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Users snap up .biz, .info web addresses

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Website operators are jumping at the chance to register easy-to-remember web addresses, thanks to the newly introduced .biz and .info TLDs (top-level domains).

Some 675,000 .info domain names have been registered since July, when the first applications were taken, according to Afilias, a nonprofit consortium named by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to maintain the registries.

Among the institutions taking advantage of the new TLD is the World Trade Center Relief information site (www.wtcrelief.info), as the respective .com address had already been taken.

Over 500,000 .biz addresses have been registered, according to registrar Neulevel. The domain finally went live in November after a court injunction against Neulevel was dropped by a Los Angeles judge.

"Contested .info domain names will be decided by an arbitration process in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)," said Sabine Armbrust, a spokeswoman for Afilias.

"In the first phase, until the end of September only brand-name holders could register names. Any disputes should be resolved by the beginning of next year," she said.


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