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  • .london: British capital gets its own top-level domain November 16, 2013

    London: London will join a handful of cities launching their own Internet domain names next year to build a greater online presence and promote the British capital, the mayor's office said on Friday. ICANN, the world body that oversees the web's naming conventions, gave London the go-ahead this week to use...
  • VeriSign wins .com renewal, but can't hike prices December 1, 2012

    New York: The US federal government has cleared VeriSign to manage the databases that house ".com" domain names for another six years, but the company won't be allowed to raise prices without approval. Under the current contract, which expired on Friday, VeriSign was guaranteed four price increases of up to 7...
  • ICANN names Fadi Chehade as new chief executive June 25, 2012

    Prague: The organisation that oversees Internet domain names has appointed a new chief executive, who will have to take on some of the major challenges facing the non-profit body, including controversy over expansion of its services. Fadi Chehade will start his new job at ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...
  • Privacy gaffe discovered in Internet address bids June 16, 2012

    New York: The organisation in charge of introducing new Internet addresses to rival ".com" briefly suspended access to some of the documents on its website after a privacy gaffe. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said it had mistakenly published the postal addresses of some individuals - information that...
  • Amazon, Google lead rush for new Web real estate June 14, 2012

    London: An unprecedented land grab for new Web addresses began in earnest on Wednesday with fierce competition for new internet real estate including .app, .blog and .web from applicants hoping to break the near-monopoly of the .com top-level domain. The ambitious plan to liberalise internet addresses attracted 1,930 applications, almost half...
  • Mumbai Indians to get its own Web domain suffix? June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian companies did not display much interest in submitting proposals for new Internet address suffixes. Of the 1930 applications that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced for new domain name suffixes only 21 have been applied for by Indian companies. There are also three gTLDs...
  • 21 Indian domain suffixes in ICANN's new list June 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Of the 1930 applications that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) received for new domain name suffixes only 21 have been applied for by Indian companies. The new gTLD (generic top-level domains) program is one the most substantive changes to the Domain Name System (DNS) in...
  • Full list: ICANN reveals new domain name suffixes June 13, 2012

    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received a total of 1930 applications, after refunds, for new domain name suffixes. The new gTLD program is one the most substantive changes to the Domain Name System (DNS) in the Internet's history. Here's the complete list of new domain...
  • Watch live: ICANN reveals new domain name suffixes June 13, 2012

    ICANN is revealing which companies, organisations, start-ups, geographical regions and others have applied for gTLDs and which domain names they are seeking at a news conference in London.The application window for new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) names closed on 30 May after receiving more than 1,900 applications.The new gTLD program...
  • How the Internet will get new domain name suffixes June 12, 2012

    California: On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will release a list of some 2,000 proposals for new Internet address suffixes. They can represent hobbies, ethnic groups, corporate brand names and more. Expanding the number of suffixes, the ".com" part of an Internet address, has been one of...
  • Web address controversy deepens after US warning March 24, 2012

    London: A controversial attempt to expand Internet addresses far beyond the likes of .com, .org or .net has provoked a rare threat from the US government to withdraw a key license from the body that runs the Internet's core functions. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) depends on...
  • Businesses complain of .xxx shakedown August 16, 2011

    New York: In preparation for a new triple-x Internet domain that will launch in December, lawyers for the most storied brands in the United States are scrambling to prevent an x-rated rip-off of an invaluable asset: corporate Web addresses. The domain operator administering the .xxx domain is accepting early applications...
  • New Internet rules will spawn battle for 'dots' June 22, 2011

    New York: When it comes to branding on the Internet, 2012 may be the dawn of a chaotic new era with companies and other groups expected to battle over suffixes like .cancer, .chocolate and just about .anything. The decision on Monday by the body that governs Internet domain names to stop...
  • ICANN to unleash new domain names June 20, 2011

    Singapore: The regulatory body that oversees Internet domain names voted on Monday to revamp the domain naming system for websites, allowing them to end with words like "apple" and "orange" instead of suffixes such as ".com" or ".gov". "ICANN has opened the Internet's naming system to unleash the global human imagination....
  • Internet braces for '.Vegas' and other not-coms June 18, 2011

    Washington: Coming soon to the Internet: website addresses that end in ".bank," ".Vegas" and ".Canon." The organization that oversees the Internet address system is preparing to open the floodgates to a nearly limitless selection of new website suffixes, including ones in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. That could usher in the...
  • ICANN hires hacker as security chief April 29, 2011

    Boston: A hacker who goes by the name Dark Tangent was hired to oversee security for the nonprofit group that manages all Internet addresses to make sure each one is unique. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, said on Thursday that it has hired hacker Jeff Moss...
  • .xxx domain names for porn now on sale April 19, 2011

    London: Pornography-only suffix - .xxx - is now part of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the first addresses like porn.xxx, sex.xxx and xxx.xxx are being used to promote its sale, it was reported here. Daily Telegraph reported that following approval from ICANN, a US quango, the pornography-only suffix has been...
  • ICANN approves .xxx domain for porn content March 21, 2011

    San Francisco: The internet now has its own official red-light district, where sex sites will be regulated against fraud, viruses and child porn. ICANN, the organisation that oversees the internet, gave final approval Friday to a proposal to create a new top-level domain name on the web with the suffix .xxx,...
  • A browser to free the Web of suffixes December 21, 2010

    Helsinki: A Dutch technology company has emerged as a front-runner in a project to rid the Internet of limited number of suffixes such as .com, and offer single names which can be countries, company names or fantasy words. Such a system, which enables countries, individuals and firms to have a Web...
  • Porn sites closer to getting '.xxx' Web address December 11, 2010

    Washington: Porn sites are closer to getting their own address on the Internet. The online red-light district would be in the form of an ".xxx" domain name suffix alongside longstanding ones such as ".com" and ".org." Following a decade-long battle, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, voted Friday...
  • Internet addresses to accept Chinese script June 26, 2010

    Brussels: Chinese speakers will soon be able to tap out Internet addresses in their own language after the agency that runs Internet addresses says it will start accepting Chinese script for domain names. Until recently, the suffix - the ".com" part of an address - had to use English characters, even...
  • Internet bosses set to approve .xxx for porn sites June 25, 2010

    Brussels: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the Internet on behalf of the US government, has in the past resisted creating a .xxx generic domain name system akin to those for .com and .net. It has in recent years repeatedly rejected a request by US company...
  • First Russian-language web addresses go live May 26, 2010

    Moscow: Russia launched its first Cyrillic Web addresses on Tuesday as part of a global move by the Internet's administrators to boost access for users of non-Latin scripts. The move has long been demanded by the Kremlin which hopes to boost the use of Russian, once the main language throughout the...
  • Web goes international, domain names in any language October 30, 2009

    Seoul: The body in charge of assigning the world's Internet users their online addresses on Friday said it had agreed to allow the use of any of the world's scripts, no longer just the Latin alphabet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which approved the change at a...
  • Cos can now purchase top-level domains June 26, 2008

    London: Internet regulators are meeting and domain names could be about to break free. On Thursday, regulators will vote on a proposal that would allow companies to purchase new generic top-level domains ending in almost anything they want. So instead of being limited to .com or .org, companies or organisations...