Mountain View, California – (The Hosting News) – October 7, 2005 – Internet security and infrastructure company, VeriSign, Inc., has announced that it has purchased Weblogs.com and its ping service from Scripting News, Inc., to provide more stable and reliable communications for the Internet’s blogosphere.
A ping server automatically notifies subscribers when new content is posted to a web site or blog. Weblogs.com is the original ping server created and developed by pioneering blogger Dave Winer, also one of the pioneers of Really Simple Syndication (RSS). Weblogs.com currently handles nearly two million pings each day and supports thousands of daily RSS feeds from bloggers as well as professional publishers.
By migrating Weblogs.com’s ping service to VeriSign’s reliable and scalable ping infrastructure, VeriSign will be able to offer the users of RSS and real-time content a robust, intelligent platform as the use of RSS and real-time content continues its rapid growth. VeriSign will continue to operate Weblogs.com as an openly available service, greatly benefiting the entire blogosphere, from individual bloggers to value-added feed applications such as blog search services.
Mark McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of VeriSign’s Naming and Directory Services explained the acquisition, “The Internet has experienced an explosion in both the number of bloggers and the number of daily RSS feeds from bloggers over the past 12 to 24 months, but the infrastructure to support that level of Internet communications has not kept pace. VeriSign is uniquely positioned to provide the scalable, secure infrastructure that the blogosphere needs. Purchasing the ping server architecture of Weblogs.com enables VeriSign to continue supporting the vast numbers of Internet communications and improve the experience of millions of Internet users.”
Currently, VeriSign enables over 14.5 billion Internet interactions each day in operating the Internet’s .com and .net infrastructure. VeriSign purchased Weblogs.com from Scripting News, Inc. for $2.3 million in cash.
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