Internet addresses coming closer to being more international

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The agency in charge of Internet addresses says it’s given preliminary approval for 27 new suffixes — all in Chinese, Arabic and other languages besides English.

But there are some familiar names among the applicants on the initial list, among them:

  • Verisign
  • Amazon
  • Wal-Mart
  • Samsung

They are the first approved out of nearly 2,000 bids submitted last year. The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers previously said it was reviewing the non-English bids first.

ICANN expects additional approvals in the coming weeks.

Did your company apply for a domain name or a specific corporate address? You can check online for an update.

Final approval is not guaranteed.

“There are three possible outcomes of Initial Evaluation: Pass, Eligible for Extended Evaluation, or Ineligible for Further Review,” ICANN says. Adapted from wraltechwire

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