VeriSign to register RealNames domain names

Internet domain registry and security specialist VeriSign Inc. has entered into an agreement with RealNames Corp. to offer its address services through VeriSign's network of domain name registrars, the companies announced Wednesday.

VeriSign and its registrars are responsible for the registration and administration of Internet addresses ending in .com, .org and .net. The addition of the RealNames services will allow users to register Internet "keywords," which are basically simplified and easy-to-remember Internet addresses.

As part of the deal, for which terms were not disclosed, VeriSign's 90 domain name partners can resell RealNames keywords, VeriSign and RealNames said in a joint statement.

The addition of the keywords will complement VeriSign's current services, the company said.

The keyword system allows users to type, for instance, "ebay antiques," instead of into the address bar of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) to find the antiques site at eBay Inc., the companies said. Keywords are integrated into IE. (A similar feature is part of Netscape Communications Corp.'s browser.) In June, RealNames and Microsoft announced they had teamed up on a keyword-based searching service for the UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) registry in an attempt to simplify the process for businesses to provide information about their products and services on the Web.

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