The Internet's Hottest New Domain: .SUCKS

The internet-naming powers that be (otherwise known as ICANN) have already blessed us with such distinguished, venerated domains as .WANG, .SEXY, and .FISH. But now, it's gearing up to grant us with every diligent #Brand's worst nightmare: Welcome to the .SUCKS era. » 3/16/15 1:00pm 3/16/15 1:00pm

Who Should Control the Internet?

This week, the world's nations gather to discuss the influence the US wields over the internet and in particular ICANN—the web's logistical core. But who, exactly, should have the keys to the internet? » 4/22/14 7:30am 4/22/14 7:30am

The Best New Domains Going Up For Grabs Soon (UPDATED)

The internet as you know it might seem infinite, but according to ICANN, it's still not quite infinite enough. Soon, a whole new world of internet real estate is coming your way in the form of 122 brand new domain names. That's right, you can finally make YourNameHere.SEXY all your very own. » 2/03/14 4:45pm 2/03/14 4:45pm

Google's Not Getting Its Fancy Dotless "Search" Domain

ICANN's loosening up and getting ready to roll out a whole new batch of .whatever generic top-level domains, but Google wanted more. Google was pushing for crazy, dotless domains like http://search. But the dream is over. ICANN just smacked it down. » 8/17/13 10:06am 8/17/13 10:06am

ICANN Approves the First Generic Top-Level Domains--and They're…

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is currently busy deciding the future of the internet in Durban, South Africa, this week. First on its list: non-English generic top level domains. » 7/18/13 4:51am 7/18/13 4:51am

Amazon vs. Amazon: Should the .Amazon Domain Belong to Bezos or the…

Amazon is busy trying to gobble up all kinds of top-level domains—.book, .read, you name it—but it also has its eye on .amazon, too. Turns out that the Brazilian and Peruvian governments have something to say about that though, and would rather snag it for the famous river. » 4/26/13 3:43am 4/26/13 3:43am

Google Wants to Create a Dotless Domain Called "Search"

It's well known that Google's competitors aren't keen on it getting hold of the .search top-level domain. But the company has outlined a new plan which would make use of the string as a dotless domain—open for use by any other search company, too. » 4/11/13 5:25am 4/11/13 5:25am

Publishers File Formal Complaints Over Amazon's Bid to Secure the .Book…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers have filed formal objections to Amazon's bid to secure new generic top-level domains like ".book," ".author" and ".read". » 3/11/13 5:31am 3/11/13 5:31am

The 8 Craziest New Internet Domains Companies Want

Not content with the current, perfectly functional system of dot coms and dot orgs, ICANN just allowed 2,000 applications for new top level domains for corporations. Get ready for! » 6/13/12 12:41pm 6/13/12 12:41pm

The Internet's Allowed To Use "Generic Top-Level Domains," Like .Modo

ICANN's signed its name on the dotted line for the proposal to create new domain suffixes in the style of their last decision, .xxx. As CNET reports, there are only 22 GTLDs in existence today (.org, .edu and so on), but with this decision we could expect to see specific endings for companies, categories or… » 6/20/11 4:50am 6/20/11 4:50am

ICANN Approves .XXX Domains

ICANN, the de facto parent of domain names, has disregarded the advice of its Government Advisory Committee and approved the use of .XXX domains, which has caused turmoil among established adult entertainment brands over the cost of repurchasing domains. [Xbiz] » 3/18/11 3:30pm 3/18/11 3:30pm

How Non-Latin Domain Names Could Be Used to Steal Your Money

Unicode is great because it supports multiple languages simultaneously, bringing international understanding, universal peace, and planetary love. And so is ICANN's decision to allow domain names that use non-Latin alphabets. Until both combine to steal your credit card numbers. » 1/04/10 5:23am 1/04/10 5:23am

Internationalized, Non-Latin Domain Names Officially Approved

We didn't doubt that they would, but the ICANN has officially approved non-Latin character domain names. The pleasant surprise is that the system and guidelines for these internationalized domain names (IDNs) look pretty solid, even if hiccups are expected. » 10/30/09 6:53pm 10/30/09 6:53pm

Internet Finally Getting Non-Latin Domain Names

The ICANN, the folks who set some guidelines that make the Internet go 'round, are in the final stages of passing a proposal to introduce non-Latin characters to web addresses. Finally, there'll be some non-porn-based multiculturalism on the Internet. » 10/26/09 7:10pm 10/26/09 7:10pm

ICANN Opens Door For Crazy Domain Names Like Crap.Crap

ICANN has just made a decision that goes beyond allowing .xxx to be a top level domain; they're allowing all words to be top level domains. That means you're going to see domains like fuck.shit, shit.shit, shit.fuck, whatisthisshit.fuck, and so forth. What's not allowed is domains that conflict with trademarks (.pepsi… » 6/27/08 5:40pm 6/27/08 5:40pm

US Control Over Core Internet Systems Called Into Question

Next week, in Rio, an international meeting will get underway concerning the internet and its current status. The itinerary for the discussion includes spam, free speech and internet access costs. However, it seems that American dominance in the governing of the internet is more likely to be the unofficial topic for… » 11/11/07 1:10am 11/11/07 1:10am

ICANN Testing Domain Names In Chinese, Cyrillic, Arabic and Other…

ICANN, the governing body of domain names, says it will test out web addresses using Arabic, Persian, Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Tamil and both simplified and traditional Chinese. I guess this means that the inevitable collapse of all language into a bloated English hodgepodge is on hold. While… » 10/12/07 10:10am 10/12/07 10:10am