The Internet's governing body on Nov. 16 approved seven new Web site domain names to complement the existing list topped by .com .net, .org and .gov. Out of 44 applications, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) chose .biz, .info, .name, .pro, .museum, .aero. and .coop. The choice of the new domain names, which are expected to become available to businesses and consumers by the middle of next year, culminates a drawn-out process for setting the next stage of growth on the Internet. Companies involved in winning bids to operate the huge databases or registries holding Web site addresses include VeriSign, IBM Corp. and Register.com. Some of the new domain names, like .info and .name, will be open to almost anyone to register; others, such as .museum and .biz, will be restricted to members of companies or relevant fields.
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