Who's Applying for .Love, .Tech and More
By this time in 2013, web addresses may have expanded from the usual dot-coms and dot-nets to include addresses at .blog, .lol and .xxx.
"The Internet is about to change forever," Rod Beckstrom, CEO of the body that governs Internet addresses, told Ars Technica. The governing group, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, may approve as many as 1,000 dot-somethings by next year, he said. The technical name for .com, .org and others is generic top-level domain names.
Beckstrom's group has been planning to expand which top-level domain names are available since June 2011. The organization published a list of domain names people and companies have applied for today (June 13).
The list revealed some conflicts. There were 230 top-level domain names for which multiple people applied. Amazon and Google both applied for .cloud and .mail, for example, while 13 people applied for .app. Seven companies applied for .love, while six applied for .tech. Many applicants are companies that seem to do little more than buy up domain names.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) won't approve all of these applications. The body will decide what to approve based on possible intellectual property infringements and whether certain domain names are too similar to one another.
ICANN plans to open up even more top-level domain names in the future, Beckstrom said.
Souce: Ars Technica