Tag Archives: VRSN

Mon 15th February 2016
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.Com Tops 125 Million Domain Registrations - According to Verisign (VRSN) the registry for .Com, the number of .Com registration crossed the 125 million mark in the Domain Name Base. The active zone file is just over 124 Million domain names. The active zone file does not include domain names that are not configured for use, and those in client or server hold status. At TheDomains.com when we report on .Com domain registrations we always use the Domain Name Base figure. In January 2014 the number of .com registrations stood at 112 Million. By ... read more ...
Fri 12th February 2016
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Verisign: What goes adult competence come down - Strong end of 2015 could make for a challenging end to 2016. .Com domain name registry Verisign reported Q4 results after the bell yesterday. Thanks to Chinese domain name investors, the company had 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net last quarter, as compared to 8.2 million for the same quarter in 2014. This boosted its base of .com and .net by 4.6 million after deletions. Verisign does not expect this surge to continue. It expects a return to normalcy in Q1, with net additions ... read more ...
 
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Verisign Working On Getting Contract To Operate .Com Registry For 10 More Years - In the earnings call today, Verisign (VRSN) announced that it was in “in the final stages of drafting the new Root Zone Maintainer Agreement with ICANN “to perform this Root Zone Maintainer role as a commercial service for ICANN upon the successful transition of the IANA functions.” “To ensure that root operations continue to perform at the same high level during the expected 10-year term of the Root Zone Maintainer Agreement, ICANN and VeriSign are in discussions to extend the term of the ... read more ...
Wed 10th February 2016
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Verisign files opening brief in interest opposite .XYZ - David v. Goliath battle continues in appeals court. Verisign has filed its opening brief (pdf) with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in its dispute with new top level domain name company XYZ. In October 2015, a federal district judge dismissed Verisign’s lawsuit against the operator of the .xyz domain name. Verisign subsequently appealed. Verisign argues that the district judge misapplied the standards for summary judgment and misinterpreted statements of fact. At the heart of Verisign’s ... read more ...
Fri 20th November 2015
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Judge In 1st Verisign vs. XYZ Case Publishes 15 Page Opinion - The federal judge CLAUDE M. HILTON who granted a summary judgement in favor of .XYZ and Daniel Negari last month throwing Verisign’s case for false advertising out, today handed down a 15 page Memorandum Opinion supporting the summary judgement decision and of course its very interesting. Here are the highlights: THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Defendants XYZ.COM, LLC and Daniel Negari ‘s (“XYZ” or “Defendants”) Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff Verisign, Inc Defendant XYZ ... read more ...
 
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XYZ & Negari Beats Verisign In Federal Court, Again: CentralNic Too - .XYZ has just won another court battle against Verisign (VRSN). Back three weeks ago a Federal Court dismissed a case brought by Verisign against XYZ.com,  the registry for .XYZ and Daniel Negari personally alleging  false advertising by granting XYZ and Negari a short summary judgement opinion. Now in a second case in Verisign sued XYZ.COM, DANIEL NEGARI and CentralNic,  which is the back-end provider for the .XYZ registry,  for tortuous interference and business conspiracy relating to changing ... read more ...
Wed 18th November 2015
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As .Com registrations surge, is Verisign a good buy? - Domain name registrations are outpacing Verisign’s guidance. There was a rather spirited conversation over at DomainSherpa today about the landrush on short domain names. Is it a bubble? Maybe so. But guests Frank Schilling, Andrew Rosener and Shane Cultra discussed one way you can play in this boom without ever buying a numeric or four character domain name: buy Verisign stock. The thinking is that most analysts and people following the stock market aren’t keeping up-to-date with .com and .net ... read more ...
Wed 14th October 2015
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Verisign: XYZ Is 6 On The Top 10 Trending Keyword For .Com Registrations In September - Verisign’s (VRSN) published the top 10 keywords in registered in .COM and .NET in September and with the help of Google who bought amazing publicity to the .XYZ extension with its acquisition of abc.xyz, the term XYZ was number 6 on the top 10 .com list. In all 2356 .com domain names were registered that contained XYZ and here is the list of  September .com registrations that contained XYZ Curiously the domain name google-abcdefghijklmnopkrstuvwxyz.com was registered in September before it was ... read more ...
Mon 12th October 2015
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New gTLD's: Stock Firm Trefis Says Verisign "Doesn't Have Much To Worry About" - Stock investment firm Trefis.com issued a report on Verisign (VRSN) today entitled “The New Domain Name Game” and concluded when it comes to new gTLD’s (new domain name extensions): “It appears that VeriSign doesn’t have much to worry about, at the moment, when it comes to the introduction of new domain name extensions. “Even though the company’s market share has been reduced (52.5% in 2007 to 46.6% in 2014) and will probably continue to decline in the future due to higher competition ... read more ...
Thu 23rd October 2014
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.Com rebound: Verisign adds 1.15 million domain names to strike 130.0 million - After slow second quarter, Verisign returns to health growth in net-adds in third quarter. Verisign 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 ... read more ...
Fri 25th July 2014
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Verisign batch jumps after gain report - Stock investors still think .com is king. Verisign reported earnings yesterday and shares in the company are up 12% in trading so far today. Why the jump in share price after a dismal quarter for net domain name adds? Well, Citigroup upgraded the company from sell to neutral today saying “fundamentals have likely bottomed”. Financials apparently exceeded most expectations. Verisign had just 0.42 million net adds in .com and .net last quarter. It expects Q3 net ... read more ...
Fri 26th April 2013
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4 things Verisign pronounced on the financier discussion call - From Google to where it stashes its cash, here’s what Verisign told analysts yesterday. Yesterday Verisign announced earnings for the first quarter and held its investor conference call. Here are four key things the company explained. Google is slowing our growth. Verisign blames the reduced growth rate in its domain base on overall macroeconomic trends (especially in Europe) and on changes to Google’s search algorithms. On yesterday’s conference call, it certainly ... read more ...
Thu 25th April 2013
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Verisign earnings: adds 1.99 million domains in Q1 - .Com registry Verisign reports first quarter earnings. Verisign reported its first quarter earnings after the bell today. In the first quarter it added a combined 1.99 million domain names in .com and .net. That brings the total to 123.1 million active domain names in the zone for .com and .net — a 5.5 percent increase year over year. This is an improvement over Q4 2012 when it added only 1.25 million names. But a better comparison my by Q1 of 2012, when it added ... read more ...
Thu 4th April 2013
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Apparently Verisign is value a same with or but cost hikes - Company’s market cap is back up to October levels. Just as I don’t understand why the DOW has been hitting all time records lately, I also don’t understand this: Verisign is apparently worth the same with or without seven-percent-a-year price hikes on .com. When Verisign dropped the bomb on October 25 that the Department of Commerce was reviewing its ability to automatically increase prices, the company had a marketcap of about $7 billion. Verisign signed a ... read more ...
Mon 28th January 2013
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Verisign’s patents: who will a association go after? - Company’s patent portfolio isn’t limited to domain name industry. Last week Verisign said it would consider ways to monetize its patent portfolio. The company’s patent portfolio is quite broad. In addition to covering domain names, it has patents and patent applications covering everything from digital cameras to online payments to databases to telecom. Who will it go after? Let’s take a look at some of the potential targets. Competing domain registries Verisign ... read more ...
Fri 30th November 2012
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Verisign shares dump 15% on agreement change - Verisign stock nosedives on news of new contract without price increases. Shares of Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) are down 15% in early trading after the company announced that its contract to run .com had been renewed without price increases. Verisign’s contract renewal with ICANN allowed it to raise prices 7% in four of the six years of the contract. That would have allowed the company to raise the price from $7.85 today to $10.29 after four years. But then the U.S. ... read more ...
Thu 26th July 2012
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VeriSign blames domain monetization for reduce renovation rate - Lower than usual renewal rate blamed on search engine changes. Verisign had its second best quarter ever for new domain name registrations last quarter, but its renewal rate was lower than usual. The company cites two reasons. First, there were large promotions by domain registrars a year ago (apparently mostly from one large registrar) that led to an uptick in new registrations that came up for renewal last quarter. Second, and more interesting, Verisign blames “search ... read more ...
Wed 30th May 2012
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Domain bonds doing really good this year - Tucows more than doubles and other domain stocks also on a tear. It has been a decent year for the NASDAQ so far. But returns on domain stocks have been exceptional. Consider Tucows (TCX), which opened the year at 75 cents. It has more than doubled to $1.52 at today’s open. The company continues to buy back stock, but I also think there’s overall enthusiasm for its domain business and the prospects of its mobile phone offering Ting. Demand Media, which owns eNom, ... read more ...
Wed 11th May 2011
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VeriSign Monopoly Case Fizzles, No Break for Domainers - CFIT settles with VeriSign for $0. Hopes by domainers that .com prices would fall thanks to an antitrust lawsuit have officially been dashed. VeriSign just released a press release stating that Coalition for ICANN Transparency has agreed to drop a case against it. The lawsuit attacked both VeriSign’s no-bid contract with ICANN that allowed it to raise prices 7% a year as well as its planned domain waitlisting service. Although ultimately CFIT lost, I suspect their ... read more ...
Thu 27th January 2011
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VeriSign Loses Money (Sort Of) as .Com and .Net Top 105 Million - Excluding a one time charge VeriSign reports nice earnings for Q4. VeriSign reported a loss for the fourth quarter of 2010 in earnings just released. So how can the company that prints money with the .com and .net registry lose money? It was a one time charge related to contingent interest on a special dividend that swung the company to a loss. Ignore this one time event and VeriSign had a great quarter thanks to rising domain registrations. The company earned and ... read more ...
Wed 19th May 2010
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VeriSign Withdraws Request for “Domain Name Exchange” Service - Registry nixes domain trade-in plans — for now. Last month VeriSign submitted an evaluation request to ICANN for a so-called “Domain Name Exchange”. VeriSign has withdrawn the request according to the evaluation status on ICANN’s web site. The service would basically allow domain name registrars to return unused domain names in exchange for others. This would be ideal for companies that sell web packages for less than a year at a time. For example, a web ... read more ...
Wed 27th May 2009
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Demand Media Awarded Patent for Tiered Domain Name Registrations - The return of domain name tasting? Demand Media, parent company of eNom, has been awarded United States Patent 7539774 for “Method for domain name registration and a corresponding apparatus”. The patent application was filed in 2005 and appears to be targeted toward domain monetization of low traffic domains. The idea would be for the registry, such as VeriSign (NSDQ: VRSN), to offer domain registrations at different prices but with different rights. For example, ... read more ...
Wed 18th February 2009
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VeriSign to Pay $6M More to ICANN in FY 2010 - Proposed budget includes increased contractual fee from VeriSign. Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has published its Proposed Framework for FY10 Operating Plan and Budget (pdf). ICANN’s Financial Year 2010 runs July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Despite the possibility of declining domain registrations, ICANN will get a $6 million windfall thanks to a fixed fee provision in its dotcom agreement with VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN). VeriSign will ... read more ...
 
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VeriSign: 177 Million Domain Names Registered - Latest industry brief shows rate of domain registration growth slowing. VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has released its latest Domain Name Industry Brief (pdf), which shows an all time high of 177 million domain names in existence. Although the total base of domains is growing, the growth rate is falling. The total base of domain names increased only 2% in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the third quarter. New registrations in the fourth quarter totaled 10.1M, ... read more ...
Mon 8th December 2008
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Domainers Don’t Care if VeriSign Increases Prices - Do domain name owners care if VeriSign can drastically increase .com prices? Apparently not. ICANN has released new details about its proposed registry agreement and added a line-by-line comparison to previous registry agreements. These agreements dictate the terms that registries such as VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) must follow as they run top level domains. You can see details of the new information on ICANN’s web site. As written before on Domain Name Wire along ... read more ...