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12:51 am on Oct 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Four new generic top-level domains have been announced.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) is expected to roll out the new names within weeks.


New TLDs







New Generic TLDs Announced
5:47 pm on Oct 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Here's ICANN's Release on the topic.

"It's happening – the biggest change to the Internet since its inception," said Akram Atallah, president of ICANN's Generic Domains Division. "In the weeks and months ahead, we will see new domain names coming online from all corners of the world, bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined. It's this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society."Internet Domain Name Expansion Now Underway [icann.org]
Before the general public will be able to access these new gTLDs on the Internet, Registries still need to complete a final process built into the New gTLD Program to protect trademark rights holders. Following this mandatory 30-day period, a Registry can make the new gTLD available to the general public at its discretion.


Today marks an historic moment, not only for the New gTLD Program, but for the Internet as a whole. Today, the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated, or introduced into the Internet’s Root Zone. What does this mean? Well, it means a few things. From a big picture perspective, it signals the beginning of the largest-ever expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS); a change that promises to promote global innovation, competition and consumer choice. It means you will soon see the Internet grow from the 22 gTLDs that we have now (e.g., .COM, .BIZ, .ORG) to more than 1400 new possibilities.

From a logistics perspective, delegation means that the gTLD Registry can start what is known as a “Sunrise” period.
Dawn of a New Internet Era [blog.icann.org]
4:39 am on Oct 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yet another opportunity for registrars to extract rent from anxious brand owners!

Lets convince people that they need to register 1400 domains for every brand, trademark, or business name!
4:47 am on Oct 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Will anyone here be attempting to acquire 'interesting' domains?
6:11 am on Oct 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Dang. Here I was thinking "So that's why WebmasterWorld forums are suddenly happy to type non-Roman characters" ... and then it turns out to be an image. Someone, somewhere has just discovered that the entire world doesn't speak English, and there's money to be made from the other 6 billion.

"onlain" and "sait" * are pretty funny, though. (I don't read Cyrillic but I can sound it out.)


* Yesterday the forums let me type α and ᐄ. Today everything is back to normal. Color me puzzled.
 

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