U.S.-ICANN Transition Threatened by Verisign Deals

The U.S. government plans within weeks to end much of its oversight of the California nonprofit that helps run the internet, a move with broad international support. But recent business deals by the nonprofit are threatening to roil those plans. Under the deals, the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, is set to give significant new business to its largest contractor, Verisign Inc., under circumstances that some say show favoritism.