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ICANN Board asks .web parties to rehash arguments

Board wants .web participants to make their argument…again. ICANN’s Board Accountability Mechanisms Committee (BAMC) is set to decide the fate of .web. But first, it wants everyone involved to rehash what has happened. The quick backstory: a company called Nu Dot Co won the auction to run the .web top level domain for $135 million. […]

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Domain stocks are down heavily with the market

All publicly traded domain companies are down this year. Asset markets have been hammered this year, and most domain name companies aren’t bucking the trend. From the close of markets on December 31 until the close yesterday, the tech-heavy NASDAQ is off 27%. The S&P 500 is down 18% and the Dow is off 13%. […]

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Verisign lowers guidance for domain growth

Company cites waning pandemic surge and general macroeconomic situation for lower-than-expected growth. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has lowered its guidance for domain name growth this year. The company originally expected the base of registered .com and .net domains to grow 2.5% to 4.5%. Now, it expects 1.75% to 3.5% growth. It has also lowered the top […]

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Verisign gets sweeping patent for dynamic and variable pricing

Patent covers dynamic domain pricing, registration requirements and more. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,244,368 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Adaptive control of domain name registrations via dynamically variable registration requirements. It’s a sweeping patent covering many aspects of domain pricing and allocation. It broadly covers four areas of […]

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GoDaddy wins contract to run .TV, Verisign didn’t bid for renewal

GoDaddy Registry will now operate and market the .tv domain. GoDaddy Registry (NYSE: GDDY) has won the contract to operate Tuvalu’s .tv country code domain name. Tuvalu is a small island nation of about 10,000 people. It struck internet gold because its ISO country code is TV, and it was therefore assigned the .tv country […]

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Verisign patents anomaly detector for domain registries

Patent describes way to track unusual registration activity. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,190,479 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for “Detection of aberrant domain registration and resolution patterns.” The patent describes a system that checks for anomalies in domain name registrations and resolution. On the registration side, it could track […]

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Revenue and DUMs up over 5% at Verisign

Verisign turns in another predictable quarter. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported earnings after the bell today. Q3 2021 revenue was up 5.1% year over year to $334 million. Net income came in at $157 million. That’s down from $171 million in the same quarter last year but up $10 million after accounting for an unrecognized tax […]

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Verisign applies pressure to ICANN to delegate .web

Verisign is tired of delays (as it should be).   Verisign is applying pressure to ICANN to delegate the .web top level domain name to it. Today, the company published a blog post that follows up to a letter (pdf) that Nu Dot Co sent to ICANN reviewing the saga and disclosing what it says […]

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Verisign has another strong quarter, raises guidance

.Com domain registrations continue to outpace prior years. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported second quarter 2021 earnings after the market closed today. The company reported another robust quarter, with 11.7 million new .com and .net domains registered in Q2. That compares to 11.1 million in the same quarter last year. Verisign ended the quarter with 170.6 […]

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Domain stocks trail market in 2021

MMX is one bright spot in the industry. Major domain name stocks are treading water this year despite the up markets. I analyzed prices from the December 31 close last year to the market close yesterday, June 9. During that period, the Dow is up 13%, the S&P is up 12% and the NASDAQ is […]

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