The application period for new domains—Internet suffixes such as .com, .org—closed at the end of May, and there’s good news for New York City. It looks like the .nyc domain will soon belong to the municipal IT department. While some domains sparked fierce competition, with 13 applications for .app, 10 for .art and 11 for .home, only New York City applied for .nyc. No one applied for .brooklyn. Read More
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
At first, all the enthusiasm for top-level domains was fun and actually totally understandable. Some of them–many of them, even–make perfect sense. The city already has .NYC in the works, and the European Broadcasting Union has dibs on .eurovision. But things are starting to look a little, well, frothy. Google has applied for .youtube and .google. Fair enough. But the company also wants .lol, which invites massive speculation.
And now, according to the Wall Street Journal, a startup called Donuts has raised a whopping $100 million Series A, in the hopes of becoming the go-to registry for top-level domain names. CEO Paul Stahura tells the Journal the company has applied to run 307 domains. And before you ask why .com isn’t good enough, don’t worry, Mr. Stahura has an explanation: Read More
If the “Made in NYC” label wasn’t enough to cement your status as an integral part of the burgeoning local tech community, perhaps a .NYC domain name might pique your interest. Luckily for enterprising young founders hankering to swap .ly or .co for a cooler extension, the New York Times reports today that the city is seeking a contract with a Virginia-based company that could bring us closer to finally landing .NYC’s. Read More
It’s finally upon us, you guys. The Internet will soon be awash in pornographic websites! Well, more categorically-organized pornographic websites! Did we mention there will be porn? There will be porn! Read More
Occupytheurl.com lets you turn any website into an instant Occupied meme. But digital activist and “cultural commons” advocate David Bollier has another idea. Those new top-level domains, at $26,000 a pop, that ICANN recently opened up to the domain-registering free world? They should belong to the people, he says. “The Occupy forces in hundreds of cities should petition their local governments to acquire a new ‘top-level Internet domain’ for their city, and to manage that patch of cyberspace as a local commons.” Read More
We told you this was coming. The “internet land rush” set off by ICANN’s decision to sell pretty much any top-level domain your marketing department can think of, is imminent. And, because this is the internet we’re talking about, the frenzy is starting with .xxx, a domain name ICANN approved last year in a 9-to-3 vote.
A Palm Beach company called ICM Registry, which first applied to register the .xxx domain name in 2000 and in engaged in years of legal battles costing $20 million, will be in charge. Although several .xxx sites have gone live, The Independent reports that this morning marks the start of the 50-day “sunrise” period to bid for real estate in the “internet’s red-light district.” Read More
Finally someone is injecting a much-needed note of caution into ICANN’s plan to offer-up top-level domain names willy-nilly to anyone who can afford them– meaning .Beatbeat or .Budweiser could be procured as as easily (for a price) as .biz.
Today TechCrunch reports that Randall Rothenberg, CEO and President of the Internet Advertising Bureau asked ICANN to withdraw its plan, pointing out that despite an initial giddiness among publishers and advertisers, the domains would be extremely costly, and open up the possibility of cyber squatters extorting money in bad faith. As TechCrunch reports, Mr. Rothenberg says the 13-to-1 vote in favor of the change shouldn’t be dictated from on high, when the consequences will trickle down: Read More