'Pets,' 'Pizza' & 'Porn' Among New Internet Domain Names Sought | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

'Pets,' 'Pizza' & 'Porn' Among New Internet Domain Names Sought

The much-anticipated list of Internet domain names that might soon join such familiar suffixes as .com, .edu and .gov is now online.

As expected, the nearly 2,000 suffixes that have been requested include some from companies who think they can help brand themselves with web addresses that end with things such as:

-- .apple

-- .bananarepublic

-- .chevy

-- .google

-- .lamborghini

Also as expected, there are those that entrepreneurs hope will be cash cows, including:

-- .porn

-- .pets

-- .pizza

And, of course: .sex.

As we've previously reported, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is looking to expand the list of domain names so that just about any word in any language could become part of web addresses.

But, it's aiming to do it in an orderly fashion. The Associated Press writes that:

"The public can now comment on the proposals. Someone can claim a trademark violation or argue that a proposed suffix is offensive.

"It'll take at least a year or two for ICANN to approve the first of these new suffixes. ICANN will review each proposal to make sure that its financial plan is sound and that contingencies exist in case a company goes out of business. Bidders also must pass criminal background checks.

"Companies and groups had to pay $185,000 per proposal."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

A Puzzle Full Of Air

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

Contenders for the 2016 presidential race spoke at Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit, and on Sunday night senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul will participate in a livestreamed discussion.
NPR

3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. Here are three people who have experienced security breaches.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.