Proposals for Internet addresses ending in “.auto”, “.apple” and “.space” are among the nearly 2,000 submitted as part of the largest expansion ever in the online address system.
Amazon.com applied for more than five dozen names, including extensions such as .app, .author, .box and .fire. Microsoft also was active, applying for names such as .azure, .bing, .docs and .skype. Google, meanwhile, has its eyes on .android, .app, .buy, .dad and dozens of others.
Icann said there were a total of 1,930 applications, with 884 coming from the United States alone.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the proposals at a news conference in London on Wednesday. The bulk of the proposals came from North America and Europe.
If approved, the new suffixes would rival “.com” and about 300 others now in use — making this the largest expansion of the Internet address system since its creation in the 1980s.
Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “New top level domains represent a major change in the landscape of the internet, and clearly more now needs to be done to raise awareness of the issues and implications for all internet users across Britain.
The first approved domains may be ready early next year, while others may take longer.