Not sure who's to blame, but we have a new HTML validation method from GoDaddy. It is an improvement from the "none HTML validation at all" phase they went through, but took me a while to make it work with apache.
The problem was the dot/hidden directory they request to put your validation code in: /.well-known/pki-validation/godaddy.html
Well it is all over the blogosphere, AberdeenCloud breakdown. I already read a couple of articles on the subject and I couldn't agree more with the one from annertech, only way to avoid this kind of issues is offsite backup. I would normally write how to recover from something like this, but sadly as codeenigma explained there isn't much we could do, their servers just collapsed and were gone.
This is not strictly bind to Drupal, but more a general thing. I did had to get involved due to a Drupal related job.
I have lately been heavily exposed to feeds/syndication protocols pushing the boundaries of what I knew in relation to this subject. There are lots of other news services (facebook, twitter, etc...) but the ones described over here provide a common ground/language that's open to anyone. You'll just need a reader (there are many including Firefox/Thunderbird) and you are set to go.