From PC World:
The Web’s governing body expects the rollout of new generic top-level domains (gTLD) by mid-2013. In an effort to resolve any trademark disputes, however, the group will open a trademark clearinghouse starting March 26.
At this point, there are 22 gTLDs, including .com, .org, and .net. In June 2011, however, ICANN approved a plan that would allow people to apply for new gTLDs, like .pcmag, for example. ICANN started accepting gTLD applications via its TLD Application System (TAS) on Jan. 12, 2012, and after a glitch took the system offline for several days, the application process closed in May.
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From the Associated Press:
The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
That will be followed within weeks by English suffixes that do not have competing bidders. Although the specific names won’t be announced until late April, they will come from a pool of single-bidder proposals – among them, “.aetna,” “.cadillac” and other brand names sought by companies, regional monikers such as “.vegas” and “.quebec” and generic suffixes such as “.like” and “.vacation.”
Many proposed suffixes, such as “.app,” “.music” and “.tech,” will likely take longer, however, because multiple groups have submitted bids to run them and must work out disputes.
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