Not content with the current, perfectly functional system of dot coms and dot orgs, ICANN just allowed 2,000 applications for new top level domains for corporations. Get ready for http://hungry.pizza!
The proposals, which cost each company £120,000 apiece, are subject to public comment and review by ICANN. Eventually, companies that owned these new domains would be able to generate cash selling them. Many are generic—".web" or ".app". Others are just companies scrambling to snatch up their namesakes, like ".apple" or ".sony"—though we can't imagine ever going anywhere but Apple.com unless we were forced to.
The rest, however, are just downright bizarre:
.ACCOUNTANTS sure does not sound boring.
Nor does .AFAMILYCOMPANY
.ALLFINANZBERATUNG would be great if you want to lend your website a little Deutsch flair.
.ANDROID was, for some reason, requested by a Google subsidiary called the "Charleston Road Registry," which also wants ".DAD" and ".LOVE". Aww. Maybe the new domain for YouTube will be Movies.Dad.
.CASHBACKBONUS sounds like it'll be the home to many sites that end up scamming 80-year-olds out of their savings.
Intel requested .ULTRABOOK of course, but we think they should've gone with .UNICORN, which is also in contention.
You can read the entire list here. Now pardon me while I begin to wait for http://sambiddle.africamagic, which is easily both the zaniest and coolest possible web domain imaginable.
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