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April 26, 2018 21:17

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Google rolling out mobile-first search indexing

Google announced that after a year and a half of experimentation and testing, they have started migrating sites that follow the best practices for mobile-first indexing. To recap, Google crawling, indexing, and ranking systems has typically used the desktop version of a page’s content, which may cause issues for mobile searchers when that version is […]

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United Kingdom will be kicked out of .EU domains in 1 year

The European Commission has issued a communication concerning Brexit and the .eu TLD. The communication states that, based on the United Kingdom’s intent to withdraw from the European Union, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no […]

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ICANN says that absent guidance from the EU, the integrity of the domain WHOIS system is threatened

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) has requested European data protection authorities (DPAs) provide specific guidance on the organization’s Proposed Interim Compliance Model [PDF, 922 KB] as it relates to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In letters to each of the 28 European member states’ DPAs and the European […]

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GoDaddy will be migrating to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY) will be moving to AWS, migrating the vast majority of its infrastructure as part of a multi-year transition. GoDaddy will leverage the AWS services—including machine learning, analytics, databases, and containers—to innovate faster and to meet the needs of its […]

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ICANN requests guidance about the GDPR impact on domain whois from the EU

Göran Marby, ICANN’s President and Chief Executive Officer, has requested guidance about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) impact on the domain name system and WHOIS from the European Union. Marby sent letters (pdf) to the commissioners of all European Union countries that relate to Personal Data Protection and Information. ICANN seems to have given […]

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The Castello Brothers sell the domain Traveler.com – It becomes a new crypto travel aggregator

Michael Castello, of Castello Brothers LLC, announced the sale of the domain name Traveler.com. The announcement came in a comment on DomainInvesting.com. Michael Castello did not disclose any more details for this sale and the domain name whois still reflects his company’s info. The purchase was done maybe on a payment plan or some other more […]

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Google is enabling publishers to show non-personalised ads

Over the past year Google has been preparing to meet the requirements of the GDPR, the new data protection law coming into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR affects European and non-European businesses using online advertising and measurement solutions when their sites and apps are accessed by users in the European Economic Area (EEA). […]

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The domains BTB.com, Swarm.com and TheatreTickets.com were reported as sold

BTB.com According to a Chinese finance website the domain name BTB.com was sold for 500 bitcoins (BTC). At the time the article was written that would be about $4 million. But someone claims the domain was sold on January 6, 2018 so the price would have been about $8.25 million. The BTB.com whois has not […]

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ICANN must reduce its budget now!

Göran Marby, President and CEO of ICANN, seems to pretend that he doesn’t understand how much more money than it should ICANN is spending every year. He published a blog post called “Budget Discussions at ICANN61“. He starts by saying: “During ICANN61, a major topic of conversation was the FY19 draft Budget and Operating Plan. […]

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Here is how to Opt-out of domain name WHOIS masking at GoDaddy

Here is how any domain name owner that has a domain name registered at GoDaddy can Opt-out of domain name WHOIS masking. On January 25, 2018, GoDaddy began masking (blocking) the Registrant name, phone and email on all bulk WHOIS requests at Port 43. GoDaddy thinks that all whois requests at port 43 are automated […]

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