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ICANN Green-Lights .XXX Domain for Porn Sites

ICANN, the governing body that oversees top-level domain names, gave a thumbs up to the controversial .xxx suffix on Friday, finally bringing a heated and lengthy debate to a close. The ICM Registry says it will reserve the domain for sites that are "officially in the adult entertainment industry," though it remains unclear how that will be measured. ICM also agreed to devote money to initiatives...

Obama Administration Wants Veto Power Over New Domain Names

The Obama administration is pushing for a new policy that, if implemented, would give the U.S. government the power to veto any top-level domain names submitted for approval. The process of approving suffixes like .com, .org and .net is overseen by a non-profit called Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which operates under a contract with the government. Current...

Mystical Cabal of Seven Actually Hold the Keys to the Web

In the 1960s, Vint Cerf and other researchers at DARPA created ARPANET, the precursor to the modern Internet (and the precursor to their insane penchant for acronyms). In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee gave birth to the World Wide Web. In 1998, ICANN was formed to govern and protect the Web. So in 2010, ICANN, realizing that the Internet was under constant threat from hackers, malware and rogue...

ICANN Finally Creates .xxx Domain

Since as early as 2001, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been considering a move to segregate all porn sites from the rest of the Web by moving them to the .xxx top level domain (TLD). But, even after approving a voluntary use of the domain in 2005, it ran into objections from family groups who believed that having a .xxx domain would only encourage the creation...

Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE Get First Non-Latin Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced back in October that it had passed a resolution allowing Web addresses to be written in non-Latin alphabets. Well, you flouters of the Roman script, your day has finally arrived as the first of those sites have just gone live. While some non-Latin characters were previously allowed in Web addresses, they always had to...

Canon Goes After '.canon' Top Level Domain, Might Reshape URLs

ICANN, which governs the world of Internet domain names, has relaxed the rules governing the issuance of top level domains (TLD) such as ".com" and ".net." The new rules allow individuals and companies to purchase a custom TLD, and Canon has decided it wants to be among the first to grab a piece of the pie. The camera king has announced that is has applied to purchase the TLD ".canon." This would...

Lohan Suing E-Trade Over Talking Baby, Cisco Launches 'Internet-Changing' Routers

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Despite having appeared in only one movie since 2007 (and a TV one at that), Lindsay Lohan apparently believes that her first name carries similar star power to those of Oprah, Cher, and Madonna. LiLo is suing E-Trade for the ridiculous sum of $100 million because of a commercial that featured a "milkaholic" baby named Lindsay....

Web Will Be More Secure Thanks to DNS Security Extensions

The domain name system, or DNS, is an essential part of keeping the Internet running. Without it, URLs can't be translated to IP addresses, and browsers become useless. But DNS has a serious flaw: a lack of basic security features. It's because of this that hackers are able to easily perpetrate attacks, like the one the Iranian Cyber Army recently launched against Twitter. To address this...

Web Addresses to Include Chinese and Arabic Characters

Despite what some might say, it's not often that an opportunity comes along to change the lives of billions of people. But that's just what the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will do by changing the rules of Web addresses, shaking up the Internet like never before. According to the Daily Mail, the ICANN board will pass a resolution this Friday that will allow...

High School and Porn Site Have Similar Web Addresses

A Florida high school is having serious problems with its Web presence, and it has nothing to do with viruses, spam, or hackers. Both PaceHighSchool.net and PaceHighSchool.com are working perfectly fine; unfortunately, one address is for a public Florida high school and the other is for a hardcore porno site. Pace High School shares a domain name with a site owned by PimpRoll, the only...

Al Gore Pushing for .eco Domain Name

Since leaving public office and embarking on a quest to raise the public's awareness of climate change, Al Gore has been a part of an Oscar-winning documentary and received a Nobel Peace Prize. According to Mashable, the former Vice President is now embarking on a campaign with the Sierra Club, Surfrider, and other eco-organizations to make the Net a greener, more environmentally friendly...

New Web Addresses Could Cost Businesses Millions

Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to relax rules governing the assignment of top level domains (TLD) (the endings of Web addresses, such as ".com". The new rules would open up the possibility for custom domain suffixes, so that, instead of being stuck with ".com" or ".net," companies and individuals could purchase domain names that ended in...

Rules on Web Addresses Relaxed

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted to ease regulations regarding the creation of top level domains (TLD) such as .com, .edu, and .org. The new rules will allow for new TLD that could be anything from category names like .Music, to vanity domains like .Jones. The ICANN has to work out some final technical details but expects it could be reviewing applications...