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GoDaddy Buys Afternic, a Domain-Name Aftermarket Seller (Plus Some Van Dammage!)

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Domain and online services provider GoDaddy said it had acquired Boston-based Afternic, a seller of aftermarket domain names, from NameMedia. In addition, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company said it had acquired domain parking service SmartName, and also NameFind, a domain-name creator, from NameMedia. GoDaddy declined to reveal the terms of the deal, but it has been on a bit of an acquisition tear over the last year, as it seeks to strengthen its Web services to small businesses.

Also, for your watching pleasure, here are some funny new ads that GoDaddy just released, using action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in some very bendy ways with a, um, bongo drum, rather than its old practice of featuring underdressed women.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work