Stat of the day: 96,558,346

The number of active .com domain names.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
It’s mere months before anarchy threatens to take over the web, as the traditional .co.uk and .com domains are spurned for – well, anything. After a vote by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in June, companies will now be able to register any extension they want. Cue a raft of .sex registrations…

Despite the fact that the new rules aren’t set to come in until January, there’s already been plenty of controversy over the decision. Companies are worried they’ll have to shell out thousands (it will cost £115,000 to apply, plus an annual fee to keep it going) for a new domain, just to ward off cyber-squatters, who will be keen to make a bob or two by registering big business’ names, then selling them back at a premium. According to figures by the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse, the world’s top 500 companies will spend $2bn, or $400k annually, to keep cyber-squatters at bay. Ouch.com.  

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