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  1. 20 of the Craziest New Top Level Domains We Could Find

    A lot of these are .silly

    Yesterday we told you that more than a thousand new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) would be coming to join .com, .gov, .org, and the few other gTLDs we already use. We went through the list of coming additions and picked out some of our favorites.

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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. Google Set to Acquire Top Level Domains “.youtube,” “.docs,” and “.lol”

    In a blog post, Google announced that it was participating in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers application process for new top-level domains. You know, the process that is going to make ".geekosystem" into a reality. Though short on details, the post suggests that the company is aiming for some pretty interesting purchases.

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  4. Certain Celebrities are Protected from Having .XXX Domains Named For Them

    As you may or may not be aware, ICANN gave its blessing to the .xxx top-level domain a few months ago which means that before you know it, there are going to be a lot of .xxx domains out there. There will not, however, be a lot of celebrityname.xxx domains out there because a whole bunch of our famous friends have been given protection in the form of permanently reserved domains. For the moment, details are scarce. Neither the list nor the criteria for protection have been publicized, but through some Whois mumbo-jumbo, it's possible to dig up a partial list. It's worth noting that, for the time being, businesses will have to shell out a few hundred bucks for the same protection, but no one seems to know if these celebrity protections are pro bono or the result of a similar insurance purchase. Either way, .xxx domains, while lucrative, have to potential to cause a lot of people a lot of headaches so any anti-cybersquatting measures are a good idea. Partial list of protected domains below.

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  5. 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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  6. Microsoft Pays Up Big for 666,000 IPv4 Addresses

    Referring to the exhaustion of available IPv4 addresses as an "extinction" or an "apocalypse" has always seemed a wee bit melodramatic -- it doesn't mean the Internet will shut down until the IPv6 switchover is complete, only that a secondary market in IPv4 addresses will be created, similar to that which already exists in domain names. Microsoft nicely illustrated that latter point while (unintentionally?) giving a nod to the former in a recently announced transaction, when it shelled out $7.5 million for 666,624 IPv4 addresses from a bankrupt networking company called Nortel Networks. Microsoft not only bought a quantity of IPv4 addresses roughly equivalent to 1,000 times the Number of the Beast; at $11.25 per address, it also paid more than the average market rate for a .com address, which is about $10 per. According to Domain Incite, this is "the first publicly disclosed sale of an IP address block since ICANN officially announced the depletion of IANA’s free pool of IPv4 blocks last month." While it seems logical and inevitable for IPv4 addresses to become subject to the market laws of supply and demand now that they are a scarce resource, ICANN, which regulates Internet protocol addresses, officially looks down on this sort of so-called "grey market" transaction in IP addresses. It anticipates that this sort of thing won't happen too often in the future, but this sale could set a major precedent. (via Domain Incite, WinRumors)

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  7. “.xxx” Domains to Become Reality…Again

    For the second time, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is set to sign off on creating ".xxx" domain names for use by pornographic websites. Originally endorsed in 2005 and then rescinded by ICANN, the new domain would theoretically make it easier to filter out adult content from online browsing and better organize adult sites. The push for new domains, which would operate similarly to ".com" names, is being headed by the ICM Registry, a company which claims over 110,000 applicants for .xxx domains. Not everyone is pleased with the possibility of an internet "red-light district," though. From the BBC:

    [...] many pornographers worry that the move could ghettoise their content. Religious groups have argued that giving pornography sites their own domain legitimises the content.
    Of course, creating the new domains does not force anyone to use them. Much as ".biz" is a rarely used domain name, it seems likely to me that .xxx would languish as well. After all, there are plenty of people who probably don't want their naughty Internet use made more transparent, and plenty of content producers who want to keep their sites as accessible as possible. (via BBC)

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  8. Custom Domain Name Suffixes: Apply for as Little as $185,000!

    In around March or April, a California-based nonprofit known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will wrap talks regarding unleashing custom domain name suffixes into the wilds of the Internet. This week, a conference called ".nxt" will be held in San Francisco and will feature seminars about ICANN's custom domain name suffixes, mainly regarding the rules and guidelines pertaining to said custom suffixes. If the prospect of buying a domain featuring your surname as the suffix is appealing, make sure you have about $185,000 on hand to apply for the suffix -- a price set high enough to dissuade pranksters from registering ridiculous suffixes and to prevent domain squatters from buying up every suffix imaginable -- and if the check and suffix is accepted, be prepared to pay ICANN an annual $25,000 to keep the domain under your entrepreneurial thumb.

    Of course, the main selling point to buying up custom doman name suffixes is that they're not a single-use suffix, and the owner would be able to sell out uses of their suffix; for example, the Food Network would buy the ".food" domain, then anyone who wants a ".food" address instead of a ".com" would have to shell out a bit of dough (yep) to the Food Network.

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  9. 7 Keys Scattered Across the Globe Protect Your Internet

    Seven sages across the land hold the Medallions which can rebuild the world ... and no, we're not referring to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Surprisingly, we're talking about real life: The BBC reports that Paul Kane, CEO of UK-based domain name sever company CommunityDNS, has been named one of the keepers of the seven magical keys (and by "magical keys," we mean "non-magical keycards") scattered around the world that, when used together, can reboot the entire World Wide Web. Mr. Kane will be the key holder of Western Europe. Moria and Rivendell, we suspect, will also have their respective key bearers.

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  10. The Sites That Got Away: Feds Had Also Planned to Seize Pirate Bay and MegaUpload

    Over a week ago, Geekosystem reported on how nine domains, including the much adored Ninjavideo and TVShack, were controversially taken down by U.S. authorities at the behest of Disney in the cleverly named "Operation In Our Sites," citing intellectual property theft. Now we've learned that an apparently reliable source told TorrentFreak that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)--the non-profit, private corporation responsible for managing the web’s domain name system--had in fact handed over the movie streaming domains to the government, as the domain owners were violating their terms and conditions, in part by blocking their WHOIS information. What's more, TorrentFreak is reporting that two more sites had been targeted by Homeland Security officials: download giants Pirate Bay and MegaUpload were on the suggested list for domain seizure. P2P technology expert Johan Pouwelse from the Delft University of Technology remarked: "Hollywood lawyers have discovered the soft underbelly of piracy."

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