ICANN to reveal gTLD applicants

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London—The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will hold a news conference in London on June 13 to reveal the companies and organizations that have applied for the new generic top-level domain names. GTLDs expand domains beyond .com and .net, enabling companies to apply, for instance, for domain names such as .cisco or .insurance. ICANN said it has received more than 1,900 applications for gTLDs. The application processed closed May 30. The gTLD program has been dogged by controversy. A group led by the Association of National Advertisers has protested the program, which it describes as unnecessary and exorbitant—the gTLD application fee is $185,000. The application system was also shut down for a period following a security breach. Among the companies applying for gTLDs is Google Inc., which said it has applied for a number of gTLDs that include .doc, .google, .lol and .youtube.
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