Google and Amazon have applied for dozens of new top-level domains — including .blog and .book, as well as .search and .cloud — and many of these will be for the exclusive use of the two companies, which critics say is bad for the web.
Do we really need addresses that end in .beer or .movie or .pizza? ICANN seems to think that we do — the agency that controls the domain system says it wants to increase competition, but it seems more likely to cause unnecessary chaos and upheaval.
There is hoopla today over the hundreds of new names like “.baby” that could soon “.com” and “.org” as fixtures of the internet. Here’s a Q&A:
A list released today reveals that there are nearly 2,000 applications for new internet names like “.baby” and “.love.” Book giant Amazon (s amzn) has applied to control dozens of the new names and is in competition for several of them including “.app” and “.cloud”
ICANN, the organization that assigns names for websites, will unveil hundreds of new top level domains on June 13 that join familiar suffixes like “.com” or “.org” It appears that some of the names will be run by Google.
After botching the registration process for hundreds of new top level domain names, ICANN has pushed back its “big reveal” date on which it will unveil “.rugby” and others.
(This post has been updated with New York City’s response)
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