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GoDaddy Stops Registering Domains in China

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GoDaddy has said that it will stop registering domains in China because of new government rules that the company believes are intrusive.

The Washington Post reports that GoDaddy today informed lawmakers that it would no longer be registering domain names in China because of new rules that require applicants to submit extensive amounts of personal information.

The company said it believes the new rules, which include the requirement that applicants submit photos of themselves, are a bid to increase the level of surveillance of content on Web sites. According to the Washington Post, GoDaddy believes the rules could put its customers at risk and is wary of the "chilling effect" it could have on new registrations.

The news comes after Google's decision to leave China and on the heels of rumors that Dell is contemplating relocating its Chinese operations 

Read more about GoDaddy's move here.

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    curnel_D , March 24, 2010 11:21 PM
    China is in the game of pissing everyone off, aren't they?
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    bison88 , March 24, 2010 11:41 PM
    Everybody's got balls now that Google stepped into the Political fray. :facepalm:
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    Shadow703793 , March 24, 2010 10:49 PM
    Well good job. Now I wonder if Dell,et al would also move out to India or some where else....
  • 22 Hide
    curnel_D , March 24, 2010 11:21 PM
    China is in the game of pissing everyone off, aren't they?
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    chickenhoagie , March 24, 2010 11:34 PM
    hell yes. Finally people are fighting against one of the last standing communist giants in this world. Come on China, Communism is caveman government. Govern like you're in the 21st century.
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    nekatreven , March 24, 2010 11:37 PM
    Wow, I'm not sure if this is a game of me too or just interesting timing! However, I've also yet to see actual major action from any of these companies; even google is still giving updates on what is working in China...

    Can't wait to see if this is all talk or a damaging blow to their ideas that you can be as anal retentive and overly-controlling of people as you want and nothing bad will happen to you.
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    mister g , March 24, 2010 11:37 PM
    For one there's socialism which is supposed to be a mix of that and capitalism. Back to the point isn't Russia trying to do this to cut down on spam coming from itself?
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    bison88 , March 24, 2010 11:41 PM
    Everybody's got balls now that Google stepped into the Political fray. :facepalm:
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    maigo , March 24, 2010 11:44 PM
    China didn't have a problem with internet before they had internet
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    babybeluga , March 24, 2010 11:47 PM
    China is going to call in the U.S.'s debts and destroy our economy if all these companies keep prodding them...
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    curnel_D , March 24, 2010 11:59 PM
    babybelugaChina is going to call in the U.S.'s debts and destroy our economy if all these companies keep prodding them...

    If China destroys the US economy, they destroy their own. They're tied to us, no matter how much they make it seem different, and how much they'd wish it different.
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    brendano257 , March 25, 2010 12:00 AM
    mister gFor one there's socialism which is supposed to be a mix of that and capitalism. Back to the point isn't Russia trying to do this to cut down on spam coming from itself?


    Although there economic system is becoming more socialist/capitalist, their government is very Communist in nature, just look at their crack downs on out speakers and freedom activists....not that we'd hear about them if they existed anymore....
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    pipes990 , March 25, 2010 12:36 AM
    I've never liked Go Daddy because I can't stand Danica Patrick, but they have earned any future business of mine!! ( I still don't like Danica Patrick)
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    Pei-chen , March 25, 2010 2:01 AM
    Jane, didn't someone already told you "Could Dell Be Next to Leave China?" article you wrote is incorrect? I am sure if you read the comment cscott_it already gave you an update on that news

    http://www.dailytech.com/Updated+Dell+Reportedly+May+Follow+Google+Out+of+China+Jumping+to+India/article17964.htm

    Here you are, 8 hours later, repeating the same rumor you created that has been proven wrong. In fact, if you search "Dell China India Google" using Bing, your article is the 2nd result as you are the only one that carried the rumor and never bother to update it.

    I know you are in it for the money but could you at least give it a try. Tabloid is the lowest form of journalism and I doubt you want to spend the rest of your career tweeting and making up stories.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 25, 2010 3:33 AM
    Interesting development. Who's next?
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    twu , March 25, 2010 4:00 AM
    Maybe Tom's hardware make the move next. Remove the chinese lauguage on the top. LOL.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 4:19 AM
    Well, I am Chinese. I don’t like the Chinese government since I was a child. They are stupid and even stubborn. Sigh, I think they are just too old that they fear to change something. They still live in 1949.
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    anamaniac , March 25, 2010 6:06 AM
    mister gFor one there's socialism which is supposed to be a mix of that and capitalism. Back to the point isn't Russia trying to do this to cut down on spam coming from itself?

    While cutting down on spam is good, I'm not going to upload my photo.
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    eddieroolz , March 25, 2010 8:25 AM
    Good for GoDaddy!
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    mkyam , March 25, 2010 9:59 AM
    pei-chenJane, didn't someone already told you "Could Dell Be Next to Leave China?" article you wrote is incorrect? I am sure if you read the comment cscott_it already gave you an update on that newshttp://www.dailytech.com/Updated+D [...] e17964.htmHere you are, 8 hours later, repeating the same rumor you created that has been proven wrong. In fact, if you search "Dell China India Google" using Bing, your article is the 2nd result as you are the only one that carried the rumor and never bother to update it.I know you are in it for the money but could you at least give it a try. Tabloid is the lowest form of journalism and I doubt you want to spend the rest of your career tweeting and making up stories.


    Nowadays, every single article on Tom's with even a single hint of "china" in it is from Jane McEntegart. Boring, misinformed, inaccurate and irrelevant to a site like Tom's Hardware.
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    tommysch , March 25, 2010 11:27 AM
    babybelugaChina is going to call in the U.S.'s debts and destroy our economy if all these companies keep prodding them...


    So we put an embargo on their ass? Theyll have mass starvation within 6 months and, if we are lucky, a civil war!
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2010 11:38 AM
    Can you imagine the types of pictures people would submit when registering sites? Who has the responsibility to make sure it's accurate? haha
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