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The body behind the internet's addressing systems has said that it will settle disputes over who wins the right to new generic top level domains (gTLDs) by auction. ICANN (International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has said that auctions will be used if two organisations vying for the right to a gTLD are tied on …


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  1. Keith Martin

    If all else fails... wins.

    Good to see that money is still everything.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    So when can I register .porn?

    They failed with .xxx because that would admit to their being naked people on the Internet!

    Paris, because would be just for her!

  3. Paul Coen
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    It's not "everything",

  4. Dan
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    Well, it's decided... over entitlement.


  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    D'ya think probie...

    Still, lets do some elementary maths, I bid 100,000,000 Flanian Pobble Beads for the right to manage .$$$. So I must now charge my customers 1,000,000 for their domain. I'll now approach Barklies and demand 1,000,000 for Barklies.$$$.

    I think we could be looking at many future amusing articles on this subject....

    SPL/T.COM goes bust, nobody wants $$$ domains.....

    Barklies tells SPL/T to FoaD...

    By the way who gets the money from the auctions?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I take it that .cum was to close to .com then ?

  7. Anonymous Coward


    No, that one was too close to the bone.

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  9. EvilGav

    Whose ??

    "must respect morality and public order"

    But whose morality and public order ?? The Japanese will be quite happy with what the rest of the world call kiddie porn (I know it's not strictly true), but not pubic hair. The US will be quite happy for guns and pictures of gun crime, but heaven forbid porn should feature. The UK wont want anything, unless they can make a database and track everyone using it.

    You get the idea . . .

  10. Erik Aamot

    @D'ya Anom

    ICAAN is California, USA not-for-profit public-benefit corporation, under the auspices of our Department of Commerce

    It can basicly expand it's staff, payrates and office space, have more meetings, travel all over the world ... basicly creating a self-substaining

    bureaucracy similar to how our not-for-profit<sic> governments work us. Perhaps the $0.22 fee they get per domain

    Besides, the applicant / registrar has to have the equipment.$$$ and the knowhow.$$$ to run a TLD and dnsroot.$$$

    .biz was a good idea, still has potencial, but I doubt any new TLDs with the *possible* exception of .XXX will be worth the .$$$ invested looked good, but it's worthless.$$$

    what would be much more useful, make "&" a legal character in domain names .. all blogs could be on .&&&

  11. Simpson


    So who is going to run the root dns servers for all of these zones? I'm sure that you will need to be an accredited registrar for this, so we will soon be blessed with .godaddy .1and1 .netsol, .blog, etc.

    If it is cheap enough, their will be so many tld's that it will wreak havoc on internal domains, active directory, and corporate email.

  12. Karl Rasmusson

    Anything to ignore their renegade spammer-friendly registrars

    They should be renamed ICANNOT, for their pathetic do-nothing attitude to dealing with their spammer-friendly registrars, especially the Chinese ones, who register millions of spammer domains, breaking both their own and ICANN's T & C, and do nothing to suspend them despite thousands of complaints.

    ICANN is probably still buried in its bureaucratic quagmire and busy (?) writing a discussion paper on formulating a working party to bring together a committee to think about appointing a group to manage a new section to appoint a third-party to oversee...

    Meanwhile the spammers continue to fill our in-boxes full of crap... thanks ICANN!

  13. James Woods

    Internet Socialism

    Wow, here we go with ICANN playing socialists. I like to think of the internet as a level playing field where alot of people with nothing started up a website for a small amount of money (ebay) and grew them to success. What is ICANN really saying here? Maybe we need to get rid of ICANN and put in a responsible party that won't socialize the internet. Those that have have because they went out and risked everything to make. The have-nots for the most part, will have nothing regardless of what is handed to them.

  14. Christoph

    A few of the obvious problems

    Fake addresses will be much more difficult to detect.

    Addresses will be harder to remember.

    Some of those registrars will go bust, or just give up running the TLD - what happens to all their addresses then?

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