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  • Bad news for IDN.com investors

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
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    Verisign still negotiating with ICANN over .com transliteration domain names.

    Owners of IDN.com domain names that are patiently waiting for .com transliterations are going to have to keep waiting.

    In an SEC filing today, and on its investor conference call, Verisign said it has received an extension to the deadline for negotiating its contracts for these domains with ICANN. The new deadline is December 31.

    The company would not disclose the specific terms of the contract that it is trying to negotiate.

    I can imagine that, whatever the terms are, ICANN doesn’t want to do any favors for Verisign right now. ICANN and Verisign have been sparring significantly over the past couple years. It’s also unclear what leverage, if any, Verisign has for negotiating new TLD contracts.

    Unfortunately, IDN.com owners are the ones caught in the middle.

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

    1. BY - Oct 23, 2014
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    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
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    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
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    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: 3% of new TLD registrations contain business websites

    1. BY - Aug 13, 2014
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    Parked domains make up the bulk of new TLD registrations.

    Verisign analyzed registrations of new top level domain names to determine how second level registrations under these new domain names are being used.

    The analysis determined that just 3% of domains registered so far are being used for a “business website” and the majority of domains are parked:

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    The breakdown is much more nuanced than what the company presents about its own TLDs, .net and .com. When it decides to report the numbers, the company splits .com/.net into three buckets: one page websites, multiple page website and no websites. The breakdown amongst these groups is typically around 20%/65%/15%. (I’ve asked Verisign if it will run the same analysis it ran for new TLDs for .com.)

    Verisign provides a number of caveats and points out outliers in the data. For example, the parked page percentage would be much lower if Web.com wasn’t registering and parking .xyz domain names on behalf of its customers.

    It’s worth noting that every new top level domain name registration is less than 8 months old. I suspect the numbers for .com domains registered less than 8 months are even more skewed to parked pages than the slash line I noted above.

    Verisign is careful not to draw any conclusions from the data, only noting that it’s “early days for new gTLDs” and that “this analysis offers an interesting snapshot of the first few months of new gTLD general availability.”

    Of course, we all know where Verisign stands on new TLDs.