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Confirmed: Verisign buys Weblogs.com

We're getting confirmation that the rumors about Verisign buying Dave Winer's Weblogs.com are true. The price is $2 million. What Verisign wants with Weblogs is another matter. Weblogs was one of the first, if not the first, centralized ping servers that blogs could use to alert the world to new content.

UPDATE: Scoble explains what Weblogs does. And Brian Sullivan wonders if the blogs hosted at the weblogs.com domain are part of the deal.

UPADTE2: The official confirmation is here, including info about Verisign's plans for the service.

UPDATE3: Winer tells Paid Content the sale price was actually $2.3 million.

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From: PaidContent.org
Report: Winer Sells Weblogs.com To Verisign
Excerpt: : Updated at 6:40 p.m. eastern: Jason Kottke is reporting with a healthy amount of skepticism that Dave Winer has sold Weblogs.com, the largest and oldest ping service, to Verisign. I've confirmed it with someone familiar with the situation. Kottke...
Tracked: October 6, 2005 5:11 PM
From: kottke.org
Weblogs.com sold to Verisign?
Excerpt: Boy, the scent of money is in the air these days. The latest report is that Dave Winer has sold weblogs.com to Verisign (~$5 million is the figure being bandied about). This is an interesting one because it seemed crazy (see below) when I first heard a...
Tracked: October 6, 2005 7:35 PM
From: Social Software and Online Community Development
More Blog Acquisitions: Verisign Acquires Weblogs.com

Verisign Acquires Weblogs.com: Verisign has confirmed their acquisition of the Weblogs.com ping server network and related assets. ...Dave Winer, the founder of Weblogs.com and the inventor of blog ping servers tells the story here (and kindly men...
Tracked: October 7, 2005 9:32 AM

From: The Cynosural Blog
Weblogs Purchase Confusion
Excerpt: Just remember, don't confuse AOL buying Weblogs, Inc. with Verisign buying weblogs.com. XX(
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Excerpt: Nothing in the blogosphere is really considered “little known” these days especially given the # of trackbacks on Versign’s blog . . . but comparatively, the purchase of weblogs.com by Verisgn got very little attention given the imp...
Tracked: October 7, 2005 11:45 AM
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I'm still trying to figure out why VRSN is buying into Blogosphere .. Being the big bad Registrar, etc.

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