Verisign

Verisign, Inc. is an American company based in Reston, Virginia, United States that operates a diverse array of network infrastructure, including two of the Internet's thirteen root nameservers, the authoritative registry for the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains and the .cc and .tv country-code top-level domains, and the back-end systems for the .jobs, and .edu top-level domains. Verisign also offers a range of security services, including managed DNS, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation and cyber-threat reporting.
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  • Verisign confirms first price increase under new .net contract

    …, Verisign saw net income go up to $123 million from $113 million a year ago, on revenue that was up 0.7% at $289 million. It now has cash of $1.8 billion, up $11 million on a year ago. It ended the quarter with 144.3 million .com and .net names in its registry, up 0.8% on last year and 0.68 million sequentially. Tweet Tagged: .net, earnings, ICANN, pricing, verisign …

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 22 readers -
  • .net price increases approved

    … in cooperation with constituencies beyond ICANN including the Department of Commerce. During the negotiations for the renewal, Verisign did not request to alter the pricing cap provisions, the parties did not negotiate these provisions and the provisions remain changed from the previous agreement. The historical 10% price cap was arguably included to allow…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • Forget emojis, you can buy Egyptian hieroglyph .com domains

    … Call them the Emojis of the Ancient World. Egyptian hieroglyphs were once the cutting edge of written communication, and it turns out Verisign lets you register .com domains using them. Internationalized domain names expert Andre Schapp discovered a couple months ago that the Unicode code points for the ancient script have been approved in 16…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • About that $3,800 emoji domain sale…

    … The debate over the age of the emoji domain name ☮.com may have been settled. It probably is as old as it was claimed to be. You may recall that last week I blogged about the €3,400 ($3,816) sale of the domain to an end user. It wasn’t a big sale or a big story, but it’s so rare to see an emoji name sell I thought it was worth a few paragraphs…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 14 readers -
  • Verisign to keep price increase power under new .net contract

    … to incorporate the URS into their new contracts, leading to outrage from domainer organization the Internet Commerce Association. ICA is worried that URS will one day wind up in .com without a proper ICANN community consensus, opening its members up to more risk of losing valuable domains. The fact that URS is not being slipped into the .net contract makes…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • Now new gTLDs are being scapegoated for child abuse material (rant)

    … of child abuse material in the UK and elsewhere. That report found that new gTLD domains are being increasingly used to distribute such material, but that Verisign-run TLDs such as .com are still by far the most abused for this purpose. The number of takedowns against new gTLD domains in 2016 was 272 (226 of which were “dedicated to distributing…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein Google- 23 readers -
  • How .com became a restricted TLD

    … an extension to the EPP protocol pretty much all registries use — was outlined in a Registry Services Evaluation Process request (pdf) last May, and approved by ICANN not long after. Verisign was approved to operate in China last August in the first wave of gTLD registries to obtain government licenses. Under Chinese regulations, domain names registered…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncitein How To's- 23 readers -
  • Verisign report deletes millions of domains from history

    … Verisign has dramatically slashed its estimates for the number of domains in existence in its quarterly latest Domain Name Industry Brief reports, two of which were published this week. The headline number for the end of the fourth quarter is 329.3 million, a 0.7% increase sequentially and a 6.8% increase annually. But it’s actually a lower…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 20 readers -
  • Antitrust feds probing Verisign’s .web deal

    … US antitrust authorities are investigating Verisign over its anticipated operation of the .web gTLD. The probe was disclosed by company CEO Jim Bidzos in yesterday’s fourth-quarter earnings call. He said: On January 18, 2017, the company received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • Thick Whois policy for .com is now live

    … The domain name industry is kicking off one of its must fundamental shifts in its plumbing this week. Over the next two years, Verisign and every registrar that sells .com domains will have to rejigger their systems to convert .com from a “thin” to “thick” Whois. This means that by February 1, 2019, Verisign will for the first time control…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 19 readers -
  • ICA worried ICANN will force URS on .net

    … The Internet Commerce Association has called for a “moratorium” on the Uniform Rapid Suspension policy being added to legacy gTLD contracts, months before Verisign’s .net contract is up for renewal. In a blog post, ICA counsel Phil Corwin accused ICANN staff of making policy by the back door by compelling pre-2012 registries to adopt URS…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 21 readers -
  • Trump trends in .com, while stoners hit .net

    …. The votes to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use in several US states also seems to have inspired speculation in “pot”, “weed” and “cannabis” names, though more noticeably in .net. In fact, the only string in the .com list not related to the US polls appears to be “near” (at least, I cannot find a connection). The Verisign report…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 15 readers -
  • Donuts loses $22.5m .web lawsuit as judge rules gTLD applicants cannot sue

    … not find persuasive” an earlier and contrary ruling in the case of DotConnectAfrica v ICANN, a case that is still ongoing. Donuts sued ICANN at first to prevent the .web auction going ahead. The registry, and other .web applicants, were concerned that ultimately successful bidder Nu Dot Co was being covertly bankrolled by Verisign, which turned…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
  • Verisign and Afilias in open war over $135m .web

    … Two of the industry’s oldest and biggest gTLD registries escalated their fight over the .web gTLD auction this week, trading blows in print and in public. Verisign, accused by Afilias of breaking the rules when it committed $130 million to secure .web for itself, has now turned the tables on its rival. It accuses Afilias of itself breaking…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 26 readers -
  • Thick Whois coming to .com next year, price rise to follow?

    … Verisign could be running a “thick” Whois database for .com, .net and .jobs by mid-2017, under a new ICANN proposal. A timetable published this week would see the final three hold-out gTLDs fully move over to the standard thick Whois model by February 2019, with the system live by next August. Some people believe that Verisign might use…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 24 readers -
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