20 Jun '11, 5am

Is this the end of '.com'?: Global body approves creation of new website domain suffixes

In a file picture taken on May 12, 2011, a man surfs the internet at an internet cafe in Beijing. A global body that charts the course of the Internet has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes. -- PHOTO: AFP SINGAPORE - A GLOBAL body that charts the course of the Internet voted on Monday to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes by private companies, enabling major firms to replace '.com' with their own brand. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal at a meeting in Singapore despite fears that opening up new suffixes could cause some confusion. 'This is the biggest change to domain names since the creation of '.com' 26 years ago,' said Theo Hnarakis, chief executive of Melbourne IT Digital Brand Services, a California-based company that provides online branding services. ...

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