VeriSign buys for $2.3 million

VeriSign Inc. has bought network infrastructure that underlies key services for bloggers from owner Scripting News Inc. for US$2.3 million in cash, the companies announced Friday.

The infrastructure includes the site, which shows a list of recently updated blogs, and its “ping” server, which allows bloggers to send notifications to one another when they update their blogs.

The server deals with almost 2 million pings daily, the companies said.

By moving the site’s ping function onto its servers, VeriSign will be able to deliver a more reliable and scalable service to users, it said. It intends to continue operating as an “openly available service,” it said.

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