Google's registrar status, first noted by LexText, is likely to prompt speculation about its ambitions in web hosting and blogging. Google operates Blogger, the free blog hosting service with a huge user base. Cheap or free domain names could prove useful to Google in the notoriously price-sensitive blog hosting sector, where most bloggers use subdomains (i.e. myblog.bloghost.com) rather than full domain names (www.myblog.com).Continue reading
Comcast Communications, the largest U.S. provider of broadband, currently hosts its high-speed Internet service at AT&T WorldNet, while its corporate site resides at Digex, a unit of MCI. SBC is America's largest provider of high-speed ISDN Internet access over phone lines, and is in a pitched battle for subscribers with Comcast, reflecting a larger war for broadband supremacy between cable providers and phone companies.Continue reading
Go Daddy will instead use the newly-purchased ad slot - to appear in the final minutes of the game - to repeat a first-half ad, which has already been approved by Fox. Go Daddy will make the rejected ad available on its web site Monday, apparently hoping to get additional publicity from Internet buzz, and leaving skeptics to wonder whether the "rejection" was a strategic ploy to gain extra mileage from the Super Bowl investment.Continue reading
Once the bot has gained access to MySQL, it uses the MySQL UDF Dynamic Library Exploit to upload malicious code to the infected system and then connects to an IRC channel. Once incorporated into the bot network, the "zombie" machines attempt to infect other servers, but could easily be used for other purposes.Continue reading
The offer is similar to an earlier 1&1 campaign to promote the launch of its U.S. hosting operation, which offered up to three years of unpaid hosting. 1&1 is clearly hoping to convert the free accounts to paid customers, which it presumably has not yet done with the approximately 100,000 accounts it signed up under its U.S. launch promotion. The free hosting offer debuts as many hosting companies are seeking to attract customers with enhanced disk space and bandwidth allowances, rather than price cuts that further erode profit margins.Continue reading
Yahoo has extended its $4.98 a year domain name promotion through at least Feb. 8, the third such extension since it introduced the offer on Dec. 10. The promotion was intially scheduled to end Dec. 31, but the extension suggests the offer is generating business for Yahoo, which is seeking to attract small business customers.
In other domain pricing movements, Go Daddy has lowered its one-year .com price from $8.95 to $7.95, having shfted back and forth between the two prices periodically over the last year. The registrar recently expanded its hosting offerings, will be an advertiser in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, but has not indicated whether it will support its $2.4 million commercial with any special pricing offers.