitness tracker app launched a COVID-19 early detection study aimed at determining whether wearables can help detect COVID-19 or the flu. The study will ask volunteers questions about their health, including whether they had COVID-19, then pair that with activity data to see if there are any clues that could be used to build an early warning algorithm of sorts.
  • U.K. contact-tracing app: The app won’t be ready in mid-May as promised, as the government mulls the use of the Apple/Google API. In testing, the existing app drains the phone battery too quickly. In addition, researchers have recently identified seven security flaws in the app, which is currently being trialed on the Isle of Wight.

Apple launches iOS/iPadOS 13.5 with Face ID tweak and contact-tracing API

Apple this week released the latest version of iOS/iPadOS with two new features related to the pandemic. The first is an update to Face ID which will now be able to tell when the user is wearing a mask. In those cases, Face ID will instead switch to the Passcode field so you can type in your code to unlock your phone, or authenticate with apps like the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes and others.

The other new feature is the launch of the exposure-notification API jointly developed by Apple and Google. The API allows for the development of apps from public health organizations and governments that can help determine if someone has been exposed by COVID-19. The apps that support the API have yet to launch, but some 22 countries have requested API access.

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Suggest me Dos And Donts for my Micro SaaS startup to be launched next week?

I am about to launch my micro saas starup next week. I am looking for suggestions based on your experiences on what works and what doesn't work. How to get leads? How do i convert leads? How to cut demo to the purchase cycle? How to launch in international markets? What drives more sale/adoption? What are most effective organic growth techniques? What paid media works best? How do VC look in a SaaS product before funding? When do I learn if my SaaS is a success or failure? What best tools can I use to get better results? Who to hire? How to hire?
Anything that could be valuable for a startup growth that comes from your own "been there done that" or "should have done that" experiences.

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Domain Industry Update – Week 10

 Michael Gilmour:  This week we saw a continuing of the trend that was established in the previous week’s data. Both Google and direct advertisers are beginning to stabilize their payouts with a slight growth in the overall monetization industry compared to the previous week. Earnings per Click and Click Through Rate are doing their regular counter-c…
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#Sedo #domain sales for the week of May 18, 2020 topped by ElectricCar.com at $180000 dollars

 DomainGang.com: Sedo weekly: Top sale is that of ElectricCar.com at $ 180,000 dollars. Welcome to the latest edition of reporting on the Sedo domain sales; this time we cover the week ending on May 18, 2020. This information has been provided by Sedo.com, sponsors of DomainGang. Please read a current notice on the listing ban of Coronavirus […]…
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This Week in Apps: Houseparty battles Messenger, Telegram drops crypto plans, Instagram Lite is gone

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $ 120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $ 544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this Extra Crunch series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

This week we’re continuing to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile applications, including the latest news about COVID-19 apps, Facebook and Houseparty’s battle to dominate the online hangout, the game that everyone’s playing during quarantine, and more. We also look at the new allegations against TikTok, the demise of a popular “Lite” app, new apps offering parental controls, Telegram killing its crypto plans and many other stories, including a hefty load of funding and M&A.

Headlines

Contact tracing and COVID-19 apps in the news 

  • Global: WHO readies its coronavirus app for symptom-checking and possibly contact tracing. A WHO official told Reuters on Friday the new app will ask people about their symptoms and offer guidance on whether they may have COVID-19. Information on testing will be personalized to the user’s country. The organization is considering adding a Bluetooth-based, contact-tracing feature, too. A version of the app will launch globally, but individual countries will be able to use the underlying technology and add features to release their own versions. Engineers from Google and Microsoft have volunteered their time over the past few weeks to develop the app, which is available open-source on GitHub.
  • U.S.: Apple’s COVID-19 app, developed in partnership with the CDC, FEMA and the White House, received its first major update since its March debut. The new version includes recommendations for healthcare workers to align with CDC guidelines, best practices for quarantining if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and new information for pregnancy and newborns.
  • India: New Delhi’s contact-tracing app, Aarogya Setu, has reached 100 million users out of India’s total 450 million smartphone owners in 41 days after its release, despite privacy concerns. The app helps users self-assess if they caught COVID-19 by answering a series of questions and will alert them if they came into contact with someone who’s infected. The app has come under fire for how it stores user location data and logs the details for those reporting symptoms. The app is required to use Indian railways, which has boosted adoption.
  • Iceland: Iceland has one of the most-downloaded contact-tracing apps, with 38% of its population using it. But despite this, the country said it has not been a “game-changer” in terms of tracking the virus and only worked well when coupled with manual contact tracing — meaning phone calls that asked who someone had been in contact with. In addition, the low download rate indicates it may be difficult to get people to use these apps when they launch in larger markets.

Consumer advocacy groups say TikTok is still violating COPPA

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