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ICANN Approves Major Domain Name Change: 40 New Domains You Could Soon See

First Posted: 06/20/11 02:30 PM ET   Updated: 08/20/11 06:12 AM ET

This week ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, aka the Wizard of Oz of the web, approved the creation of generic top-level domain names.

What does this mean for web users? Well, besides the legacy '.com' domain registered to over 94 million websites, and the 21 other generics and 250 country-specifics in existence like France's .fr and the extremely popular .xxx, you can expect your online experience to open up to high-profile entertainment, consumer goods and financial services company-branded domains.

To register a generic top-level domain, or gTLD, brands must be an established private or public organization, prove their legitimacy to ICANN's board - and shell out a cool $185,000.

What can you expect to see as registration opens? Here are 40 brand-new domain names we hope to register with soon.

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With one eye on every digital trend, you can bet we'll soon see our parents logging on to .Facebook domains.
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