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Clarifying Godaddy Expired Domains Costs

After a bit of investigating, I found the following information pretty interesting and useful to those registering and renewing domains:Domains are registered for a period of one or more years.

After the registration period has elapsed, the owner can renew the domain for the cost of the domain alone.

However, if you are unable to renew the domain by the expiry date, you have 19 days to renew the domain using a verified credit card (paypal is accepted, but it must be linked to a legitimate credit card).

After 19 days past the expiry of your domain, GoDaddy will charge you an $80 redemption fee, which is basically their way of squeezing every last dollar from a forgetful webmaster. You then have about 5-10 days to redeem it at the cost of the domain + the $80 fee.

After the redemption period is over, your domain will be put up for sale for the highest bidder. At this point, you're pretty much out of luck - as you'll have to compete against the global marketplace and GoDaddy to …

Digg adds NewsWire - Shows buried activity

Digg recently replaced their "upcoming" stories section with a newly unveiled "Newswire" section, which works pretty much the same except that it now displays all user activities occurring on stories that haven't made the frontpage. Traditionally, Digg disguised and hid who had buried or reported a story, but the new changes now fully feature the latest activity on which users in particular buried a story.

Whether this is a step in the right direction is yet to be decided, as recent changes and Kevin Rose's departure from the company have made Digg into a more populist social news network that has long abandoned its tech roots. Spam is on the rise, while user comments has dramatically decreased along with article impressions. The viability of Digg as a major social bookmarking and news network has diminished in recent years with a string of changes and updates that have diluted the power and value of the user base.

What are your thoughts?