Chinese ‘.catholic’ will be the first top-level domain considered in ICANN expansion

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The extension .catholic, written in Chinese, will be the first name considered in a new expansion to the internet’s top-level domain system. ICANN, which manages the domain name system, held a random draw to determine the order of bids it would consider for approval in its scheme, which took applications earlier this year. The top spot went to “.天主教,” a Chinese translation of “Catholic Church.” Various Amazon.com applications, a Korean Samsung one, and a Chinese Wal-Mart top-level domain also scored spots in the top 25. A low bid number broadly means the application could be approved sooner — around 2,000 applications received numbers. However, there’s still the possibility that complaints or disputes over who should control the…

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