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  • IDN.com owners will lose big if Verisign doesn’t get its way

    1. BY - Nov 13, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 11 Comments

    They could be forced to buy transliterations within a limited time period.

    Verisign has been negotiating its contracts for transliterations of .com for a long time, and last week we got an idea about what the hold up is.

    ICM Registry, the domain registry for .xxx and the forthcoming .adult, .porn and .sex top level domains, announced that it finally inked contracts with ICANN for new TLDs. The catch is that ICM had to change how it handled its Domain Matching program.

    ICM wanted to reserve second level domain names that match existing .xxx domain names, and then offer the reserved names to the .xxx owner if (and whenever) they decide they want the new domains. The idea is similar to what .UK is doing for owners of third level .uk domains. In that case, third level owners have five years to claim their second level domains.

    But ICANN wouldn’t let them do it this way, according to ICM. There are two issues at play, as I understand it. Click here to continue reading…

  • .Com rebound: Verisign adds 1.15 million domain names to hit 130.0 million

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 1 Comment

    After slow second quarter, Verisign returns to health growth in net-adds in third quarter.

    VerisignVerisign just reported third quarter earnings, and it appears to have been a pretty good quarter in terms of .com and .net registrations compared to the previous quarter.

    The registration base for .com and .net increased by 1.15 million domain names to reach 130.0 million.

    That’s a nice rebound from the second quarter, when Verisign added just 0.42 million registrations to its .com/.net base

    In the third quarter, it sold 8.7 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, compared to 8.3 million for the same period in 2013.

    The company reported revenue of $255 million for the third quarter of 2014, up 4.7 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

  • Verisign’s new videos: Make your Idea Official [watch]

    1. BY - Oct 22, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 1 Comment

    Clever video series promotes registering a domain name as the first step in a business idea.

    Verisign released a couple videos today as part of its “Make your Idea Official” campaign. The videos remind me a bit of more recent humorous ads from GoDaddy. Although the videos promote .com and .net, they’re good overall for promoting domain name registration.

    In the first video, a guy see’s some other dude moving in on his “idea” at a club: Click here to see the videos

  • Is Verisign’s plan for a standards group part of its patent play?

    1. BY - Sep 24, 2014
    2. Domain Services
    3. 1 Comment

    Company’s CEO disclosed creating an industry group as part of monetizing its patent portfolio.

    VerisignVerisign recently announced plans to organize a group called Registration Operations Association (ROA) to discuss technical aspects of domain name registration.

    A three part blog series proposing the group, penned by Verisign Senior Director Scott Hollenbeck, focuses on Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and the challenges of registrars working with different EPP extensions created by the growing number of registries.

    Parties in the domain registration ecosystem might be cool to Verisign’s overtures. After all, they’re still stinging from Verisign’s efforts to slow down the introduction of new top level domain names.

    Also, given that registrars have no problems with Verisign’s own EPP, they might question what Verisign seeks to gain by helping other registries.

    The answer might be found in Verisign’s second quarter investor call in July. Verisign CEO James Bidzos said: Click to continue reading…

  • Verisign would like to remind you that plenty of .com’s are still available

    1. BY - Sep 19, 2014
    2. Uncategorized
    3. 2 Comments

    …but it paints availability in the best possible light.

    VerisignEver since new top level domains started rolling out, Verisign has been pushing the idea that plenty of high quality .com domain names are still available.

    It’s sort of right. Click here to continue reading