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  1. Amazon .Bought All the .Buy Top-Level Web Domains for $4.6 Million

    I hope they at least qualified for super saver shipping.

    Tech companies with deep pockets just love buying things these days, so Amazon decided to one up them all by buying .buy—all of it—for $4.6 million. Now Amazon is the only company that can have websites that end in .buy, although they'll probably sell you one after they create all the ones they want. When reached for comment on the purchase, .biz responded: "PLEASE LOVE ME."

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  2. The Internet Will Soon Add 1,000+ New Suffixes, .Anything Is Possible (Almost)

    Get ready for more Internet in your Internet.

    In the final result of almost a decade of debate over adding more possibilities to .org, .com, .net and so on, the Internet will soon have domains like .clothing and .plumbing. So, be prepared for several phone calls a day from your Mom, because she'll be convinced the new suffixes are caused by a virus no matter how often you explain them.

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  3. ICANN Opens Doors to Custom Domains

    At their 41st international conference in Singapore, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that they would move to dramatically expand the number of generic top-level domains (gTLD) for use as web addresses. While some of these would be truly generic, similar to the existing .com or .info, ICANN said that companies could soon pay for their own custom domain names. There are currently 22 gTLDs available for use, but the new expansion will lead to many, many more. Until now, new gTLDs were handed out sparingly. The .xxx domain, for instance, was in the works for years. But from January 12, 2012 to April 12, companies and individuals can petition ICANN for their own so-called ".brand." Despite it being an open petitioning process, applicants will still face tough obstacles. Not the least of which will be a $185,0000 application fee and $25,000 per-year to maintain the registry.

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