Esther Dyson, who was the founding chairwoman of ICANN (among other things) doesn’t like the new top-level domains that were recently approved by ICANN. These will allow new domains to be created for practically any word or brand someone wants to register. Instead of just .com, .org, and .tv, there could be .techcrunch, .coke, .apple, .ipad, and so on. “I don’t really think that adds to the sum… → Read More
The ICANN board has voted to approve the new gTLD program, which was first announced three years ago. The new program will significantly expand Top-Level Domains (TLDs) to allow companies, organizations and even cities to turn their own brands into domain name extensions. Think .ADIDAS, .HOTEL, .BRUSSELS, .FACEBOOK and the likes.
Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to… → Read More
This is a guest post from Andrew Allemann, author of Domain Name Wire, a blog covering the business and policy of domain names. He has been active in the domain name industry as a buyer, seller, and consultant for over ten years.
A new .xxx top level domain name is coming soon, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it.
On Friday, the Board of Directors of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names… → Read More
Pretty important day in the history of the World Wide Web, if not the Internet as a whole. ICANN, sorta the Internet’s regulator, will for the first time now allow non-Latin characters for Web addresses. That means that, if we wanted, sometime in the future we could register a Russian version of CrunchGear.com at KPYHЧГИP.PYC (that’s just an example, who knows what the actual Russian country… → Read More
As expected, regulatory body ICANN has approved plans to let web addresses be written in non-Latin characters in a move that it calls the “biggest technical change” to how the Internet works since its invention four decades ago.
The vote was announced at the last day of the non-profit group’s Seoul conference.
The proposal would mean that domain names could be written in the languages such as… → Read More
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved the sweeping overhaul we mentioned the other day. Now companies will be able to register their own unique top-level domain (TLD), which is sure to be as annoying as it sounds. But think of the branding opportunities! “Go to littlebigworld.ps3 to see the all new trailer!” ”Download a special coupon from… → Read More
Who’s ready for http://www.CrunchGear.xxx? The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will vote later this week whether to “shake up,” as the Beeb puts it, the way the Internet works. Imagine an Internet with URLs in non-Roman letters, relaxed rules for those wanting a .com or .tv address, and, yes, the controversial .xxx top-level domain. ICANN had previously been… → Read More
Network Solutions and ICANN are being sued over the “front running” domain registration practices that we covered last month. “Network Solutions has forced millions of people to buy Internet domain names from them instead of cheaper competitors through a scheme that’s netted the firm millions of dollars,” according to the federal class action lawsuit filed by Kabateck… → Read More