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The internet is on the brink of the "biggest change" to its working "since it was invented 40 years ago", the net regulator Icann has said.


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Users of scripts other than that in which English is written will soon have web addresses in their own language.
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The internet celebrates a landmark event on the 15 March - the 25th birthday of the day the first dotcom name was registered. In March 1985, Symbolics computers of Cambridge, Massachusetts entered the history books with an internet address ending in dotcom. That same year another five companies jumped on a very slow bandwagon. It took until 1997, well into the internet boom, before the one millionth dotcom was registered.


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Web sites had been put on a U.S. Treasury Department blacklist and, as a consequence, his domain name registrar, eNom, which is based in the United States, had disabled them. Marshall said eNom told him it did so after a call from the Treasury Department; the company says it learned that the sites were on the blacklist through a blog. Either way, there is no dispute that eNom shut down Marshall's sites without notifying him and has...


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Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters.


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Official approval has been given for the creation of an internet domain dedicated to pornography. The board of net overseer Icann gave initial approval for the creation of the .xxx domain at its conference in Brussels. Icann's approval will kick off a fast-track process to get the porn-only domain set up.


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The website of whistle-blowing organisation Wikileaks has been shut down by the company providing it with domain name services.


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Internet overseer Icann has given final approval to the creation of an internet domain dedicated to pornography. The move to create a top level ".xxx" domain - similar to ".com" and ".org" - ends a 10-year battle over the virtual red-light district.


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A global internet body has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes, the biggest change for the online world in years.


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