Reality Bytes: The domain drain

Are Google, Amazon and Microsoft 'buying the internet'? And who cares anyway?

23rd June, 2012
To apply for a domain extension, you had to pay $185,000, which quickly defined the nature of the applicants.

Are Google, Amazon and Microsoft 'buying the internet'? And who cares anyway?

Two weeks ago, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) revealed applications for 1,930 new 'dot something' web addresses. In other words, it is ready to allow loads of new domain extensions, such as .love or .car or .baby.

At the moment, most people commonly use .com, .net or their country domain (.ie, .fr, .de and others) when setting up a website.

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