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.
Posts about Verisign
    • Domain universe grows almost 1% in 2017 despite new gTLD slump

      The total number of registered domain names in all TLDs was up 0.9% in 2017, despite a third-quarter dip, according to the latest data compiled by Verisign. The latest Domain Name Industry Brief, published yesterday, shows that there were 332.4 million domains registered at the end of the year. That’s up by 1.7 million names (0.5%) on the third quarter and up 3.1 million names (0.9%) on 2016.

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  • Donuts releases free TLD-neutral name-spinner

    … it for over a year. The service recalls something similar released by Verisign. However, unlike the Verisign NameStudio tool, Donuts said RNS is “registry-neutral”, meaning it’s not designed to plug its own portfolio of TLDs over those from other registries. I subjected the service to a quick, non-scientific test today and found the results much…

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  • .web closer to reality as antitrust probe ends

    … up its .com market dominance, such as by burying it without a trace. People clamoring to register .web domains may still have some time to wait, however. Rival applicant Donuts, via subsidiary Ruby Glen, still has a pending lawsuit against ICANN in California. Donuts had originally sued to prevent the .web auction going ahead in mid-2016, trying…

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  • XYZ junk drop sinks the industry in Q3

    … The total number of domains registered in the world suffered a rare period of decline in the third quarter, according to Verisign’s latest numbers. The Q3 Domain Name Industry Brief shows September ended with 330.7 million registered names across all TLDs, a 1.2 million dip on the second quarter. Year-on-year, there was still growth: 3.7…

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  • Justice gives nod to O.com auction

    … The US Department of Justice does not intend to prevent Verisign from auctioning off the single-letter domain o.com. Aaron Hoag, chief of the department’s Technology & Financial Services Section, told ICANN in a letter (pdf) that it does not intend to probe Verisign’s proposal. The letter reads in its entirety: Your letter dated December…

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  • ICANN punts o.com auction to US watchdogs

    … Verisign’s proposed auction of the domain o.com might have a negative effect on competition and is to be referred to US regulators. That’s according to ICANN’s response to the .com registry’s request to release the domain, which is among the 23 single-letter domains currently reserved under the terms of its contract. ICANN has determined…

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  • Verisign wants to auction off O.com for charity

    … The internet could soon gets just its fourth active single-character .com domain name, after Verisign revealed plans to auction off o.com for charity. The company has asked ICANN to allow it to release just one of the 23 remaining one-letter .com domains, which are currently reserved under the terms of the .com registry agreement. It’s…

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  • Verisign launches name-spinner tool for if you really, really need a .com

    … Verisign has launched a new name-spinning tool, designed to help new businesses find relevant domain names in Verisign-managed TLDs. It’s called NameStudio. Verisign said: NameStudio can deliver relevant .com and .net domain name suggestions based on popular keywords, trending news topics and semantic relevance. Pulling from multiple…

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  • Corwin joins Verisign

    … towards registrant rights. He’s also fought a losing battle against ICANN “imposing” the Uniform Rapid Suspension process on pre-2012 gTLDs, due to the fear that it one day may be forced upon Verisign’s .com and .net, where most domain investment is tied up. Tweet Tagged: ICANN, internet commerce association, verisign …

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  • ICANN terminates 450 drop-catch registrars

    … Almost 450 registrars have lost their ICANN accreditations in recent days, fulfilling predictions of a downturn in the domain name drop-catch market. By my reckoning, 448 registrars have been terminated in the last week, all of them apparently shells operated by Pheenix, one of the big three drop-catching firms. Basically, Pheenix has dumped…

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  • Verisign and Afilias testing Whois killer

    … Verisign and Afilias have become the first two gTLD registries to start publicly testing a replacement for Whois. Both companies have this week started piloting implementations of RDAP, the Registration Data Access Protocol, which is expected to usurp the decades-old Whois protocol before long. Both pilots are in their very early stages…

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  • Verisign confirms first price increase under new .net contract

    … to $9.02, effective February 1, 2018 If all six options are exercised, the price of a .net would be $15.27 by the time the current contract expires, including the $0.75 ICANN fee. It would be $14.52 without the ICANN fee. The increase was confirmed by CEO Jim Bidzon as Verisign reported its second-quarter earnings yesterday. For the quarter…

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  • .net price increases approved

    … Verisign has been given the right to continue to raise the wholesale price of .net domains. It now seems likely the price charged to registrars will top $15 by 2023. ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the renewal of the .net Registry Agreement, which gives Verisign the right increase its prices by 10% per year for the six…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Verisign to keep price increase power under new .net contract

    … The wholesale price of a .net domain is likely to top $15 by 2023, under a proposed renewal of its ICANN contract revealed today. ICANN-imposed price caps are staying in the new Registry Agreement, but Verisign retains the right to increase its fees by 10% in each of the six years of the deal’s lifespan. But domain investors do have at least…

    Kevin Murphy/ DomainIncite- 16 readers -
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