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September 25, 2018 17:05

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.XYZ gets another win against Verisign

Appeals court decision gives XYZ another chance to be awarded legal fees. It’s been over three years since Verisign (NYSE: VRSN) sued XYZ, the seller of .xyz domain names, for false advertising. The District Court granted summary judgment in favor of XYZ in November 2015 but that wasn’t the end of it. XYZ asked the […]

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O.com might be coming, along with other single letter .com domain names

ICANN moves forward with Verisign plan to auction O.com domain name. Single letter .com domain names are very rare. They aren’t just limited to the 26 letters of the alphabet; there are just three. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN), the registry for .com, isn’t allowed to allocate any single letter .com domain names. Three .com domains were registered […]

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VeriSign’s domain base grew by 1.91 million names last quarter

Historically strong Q1 delivers for Verisign. VeriSign (NASDAQ:VRSN) reported first quarter 2018 earnings after the bell yesterday. The base of .com and .net domain names grew by 1.91 million during the quarter and 9.6 million new .com and .net domains were registered. This comes in toward the high end of Verisign’s predicted range of 1.5 […]

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.Com/.Net base grew by 1.47 million in Q3

Growth in base outpaces Verisign’s forecast. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the domain name registry for .com and .net domain names, reported results for Q3 after the bell today. The total base of registered .com and .net domain names increased 1.47 million over the quarter. Verisign had forecast growth of 0.8 million to 1.3 million registrations, so […]

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.Com/.Net domain base increases just 0.68 million in second quarter

Base barely budges but beats Verisign’s expecations. Verisign (VRSN), the registry for .com and .net domain names, released results after the closing bell today. The base of registered domains in .com and .net barely budged, increasing 0.68 million during the quarter. But this is above Verisign’s forecast of 0.0 to 0.4 million growth. It predicted […]

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U.S. Antitrust Division investigating Verisign running .Web

U.S. government makes Civil Investigative Demand about .web. The long-running fight for the .web top level domain name has taken another turn as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation. Verisign CEO James Bidzos revealed the investigation on the company’s regularly scheduled earnings call today. Bidzos said the company […]

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Breaking: Verisign loses appeal in .XYZ lawsuit

Appeals court affirms District Court’s decision to grant summary judgment to XYZ in false advertising case. David has beaten Goliath. Again. Verisign (NASDAQ:VRSN) has lost its appeal in its false advertising lawsuit against .XYZ and its founder, Daniel Negari. Verisign, which runs the .com and .net namespaces, alleged in a lawsuit that Negari made false […]

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Verisign signs .com contract extension, amends cooperative agreement

Company enters into three agreements today, including the .com contract extension. Verisign (NYSE:VRSN) today signed amended agreements with ICANN and the Department of Commerce (DOC) related to the U.S. government IANA functions transition. The company signed an amendment to its .com contract with ICANN, extending the term to 2024 and, at least for now, keeping […]

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The .Com Cliff is .Coming

Is .com’s growing base of registrations about to go negative? Jim Bidzos was wrong. Bidzos, the CEO of .com registry Verisign, was celebrating a better-than-expected third quarter last year. Domain name registrations were higher than normal thanks to emerging markets. Bidzos and his leadership team thought the short-term boost was over. On an investor conference […]

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A .com price freeze through 2024 more likely?

More likely, but not guaranteed. When ICANN published its proposed contract extension with Verisign for the .com contract, it didn’t discuss the question of pricing. .Com prices are currently capped at $7.85 wholesale. The extension, from 2018 to 2024, didn’t touch the pricing element. But the understanding was that Verisign and the U.S. government, which […]

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