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Thursday, May 22, 2014

On Domain Names

In Knowledge@Wharton:  Interesting how this will change the results.  Interesting overview is provided here.  Has been a long time since I have looked at domain name generated issues. Consider the ultimately ontology of some of these choices.

" ... Domain registry companies such as Donuts Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., are snapping up names, all for $185,000 a pop, and selling them to registrars who, in turn, are selling web addresses to businesses and organizations that will end with these generic top-level domains.

“The over-arching theme is choice – customer choice, business choice, competition, creativity and choice in the market place,” says James Cole, an ICANN spokesperson. The idea has struck a chord. “We expected to get a few hundred applications,” he notes. In fact, in this first round, it received 1,930 submissions – 911 from North America, 675 from Europe, 303 from the Asia Pacific region, 24 from South America and 17 from Africa. Some of these top-level names are still in development, and others are in dispute. But 263 are already operational, the first buds of what many say is the most significant growth of web properties since the earliest days of the Internet. ... " 

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