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Google locates its ethical compass for a moment – Domain tasting dead?

Freedom to Differ reports that Google is planning to stop monetizing all domains that are less than five days old. (source)

This should make domain tasting less profitable and should cut down on the practice. However, cybersquatters will still taste domains, track their traffic, and merely monetize domains that that receive some traffic during the tasting period.

If the do-nothing body otherwise known as ICANN really wanted to get a handle on this problem, they would simply require that domains cost $50 each with no refunds. Anyone can scrounge up $50 if they need a domain. However, not many cybersquatting domains generate more than $50 in adwords revenue.

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