week in review The “Dump GoDaddy Day” message registered with the domain registrar.
GoDaddy, targeted by online activists in response to its enthusiasm for a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills, finally denounced the legislation in response to a scheduled boycott. Warren Adelman, the company’s chief executive, said that “GoDaddy opposes SOPA,” short for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is facing a House of Representatives committee vote next month.
The idea of boycotting GoDaddy began with a protest thread on Reddit and was aided by Jimmy Wales’ announcement last week that “Wikipedia domain names will move away from GoDaddy.” It inspired GoDaddyBoycott.org, which urged Internet users and companies to “boycott GoDaddy until they send a letter to Congress taking back any and all support of the House and Senate versions of the Internet censorship bill, both SOPA and PIPA.”
• Go Daddy gets name off SOPA supporters list
• GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus
Company confirms that it will soon begin charging customers a $ 2 fee to process payments made online or by phone. But the company also offers ways to avoid the fee.
• Verizon fixes latest network outage
• Verizon’s network suffers third outage this month
Hurd, now president of Oracle, loses an appeal in court this week that would keep the letter accusing him of sexual harassment confidential.
• Here’s the letter Mark Hurd didn’t want you to see
• Who owns your Twitter account? Check out this lawsuit
At least 4.2 million iOS devices were activated on Christmas compared with about 2.6 million Android devices, according to rough calculations put together by Fortune.
• Android device activations hit 3.7 million on Christmas weekend
• Android, iOS activations hit record on Christmas. Again
Search edges social networking for Web users this year, according to data from market researcher Nielsen.
• Samsung still dominates mobile phone market, but Apple is gaining
• U.S. online holiday spending hits $ 35.3 billion