16 Stories

Web Host Terminates Site for Reporting Abortions

GoDaddy says Texas Right to Life violated privacy rules

(Newser) - People incensed by a Texas Right to Life website for anonymously reporting women who had sought abortions asked to speak to the manager, and it worked. While TikTok users and Redditors flooded the site with fake tips, other people went straight to the top. The site’s host, GoDaddy, has...

Company Gives Workers a Painful Phishing Lesson

Email promised holiday bonuses, if employees would just click on these links first

(Newser) - The timing was about right, and the sentiment seemed genuine. Hundreds of GoDaddy employees received an email on Dec. 14 saying, "2020 has been a record year for GoDaddy, thanks to you," the Copper Courier of Arizona reports. "Though we cannot celebrate together during our annual Holiday...

Neo-Nazi Site Hit by GoDaddy, Anonymous for 'Obscene' Post

Daily Stormer violated its terms of service after article on Va. victim

(Newser) - GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer the boot for violating its terms of service after the white supremacist website published an inflammatory article that used "sexist and obscene language" about Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., per the Arizona Republic . GoDaddy has been...

GoDaddy Founder's Kid Gets Jail in Domestic Assault

Robert Parsons choked, hit girlfriend in July incident

(Newser) - The son of GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons is headed for a stint in jail for a July domestic assault on his girlfriend, reports the Arizona Republic . Robert Sean Parsons, 44, was sentenced Friday to four months in jail and three years' probation for the incident at his Scottsdale home (though...

C'mon, Danica, Women Deserve Better

Patrick's sexist commercials are a step backward for women drivers: Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - The thing that Laura Helmuth loves best about auto racing is that it's the one sport in which women get to compete against men as equals. Which is why Danica Patrick's decision to become a "GoDaddy Girl" and make a "series of stupid, sexist ads"—...

GoDaddy 'Grossout' Most Talked-About Ad
 GoDaddy 'Grossout' 
 Most Talked-About Ad 

GoDaddy 'Grossout' Most Talked-About Ad

Nerd kiss tops worst-ad lists

(Newser) - Longtime Super Bowl advertiser GoDaddy has outdone itself with an ad that is being talked about nearly as much as the blackout , the Huffington Post reports. The web hosting firm's spot featured an extreme close-up of supermodel Bar Refaeli making out with a stereotypical nerd, and reactions ranged from...

GoDaddy: No, We Weren't Hacked
GoDaddy: No, We
Weren't Hacked

GoDaddy: No, We Weren't Hacked

It blames technical glitch for yesterday's down time

(Newser) - Domain name seller says yesterday's massive outage , which caused thousands of websites to go down for a good part of the day, was caused by a "series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables," TechCrunch reports. In other words, it wasn't hackers,...

Millions of GoDaddy Sites Down; Hacker Behind It?

Member of Anonymous takes responsibility but won't divulge a motive

(Newser) - GoDaddy is investigating why millions of its websites are down today but won't say much about the details, the LA Times reports. "GoDaddy did experience some intermittent outages, and it impacted our site and some customer sites," said a spokeswoman. "Some are already back online."...

What Boycott? GoDaddy Gained Users Yesterday

But that doesn't mean 'Dump GoDaddy Day' was a lost cause

(Newser) - An impending boycott may have pushed GoDaddy to change position on SOPA, but the boycott itself didn't hurt the company much. Yesterday, the official day of the movement, GoDaddy actually saw a net increase of 20,748 domains, TechDirt reports. Indeed, GoDaddy saw almost twice as many transfers into...

Reddit's Next SOPA Target: Paul Ryan

Plus, looks like 'Dump GoDaddy Day' actually worked

(Newser) - Behold the power of Reddit: Users fuming over Paul Ryan's alleged support of a controversial online piracy bill have prompted a clarification from the congressman. "Contrary to false reports, Congressman Paul Ryan is not a cosponsor of HR 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act," said a rep,...

GoDaddy Braces for Today's Mass Exodus

Registrar faces boycott over support of SOPA

(Newser) - It's D-Day for GoDaddy: The domain king today faces a potentially devastating mass exodus over its brief support of the Stop Online Piracy Act , a controversial anti-piracy measure before Congress that's got First Amendment huggers hot under the collar. Seems GoDaddy's thumbs-up fell afoul of a single...

GoDaddy CEO's Elephant Hunt Prompts Fury

He cites humanitarian effort behind graphic video of killing

(Newser) -'s chief executive is facing viewers' wrath after he posted a graphic video of himself hunting an elephant. In the clip—see it here at the Huffington Post—CEO Bob Parsons cast the hunt as a “humanitarian” mission. Many Zimbabweans “die each year from starvation,” thanks...

Groupon's Tibet Ad Enrages; Other Hits, Misses
 Groupon's Tibet Ad 
 Enrages; Other Hits, Misses 
Super Bowl Ads

Groupon's Tibet Ad Enrages; Other Hits, Misses

'Can anyone be more stupid than Groupon?' wonders one blogger

(Newser) - Man, isn’t the plight of the Tibetan people hilarious? Groupon hit a real nerve last night with a Super Bowl commercial that seemed to exploit said plight for yucks. “The people of Tibet are in trouble. Their culture is in jeopardy,” says narrator Timothy Hutton. “But...

Go Daddy Will Push .co Suffix in Super Bowl Ads

Internet registrar readies big push

(Newser) - The new web domain suffix ".co" is about to get a whole lot more exposure. Go Daddy, which manages half of America's web addresses, will push the suffix in two Super Bowl ads, reports the Los Angeles Times . It will do so in typical Go Daddy fashion, with racy...

Best, Worst Super Bowl Ads

Megan Fox is great, but most ads are in 'meh' territory

(Newser) - It's a rare year when the Super Bowl itself eclipses the ads, but 2010 was such a year. Bob Garfield declares in Advertising Age that most of the spots were skippable and asserts he is "totally pro-TiVo." His picks for a few of the (relatively speaking) best and...

To Defray Debt, Clinton Can Be a GoDaddy Girl: Carville

(Newser) - Should Hillary Clinton shake her assets to repay her campaign debt? James Carville jokingly said he’d be “all for” the secretary of state appearing in one of’s famously racy commercials, Politico reports. He made the suggestion in a freewheeling online radio conversation with site founder...

16 Stories