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15+ New Spam Emails, 9 Robocalls, 6 Spam texts within 24 hours of registering a domain

Guy who registers domain name gets an unpleasant surprise. A GoDaddy customer posted this complaint on GoDaddy’s community forums yesterday. I’m posting it in its entirety with my annotations. GoDaddy FAIL!!!!!! – Bought A Domain And In 24hrs – 15+ New Spam Emails – 9 Robocalls – 6 Spam SMS’s This is not the first […]

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GoDaddy to start masking some Whois data through Port 43

Masking should limit phone calls, texts and emails based on Whois information. GoDaddy sent a notice to customers today notifying them that it will start masking some Whois data when it is requested through Port 43 Whois lookups. Port 43 is often used for bulk Whois lookups and is how many of the Whois spammers […]

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#2 in 2017: GoDaddy and Uniregistry fight over new TLD prices

This is the ninth in a series covering the top stories on DNW in 2017, as ranked by pageviews. The #4 story in 2017 was about Frank Schilling’s capitulation on his forecast for new top level domains and his decision to drastically increase prices on many of his TLDs. I’ve decided to separate the ensuing […]

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#9 of 2017: GoDaddy gobbles up more domain name portfolios

This is the second in a series covering the top stories on DNW in 2017, as ranked by pageviews. In April 2015 GoDaddy made waves when it acquired Marchex’s domain name portfolio for $28 million. The registrar, which helps domain investors buy and sell domain names, was suddenly a domain investor itself. And it was […]

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#10 of 2017: Daily Stormer and the role of domain name registrars

This is the first of ten posts counting down the top 10 stories on Domain Name Wire in 2017, as ranked by pageviews. What is the role of a domain name registrar when it comes to the content of a website? The common answer was tested in 2017. Traditionally, domain name registrars have tried to […]

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Thousands download fake GoDaddy app in Google Play store

GoDaddy is suing unknown creator of fake GoDaddy app. A fake GoDaddy app was available in the Google Play store earlier this month and GoDaddy believes that thousands of people downloaded the app. The app, called GoDaddy Mobile, was available in the store from December 12 to December 15. GoDaddy informed Google of the app […]

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