Web domain names to get make-over
Published 20/06/2011 | 11:37
The worldwide body that oversees internet domain names has voted to revamp the domain naming system for websites, allowing them to end with nouns instead of suffixes such as ".com" or ".ie".
"We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind," Icann - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - chief executive Rod Beckstrom said after a Singapore meeting.
"Today's decision respects the rights of groups to create new top level domains in any language or scrip.,"
Icann said it will accept applications for domains with new suffixes from January 12, 2012.
Experts say corporations and cities should be among the first applicants to register for new generic top-level domain names, resulting in domain names ending in brands like ".nissan", ".apple", or place names like ".chicago".