Internet domains

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Man Sues France for Swiping

Jean-Noël Frydman bought the domain in 1994

(Newser) - For 24 years, Jean-Noël Frydman owned a tres formidable web domain: Now he's suing to get it back. The French-born American shares his saga with Ars Technica , which reports that after buying the domain in 1994, Frydman built a site catering to US-based French speakers. In... More »

Guess What Single Letter Is on Elon Musk's New Mystery Site

We'll give you a hint: The site is

(Newser) - With his fascination of all things AI and outer space , Elon Musk is used to trafficking in the mysterious, much like someone obsessed with the X-Files would do. And, in fact, the name of his cryptic new website sounds strikingly similar to the cult TV show:, which Gizmodo... More »

Google Just Bought the Alphabet

More specifically, the domain name

(Newser) - Guess Google execs are serious about that whole reorg under the Alphabet parent-company thing. Just days after Alphabet officially became Google's holding company , it scooped up a brand-new domain name:, which has been around since 1999 and was purchased for an unspecified amount, NBC News reports. The... More »

Coming Soon to an Internet Near You: .Pizza

ICANN today reveals 1,409 new proposed Internet suffixes

(Newser) - ICANN today revealed the 1,409 suffixes that companies are clamoring to add to our Internet lexicon, and they run the gamut from .porn to .pizza to .paris, reports NPR . A number of companies got in on the action, with who-cares-about-brevity proposals including .lamborghini, .pamperedchef, and .bananarepublic. The 1,930... More »

Google to Fork Over $10M for Domain Names

More than 50 applications sent to body overseeing web expansion

(Newser) - Google has applied to become master of dozens of top-level Internet domains, including .lol, .docs, and .youtube. The total number of domains it has applied for—at $185,000 a pop—comes to more than 50, sources tell Advertising Age . The applications were made to the Internet Corporation... More »

Coming This Week: Dot-Anything

Domain name possibilities to explode on Thursday

(Newser) - The Internet is getting a makeover. Starting Thursday, the web will make a big step in moving way beyond dot-com , dot-net, and the like. For the first time since 2000, ICANN, the administrator of Internet addresses, will begin taking applications for a huge range of new top-level domain names. Now,... More »

.xxx Porn Sites May Be Coming Soon

Icann to revisit proposal for adult domain name

(Newser) - If your plans to buy were hopelessly derailed when Icann reversed a decision to start selling .xxx domain names, never fear: The Internet’s governing body is set to revisit that ruling. “If the contract is signed, we could be selling names by the end of... More »

China Bans Personal Web Sites

Only businesses may launch sites

(Newser) - China has banned individuals from registering personal domain names as part of its toughest crackdown yet on the Internet. Anyone seeking to register web sites must now supply a business license under the new regulations. Millions of existing web sites in China are being checked and will be taken offline... More »

.Com the Second Riskiest Domain

McAfee roots out the world's sketchiest domains

(Newser) - It may be the most familiar domain, but .com is also the extension second most likely to screw with your computer—beaten only by Cameroon's .cm. A whopping 32.2% of .com addresses pose a security risk, according to McAfee’s third annual “Mapping the Mal Web” report, compared... More »

Web Addresses Will Gain International Flavor

Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew domains, among others, will have support by 2010: ICANN

(Newser) - In the biggest change ever to the system, Web domains will soon be available in the native scripts of Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, and other non-Latin-based languages. A proposal expected to be approved this week means “Internationalized Domain Names” could be up and running as soon as mid-2010. China and... More »

'Every Network Is at Risk' Thanks to Bug

Security expert says DNS flaw could cause Internet-wide chaos

(Newser) - Security researcher Dan Kaminsky outlined what he calls the biggest Internet security hole since 1997 to a gathering of experts yesterday, and it's a lot worse than had been understood, Wired reports. “Every network is at risk,” Kaminsky said at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. "... More »

Internet Hits 1 Trillion Sites

Google tracks major milestone—150 sites for everyone on the planet

(Newser) - The internet now hosts a staggering 1 trillion unique web sites, according to Google researchers. The million million sites—over 150 for everybody on the planet—are growing by billions of pages a day, PC World reports. Google doesn't index all those pages, but plots them on  a complex graph.... More »

Free Expression Comes to Domain Names

Policy would allow custom URLs for businesses, people

(Newser) - Domain names may soon be open for anyone to create, providing companies and individuals with unprecedented freedom to carve out their own corner of the Net, the BBC reports. The Internet's biggest shakeup in decades "will allow groups, communities and business to express their identities online,” sad the... More »

Google Sours on 'Domain Tasters'

Cuts ad revenue for registrants tying up millions of domains 5 days at a time

(Newser) - Google aims to stop entrepreneurs from "domain name tasting," the AP reports. The practice exploits a 5-day grace period during which registrants can return a domain for a full refund; meantime, the buyer puts up ads and evaluates whether the site would bring in enough revenue to keep... More »

Latest Domain Name Hack Disguises Its Danger

Can secretly steer Windows users wrong

(Newser) - The misdirection of “open-recursive” DNS servers, which facilitate web-surfing by translating verbal domain names into numerical IP addresses, is the new, more covert face of cyber-criminality, and could explode into a new wave of phishing attacks, IDG News reports. Hackers can use these types of DNS servers to redirect... More »

Businesses Line Up for .Asia Domain Rush

Governments also get first dibs on coveted new address suffix

(Newser) - The regional internet domain .asia has opened for registration; businesses and governments will get first crack at trademarked and other protected names. The public will come rushing in to scoop up what’s left of the suffix in February 2008. The second regional domain—.eu began selling in April 2006—... More »

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