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No more dot-coms? ICANN to allow new domain names in 2012

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No more dot-coms? ICANN to allow new domain names in 2012
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(CBS) - Yesterday, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced a historic change to the Internet's domain naming system.

"The Board approved a plan to allow an increase in the number of internet address endings - called generic top-level domains (gTLDs) - from the current 22," according to a recent press release.

So besides domain name endings like ".com," ".net," ".org," and ".gov," URLs will be able to end in almost any word, in any language.

Starting January 2012, companies, places and individuals will be able to register their names and category domains, like ".cars," ".sports" ".news." Get ready, internet entrepreneurs and webmasters!

"Today's decision will usher in a new Internet age," said Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN's Board of Directors. "We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration."

  • Ysolt Usigan

    Ysolt Usigan is the editor of lifestyle and technology for women at CBSNews.com