ICANN approves Internet domain expansion in 2013

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Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday. The initial ones, expected in mid-2013, will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English, said Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. source

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DotConnectAfrica writes 4th letter to ICANN, calling ICANN Ombudsman’s conclusion “Convenient’ and ‘No Brainer’

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DotConnectAfrica has taken a swipe at the delay of ICANN to check into the detailed issues of the conflict of interest,  and has made apparent its impatience in the pace at which ICANN is dealing with its whistle blowing, in its 4th letter to ICANN dated January 31st, 2013 “However, we write to express our lack of dissatisfaction with the report of the Ombudsman to the extent that no recommendation was made by the Ombudsman regarding any future Conflict of Interests” and continued that “In our estimation, this remains a…

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ICANN publishes the new gTLD contention sets identified by the string similarity review

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ICANN has published the contention sets identified by the string similarity review for applications submitted as part of the new gTLD Program. The full list of contention sets are posted here: PDF [162 KB], CSV [65 KB] or from the Applicants’ Corner page on the new gTLD microsite.  source

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The Next Steps for U.S. Internet Regulation

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Brookings, the D.C.-based think tank, just published The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century, the last word to date on Internet regulation written by telecom experts Robert Litan and Hal Singer. If you’re interested in the subject, this is a must-read. For those of you who lack time or attention span to delve deeply, fret not: Litan and Singer wrap up the issues in less than 100 pages. source

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Fallout From Contention Sets: .Law/.Lawyer; .Hotel/.Hotels; .Car/.Cars & Many More

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Now that ICANN has stuck to its guns and only placed 4 new gTLD’s strings that look confusingly similar into contention sets, rather than those that sound identical, such as .inc and .ink or those that have the same meaning like .Law and .Lawyer or those that are singular and plurals of the same word, we now know what we will get when the new gTLD’s roll out and in part its going to be a very a tough marketing road for some of the strings. source

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Top Product Launches At Mobile World Congress

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The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), currently underway in Barcelona, Spain, is one of the most important dates on the consumer technology calendar. Mobile operators, manufacturers and device creators from all over the world come to showcase their technology. Most companies also take the opportunity to launch new products and leverage off global attention. IT News Africa compiled a list of the top launches that have taken place during the week…source

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House Subcommittee Hearing to Address Global Internet Governance

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The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will kick off the new Congress with a joint hearing Feb. 5 on how U.S. policy can keep the global Internet free from international regulation. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the subcommittee, laid out his agenda this morning covering everything from wireless spectrum policy to reform of the Federal Communications Commission. source

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