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"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

Earlier this week, Google made the bold step to shut down its Chinese search operations due to heavy-handed censorship and accusations of computer hacking that originated in China. The People's Daily fired back at Google with full force in a front page story. "Google is not a virgin when it comes to values. Its cooperation and collusion with the U.S. intelligence and security agencies is well-known...All this makes one wonder," wrote the paper. "Thinking about the United States’ big efforts in recent years to engage in Internet war, perhaps this could be an exploratory pre-dawn battle."

Google may have been the first, but it certainly won't be the last company to pull out of China. The Washington Post is now reporting that will no longer register domain names in China. The reason for GoDaddy's decision comes from invasive new requirements that the Chinese government has implemented for those that wish to register a .cn domain name.

According to Washington Post, registrants must provide signed registration forms, a business registration number, and a color headshot to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). GoDaddy was also asked to retroactively obtain this information for individuals and organizations that had already registered .cn domain names.

GoDaddy, the largest registrar of domain names on the internet, says that it can no longer be persuaded to comply with Chinese regulations. "We believe that many of the current abuses of the Internet originating in China are due to a lack of enforcement against criminal activities by the Chinese government," said GoDaddy general counsel Christine Jones at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

"Our experience as been that China is focused on using the internet to monitor and control the legitimate activities of its citizens, rather than penalizing those who commit Internet-related crimes," Jones added.

GoDaddy was founded in 1997 and currently maintains over 40 million domain names.

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Link please?
By Drag0nFire on 3/24/2010 4:30:34 PM , Rating: 1
To the title picture, I mean...

RE: Link please?
By Lord 666 on 3/24/2010 4:34:57 PM , Rating: 5
Why? She's just some busted slut with implants. Nothing special

RE: Link please?
By Brandon Hill on 3/24/2010 4:37:39 PM , Rating: 5
I hear Jessie James is looking for a new wife...

RE: Link please?
By Kurz on 3/24/2010 4:37:25 PM , Rating: 1

I see flatness.

RE: Link please?
By ClownPuncher on 3/24/2010 4:46:11 PM , Rating: 3
Title picture, not the one in the green jumpsuit!

RE: Link please?
By Samus on 3/24/2010 8:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
Danica Patrick has more driving skill than anybody on DT. Respect that, not her flat chest.

RE: Link please?
By Darkmatterx76 on 3/24/2010 9:03:37 PM , Rating: 3
I think she's damn cute personally.

RE: Link please?
By Kosh401 on 3/24/2010 9:08:58 PM , Rating: 3
Yep. And hey, flat girls need love too ^^

RE: Link please?
By Darkmatterx76 on 3/24/2010 9:16:41 PM , Rating: 2
Not really a boob man anyways.

RE: Link please?
By dajeepster on 3/25/2010 12:28:55 AM , Rating: 2
let's face it... we're all part of the IBTC fan club

RE: Link please?
By Omega215D on 3/24/2010 11:29:47 PM , Rating: 2
I'd beg to differ. She's got skill sure but she also had connections thanks to her dad. I'm a damn good racer with nice times but apparently you need to be in your teens to be discovered for a big racing gig. Living in NYC I don't have those opportunities of go-karts or drag races (legal) because we lack space so I had to wait till I was 18 to start training myself for it. At 24 I'm considered too old to start and be signed with most racing teams because they all want young talent.

So no, more driving skill than anybody on DT? Give some of us a chance and find out.

*angry because I have to back myself financially for my racing and moved back to motocross as a hobby at this point.

RE: Link please?
By vapore0n on 3/25/2010 8:09:50 AM , Rating: 2
I bet. She does look like a man after all.

RE: Link please?
By Divide Overflow on 3/24/2010 10:38:32 PM , Rating: 4
Try enable bump mapping.


RE: Link please?
By SandmanWN on 3/24/2010 4:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
Her name is Candice Michelle. Look it up and you'll find way better stuff than that photo in the title! ;)

Go Daddy & China
By Blackbird1996 on 3/24/2010 4:26:33 PM , Rating: 3
I think this is a good decision and I commend Go Daddy for doing it. American companies should not support governments who oppress their people.

RE: Go Daddy & China
By SandmanWN on 3/24/2010 4:32:35 PM , Rating: 5
I applaud these companies as well...
But, it matters not as Chinese knockoffs will take their place. The real power behind these recent moves will be whether this translates to companies at home ceasing to buy cheap crap from China and hit them where it really hurts. Otherwise all this does is negatively affect the trade deficit as US companies are not bringing money home from China while we import the same crap every day.

RE: Go Daddy & China
By Stan11003 on 3/24/2010 10:08:10 PM , Rating: 3
Cheap crap can be made in a lot of countries.

RE: Go Daddy & China
By SandmanWN on 3/25/2010 11:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
True, but generally your kids won't die from slobbering on painted objects they put in their mouths!

RE: Go Daddy & China
By pugster on 3/25/2010 9:29:03 AM , Rating: 1
What's the big deal. That means that China is cracking down on fraudsters who want to illegally register domain sites. The 'invasion of privacy' just more documentation needed to ensure you actually should own the website. Otherwise, some nut can register and there will be a new scandal about this.

RE: Go Daddy & China
By pauluskc on 3/25/2010 11:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
What's the big deal?? So they now need a full color headshot of me to determine if I should have the right to a domain? Seriously??

Surely the business license and the signed registration should be enough. But to also require a color head shot that gets sent to the Internet Network Information Center guys is ridiculous.

All they will be doing is adding me to their monitoring database and I'll be watched everywhere I go - so the moment someone posts a negative comment on my newly registered website and I happen to be on Chinese soil, they will instantly know where I am to send the hounds (or hackers).

RE: Go Daddy & China
By pugster on 3/25/2010 1:36:26 PM , Rating: 1
Give me a break. The US government has a picture of you in your driver's license and passport and many don't consider this as an 'invasion of privacy.'

RE: Go Daddy & China
By PitViper007 on 3/25/2010 3:10:00 PM , Rating: 2
Give me a break. The US government has a picture of you in your driver's license and passport and many don't consider this as an 'invasion of privacy.'

They do. But the picture on my license is ON MY LICENSE and ON MY PERSON. Not in some bureaucrat's file. The same goes for my passport. And frankly, as much as is wrong with my country (USA), our government officials don't make it a habit of jailing or killing people who disagree with them.

RE: Go Daddy & China
By pauluskc on 3/26/2010 2:13:43 AM , Rating: 2
yes, but they don't prevent me from registering a domain without a copy of my photograph... the two aren't remotely related.

Score another one for the good guys!
By Motoman on 3/24/2010 4:38:19 PM , Rating: 5
...the idiot posting in the other thread about China being all unicorns and rainbows notwithstanding, the fact of the matter is that the human race as a whole isn't doing anything about the oppression and human rights violations committed by the Chinese government against it's citizens - so maybe the corporations will help us assert some semblance of morality.

What a mind-boggling concept, and if I wasn't seeing it happen I would never have believed it could happen...but is the corporate world actually acting as our conscience now, granted that the whole of human society is apparently OK with China (and other oppressive regimes like Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar) committing acts of abuse against it's citizens?

Unreal. I suppose pigs will start flying any time now...

RE: Score another one for the good guys!
By JediJeb on 3/24/2010 5:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
granted that the whole of human society is apparently OK with China (and other oppressive regimes like Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar) committing acts of abuse against it's citizens?

I guess I must be the ultimate rebel because if this is true, then I have rejected the beliefs of all the rest of human society since I think what China are doing is atrocious.

Maybe instead of society you should say governments, seems governments these days are bending over backwards to appease the Chinese. Most people I know hate that you walk into a store here and see most of the stuff for sale comes from China. We would purchase American made products, if they were available, and when I have the chance I do pay more for domestic products, but that happens rarely it seems.

By Motoman on 3/24/2010 6:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
The issue in your final paragraph has to do with economics, not politics...

Politics is the issue I am bringing up. And while, yes, I think most people on an individual basis are upset about the issues of human rights in China, the fact is that as a society, we don't do anything about it.

By superPC on 3/24/2010 8:27:59 PM , Rating: 3
None of those company pulled out of china because of morality reason. google pulled out of china because china didn't aid them when someone hack them and maintaining the great firewall of china is too much work for google (the demands of the chinese govt is greater than the reward, purely business reason). if china prosecuted whomever hacked google with diligence, i'm sure google would stay in china.

same goes to they pulled out of china because it's to difficult to kept data on everyone that use a godaddy domain. it said so in the article.

Danica Patrick
By Yawgm0th on 3/24/2010 5:16:49 PM , Rating: 3
I can't be the only one that's never been particularly impressed by Godaddy's commercials with Danica Patrick. It feels like they're trying to appeal to a pre-Internet male audience, which is ironic given the services they offer.

RE: Danica Patrick
By rudy on 3/24/2010 5:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but in reality afaik they are the ONLY registrar that advertises at all on TV or in main stream media. So even people who do not agree with their commercials are still going to buy them.

In fact I am looking to move all my domains to godaddy since namecheap doesn't ever offer anything for renewal.

RE: Danica Patrick
By Jalek on 3/24/2010 6:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
My only problem using them is if you let a domain expire they hold it hostage for six months. You can renew it, but it's $80.

Nazi Germany < Communist China
By Stan11003 on 3/24/2010 10:06:58 PM , Rating: 2
People cry about Darfur and genocide. Chinese solders have execution drills. Hitler who's name is an insult killed 20 million people Mao killed 70 and he didn't even have a two front world war to fight. And the government of china still practices genocide to this day. There are plenty of places in Asia, for that matter the world to do business. I think history will look sourly at the USA's support of Chinese slavery for cheap goods.

By eddieroolz on 3/25/2010 3:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed completely, my friend. We have to move production out of China and somewhere else - preferably India, China's long-time adversary. At least the Indian government is held accountable through elections , something unheard of in China.

By Yawgm0th on 3/24/2010 5:14:32 PM , Rating: 3
Our experience as been that China is focused on using the internet to monitor and control the legitimate activities of its citizens, rather than penalizing those who commit Internet-related crimes
That's really all that needs to be said about China and the Internet. /article

By someguy123 on 3/24/2010 4:28:36 PM , Rating: 2
But here comes the mass exodus of companies hoping to squat off some of google's media attention.

Not that this is a bad thing in the long run, but I'm sure all of these companies expect China to fold eventually, so they'll leave now while the free press is hot.

By knowom on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
Who really cares?
By whenwhere on 3/24/10, Rating: 0
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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