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(Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc. agreed to sell some of its Chinese cloud assets to its local partner but said it's committed to a domestic market for internet-based computing that could be worth $30 billion.
Beijing Sinnet Technology Co. will buy servers and other unspecified "operational assets" in the country's capital from Amazon Web Services for as much as 2 billion yuan ($302 million), it said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The sale is intended to comply with government regulations and improve service, it said.
Amazon's business in China has been hollowed out by the rise of local rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has come to dominate e-commerce and is expanding in cloud computing with new data centers. Amazon, the global leader in internet computing, is vying for a slice of domestic spending on cloud services and gear that IDC estimates will reach $30 billion by 2021. But the U.S. company has to deal with laws introduced this year that mandate the storage of data within the country and bolster government control over the movement of information.
On Tuesday, the e-commerce giant rejected media reports tying its asset sale to an imminent departure from the Chinese market. It said instead it was selling hardware to comply with laws that forbid ownership or operation of certain types of cloud technology.
"AWS did not sell its business in China and remains fully committed," the company said in an emailed statement. "We're
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, announced two new integrations with Square that help small businesses thrive with online and offline selling and payment capabilities.

Increasingly, businesses need to operate both in person and online to succeed. By collaborating with Square, GoDaddy is making this an easy reality for tens of millions of people building small businesses. As a first step in the partnership, GoDaddy has integrated Square payments for e-commerce product sales and online appointment booking in GoCentral, GoDaddy’s mobile-optimized website builder. Integrating GoCentral Online Store and Square online payments enables small businesses to easily sell their products and services online and in person through a single Square account and GoDaddy website.


The second integration provides service-based businesses, such as personal trainers, hair stylists and photographers, the ability to book client appointments online, sync calendars using GoCentral, and get paid using Square. Payment transactions can be processed online, in-person or both without switching accounts.

“Teaming up with Square will simplify the path to success for a wide range of small businesses from clothing and apparel makers to fitness trainers,” said Greg Goldfarb, Vice President of Commerce Products at GoDaddy. “We’re solving everyday problems for millions of ventures that need to operate both online and offline so they can realize their potential with customers.”

“Increasingly, businesses need powerful, integrated tools to grow an omni-channel business,” said Pankaj Bengani, Square’s Partnerships Lead. “By working with GoDaddy we’re making it even easier for businesses to simplify their operations and manage all the ways they sell and get paid.”

About GoDaddy
GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 17 million customers worldwide and nearly 73 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company visit www.GoDaddy.com.

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CLIFTON, N.J. – Comodo, a global cybersecurity innovator, today announced the availability of the world’s first 100 percent free, 24/7/365 instant malware removal service, for any website—inspired by Comodo’s philosophy that security is “a right not a luxury.” As part of its ongoing efforts to create trust online, Comodo has stamped out malware from computers and is now focused on stamping out malware from websites, which can stifle e-commerce by eroding customer safety and confidence.

The free service is powered by Comodo’s cWatch platform, which is paired with unparalleled security operation centers (SOCs) globally and best positioned to help fight malware that plagues websites today.


Businesses experiencing any of the following symptoms can sign up here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/.

  • My website is infected with malware
  • My hosting provider shut down my site due to malware
  • I received a malware alert on Google Webmaster Tools
  • My website is blacklisted
  • My website is loading slower than usual
  • There is a warning about my site on Google
  • My site is sending emails on its own
  • I’m seeing strange files and/or folders
  • There are strange redirects occurring
  • My site is not loading

Comodo’s SOC analysts will instantly remove all malware lurking on the company’s website, perform hack repair, including checking the files, databases and any malicious code running to remove infection from the site, and keep the customer fully updated throughout the process.

This one-time website cleaning is 100 percent free, with no obligation and no credit card needed. Separately, to keep the site clean for the future, users can subscribe to Comodo’s cWatch Web service for just $9 per month. This level of web security has previously only been available to large enterprises and government agencies, but now everyone can afford to protect their websites, so they are never infected again.

cWatch Web is a comprehensive suite of solutions and managed services that provides malware detection and protection; attack response and remediation/recovery; and performance acceleration and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack prevention for websites and web applications. The full feature list includes:

  • 24/7 SOC
  • Managed web application firewall (WAF)
  • Real content delivery network (CDN)
  • SIEM threat detection
  • Instant malware removal
  • Website hack repair
  • Full blacklist removal
  • Daily malware & vulnerability scan
  • Website acceleration
  • DDoS protection
  • Bot protection
  • Vulnerability removal

Cloud-based and delivered in an affordable Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, cWatch Web brings world-class website and web app protection to small, medium and large enterprises. With the solution in place, websites and web applications are protected from ever being infected in the first place. Free malware removal service participants will have the opportunity to learn more about, and potentially upgrade to, cWatch Web to prevent future infections.

“After multiple blunders caused by website security issues, such as the Equifax hack, have dominated the headlines recently, companies need to be more diligent than ever,” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO of Comodo. “Protecting websites is mission-critical. This malware removal service is a great first step, allowing companies of all sizes to return their websites to a safe state for no charge. Businesses looking to choose proactive prevention over reactive detection and remediation can guard their sites from hackers with cWatch Web.”

Learn more about the free website cleaning service here: https://cwatch.comodo.com/. Comodo’s full cWatch Web suite of website performance and security solutions is available online, or through certified Comodo partners.

About Comodo
The Comodo organization is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions, protecting critical information across the digital landscape. Building on its unique position as the world’s largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world’s largest enterprises. Comodo provides complete end-to-end security solutions across the boundary, internal network and endpoint with innovative technologies solving the most advanced malware threats, both known and unknown. With global headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey, and offices in Silicon Valley, Comodo has international offices in China, India, the Philippines, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit comodo.com. Comodo and the Comodo brand are trademarks of the Comodo Group Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. The current list of Comodo trademarks and patents is available at comodo.com/repository.

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(Bloomberg) — Shopify Inc. tumbled as much as 10 percent, the most in 11 months, after short-seller Citron Research issued a stinging rebuke of the Canadian e-commerce company, calling it a "get-rich-quick scheme."
In tweets and videos, Citron said Ottawa-based Shopify is "not the company Wall Street has sold you" and "dirtier" than Herbalife Ltd., which has been targeted by regulators for deceptive business practices.
Andrew Left, the founder of Los Angeles-based Citron Research, said in an email he was shorting Shopify. Shopify didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
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Shopify, which provides websites, payments and shipping for online merchants, has been one of the top technology stocks globally in recent years, gaining eight-fold from its initial public offering in May 2015. The shares fell 6.1 percent to C$136.78 in Toronto at 11:05 a.m., after falling as low as C$131.09.
Left, who's perhaps best known for his unsparing assessments of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to look at Shopify's claims that members can quit their jobs and become millionaires. A post on Shopify's Facebook page says that "2,700 people become millionaires each day," and the company brands itself as "the online store for someday millionaires."
In a $200 million settlement with nutrition company Herbalife, the FTC
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Overland Park, KS – QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data center, managed hosting and cloud services, announced it and its predecessor have achieved 99.999 percent or greater uptime at its world-class data center facilities since 2008.
“Data center availability is critical to the ever-increasing demands of enterprise organizations and their customers – be it digitizing patient records, consuming online entertainment or conducting e-commerce transactions,” said Jim Reinhart, Chief Operating Officer – QTS. “Our track record of achieving ‘five 9’s’ or greater uptime is a reflection of our long-standing commitment to delivering a premium customer experience through our … More Details >>

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In this day and age, it is important for most companies and businesses to have a web presence. A website allows for far greater international exposure than would be possible without one.

But, a web site in turn requires a domain name and webhosting.

Most people know what a domain is, but far less are familiar with web-hosting, and related terms and concepts.

There are a few basic forms of website hosting:

  • Free Webhosting
    Yes, it is possible to get your website hosted for free, but there usually are trade-offs. Often the free hosting provider may add advertising to the top and/or bottom of your website pages, to help offset his free service. Other times, you may not be able to use your own domain name, and will have to settle for a sub-domain (e.g. yoursite.theirsite.com). In addition, page loading times on these free hosts are typically very high, and they suffer from frequent outages due to overloading. This kind of hosting is really only suitable for cheapskates and newbies, not for any serious company or business.
  • Shared Web-Hosting
    If you are happy to have your website share a server with many (sometimes, 100s) of other websites, shared hosting is the most affordable type of paid webhosting. But your website may suffer due to so-called “overselling” (where the host basically overloads the server by adding too many sites to it).
  • Dedicated Web-Hosting
    This is the kind of hosting where you rent your own server, and you have full control over it. This service may be managed (the webhost will perform updates, support, etc.), or unmanaged (everything is your responsibility).
  • Reseller Web Hosting
    This is suitable for aspirant webhosts and webdesigners (who provide/resell hosting to clients), internet marketers, or webmasters who want to create separate accounts for their different clients/websites.
  • VPS Web Hosting
    A “Virtual Private Server” is created by implementing virtualization technology on a server, in order to have numerous “virtual” servers perform under one physical server. It allows the website owner/webmaster almost as much control as for a dedicated server, but requires a lot of technical know-how to operate.
  • Co-location
    If you own and are able to manage your own web-server, you may opt for co-location, where a data center will physically host your equipment, and hook it up to the internet, for a fee.
  • E-commerce Webhosting
    This webhosting service provides add-ons to help businesses perform online transactions, such as sales. Typically it will include a shopping cart, an internet merchant account, as well as an online payment solution.
  • Cloud Hosting
    A fairly new concept, cloud hosting allows website content/data to be hosted/distributed in the “cloud” (i.e. in several redundant online locations). In addition to redundancy, this kind of hosting also scales well, such as in cases of short-term critical bandwidth increases.
  • Email Hosting
    This is for companies that only require webhosting for their employee email.

As you can see, there are many different types of webhosting solutions, and it is it is important that you determine your needs and requirements before signing up for hosting. Then you still have to shop around and find the best webhosting provider for your particular situation. For example, you may decide to go with offshore web-hosting, instead of hosting your website locally.