SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, Inc.

February 09, 2010 10:00 ET

".com 25" Nominees Announced as 25th Anniversary of .com Approaches

Honorees to Be Celebrated at San Francisco Gala Hosted by Dana Carvey

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2010) - VeriSign, the long-time operator of the .com domain, announced last week it will recognize 25 years of Internet innovation with a year-long celebration of how far the consumer Internet has come, the impact it's had on our daily lives and, more important, what the next 25 years holds.

A cornerstone of this campaign will be the recognition of the ".com 25," the pioneering companies and individuals who have had a lasting impact on the Internet's development. The winners will be announced during an evening gala in San Francisco, at San Francisco City Hall on May 26, 2010.

The 25 Years of .com Gala, hosted by comedian Dana Carvey, will be a festive evening event focused on celebrating the ".com 25." Selected by a distinguished panel including some of Silicon Valley's leading observers, the .com 25 honors the remarkable innovators, entrepreneurs and companies whose inspiring contributions were fundamental in shaping the Internet and, thereby, forever changing the way we think and act as individuals and as a society.

.com 25 Nominees

Seventy-five people and companies have been nominated and ratified by the judging panel. The list includes luminaries like John Chambers of Cisco, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Tim Berners-Lee, as well as pioneering companies like Google, Facebook and eBay. For a full list of the nominees, please see below or visit www.25yearsof.com.

.com 25 Judges

From the list of nominees, a distinguished panel comprised of some key Internet's influencers will select the winners of the .com 25. The judges are:

-- Steve Blank, Retired Entrepreneur and Stanford and Berkeley Adjunct Professor

-- David Kirkpatrick, Journalist and Author (The Facebook Effect), co-founder of Techonomy

-- Kevin Maney, Technology Author and Journalist

-- Dan Scheinman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Media Solutions Group

-- Drew Schutte, Senior Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer, Conde Nast Digital

-- Jonah Seiger, Founder, Managing Partner at Connections Media LLC

-- Ikhlaq Sidhu, Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

The judges will make the final selection of the .com 25, but the public is also encouraged to weigh in on their favorites at www.25yearsof.com.

A web site -- www.25yearsof.com -- will host a variety of multimedia content throughout the coming months, showcasing the innovators and entrepreneurs who have shaped the Internet. 25yearsof.com is a year-long celebration of Internet innovation, all of which can be followed at:

Twitter: Keep up with our latest news at @25yearsofdotcom

Facebook: Friend us at facebook.com/25yearsofdotcom

Video: Watch people from leading Internet companies answer the question "How Do You .com?" at 25yearsof.com

The .com 25 Award Nominees

1. Al Gore, Former Vice President

2. Alibaba Group, Chinese holding company of Internet-based businesses

3. Amazon.com, Jeff Bezos

4. Andy Grove, Intel

5. AOL, Steve Case

6 Apple, Steve Jobs

7. Baidu, Chinese search engine

8. Barry Diller, IAC

9. BEA, enterprise application infrastructure solutions

10. Blogger.com, blog development/creation service

11. Cisco, John Chambers

12. CitySearch, online city guide

13. Cnet, news service

14. CNN.com, news service

15. Craigslist, online classifieds

16. Digg, content sharing service

17. eBay, Pierre Omidyar

18. eHarmony, dating service

19. ESPN, sports information

20. eTrade, financial services

21. Evite, invitation service

22. Expedia, travel service

23. Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

24. Fandango, movie info/sales

25. FedEx.com, shipping service

26. Flickr, photo sharing

27. Gawker, celebrity gossip

28. Google, Larry Page & Sergey Brin

29. Huawei, networking and telecomm equipment provider

30. Huffington Post, news service

31. Hulu, video content service

32. IMDB, movie/television information

33. Infosys (India), IT services company

34. James Gosling, creator of Java

35. Jim Clark, Netscape/WebMD

36. LinkedIn, professional networking

37. Mapquest, travel service

38. Match.com, dating service

39. Microsoft/MSN/Gates Foundation, Bill Gates

40. Monster.com, career resource service

41. Motley Fool, financial services

42. MSNBC.com, news

43. Muhammed Yunus, Bangladeshi banker and economist

44. MySpace, social networking

45. Napster, Sean Fanning

46. Netflix, movie rentals

47. Netscape, Marc Andreessen

48. Opentable, restaurant info/reservations

49. Oracle, Larry Ellison

50. Overstock.com, retail

51. Pandora, music sharing

52. PayPal, payment service

53. Priceline.com, travel service

54. Salesforce.com, SaaS company

55. Salon.com, news service

56. Shutterfly, photo-sharing service

57. Skype, Niklas Zennstrom & Janus Friis

58. Slate.com, news service

59. Snapfish, photo-sharing service

60. Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy

61. The Onion, news satire

62. TheKnot, wedding service

63. Tim Berners-Lee, engineer and computer scientist

64. TMZ, celebrity gossip

65. Travelocity, travel service

66. TripAdvisor, travel service

67. Twitter, social networking and micro blogging service

68. Vinod Khosla, Indian-American Venture Capitalist, Co-founder Sun Microsystems

69. Vint Cerf, computer scientist

70. Walmart.com, retailer

71. WebMD, health information service

72. Wired, monthly magazine and online periodical

73. Yahoo, Jerry Yang

74. YouTube, video sharing website

75. Zappos, shoe retailer

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com.

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