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Wednesday
Jun132012

ICANN Releases New Web Domain Name Options

Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images (LONDON) -- By 2013 we could be typing domain names that end in .app, .blog, or .apple into our web browsers.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Wednesday released the list of companies that have applied for new generic Top Level Domains (or gTLDs).

A gTLD, as ICANN explained on its website, “is an Internet domain name extension such as the familiar .com, .net, or .org.”  To date, there have only been 22 gTLDs, including .com, .edu, .gov, etc. But that’s about to change.

Instead of the .com or .net suffixes attached to website addresses, ICANN has taken applications from companies that have applied for new gTLDs. Many companies want their own — Microsoft has applied for .microsoft, Apple for .apple, and Netflix for .netflix. (The entire list can be found here.) Google, which is listed as the Charleston Road Registry, applied for the most gTLDs, including, .lol, .blog, .baby and .boo.

Not all of the domains will be approved. ICANN is currently going over them, and according to its CEO, Rod Beckstrom, as many as a thousand gTLDs could be approved by next year. At an event today in London, Beckstrom said, “The Internet is about to change forever.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan122012

'Dot Com' Is So 1997: New Web Domain Names On the Way

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Say goodbye to the days of simple web domain suffixes like .com, .net and .org.  Starting on Thursday, the organization that oversees the Internet is accepting applications from companies and individuals who wish to change the ending to their website addresses.

The shakeup marks the first time in over a decade that new domain names will be allowed.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a measure to expand on the current 22 suffixes last June.  In announcing the move, ICANN said it would allow applicants to request endings featuring "almost any word in any language."

"ICANN has opened the Internet's naming system to unleash the global human imagination," Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO of ICANN, said then.  "Today's decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script.  We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind."

Those seeking to apply for one of the custom Internet domain name endings will have to shell out $185,000.

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Monday
Jun202011

Group Approves Expansion of Internet Domain Naming System

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SINGAPORE) -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a measure Monday to expand the number of existing Internet domain name endings, marking one of the biggest shake ups to the naming convention in years.

The new plan will dramatically add to the current 22 domain suffixes in use.  It will allow applicants to request endings featuring "almost any word in any language," according to ICANN.

"ICANN has opened the Internet's naming system to unleash the global human imagination," said Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO of ICANN.  "Today's decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script.  We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind."

Those seeking to apply for new Internet domain name endings will be able to do so for $185,000.  Applications will be taken starting next year.

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