Talk of the day: Web registrar steps in like caring parent

Published May 30, 2007

GoDaddy.com, the leading registration company for Internet addresses, has agreed to take over and manage more than 850, 000 domain names belonging to customers of troubled rival RegisterFly, officials announced Tuesday. The deal, reached with the support of the Internet's key oversight agency, means that customers of RegisterFly could once again renew names, or transfer them elsewhere if they do not want to stay with GoDaddy. Those names had been in limbo following financial and operational troubles at RegisterFly. In some cases individuals, groups and businesses were finding their Web sites inoperable because they could not properly renew their addresses before they had expired, nor could they move them to another company, officials said.

Magazines get unreal with celebs

While the situation was certainly not as emotionally charged as when Time magazine darkened O.J. Simpson's mug shot on its cover a decade ago, three magazines were defending themselves against accusations last week that they had doctored their covers - and one retouched celebrity cried foul. Tennis player Andy Roddick, shown above losing Tuesday in the first round of the French Open, apparently thought that his biceps had been enlarged so conspicuously in the photograph of himself on the cover of Men's Fitness that he mocked it on his blog, AndyRoddick.com. The incongruity was first reported on a celebrity Web site, TMZ.com. TMZ also flagged the cover of Us Weekly magazine, which features the singer Janet Jackson in a bikini top, with a headline applauding her for keeping off lost weight. But TMZ featured another recent photo of Jackson that it suggested revealed "a fuller figure." Also, Keith J. Kelly of the New York Post reported that a photo of the actor Angelina Jolie on a recent cover of In Touch magazine had been altered to hide prominent veins in her arm. His evidence: a photo taken at nearly the same moment published in People magazine where her veins were clearly visible.

Google maps add panoramic views

Google Inc. added 360-degree views of streets and intersections to its online maps, giving users more detailed pictures of New York, Las Vegas, Denver, Miami and San Francisco. The images show the buildings and layout of selected streets. Google employees collected the pictures in the past year by driving around with a camera to take the panoramic images.

Sony defines plans for HD radio rollout

Sony Corp., the world's second-largest maker of consumer electronics, plans to introduce its first high-definition radios, which can pick up digital signals from more than 1, 300 U.S. broadcasters, in July. Sony will offer radios for home use and an adapter that enables car radios to pick up digital broadcasts. The table radio will sell for $200 and the car adapter will cost $100.