- More changes coming to two more free inbox providers: AOL and Yahoo plan to turn the inbox into integrated messaging platforms and get more social, while trying to avoid the fate of Google Buzz.
- British research firm Kognito discloses that 59% of the limeys they asked would prefer tougher legislation on businesses that send e-mail.
- Fall-out from the booting of Rich Kulawiec from the (in)famous and widely-read spam-l listserv: the owner also boots volunteer moderators, who’ve now started a new list with similar objectives at spammers.dontlike.us.
- ISP and habitual litigant ASIS drops its spam suit against Subscriberbase, citing a judgement in an unrelated case. They seem to have sued themselves into non-existence.
- Domain registrar Godaddy appears to be looking for a buyer. They’ve hired a banker to shop the firm to private equity groups, the New York Times reported this week.
GoDaddy, the largest registrar of Internet domain names with over 43-million names under management, has hired a firm to shop the company to private equity groups, reported the Wall Street Journal over the weekend.
The news is of interest to deliverability and e-mail marketing professionals because of GoDaddy’s demonstrated willingness to enforce anti-spam rules in their standard terms of service. Those terms permit GoDaddy to suspend the domain names of its customers if it finds the domain is being used in unsolicited bulk e-mail.
Once the registrar decides to act, customers have the option to post a financial bond against future spam reports, or to move the domain to another registrar for a fee several times greater than the original cost of the registration.
It will be interesting to see whether the terms of service – or the willingness to enforce them – change in any way, if a deal is reached.