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VeriSign became known for essentially running the Internet's address books, managing the directories for domains such as .com. But it has been steadily branching out into other Net-infrastructure technologies, providing services for security and e-commerce payments. That has paid off handsomely: First-quarter profits jumped more than fivefold, to $49 million, on a 75% rise in sales, to $401 million.
One standout new business: Its Jamba unit, which sells ringtones, games, and other content for mobile phones. Since VeriSign's acquisition of the German company last year, it has become responsible for more than a third of VeriSign's sales. The mobile-content business got another boost in April, with VeriSign's $270 million acquisition of LightSurf, which lets mobile-phone users more easily exchange photos and video.
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
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