Google, Microsoft and others struggling for domains. Xbox. Android,. Love and others
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a body responsible for awarding the top-level domains, Internet, received 1,930 applications ( full list ) for the registration of domain names (gTLDs). icann began the program last year to register any domain (paying USD $ 185,000).
Among the applications there are Domains like. Android,. App. Antivirus. Love,. Ibm,. Schmidt. Movie,. Meme, from different companies. The. App is one of the most requested extensions, with 13 applicants, including Amazon and Google. Meanwhile,. Book received 9 applications, including one of Google.
Symantec requested. Antivirus. And security. Cloud, among others, while Microsoft ran for 11 domains including. Xbox. Hotmail and. Windows. Apple only ran for purchase. Apple, and Google found more than 100 options as varied, including. Android,. Blog. Baby,. Car and others. Some of these requests had been leaked in the process, such as. docs. youtube and. lol .
To keep the domain if they are given, firms must pay a minimum of $ 25,000 a year to maintain it. ICANN will give the new domains in stages of 500 each time. Are expected to become operational early in the first quarter of 2013.
– Reveal day 13 June (ICANN)
– Google, Microsoft, Amazon and other scramble for new top-level domains like. app. xbox, and. book (TheVerge)