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XXX top-level domain finally approved, 300,000 domains already reserved

After 7 years of rigorous back-and-forth mass debating over the creation of the .XXX top-level domain (TLD), ICANN has approved its introduction. You can reserve domains through its sponsor, ICM Registry, and .XXX domains will cost at least $60 to register once they become available in the next couple of months. Don't get too excited about securing a money shot domain, though: at the time of...

Last blocks of IPv4 addresses allocated, exhaustion now imminent

This is just a quick note to say that, in a ceremonial event in Miami, the last five blocks of IPv4 addresses have now been handed out by IANA, a part of ICANN. Each of the five regional registries -- North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia -- now have only a few million IP addresses to allocate. IP address exhaustion will hit Asia first. With 24 million IP addresses used by APNIC...

Porn sites will finally get .XXX domain, says ICANN

ICANN, the organization that controls top-level domain names, is reportedly ready to approve the controversial .XXX domain, intended for use by porn sites. It's an interesting decision that comes after years of debate. Both porn businesses and anti-porn crusaders have opposed .XXX. On the porn end of things, there are worries that it will segregate adult sites and ruin their SEO. On the...

.xxx TLD delayed once more

ICANN has, once again, delayed the decision to create a .xxx top-level domain for porn. The proposal for this TLD came up in 2000 for the first time, and since then, it has been rejected and bogged down in red tape three times. As of right now, it hasn't been rejected outright, but it has been delayed for around 70 days. To be honest, I don't get it. Having a .xxx TLD would make life easier...

ICANN approves non-Latin characters for domain names

As expected, the international agency that regulates internet domain names has approved a new rule that allows URLs to be written using non-Latin characters. In other words, native speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, and other languages will be able to spell out web addresses using their oown alphabets. Roughly 1.6 billion internet users speak languages that don't use Latin characters....

ICANN set to approve web addresses using non-Latin characters

There are web pages written in virtually every living language. If you read Japanese, Korean, Arabic, or Hebrew, odds are you can find web sites written in your native tongue. But in order to find them, you'll probably have to enter a string of Western characters into your browser's address bar. That's because up until now, the organization that oversees domain names has only accepted URLs...

ICANN drops its US Government affiliation

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (otherwise known as ICANN) has, since its inception in 1998, enjoyed been strongly ties with the US Government's Department of Commerce - something that's irritated international governments who've wanted the body responsible for domain names and the entire Doman Name System to be more internationally-balanced. In particular, ICANN has been...

ICANN loosens domain name rules, .SQUAD coming soon?

As expected, the international body that oversees internet domain names has voted to change the way top-level domains work. Right now there are only about 200 top level domains, with some of the most widespread being .com, .net, .org, and .edu. But under the rules adopted by ICANN today, companies or individuals will be able to register top line domains using pretty much any string of characters....

.XXX back on the drawing board as ICANN plans big domain name changes

A far reaching transformation of domain names could be in store as Internet guardians, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meets to discuss changes to top level domain names. According to a report from the BBC, ICANN has plans to deregulate top level domain names to allow any string of letters to be used as a top level domain, paving the way for long proposed domains...

ICANN aims to end U.S. oversight

The group that is in charge of the Internet addressing system, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), has sent a response (PDF) to the U.S. Department of Commerce in a midterm review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the two parties, saying that the JPA has fulfilled its purpose and is no longer necessary. The original agreement was put in place to get ICANN on its...

Domain name prices are about to get a little higher

Still holding out on that perfect domain name because you can't choose between a few different ones? Try not to hold back any longer, VeriSign, the company that controls the domain name registry for .com, .net, among others, is set to raise prices. Verisign will initiate a 7% yearly price hike effective October 15, 2007, raising prices from a wholesale cost of $6/ year to $6.42/ year. This amount...

ICANN rejects .xxx domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has rejected a proposed .xxx domain for pornographic websites. This is the third time ICANN has shot the idea down. The proposal had faced opposition from adult-entertainment groups who feared it would ghettoize their sites, and also from religious organizations who were concerned that the domain would lead to more porn sites on the...

3 more years of ICANN

The ICANN retains its grip on being the Internet's addressing center. The US Commerce Department has taken a more hands-off approach at its oversight of the company. Of course all the other countries who are critics of ICANN are going to complain, since they don't want the US having control of any part of the Internet. Frankly, I don't care what they think. The Internet works just fine, so don't...