ICANN has made public the list of applications for new generic Top-Level-Domains (gTLDs) and their applicants, and have opened a 60-day comments window during which anyone could submit comments that will be presented to the evaluation panel for consideration. Generic Top Level Domains are top level domain names that are not associated with any country, such as .com, .net, .org, and .xxx.
Some stats revealed:
- Total applications: 1930
- 66 are geographic name applications.
- 116 applications are for Internationalized Domain Names, or IDNs, for strings in non-latin scripts such as Arabic and Chinese
- Applications were received from 60 countries and territories
- 911 from North America.
- 675 from Europe.
- 303 are from Asia-Pacific.
- 24 from Latin America and the Caribbean.
- 17 from Africa.
The complete list can be found here: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/application-results/strings-1200utc-13jun12-en
TechCrunch has put together the list of gTLD applications from major companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung, AOL, Microsoft, and Sony. While both Amazon and Google are tops in number of applications made, Google takes the cake in quirkiness. At least Amazon’s applications make sense and somewhat aligned to their businesses – e.g. .amazon, .cloud, .store. In contrast, Google had applied for gTLDs such as .lol, .foo, .fun, .fyi. -_-”
How about applications from Singapore? I did a quick scan and found:
- .changiairport – Changi Airport Group
- .starhub – StarHub Limited
- .temasek – Temasek Holdings
- .淡马锡 – Temasek Holdings
- .wilmar – Wilmar International