Rumor: Sold To Verisign

    October 6, 2005

Latest rumor, as reported on Jason Kottke’s site: sold to Verisign? Note: this is different than, which WAS sold to AOL yesterday.

Dave Winer is my friend, so I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor (he owns and is in the air traveling right now). It sure will be interesting to see what happens in this space, though. is an important (and often ignored) piece of blog infrastructure. It’s a ping server. When I post on my blog, it pings and tells it “something was just published.” This lets search engines like Google/MSN/Yahoo visit. It also lets a whole raft of services be built on top of it. Most of the Blog Search engines watch this server for pings.

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