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Prepare for the Onslaught of New Top Level Domain Extensions

by Sean P. Aune | June 13, 2012June 13, 2012 8:35 am PDT

Top Level Domain - .Apple

ICANN has published its list of all the new Top Level Domain (TLD) applications, and its clear it will be harder than ever to remember a URL.

In an effort to make Web surfing nearly impossible, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved last year a process by which anyone with enough money could apply for a new TLD.  Instead of just going to canon.com, you could instead go to cameramodel.canon.  For a fee of $185,000 anyone could could apply, and then you have to go through an approval process, so you may not even get the name you applied for.

There was some hiccups with the system, and the deadline for applying got extended, but now the list of nearly 2,000 applications has been published, and it’s a doozy of a read.  Some of those that will be of particular interest to tech enthusiasts include:

  • ACER
  • ANDROID
  • APPLE
  • AZURE
  • BING
  • CANON
  • DOCS
  • GMAIL
  • HOTMAIL
  • HTC
  • IBM
  • JAVA
  • LIVE
  • MICROSOFT
  • NIKON
  • NOKIA
  • OFFICE
  • PLAYSTATION
  • SKYDRIVE
  • SKYPE
  • XBOX
  • YOUTUBE

You can see the full TLD application list ICANN published for yourself and just be amazed by some of the craziness.

One bright spot in all of this is that just because a company applied for a TLD doesn’t necessarily mean that it will end up using it.  Also, the list will be trimmed down considerably as some names got applied for multiple times such as nine different companies are going after .BOOK.

Take a look at the full list and let us know some of the ones that most amazed you in the comments below.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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